How Safe Are Your Patients From Bullying?
By: Michele R. Berman, MD | August 12, 2011
Rebecca Black may now be laughing all the way to the bank, but her new found fame has come at a price. The 14-year-old is now being home-schooled by her mother because of bullying at school.
1. Imbalance of Power: people who bully use their power to control or harm, and the people being bullied may have a hard time defending themselves
2. Intent to Cause Harm: actions done by accident are not bullying; the person bullying has a goal to cause harm
3. Repetition: incidents of bullying happen to the same the person over and over by the same person or group
Bullying is not only physical, but can also take verbal (name-calling, teasing), social (spreading rumors, leaving people out on purpose, breaking up friendships) and "cyber" forms (using the Internet, mobile phones or other digital technologies to harm others).
People Who Bully Others:
People Who Witness Bullying:
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