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The Astronomical Costs Of Workplace Bullying



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By : Harold Almanza    29 or more times read
Submitted 2019-03-19 15:57:02
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Case in point. I worked for a software company for almost 10 years. I was one of the company's longest serving employees and took a lot of pride in my work. For the most part, I enjoyed my job and liked being part of the company I worked for. My work life was good, but that all began to change when a new manager arrived on the scene.

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If you do find yourself the victim of a workplace bully, just remember, you are not alone - almost one half of your co-workers have probably also been bullied. There are steps that you can take to protect yourself. Most importantly, remember that you are not the problem, the bully is the problem.

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Workplace bullying is defined as verbal, nonverbal, psychological, and physical abuse and humiliation. It can be difficult to deal with because bullies are often able to work within the rules and policies that have been established by the employer. Academic researchers have defined five different categories of bullying behaviour in the workplace:

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Numerous recent studies have shown, however, that in spite of the great strides we have made as a society in dealing with bullying in our schools, it's alive and well in the workplace. A quick search on the internet pulls up an endless list of resources related to workplace bullying. So, what is workplace bullying?

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Their bite force isn't any harder or stronger of a chomp than other same-sized dogs, that is just more Bully Breed Bull. Actually, it is pretty much impossible to scientifically test Pit Bull bite force for one not-so-obvious reason; You cannot make a dog "bite your very hardest" on cue! There is no way to know if a dog is just 'slacking' or if it is giving it everything he has. Even still, we can conclude the facts to suggest that they definitely do not bite with 2,000 PSI otherwise I wouldn't have fingers to make it through the 'puppy stage' of gnawing and teething. Thankfully I still have 8 fingers and 2 thumbs in which to type about how ridiculous some claims really are

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In light of the evidence I believe we have established beyond a reasonable doubt that Pit Bulls and Bully Breed dogs are not the mean, people-eating monsters they are made out to be!, I rest my case.

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Bullying exerts long-term and short-term psychological effects on both bullies and their victims. Bullying behavior has been linked to other forms of antisocial behavior, such as vandalism, shoplifting, skipping and dropping out of school, fighting, and the use of drugs and alcohol.

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Ninety percent of 4th through 8th graders report being victims of some form of bullying at some time in their past. Boys are typically more physically aggressive (physical bullying), whereas girls rely more on social exclusion, teasing, and cliques (verbal or emotional bullying). Bullying can also take the form of cyber communication, e.g., via email (cyber bullying). It is estimated that one in four boys who bully will have a criminal record by age 30.

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Another one of the Bully Breed myths exposed! The Pit Bull's bite force is less than the other canine dogs recorded and even though the exact science isn't completely conclusive, it's safe to say the Pit-Bull in this study wasn't such a slacker that he only bit at 235 psi when he is capable of 10 times that amount!

A ten-year-old boy is told repeatedly that he is a "weakling" and a "girly man," yelled at and teased in a tone of voice tinged with disgust and disdain. Is this bullying? What if it leads to a fist fight? How do you know when someone crosses the line between cruel teasing and bullying? Does emotional bullying have any "real" physical consequences? And perhaps, most importantly, if you are dealing with a true bully, what do you do about it? Let's start by figuring out what bullying is and then move on to what the consequences are and the best ways to deal with it.

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This is another one of the myths that flies wildly in the face of common sense, unless of course you believe there is one specific evil breed of dog put here by Lucifer himself to cause chaos and eat people in one gulp. Probably not right?

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That said, recent research has exploded some common myths about bullies: in particular, that they're isolated loners with low self-esteem. In fact, many bullies are reasonably popular and tend to have "henchmen" who aid their negative behaviors.

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If you suspect that your child is a bully, it's important to address the problem to try to mend your child's mean ways. After all, bullying is violence, and it often leads to more antisocial and violent behavior as the bully grows up. In fact, as many as one out of four elementary school bullies have a criminal record by the time they're 30.

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I hope you have enjoyed this article so far. Now this next myth is critical to saving our dogs from Breed Specific Legislation and as you read on you will understand why this kind of 'Pit Bull bull' is so important to set straight.

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Mediation programs for bullies and victims are also problematic. Peer mediation may be appropriate in resolving conflict between students with equal power, but bullying is a type of victimization. Just as child abuse is a form of victimization between parties of unequal power, so too is bullying..

Other studies found that about 20 percent of American middle school children say they bully others sometimes. Such youngsters tend to have multiple problems: They're more likely to fight, steal, drink, smoke, carry weapons and drop out of school than non-bullies.

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PROOF: Aggression in a Bully Breed, or any animal, is never an action in itself, rather it is a reaction to a specific circumstance. Like stated there are always warning signs preceding an attack and even a dog trained to attack first needs a command to engage. Essentially, Pit-Bulls and Bully Breed dogs are a reflection of their owner and the training they have received. Their temperament is a result of genetics and the environment in which they were raised. Whether a mud-blood rescue dog or a "best in show" pure-bred, the facts about Pits are that they cannot just "snap". So if we are talking facts, this is not one of them.

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Document Everything - keep detailed notes about incidents including dates, times, and the names of anyone who may have witnessed bullying behaviour. Save e-mails. It's important to establish a pattern of repeated behaviours.

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New research from the Secret Service and the U.S. Department of Education on 37 school shootings, including Columbine, found that almost three-quarters of student shooters felt bullied, threatened, attacked or injured by others. In fact, several shooters reported experiencing long-term and severe bullying and harassment from their peers.

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Bullying is aggressive behavior that is intended to cause harm or distress, occurs repeatedly over time, and occurs in a relationship in which there is an imbalance of power or strength. Bullying can take many forms, including physical violence, teasing and name-calling, intimidation, and social exclusion. It can be related to hostile acts perpetrated against racial and ethnic minorities, gay, lesbian, and bi-sexual youth, and persons with disabilities.

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The facts about Pit Bulls are evident and proven. The Bully Breed passes with flying colors as the American Pit-Bull Terrier (APBT) and American Staffordshire Terrier score an 86.4% and 84.2% grade respectively on the temperament test. As you could see if you visited their website, out of the nearly 1,500 dogs tested, the Bully Breed altogether snagged a jowl-dropping 85.3% grade average!!

