Friday, October 10, 2014

October is National #Bullying Prevention Month

…not the only item on the PF blogging agenda, which includes National Adjunct Walkout Day, Adjunct Chat's PD project, #ccourses ~ among other topics. Since this is Bullying Prevention/Awareness Month, I did not want to delay opening a long planned academic bullying series post. Although most of the months' designated websites emphasize schools, bullying and mobbing ~ as many of us know all too well ~ is very real in academic workplace too.
October is National Bullying Prevention Month, in which schools and organizations work together to stop bullying and cyber-bullying through activities, outreach and education. The month not only tries to raise awareness of bullying in schools, but also works to raise awareness of workplace bullying.
So is bullying in online groups and volunteer organizations. Building and maintaining trust is central to both organizing and preventing online bullying. Whether serendipity or morphic resonance, today's #ccourses' webinar is about building trust online and off. That will probably be the next post in the series. Reading Room will feature related links this month, and I hope to get to at least some of the bullying and related posts in drafts

October is National Bullying Prevention Month, CSEA Local 1000 AFSCME, AFL-CIO...and now for a video and more links, with a focus on workplace and academic bullying and mobbing to reinforce group think and as a retaliation tool


  1. When my daughter was terrible two-ing, my mother counseled me to avoid saying NO, or on focusing on what she couldn't do, but to say instead what she *could* or should do. Not bullying is important; I just wish that message could be coupled with an instructive phrase about an alternative behavior.

    1. Karen, that's a good point and an even better idea to think about how to implement.

      Since posting this I've been reading more articles about online privacy and social media bullying. Someone who is not the target of being bullied stepping in to comment against it seems to have more effect than the target responding. Several commenting can shut it down.

      The more usual silence of other members of a social media community signals if not active approval then permission to continue. Perhaps the silent do not want to become targets or see it as being between bully and target and not their problem. Mobbing is another matter. So is motive.

      Even so, instructive comments about alternative behavior or just asking why makes a lot sense as a first response.

      Here's a good blog post on the subject ~ more links too.


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