Bullying culture widespread

 

Bullying has long been thought to be something experienced in childhood. Some parents wrongly considered it to be a rite of passage into the world of adulthood. The most recent focus on the childhood impact has been on cyber-bullying, where teens and younger children have been a victim or a bully in the anonymous arena of social media.

In the world of work, young adults have encountered bosses, supervisors and even fellow employees still exhibiting bullying behavior. Countless hours of negative productivity and the feeling that “I am not safe at work,” have sapped the enthusiasm of these young people and exposed a “corporate culture” that is no different from what they experienced in school.

Now we see the words “bullying” and “football” in the same story. All those years of watching coaches throw chairs, curse young athletes and “build men” by tearing them down should have prepared us for this, but it didn’t.

The antithesis of bullying is building healthy relationships; it is about respecting other people’s rights and feelings; it is about looking at your own behavior from the other person’s perspective; most of all, it’s about doing what’s right.

Frank G. DeLaurier, executive director, The Melissa Institute for Violence Prevention and Treatment, Miami

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