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Sometimes bullying is easy to spot--a child pushing another on the playground or shoving a classmate's face into the water fountain. Other times bullying is less overt--children spreading rumors, teasing peers or excluding a classmate from games at recess. This veiled type of bullying--known as relational or covert aggression--can be harder for parents and teachers to see and prevent. What's more, previous research suggests that relational aggression increases and intensifies as children get older and become more emotionally and socially sophisticated.

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PROOF! People misconceive the facts about APBTs and mistake possible dog aggression with human aggression. Aggressiveness towards humans is an uncharacteristic trait and historically, Bully Breeds were bred to do many things but being a "guard dog" never really topped the list. Pits are naturally inclined to be passive towards humans and to this day I swear a couple of my "bullies" would've let you break in and snag any item you preferred so long as you rubbed their belly!

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PROOF: GAME. Otherwise known as "gameness" it is a unique quality of the American Pit Bull Terrier, one that makes them particularly special. Gameness is the will-power or determination of a Bully Breed to never give up and never say quit. Essentially, "game" is what we call courage. It is the reason why you hear stories about incredible feats like those of Sergeant Stubby, a Pit with the United Stated Army Infantry Division who served in combat in World War 1. And despite the pressures of direct combat he kept working in service of our country and became a hero.

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While no one in their right mind would want a pissed-off Pit Bull on its own turf, staring them down wearing a face-mask...Even with a firearm the chances are that you will not be stopping that Bully Breed...Thanks to their gameness!

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Indeed, experts in the canine field who rate the temperament of different breeds of dogs conclude that Pit-Bulls have a better temperament than many other common breeds of dogs used as pets, including the miniature poodle and Shih-Tzu.

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Studies report that the rates of aggression are rising in middle school girls. "It's always been the case that we expect rates of aggression and delinquency to increase for boys, while girls were considered somewhat protected," said Julia Graber, a UF psychologist who did the research. "In this study, it's clear that the differences between girls and boys are diminishing."

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PROOF:Dr. I. Lerh Brisbin, Ph.D. - Senior Research Scientist with Savanna River Ecology Laboratory; University of South Carolina Professor: Expert in behavior, training, and handling of the American Pit Bull Terrier and their anatomy..

Native American children, on average, have some of the highest rate of suicide and mortality compared to any other group. These are school aged children, many who have dropped out of school. Again, when asked why they are dropping out of school, the labels given are, poor student-teacher relations, the teacher's lack of empathy, unsuitable curriculum, etc. They are expected to learn in a system that is designed for American children, not Native American children. Everyday Native American children have to enter an institution that disrespects their culture, expects them to be open to learning untruthful history, and when they drop out, that institution blames the victims.

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Indeed, key to the success of any intervention is appropriate adult guidance and support, presenters agreed. Adults supervise their children about 40 percent less than they did 30 years ago, statistics show, and this and related phenomena have been correlated with problem behaviors. The trend, they added, occurs at a time when teens report wanting more parental attention and family time.

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What's more, the common approach of grouping bullies together for group counseling tends to increases their bullying. You've just put them in a peer group of bullies who reinforce their destructive behaviors.

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Psychological research has debunked several myths associated with bullying, including one that states bullies are usually the most unpopular students in school. A 2000 study by psychologist Philip Rodkin, PhD, and colleagues involving fourth-through-sixth-grade boys found that highly aggressive boys may be among the most popular and socially connected children in elementary classrooms, as viewed by their fellow students and even their teachers. Another myth is that the tough and aggressive bullies are basically anxious and insecure individuals who use bullying as a means of compensating for poor self-esteem. Using a number of different methods including projective tests and stress hormones, Olweus concludes that there is no support for such a view. Most bullies had average or better than average self-esteem.

Americans were shocked when a mob of 400 Brooklyn teenagers looted and ransacked a shopping mall. We shake our heads in disbelief when young men kill their classmates and knock down strangers on the street. The fact is... destructive behavior will continue, if we don't understand what's happening to children.

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In the past, bullying behavior was looked at in an either/or fashion - either you are a bully or you are a victim. However, some children report that they're both a bully and a victim at different times.

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Although I am now the proud owner of an adopted Pit Bull pup, as a kid I grew up hearing different legends and shocking stories and myths about everything from the scary-bad high-school in the district, the haunted house down the street, scary alien clerks in the Principle's office, the mean old geezer in the wooded home and the evil man-eating Pit Bulls and Bully Breed dogs that closely resemble alligators that live on dry land.

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Common myths or questions people ask are the 'lock jaw' and 'bite force' myths. I'm sure you've heard the "do they snap?" question. But what about the other more arguable ones like,"Do they make good guard dogs?" or "are Pit Bulls mean?" and "Do they feel pain?" We even expose the more controversial myth that "Bullies cause the most dog attacks" as the fraud it is. There are thousands of dogs homeless because of a misinformed public. My mission is to save them.

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Talk to HR - if you feel that you can trust your HR department, talk to them about your concerns. Be careful approaching HR though because they work for the company, not you. If you are in a union, talk to a union official.

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Be aware that bullying also takes place between adults, as well as between adults and children. Anywhere there is a power imbalance; there is the risk of bullying. Athletic coaching is a fertile ground for bullying young athletes. As more is learned about bullying and the serious consequences of it, more and more zero tolerance policies will be adopted. Until then, stay aware of subtle cues of bullying in children. The first step is awareness. With greater awareness, bullying can be nipped in the bud.

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In 2002, it was reported that 17 percent of students reported having been bullied "sometimes" or more frequently during the school term. About 19 percent reported bullying others "sometimes" or more often. And six percent reported both bullying and having been bullied. However, in a 2003 study from UCLA, it was reported that almost 50% of sixth graders in two Los Angeles-area public schools report being bullied by classmates during a five-day period.

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Learning that your child is a bully can be shocking. But it's important to remain calm and avoid becoming defensive, as that can make a bad situation worse. You may have a greater impact if you express disappointment - not anger - to your child..

Research shows that parents can be effective interventionists. In a 2001 article, when parents learned to effectively communicate information on binge drinking to their pre-college teens, the young people returned from their first semester of college significantly less likely to drink than a control group.

