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Committing to genuine action to address the ‘toxic culture’ is a positive step, but the actual detox will require more radical surgery to some deeply held beliefs. Jonathan/Flickr

Surgeons take a scalpel to their own toxic culture

An independent report commissioned by the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) released yesterday has found bullying, sexual harassment and discrimination are commonplace in the culture of surgeons…
Workplaces should try to eliminate situations where bullying can occur, rather than put responsibility on workers to behave nicely. www.shutterstock.com

Like a ‘cancer’ of the workplace, bullying is a symptom of dysfunction

Like cancer, bullying will affect a majority of employees during their working lives, as a victim, witness, or perhaps as the alleged bully. And like cancer, there's no silver bullet to cure bullying.
Is the data correct that there are fewer bullies in elite schools, or is something else at play? FoxSchumacher/Flickr

Is your child less likely to be bullied in a private school?

Recent survey data revealed that twice as many parents of public school students reported their children had been bullied compared to private school parents.
Bullying and suicide are both significant public health concerns for children and adolescents, and we need to understand the link between the two. Students via www.shutterstock.com.

Understanding the link between bullying and suicide

We may assume that people who are bullied are at risk of suicide. But are the youth who engage in bullying behavior at risk of suicide too?
If a child is being bullied at school should parents intervene? Talking to the school, the other parents, the other child are all options, but is it better to let your children fend for themselves? Shutterstock

What should parents do if their child is bullied at school?

If a child is being bullied at school should parents intervene? Talking to the school, the other parents, the other child are all options, but is it better to let your children fend for themselves?
What do you presume about me? Teenagers via auremar/Shutterstock

Today’s 13-year-olds are not as bad as we’re led to believe

In 1982 I was toying with the idea of a career in teaching. That year a controversial film, Made in Britain, starring Tim Roth was released and I almost didn’t become a teacher. The film’s central character…
The abuse unleashed online can be devastating at times. Flickr/Spyros Papaspyropoulos

Five ways to fight online abuse with good manners

Online and social media’s capacity to enable anyone to communicate their ideas and views is much celebrated. So why do so many people feel nervous about getting involved with online debate? Too often…
Teaching kids that homophobia is wrong won’t necessarily stop sexuality or gender bullying. Flickr/Kurt Lowenstein Education

Telling kids homophobia is wrong won’t stop bullying in schools

There is no doubt that homophobic bullying is a problem in Australian schools. The latest Writing Themselves in report published by Gay and Lesbian Health Victoria reports 80% of young gay, lesbian or…
Bullying doesn’t always happen where the teacher can see it, but there are ways a teacher can make kids less vulnerable to bullies. Shutterstock

Everyone has a part to play in managing classroom bullying

School bullying is a proactive form of aggression which doesn’t only have impacts on the individuals being targeted, but also on the child who is bullying, their classmates, the climate and tone of the…
Bullying means different things to different people, but a key factor is that one group exerts power over the other. Shutterstock

The difference between ‘bullying’ and ‘everyday life’

A few weeks ago a survey by the Australian Bureau of Statistics showed that bullying was the number one concern of young people in Australia. Bullying has displaced their concerns about the environment…

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