Be the Hand that Reaches Out – Bullying Is Never Ok

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PepsiCo Launches "Purple On!" Anti-Bullying Campaign In Support of GLAAD’s Annual Spirit Day

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PepsiCo today announced a "Purple On!" campaign against bullying. The campaign supports GLAAD’s annual Spirit Day on October 16, which inspires millions of Americans to wear purple to take a united stand against bullying and show support for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) youth. PepsiCo is the official food and beverage sponsor for Spirit Day. 

"PepsiCo is deeply committed to building a workplace environment where all of our associates can bring their whole selves to work and are empowered to reach their full potential," said PepsiCo Chairman and CEO Indra Nooyi. "That’s why we are pleased to partner with GLAAD in support of Spirit Day, which fosters a spirit of inclusion in our communities."  

"PepsiCo leads by example and is a true ally of the LGBT community and our organization," said GLAAD President and CEO Sarah Kate Ellis.

As part of the campaign, PepsiCo is encouraging its employees to wear purple on Spirit Day and to share with their family members, friends and communities GLAAD’s anti-bullying messages and resources. This content, designed for educators, parents and students, is available at PepsiCo also is activating a social media campaign using the hashtags #SpiritDay and #PurpleOn.

Additionally, Patrick McLaughlin, Senior Vice President of Human Resources for PepsiCo’s Frito-Lay North America Division, will be among the speakers at GLAAD’s 2014 Game Changers! Gala in San Francisco on September 13.

Spirit Day coincides with the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network’s (GLSEN) "Ally Week" as well as National Bullying Prevention Month. According to GLSEN’s 2011 National School Climate Survey, 63.5 percent of LGBT students reported feeling unsafe at school because of their sexual orientation; 43.9 percent, because of their gender expression. GLSEN also reported that 81.9 percent of LGBT students reported being verbally harassed because of their sexual orientation; 63.9 percent, because of their gender expression.



Sibling bullying increases depression risk

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Being bullied regularly by a sibling could put children at risk of depression when they are older, a study led by the University of Oxford suggests.

Around 7,000 children aged 12 were asked if they had experienced a sibling saying hurtful things, hitting, ignoring or lying about them.

The children were followed up at 18 and asked about their mental health.

A charity said parents should deal with sibling rivalry before it escalates.

Previous research has suggested that victims of peer bullying can be more susceptible to depression, anxiety and self-harm.

This study claims to be the first to examine bullying by brothers or sisters during childhood for the same psychiatric problems in early adulthood.

Researchers from the Universities of Oxford, Warwick and Bristol and University College London sent questionnaires to thousands of families with 12-year-old children in 2003-04 and went back to them six years later to assess their mental health.

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4 Rules to Help Kids Stand Up to Bullying in Schools

As sure as kids return to school each Fall in the U.S., bullying will be encountered in the classroom each school year. In these early days of September classes, would-be aggressors are getting a feel for who they think might be an easy mark in the class. As the days wear on and a young person confirms that he or she can pick on specific classmates without their standing up for themselves, their bullying behavior escalates.

Assertive responses are particularly effective in countering bullying because the child who masters this type of direct, emotionally honest communication demonstrates that a bully’s attacks will be answered in a fair, but formidable way. Finding the initial target to be too powerful to provoke, the child who bullies will most often move on.

Rule 1: Show Strength

Showing strength does not mean flexing muscles or challenging a bully to arm wrestle. Rather, teach kids to show their inner strength by speaking with a confident, even voice and standing an appropriate distance from the bully (not in their face, not shrinking back). Also, encourage your child to look a bully directly in the eye. Making eye contact is one of the best ways that young people can demonstrate strength to a bully.

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Bullied Adults – An article by


Instances of adults being bullied are more common than people think. People most often associate the word “bullying” with school children and teens who are being picked on by their peers or older siblings. Bullying is common in other areas as well. It can occur in colleges at fraternities, the workplace and social organizations. Governments have also been known to use bullying tactics to achieve their goals. Knowing and understanding the concepts used by bullies makes it apparent that it can happen at any time and place where individuals of different levels of maturity and strengths interact with one another.

By definition, a bully is someone who uses force, threats or other means to control or manipulate another person. Bullying tactics are used by individuals of all ages, sexes, gender, ethnic and religious persuasions. It can enacted against another person for financial gain, revenge, to simply control or to degrade. Whatever the circumstances, the results can cause lasting damage to the victims’ emotional, mental and physical health.