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The stories were always intriguing and fun to listen to, harmless and innocent in their nature they served to make the hair stand up on the back of your neck ya know? Nobody cared to find out the truth, we were satisfied in our imagination.

Bullying has become a real cause celebre in recent years. The news is full of stories about victims of bullying and bullying related suicides. We have popular movements such as the Pink Shirt campaign that provide hope and support for the victims of bullying. At one time, almost everyone was bullied at some time in their life, most often during childhood. Few people really appreciated how damaging it could be and most victims were probably told to "deal with it," or to take matters into their own hands (and maybe become a bully themselves in the process).

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Bullying takes place when a one or more kids repeatedly harass, intimidate, hit, or ignore another youngster who is physically weaker, smaller or has a lower social status. Realize that adults can also engage in bullying, particularly what I call emotional bullying. However, today we'll focus on young people.

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We can't legislate values, character or morality. It is up to parents, teachers and the adult community to create safe homes, schools and neighborhoods so children become balanced and spiritually centered.

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Furthermore, Bully Breed dogs clearly shatter another myth scoring consistently higher than the entire dog population that received a 77% grade! As they say the proof is in the pudding and another sucker is exposed as just more APBT Bull!

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Studies have shown that, despite thinking they know how to identify bullies, teachers aren't all that good at actually doing so. Administrators and teachers in schools overestimate their effectiveness in identifying and intervening in bullying situations.

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The new kangaroo ruling people, in their superior wisdom, decide that the indigenous Americans have too much land and that in order for their kangaroo folks to succeed, they will need this land for their own use. So, they decide to gather up all the indigenous Americans and march them to an undeveloped, unsustainable area. The kangaroo leaders, because of their generosity decide to provide the Americans with enough money to maintain a level of poverty for a while.

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Recent studies show that workplace bullying is 3 to 4 times more prevalent than sexual or racial discrimination, and that over 50% of American workers report that they have been bullied in the workplace. 71% of bullies are the superiors of their victims, and 58% of bullies are women.

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This is a joke and its a shame anyone ever believes it, people ask me all the time, do Pit Bulls snap? I have heard about the notion that ''the Pit-Bull's brain never stops growing and eventually it gets too big for the skull and the dog explodes into a fit of rage" which is ridiculous and proven not to be the case. I guess that is a Bully Breed myth wrapped inside a myth! This is insanity! Now lets have some common sense talk, the most basic thought that comes to mind is, "Well, would you expect your Yorkie to snap one day?"

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But what happens as you get older and those mythical figures of your childhood evolve with you, unchallenged or even reinforced, into an otherwise undisturbed fact? What happens when there becomes a victim of the myth, as silent and indefensible of itself as the stories are bold and impressionable?

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When I was a kid I had heard the Pit-Bull lock jaw myth so many many times. It made for fun childhood conversation and even I believed it...So many people said it so it must've been true right? It wasn't until I did a search on the subject that I got the truth. How many people do you think take the time to check the facts about Bully Breeds? Not many I'd bet.

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These misconceptions are not necessarily a parent's fault. Times have changed and most adults who are now of parenting age never had the opportunities with social media that kids have today, so how could they know what to expect?

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I know people take issue with my books, articles, YouTube videos and Facebook posts and they make derogatory comments about me and the positions I take on bullying, family safety, building confidence, etc. I cannot say that it makes me feel good when someone criticizes me or my material, but I do take into consideration the source. If the person doing the criticizing / hating legitimately has more knowledge about a subject than I do, then I may listen to what they have to say and maybe re-think what I am saying, posting or doing. However, if they do not have the knowledge base, training, and track history of producing content or an educational background that is more substantial than mine, then I simply mentally acknowledge their opinion and I move on with my life. Based on my own training and background, I do this knowing full well that I am doing the best I can to make the world a better place by helping people become safer and more empowered.>

There are several factors that can trigger the actions of any bully. These are envy, jealousy, a feeling of invisibility in their home life, emotionally distant parents and both physical and verbal abuse.

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I could expand on this list dramatically, but you get the point. Because our society has made it "okay" to so openly criticize, we have unintentionally put our children in the crosshairs of someone who just wants to hate and bully because they have seen how easy and acceptable it is. How can an annual anti-bully day, or some other short-lived awareness program, compete with the social proof of daily bullying and hating that our kids see all around them from what they consider to be credible sources? The answer is... it can't.

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Pit Bull lock jaw myth exposed! But our Bully Breed friends do however have a strong will and in a game of "tug-of war" are nearly impossible to beat so if you do start a game you better have the energy and strength to finish the winner! Good-luck with that!

Everyone is watching. A live audience, and millions of national television and on-line viewers gawk as the award is announced that Taylor Swift has won the award for Best Female Video. Immediately, a defiant Kanye West invades the stage to grab the award from a shocked Swift to protest that the winner is undeserving. According to MTV News, the crowd is silent and confused as to how they should response.

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The physical bone structure of a Bully Breed rescue dog is no different than any dog breed. Their jaws have no ability to 'lock' in any sense of the word and any insinuation otherwise is just Pit Bull Bull!

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" So, for our example we'll take the average percent between 5 and 9.6, and use 7.3 percent, which would give an average estimation of the Pit-Bull population in the United States. That information leaves us with 5,256,000 APBTs. There are more of them in the United States at 5,256,000, then there are people in countries like; Norway at 4,875,700, Ireland at 4,459,300, New Zealand at 4,363,600, and the list goes on."

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In reality, what was once defined as an insult or "put down", or should we say traditional bullying, has now gravitated into a serious "in your face" style of behavior that is strongly supported by a number of Fortune 500 media giants and sold as "Youth or Pop Culture". This was best defined in the Public Broadcasting Documentary Merchants of Cool, featuring media correspondent Douglas Rushkoff. He closely defined the rise of the New American Bully when he declared "kids' culture and media culture are now one and the same, and it becomes impossible to tell which came first, the anger or the marketing of the anger". This style of "in your face" commercialism has emerged to give us a back drop for the style of bullying behavior we are now seeing. The "new American bully" can be seen as an opportunist to impact a new style of aggressiveness well outside the lines of social norms. This takes the form of cruelty beyond name calling and represents a forms of emotional, and at times, physical beat downs.

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The problem is that children, as well as many adults, do not realize that they will be criticized and they generally do not possess the coping mechanisms or rational thought process to deal with a bully or hater because they have not developed these skills yet.

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Most people's immediate response to an online hater is "people should get to say or do what they want and criticizing someone about their opinions, views, appearance etc. and trying to bully them shouldn't happen." In general these comments are correct, however, everyone in the public eye gets criticized and our society has made it socially acceptable.

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When the privileged are harmed, there seems to be new policies, laws, and social movements to stop that harm - instantaneously. When the minority folks are harmed, the privileged go Blind! Blind to the special needs of Native American students. Blind to how the current institutional structures are not working for certain students. And Blind to the fact that, until there are changes in the way educational services are delivered to Native American children, American schools are guilty of Institutional-level Bullying.

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To get to the bottom of why your child is hurting others, you may also want to schedule an appointment to talk to your child's school counselor or another mental health professional (your child's doctor should be able to refer you to someone).

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My new manager began to send nasty, demeaning e-mails to me. She threatened to take away vacation time that had been booked and planned several months in advance. It didn't matter how much extra work I took on, it was never enough and it was never good enough. When I talked to senior management and HR about what was going on, I received no support. The job that I had been doing for several years was posted, and my new manager made a point of telling me that there were no internal employees qualified to do it. I applied anyhow, and they gave the job to someone will far less experience than I did. The work of employees who weren't carrying their share of the load was piled onto me in addition to my regular work. Perks like the ability to work from home were taken away, but then given back. When I worked from home the very next day, my manager ran over to my desk to take a picture of it with me not in it. I was then criticized for it..

Bullying has changed over the years, and with the internet age we've seen the appearance of cyber bullying which has allowed bullies to torment their victims anonymously and from afar. The internet has also helped victims of bullying to bring their stories to light and has helped to create the critical mass needed to make movements happen. Times have changed, and there is now zero tolerance for bullying, at least in North American schools. That's not to say that bullying doesn't still happen, but at least now victims have a voice, and people are listening.

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Although not all bullying stems from family problems, it's a good idea to examine the behavior and personal interactions your child witnesses at home. If your child lives with taunting or name-calling from a sibling or from you or another parent, it could be prompting aggressive or hurtful behavior outside the home. What may seem like innocent teasing at home may actually model bullying behaviors. Children who are on the receiving end of it learn that bullying can translate into control over children they perceive as weak.

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In Michigan there are now 37 laws designed to prevent the act of bullying. Despite these laws, many schools have been forced to go to court when the parent of a bullied child decides to take legal action against the school. Some of these lawsuits have resulted in schools having to pay millions of dollars in damage.

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The most difficult part of not accepting bully breeds, or rejecting them after an evaluation, a trial day, or even an extended period of daycare is that owners are often flabbergasted at their dog's report card. I often hear, "He wouldn't hurt a fly;" and "He's a marshmellow at home!" Owners have trouble believing our descriptions of their dog's behavior and, if they do believe us, feel terribly confused. "I trust him with my toddler," one woman told me. Some challenge us: "Well, what happened to make him do that?"

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Kids who strictly watch others being bullied but don't step in often act this way out of fear. They feel powerless and guilty because they are not helping whoever is being bullied. While they may feel a temptation to participate in the bullying they usually won't give in to do so. Kids who are always the bully often find themselves engaged in fist fights, vandalizing property and items that do not belong to them and perceive school as a negative place to be.

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So how do teens escape this new form of abuse? For some, they did not have the strength and took their own lives. For others, it is molded through depression and acting out. Finally, for some, they escape by transforming into a bully themselves. Kanye West and others like him, have definitely cashed in on the new American dream; how to insult your way all the way to the bank.

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1. Parents don't tell their children that people will hate / attack them for the things they post, the videos they produce or the opinions they present because most parents have never put out material that can be attacked and therefore do not have experience with this.

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Experts agree that bullying not only exists in every school and community in our country, but it is also escalating at a frightening pace. Bullying, defined as strong preying on the weak has reached epidemic proportions in the U.S. as nearly one out of three American children have experienced bullying, either as the victim, perpetrator, or both with few victims letting on they are, in fact, victims. A Google search on "bullying," returns more than three million sites. Meanwhile, millions of research dollars are being poured into studying child and adolescent violence and the National Institute of Mental Health considers bullying one of the anti-social behaviors to watch for.

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In May of 2010 an 11 year old in Oklahoma named Ty Field Smiley killed himself as a result of having been bullied by classmates. The day he killed himself he had been suspended from school for sticking up to a bullying who had been harassing him for the entire duration of the school year. When he was suspended his mother picked him up at school, drove him home and told him to do chores and homework while she went back to work. However, Ty had other plans that involved going into his parent's bedroom, getting their gun and shooting himself in the head. While the boy's parents reported that for the duration of that school year and the previous one their son was bullied at school the school's district offices denied this claim.

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According to a 2013 article in Forbes Magazine the psychological effects of being bullied can and do stay with people for a long time.The effects are particularly bad for those who have been bullied, more so than for the ones that acted like bullies. The Journal of the American Medical Association ran the results of a study that followed kids who were bullied or were bullies, from their childhood straight through to adulthood. The study was conducted in Northern California on students at the ages of 9, 11 and 13, most of whom were contacted again as adults. Of the people that participated in this study 5% were only bullies themselves and 21% were only the victims of other bullies. A reported 4.5% of the study participants reported that they had been both the bullied and the bully.>

Sticks and stones really do break bones and names do hurt. We are not even talking about the racial slurs of the past, but we are talking about other insidious and hurtful language. Use what sociologists call 'people first positive language.' For example, a person is blind. He is not a blind person. A child was adopted, not is (meaning permanently adopted). People first positive language applies to racial and ethnic stereotypes, i.e. we sit like pretzels and not Indians. Asians are not Oriental and not every black person is African-American. If this seems like political correctness run amok, one glance at the mountains of sociological and psychological studies demonstrating language's role in shifting perceptions should be enough to convince the most ardent nay-sayers. And silence isn't always golden, either. Silence equals complicit agreement when racism rears its ugly head.