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Making students feel safe: Schools prioritize bullying education

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While educators teach math, reading and social studies during the school year, anti-bullying policies and lessons have also catapulted to the top of curricula in every school in Florida.
In 2008, Florida passed the "Jeffrey Johnston Stand Up for All Students Act" to prohibit the bullying or harassment of a student or employee of a public K-12 education institution in the state. Broward County was the first to implement the policy. Several years later, schools are putting a major emphasis on bullying prevention to make sure students and teachers feel safe and protected.
Bullying is defined as systematically and chronically inflicting physical hurt or psychological distress on students or employees, and it includes cyberbullying. The acronym R.I.P. (Repeated, Imbalance of power and Purposeful) is used to help identify the behavior.
Even though each county has its own specific measures and resources in place, the underlying theme of zero tolerance is paramount in all of them.
Broward County Public Schools use the “ABC’s of Bullying Prevention” book, which contains three bullying prevention lessons for every grade level and is designed to be taught annually.
"Each grade lesson is different but contains the essential concepts regarding bullying that students must understand in order for their Attitude and Behavior to Change: Attitude + Behavior = Change," said Tresha Fletcher, a program specialist in the Broward Schools’ Diversity, Cultural Outreach and Prevention Department. "We want all students to respect each other and feel safe and protected in school, in addition to making sure they have a trusted adult to speak to if they feel bullied or know someone being bullied."

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One in Six Adolescents in the ER Has Experienced Dating Violence

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Of adolescents visiting the emergency department for any reason, one in five girls and one in eight boys reported dating violence in the past year.  According to a study published online Monday in Annals of Emergency Medicine, dating violence among adolescents was also strongly associated with alcohol, illicit drug use and depression ("Dating Violence Among Male and Female Youth Seeking Emergency Department Care")

"An enormous number of youth and adolescents have already experienced violence in their dating lives," said lead study author Vijay Singh, MD, MPH, MS of the University of Michigan Injury Center and Department of Emergency Medicine in Ann Arbor, Mich.  "Patterns that begin in adolescence can carry over to adulthood.  Screening and intervention among youth with a history of dating violence can be critical to reducing future adult intimate partner violence."

Researchers screened 4,089 males and females age 14 to 20 who were seeking care in a suburban emergency department for dating violence within the past year.   Nearly three-quarters (72.9 percent) were Caucasian, the majority (86.9 percent) were enrolled in school and just over one-quarter (25.8 percent) received public assistance.  Of females, 18.4 percent reported past year dating violence, 10.6 percent reported dating victimization and 14.6 percent reported dating aggression.  Of males, 12.5 percent reported past year dating violence, 11.7 percent reported dating victimization and 4.9 percent reported dating aggression. 

Violent acts received by a young adult are called dating victimization; violent acts perpetrated by youth are called dating aggression. 

Factors associated with dating violence for both males and females were African-American race, alcohol misuse, illicit drug misuse and depression.  In addition, females reporting prior dating violence were also more likely to be on public assistance, to have grades of D or below and to have visited the emergency department in the prior year for an intentional injury.

"With this many youth and adolescents experiencing either dating victimization or dating aggression, it’s dangerously easy for the behavior to become ‘normalized,’" said Dr. Singh.  "Simply treating the injury and not assessing for dating violence loses an opportunity for injury prevention and breaking the cycle of violence.  Because African-American youth experienced greater odds of dating violence than their Caucasian peers, culturally tailored interventions will be essential."

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How to Stand Up to a Bully at Work

You’d think that once you outgrow the playground, bullying would be a thing of the past. Only young kids who don’t know any better are bullies, right? Unfortunately that’s not the case, and there are many adult bullies out there, too. Perhaps they never fully matured, or something happened in their lives to make them bitter.
Whatever the case, an adult bully can sometimes be even tougher than a child.

Instead of messing with you at school, they make things hard for you in the workplace. Doing your job and enjoying work is difficult if not impossible with them around. If you have a bully at your place of employment, what can you do about it? Here are some tips on how to stand up to a bully at work. 

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Take the High Road

No matter what your bully does to you, it’s incredibly important to refrain from stooping to their level. Try to keep your cool, and always act professionally. Don’t yell, get emotional, or try to get revenge. Do your best to ignore the bully and not show yourself being affected by their actions. Sometimes just seeing that they aren’t getting to you is enough to make a bully ease up.

Reassure Yourself

If you want to stand up to your bully, it’s important to have confidence in yourself. The bully could be wearing you down and impacting your self-esteem, but you need to reassure yourself that you are not doing anything wrong. The bully’s actions don’t reflect any inadequacies or wrong on your part. Their actions are only a result of their own insecurities and weaknesses.

Confront the Bully

Standing up to the bully at work can, and usually should, be a direct approach. Gather the nerve and talk to them privately. Let them know the specific things they’re doing and how they’re affecting you. It’s possible they didn’t realize their actions were so harmful. On the other hand, they may respect that you will stand up for yourself and lose interest in bullying you. In the worst case scenario when the bully gets mean or aggressive in the confrontation, do not lose your cool, end the conversation, and walk away.

Talk to Coworkers

It’s probable that you’re not the only one being negatively affected by your bully. Talk privately with your coworkers and gather their opinions on the matter. If they’re feeling the same way you are, you can take a united stand against the bullying and work together to stand up to the bully.

Arm Yourself

One of the best things you can do to protect yourself against your bully is to keep a journal documenting all the incidents of bullying you experience. Write down what occurred, where, when, and if there were any witnesses. In the event that the bully tries to refute your claims of harassment, you’ll have documentation supporting your side of the story.

Talk to Your Boss or HR

When you’ve tried everything and the bully still won’t let up, it’s time to speak with your boss or human resources. Bringing the matter to their attention will hopefully bring about positive change.