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Look at the vast array of TV shows where people are openly criticized. For example, on the Oscars every woman's dress is critiqued and mocked if the reporter believes that it "doesn't look good." American Idol was horrible, especially in the first few years, in the way they openly mocked, criticized and publicly humiliated less talented people on the show purely for entertainment value. The producers could have easily not allowed the less talented people on the show or the judges could have simply been nice and encouraging even when removing someone from the show. American Idol was one of the most watched shows on TV for years partially because of the way it attacked less talented participants.

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So the idea that Bully Breeds cause the most attacks is unfounded. If their the most populated dog your generally going to rank higher on the statistical compilations of dog bites across the country. And even then, that's not necessarily even the case!!!

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Most of the indigenous American leaders are murdered and any person or groups not complying with the new laws are killed, along with killing their women and children. This policy resulted in millions of indigenous Americans being slaughtered. The kangaroo educational system believes in starting the day with a pledge of allegiance to the kangaroo. The indigenous American students are now taught, using the kangaroo model, by putting each student in a small confined box with a loud speaker blasting in moral teachings. While the kangaroo children have excelled in this form of education, the indigenous American children do not. Although the indigenous parents complain that their children are not learning and getting the necessary education as the result of this new, kangaroo model, it is kangaroo laws that children must attend the school.

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Look at how celebrities are always being scrutinized about their appearance, political views, the quality of their movies, etc. It is open season on them all the time, but the truly big stars have come to terms with the fact that they are going to be criticized and there is nothing they can do about it. They accept it, deal with it, and move on with the peace of mind of knowing that the people doing the criticizing cannot do any better and are probably far less knowledgeable about whatever they are talking about than the person who is in the public eye.

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Dan Olweus from the National School Safety Center has managed to bring up a couple of interesting facts from statistics gathered over the years. That being American schools harboring approximately 2.1 bullies and 2.7 victims. That's quite an overwhelming number and actually makes it more understandable why adults which usually ignore it and brush it off as a natural occurrence.

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A nationally representative study of 15,686 students in grades six through 10, published last year in the Journal of the American Medical Association (Vol. 285, No. 16) is among the most recent to document the scope of bullying in U.S. schools. This study found that:

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Bullying must be considered and taken seriously. Since, perhaps it would be safe to say, easily affects every child at school; irregardless if he were the bully or the victim, truth is, it comes with undeniable repercussions both with their immediate state of well-being or later on in life.

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I hope I have done enough to prove the doubters that the American Pit-Bull Terrier is a loving dog, it is inclined to be friendly towards humans. They are sweet, caring, smart and very VERY humorous. So do Pit Bulls make good guard dogs? No! Another myth busted!

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This is exactly the case with the Bully Breed myths; they come with wings and are sensational in their ability to fly like an airborne plague...an ambiguous infection that spreads among its listeners but draws vengeance upon itself. The facts about Pit Bulls refute the stories, no matter if it's a pure-bred pup or a mud-blood rescue dog. A Bully Breed myth may be fun conversation but it is a high-hurdle for any pup to clear and even after the facts about them are made evident their injustice lingers in the bedrock of our perception..

At stake here is the fact that bullying is just a word that has lost any connection to real self definition. In today's culture many do not see put downs, profanity, threats, and even physical abuse as bullying. In reality for teens, they see it as part of an existence, and in some cases a means to survival in the growing "in your face" world.

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One more tangible bullying fact is that 15% of the total absenteeism is directly related to the fear of being harassed, intimated, and bullied at school. So not only does this hamper having an academic environment conducive to progress, it also makes the students actually dread going to school in the first place. And this can pose a big problem since that fact entails them missing out on significant learning experiences, much-needed interaction with people at school, and diminishes the time they spend in school which would've been helpful in having them get more comfortable with their atmosphere.

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Why are a number of teens now admitting defeat to the overwhelming abusive culture? Maybe they realize something we don't in the fact that this goes beyond simple human interaction and making a few negative comments. It goes to the power of a culture that has its base in major financial investors who want to cash in on the latest trend at any cost. Clearly we can all agree that the cost could be basic human civility. With the backing of the large empire of wealth that supports youth culture, the new style of bullying behavior is never in isolation. It operates with an unspoken power of the mass that is represented in style and entertainment. The victims of the behavior may at times feel that their abuser is society in general, not simply the negative choices of individuals. Moreover, the bully believes that they possess a greater power than just feeding off of peer pressure. They have the power of culture. That power, in many cases is interpreted to be a so called "license" to insult or injure without consideration of the consequences.

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The harmful effects of bullying on students (children) are significant. There has been a recent strong movement to address the bullying that happens to school aged children in America. What finally got the school's attention, it seems, were the many suicides by students who were bullied. There's a video on YouTube showing students who took their own lives after being bullied by school mates. No child should ever have to endure bullying. And the schools are correct in taking these matters very seriously. Folks in power have taken these matters so seriously that there has been state laws passed that will punish bullies for their inhuman acts. Currently there are only six states without bullying laws.

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"Pit Bulls do not have locking jaws. Based on actual dog dissections and measurement of their skulls, the evidence demonstrated that pit bull jaw muscles and bone structure are the same as other similarly sized dog."

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The school environment puts perceived pressure on many teens to keep their mouths shut when they witness bullying, in order to maintain friendships with their classmates. Teenagers often feel isolated when they publicly stick up for a friend who has been bullied, so they tend to look the other way when it happens. At the other end of the spectrum is the kids who are being bullied. These kids often have a hard time making friends because their classmates perceive them negatively if they are frequently bullied by their peers.

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The single greatest threat to children's future is the failure to teach them how to discover inner strength. If parents don't listen and stop abusive behavior at home, youth can become socially isolated and have difficulty at school. (30% of teens drop out of high school.) Disconnected teens can shut down their conscience and engage in destructive behavior with little remorse or empathy for others.

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Bullying is a form of abuse. It involves repeated acts over time attempting to create or enforce one person's (or group's) power over another person (or group), thus an imbalance of power. The imbalance of power may be social power and/or physical power. The victim of bullying is sometimes referred to as a target. Bullying types of behavior are often rooted in a would-be bully's inability to empathize with those whom he or she would target.

Anyone who is in the public eye can, and probably will, quickly become the target of bullies or "haters." It is vitally important that both parents and children understand this point before a child posts on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, etc. As soon as anyone begins an online profile they are now "in the public eye" and have opened themselves up to being mocked, verbally attacked or bullied.

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Bullying has become so common and so appallingly widespread that most people would just turn a blind eye to it and consider it a fact of life. In fact, according to studies conducted by the National Education Association, it was estimated that around 160,000 students miss school every day due to fear of intimidation or bullying. This not only hinders scholastic progress, it actually stunts learning altogether..

Of course, you may have to intervene in persistent cases of bullying. That can involve walking to school with your child and talking to your child's teacher, school counselor, or principal. Safety should be everyone's concern. If you've tried the previous methods and still feel the need to speak to the bullying child's parents, it's best to do so within the context of the school, where a school official, such as a counselor, can mediate.

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Every child is born with undiscovered gifts and talents. With support from family, extended family, friends, neighbors and teachers, youth can develop the 3 C's: courage, character and conscience. "Courage" gives children the confidence to stand up for self, walk away from trouble and learn from mistakes. "Character" is the process of developing self-discipline, resiliency, honesty, patience and empathy. "Conscience" is the ability to control self, feel remorse, know right from wrong, handle anger calmly and forgive others.

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My own experience has led me to change my policies over time. At first I evaluated all comers and took those who passed. One always wishes to be democratic and see people's pets as individuals. One wants to believe there are no bad breeds. However, I began to notice that some dogs who do well during the evaluation change for the worse in daycare, and these are largely bully breeds and guard dogs. Reluctant to eject a dog before trying to correct the problem, I sometimes continued with dogs that eventually attacked or bit others. I've also had to accept that every Pit Bull of every variety that I've ever admitted, started out fine after a great evaluation and became dangerous to his or her playpals within a couple of months. So now I don't take Pits at all. I find the hardest thing a business owner has to do is to tell a customer that after weeks, his or her dog has flunked out of daycare. Some never forgive you.

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In schools across the country one of every five children has been the victim of bullying. There is a cycle that kids who experience bullying go through. It starts with students who assume a leadership role among their peers and use that to bully others. Kids in this role often have many of their classmates following them. While a bully's followers don't usually engage in bullying themselves they do nothing to discourage it either. Supporters and others who do nothing to stop bullies are often referred to as passive bullies. These kids regularly draw attention the actions of a bully, but they do not participate in those actions. Passive supporters of bullies and their actions don't express their support for the bullies, but they secretly enjoy watching others get bullied. Kids who witness bullying but don't care about it are called disengaged onlookers. These kids either tell themselves to watch the bully at work or that it is none of their business what the bully is doing. Other kids witness the bullying and disapprove of it but they don't help the person being bullied even though they want to. Other kids will step up to defend a friend or classmate from a bully.

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o Hold the anger (temporarily). It's natural to want to get really angry with a bully, but that's exactly the response the bully is aiming for. Not only will getting angry or aggressive not solve the problem, it will only make it worse. Bullies want to know they have control over your child's emotions. Each time they get a reaction from your child, it adds fuel to the bully's fire - getting angry just makes the bully feel more powerful. Remind your child that anyone that makes you angry has control over you. Help your child work at staying calm through deep breathing and turning their attention to more pleasant thoughts while being picked on.
o Never get physical or bully back. Emphasize that your child should never use physical force (like kicking, hitting, or pushing) to deal with a bully. Not only does that show anger, your child can never be sure what the bully will do in response. Tell your child that it's best to hang out with others, stay safe, and get help from an adult.
o Act brave, walk away, and ignore the bully. Tell your child to look the bully in the eye and say something like, "I want you to stop right now." Counsel your child to then walk away and ignore any further taunts. Encourage your child to "walk tall" and hold his or her head up high (using this type of body language sends a message that your child isn't vulnerable). Bullies thrive on the reaction they get, and by walking away, or ignoring hurtful emails or instant messages, your child will be telling the bully that he or she just doesn't care. Sooner or later, the bully will probably get bored with trying to bother your child.
o Use humor. If your child is in a situation in which he or she has to deal with a bully and can't walk away with poise, tell him or her to use humor or give the bully a compliment to throw the bully off guard. However, tell your child not to use humor to make fun of the bully.
o Tell an adult. If your child is being bullied, emphasize that it's very important to tell an adult. Teachers, principals, parents, and lunchroom personnel at school can all help to stop it. Studies show that schools where principals crack down on this type of behavior have less bullying.
o Talk about it. It may help your child to talk to a guidance counselor, teacher, or friend - anyone who can give your child the support he or she needs. Talking can be a good outlet for the fears and frustrations that can build when your child is being bullied.
o Use the buddy system. Enlisting the help of friends or a group may help both your child and others stand up to bullies. The bully wants to be recognized and feel powerful, after all, so a lot of bullying takes part in the presence of peers. If the bully is picking on another child, tell your child to point out to the bully that his or her behavior is unacceptable and is no way to treat another person. This can work especially well in group situations (i.e., when a member of your child's circle of friends starts to pick on or shun another member). Tell your child to make a plan to buddy up with a friend or two on the way to school, on the bus, in the hallways, or at recess or lunch - wherever your child thinks he or she might meet the bully. Tell your child to offer to do the same for a friend who's having trouble with a bully. When one person speaks out against a bully, it gives others license to add their support and take a stand, too. o Develop more friendships by joining social organizations, clubs, or sports programs. Encourage regular play visits with other children at your home. Being in a group with other kids may help to build your child's self-esteem and give your child a larger group of positive peers to spend time with and turn to.Dr.'s Gary and Ruth Namie, President and CEO respectively of the Campaign against Workplace Bullying, define bullying at work as the malicious verbal mistreatment of a target by a harassing bully that is driven by the bully's desire to control the target. Tim Field, author of the workplace harassment book titled Bully In Sight defines bullying as the continual and relentless attack on other people's self-confidence and self-esteem. However workplace bullying is defined, it does not always include yelling and screaming or fists of rage as some might think. In fact, the majority of occurrences of bullying in the workplace involve more silent but none-the-less harmful actions. When one thinks of bullying in the workplace, the imagination tends to turn to slave driver male bosses belittling subordinates over serving the wrong coffee sweetener as portrayed in the 1995 workplace bullying classic movie "Swimming with Sharks." Although this memorable scene depicts a more straight forward case of workplace bullying actions, workplace bullying of the 21st century tends to take place in a much different setting.

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We are all human. We all have biases-both positive and negative: the super-smart Asian, or the mysterious villain in a turban. The trick is to be aware, acknowledge and not unconsciously pass them on. And don't let the media or other institutions get away with it either. You can fight back and win!

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2. Be aware of signs in your kids' behavior that may indicate that they are being bullied. Kids who are happy and secure want to be with their friends, in and outside of school. Avoiding school or social activities, attempts to hide unusual injuries, and torn or lost clothing or books signal that something is amiss.

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4. Ask your kids what steps they have taken to try to stop the bullying. Discuss what has and hasn't worked and why. Tell them that you are going to help them develop strategies to deal with the bully and that you will support them as they deal with this challenge.

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No matter the odds or the difficulty you can bet a Pit Bull is up to the task. Their gameness is an unfortunate reason why they are chosen as fighters. But as positive Pit owners we put their game to good use in weight-pulling and agility events. There are many heroic stories of Bullies accomplishing amazing nature-defying feats because their will-power is unmatchable and certainly unbreakable.

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Between the ages of 19 and 26 the participants in this study were contacted on a follow up basis. The results were that people who had been bullied as a child are more likely to suffer from anxiety, panic and depressive disorders as well as agoraphobia. Of the participants who experienced bullying from both sides 25% of them reported that they had had suicidal thoughts in their early adult years as a result. These participants have a high risk of developing an antisocial personality disorder. In comparison, roughly 38% of the participants who were both bullied and bullies now have have a panic disorder to deal with.

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Because bullying often stems from unhappiness or insecurity, try to find out if something is bothering your child. Children who bully aren't likely to confess to their behavior, but you'll need to try to get your child to talk by asking some specific, hard-hitting questions, such as:

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If you own a large bully breed or guard dog breed and want doggy daycare, my advice is to look for one where the dogs play in large, open spaces, preferably outside. The space allows the more submissive dogs to run away, which can dissipate an attacker's aggression. It also reduces aggression just because there's more territory. Most important of all, you should ask what the attendants know about your breed, and what's been that business's experience with it? It's always best to ask lots of questions when chosing a dog daycare for your pet, and especially so if you own a bully breed.

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Bullying is a big problem in society today. Standing up for one's rights and not caving in to bullying may be difficult, but it could help to restore peace into a person's life. Confronting those who do the bullying is not an easy thing to do. It often takes an intermediary to remedy the situation. Many people are affected by bullying.

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So when you hear Pit-Bull myths like "Bully Breeds don't feel pain" you can force them to man up and see the truth...they feel pain the same as any other dog, but it is their game that other dogs don't have, which enables them to push forward and keep going even when others would give up and quit!

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The fundamental way to 'bully-bust' is to teach young kids to respect and celebrate all cultures, choices and 'abilities'. Decades of social science research has found that diverse classrooms and communities improve children's experiences through more realistic representations of the world around them, increase opportunities for authentic civic engagement and increase social interaction between members of different racial, ethnic and cultural backgrounds. That's a fancy way of saying that our kids are less likely to be bullied or tolerate bullying of any sort if they are exposed to diverse people as early as possible--without any editorial from the adult 'peanut gallery.'>

Imagine if you will... it is 2029 and foreign invaders have entered and now rule what use to be called America. They are two-billion strong with a military that is used to suppress any civil or individual disobedience. The new rulers believe in an all powerful and all knowing kangaroo god. Any other form of worship not related to kangaroo is outlawed. The new kangaroo rulers have superior thoughts, culture, and abilities, or so they say. They take the indigenous American children and teach them about the values of worshiping kangaroo and the history of how the kangaroo people came to be such great human beings. The books that the children read discuss how the kangaroo people discovered America and made it in the image of kangaroo and its values.

Bullying has become a large problem in schools and a big topic for discussion among educators, lawmakers, parents, and the public. It has been shown to be a major contributing factor in many suicides of young people. Bullying does not happen when relationships between people are good. It should certainly not happen among friends. There is some conflict or problem, and there is reason for concern.

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The question arises as to whether to accept these breeds because all of them make gentle, loyal, affectionate pets, especially when owners pay attention to training and socialization. Thus, they do show up, requesting daycare on a regular basis, and business owners have to make decisions about whether to include them in play groups.

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Mean behavior among kids has and always been a universal problem. In a poll of 232 kids in kindergarten through eighth grade in a Connecticut Elementary School, each and every single child claimed to have been the victim of a schoolmate of a siblings' meanness or bullying during the previous month.

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Speak Up - the best way to ensure that you will continue to be bullied is to stay silent. If a bully makes a rude comment or inappropriate joke about you, ask them not to speak to you in that way. If you notice that someone else is being bullied, speak up for them and offer them support.

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"When Brady Barr measured the bite force of various animals for a National Geographic program, a hyena again was measured at 1000 psi pounds of force. A lion's bite force measured 691, a shark 669, and a Rottweiler 328 psi pounds of force. A German shepherd came in at 238, and a pit-bull's bite was measured at 235 psi pounds of force. As far as I can tell, there are no studies of any kind, peer-reviewed or not, showing canine bite force to measure more than the 328 psi pounds of force recorded by Brady Barr. If you know of any, please share."

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In daycare, hunters can attack older, weaker dogs, which is why dogs must be separated into groups based on size, temperament and play style. Fighters will chomp and hold, making it difficult to pry open their jaws if they've grabbed another dog. Herders will bark, use their bodies to reposition other dogs, and nip at heels. Terriers will grab and shake, as if to kill the rodents they were bred to control. Any breed can in fact revert to the pack behavior of copying the alpha, which means that if an attendant yells at a dog, other dogs may go after the one being reprimanded.

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Education is important. However, equally important is a child's emotional development so he or she doesn't bully or become a victim and isolated. When children grow self-aware, they develop healthy friendships and experience success in school. A loved child becomes a caring adult.

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Standing up to bullying and unjust treatment is not easy and may take a lot of courage. During World War II when Japanese Americans were treated unfairly simply because of their ethnic heritage and the fact that the United States was at war with Japan, a few people stood up for their rights. They were brave souls who tried to fight the prejudice and discrimination (bullying) hurtled against an entire segment of the population. They were arrested and imprisoned for their actions, but they were later pardoned. Some of those people who had been incarcerated in the camps during the period of the war said, in retrospect, that they wished they had been courageous enough to stand up against the mistreatment they received.

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Growing up is the same for many children if not all; children want to be just like their friends. However, when one child is different from the others, they get made fun of because of those differences. No matter how hard we try to teach them that differences are what makes everyone unique and that those differences are not bad at all, ever, they still get teased and that sticks. Decades ago, it was a little easier. No one knew about cosmetic surgery and cosmetic surgery for children wasn't even given a thought. Girls and boys just knew they'd have to grow out the acne-phase. Girls knew to use socks for their bras and boys learned how to semi-successfully hide their cracking voices. Now even parents are opting in for cosmetic surgery on their children just to save them from the anguish and embarrassment their children will inevitably receive from their peers. Albeit, parents are behaving based on their children's behalf, they're being parents, but is cosmetic surgery a viable solution for bullying?.

So what can you do if you do decide to fight back? The Workplace Bullying Institute lists three suggestions. First, give a name to what you are experiencing. This has been shown to legitimize victim's pain and suffering and make them realize that they are not alone in their fight. Secondly, take time off to "bully-proof" yourself. This entails checking your physical and mental health to make sure that fighting back is in your best interest. This step also includes researching your legal options and gathering data concerning the economic impact your bully has imposed on your organization. The institute suggests beginning a new job search in this second step as well. Your last step should be to expose the bully. This can be accomplished by making a business case to management that this bully is too expensive for the organization to keep. Give the employer the opportunity to make amends with you. However, it is best to already have an exit strategy in case your employer sides with the bully.

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Peer to peer bullying can occur when the bully is fearful of loss and believes (whether real or perceived) that the person bullied is the cause of that loss. Instead of dealing directly with his fears, the bully resorts to using power plays- intimidation, isolation, gossip- to control the person they see at fault and defend against that perceived loss.

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According to social scientists the common causes of bullying are rooted in diversity: racial differences, differences in family formation/structure, perceived sexual orientation, learning disabilities, and religious differences.

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Beach Lynch has a background in law, and has served as a both corporate mediator and Ombudsman over the past 12 years. She is one of few African-Americans doing conflict work in corporate settings. She started her career working with corporate human resource departments to integrate conflict communication skills into their work, and now teachs managers at large organizations like Coca Cola and non-profits like the Boston Architect Society to be use the skills to become more effective problem-solvers and leaders. Her website is website

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When students feel threatened by others they need to call immediate attention to the situation. Verbally alerting those around them to the bullying taking place can help divert it. Those who are bullied at any age are urged to speak out about their experience. This gives others around them the strength to tell their own stories of bullying, which spreads awareness of the problem and can sometimes even help prevent it from happening in the future.

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Bullies learn proven techniques to be more persuasive and collaborative in the workplace. Individuals can identify what action is their best interests; deal with the highly charged emotions-theirs and others; and create strategies to get great results through coaching. The outcome- the bully becomes less contentious, more focused and productive.

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A member of the Ombudsman Association, the American Bar Association- Dispute Resolution Section, and the Northeast Human Resources Association, Beach Lynch will conduct a seminar at the Boston Residential Build Conference April 7, 2005.

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With other breeds, my experience is mixed, so I continue to evaluate them on a one-off basis. I had a Rottweiler who began snarling at others within a week, while I hosted a female Rottie for years who was one of the sweetest, most accepting dogs I've ever met. About a third of the German Shepherds I've admitted have been ok; the rest get aggressive over time. Boxers vary greatly for one to the other, so I still evaluate them. I've had generally bad luck with Dobermans, so, as with Pit Bulls, I don't take them at all. On the other hand I've never had to refuse or eject a Boston Terrier, a Rat Terrier or a Pug. All of those tend to rough play, but are fine if well supervised.

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Parents involved in constant conflict, domestic violence and child abuse make life "a living hell." Children are thrown off their emotional center and can become bullies or easy victims. They may seek relief through drugs, inflicting pain on others or themselves.

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So what's the problem in daycare? The answer is that unlike all other situations, daycare causes dogs to revert to instinctual behaviors, and those behaviors can and do override training and socialization. That's because the play groups are really packs, which cause dogs to revert to their most basic instincts. If you breed a dog to fight or to guard or to defend, he or she will eventually do those things in a pack. Particularly in indoor facilities, where dogs spend the day enclosed in groups of ten or more, a unique situation in a pet's life. Behaviors that pet owners never see at home quickly emerge.

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Let's look at some statistics to see how cosmetic surgery for children under the age of 18 has risen and then continue to dive deeper into some personal stories of childhood bullying and cosmetic surgery. According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, children under the age of 18 accounted for just over one percent of the total plastic surgeries in 2012, undergoing 130,502 procedures. According to Solutionsforbullying.com, bullypolice.org, safeyouth.gov, and bullying.org, every 7 minutes a child is bullied; 85% of the time, there is no intervention of any kind. About 47 teens are bullied every five minutes while there are about 282,000 students who are reportedly attacked in high school each month. 71% of students report bullying as an ongoing problem and the leading cause of death among children under the age 14 is suicide. 43% of middle school children avoid the bathroom and locker rooms at all costs due to certainty of being bullied. When polled 98% of students indicated that they want teachers to intervene. Bullying was a factor in 2/3 of the 37 school shooting reviews by the US Secret Service. Bullying is obviously a huge problem for the nation's children; would you consider bullying an issue concerning enough for parents to use cosmetic surgery as a solution? Is there an exception if the parents and child know that their physical feature is the number one reason he
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