Chris Roberts

Your Actions Can Stop Bullying

I want to share a video from SAFE International Sydney director Jeff Phillips.  In this video he addresses the topic of bullying from his experience as a self defense instructor, school teacher, and as one who experienced bullying in his younger years.  Please watch the video and I will offer some additional thoughts after.   In a short time Jeff offers some excellent tips in addressing bullying.  Far too often all the focus is put on the bully and how to deal with them, when in fact the victim of the bullying has many strategies that they might implement to stop it.  Here is how I internalized what Jeff was saying with a few of my own thoughts as well.   1)  Accountability - the one constant in...
Chris Roberts

Is Sarahah The New Bullying App

bullySarahah, one of the newer messaging apps has become very very popular, but is it another bullying tool whose potential negative factors have been underestimated or ignored?  The idea of the app is quite simple.  Users can send and receive “constructive messages” or anonymous messages.   In Arabic, Sarahah means "honesty".  The designer of the said the app was meant for the workplace where people could offer their true thoughts on their co-workers with anonymity.  Well as anyone with 30secs of thought would realize, that is a recipe for disaster, rather than a tool of positivity.   Well this app has turned into another bullying tool that allows people to send and say things anonymously that they w...
Chris Roberts

The Reality of Bullying

bully1Bullying — Today’s Reality SAFE International™ has launched our new Bullying page on the website.  Here is an excerpt from it that provides some bullying statistics here in Canada.  The studies on bullying have provided much more insight over the years as to why bullies bully and the misconceptions many have had over the years in regards to the behaviour.  To see the full page, visit Bullying is typically defined as physical intimidation or fighting, starting and/or spreading rumours, shaming publicly, insults through name calling, teasing, and other aggressive behaviour.  Despite an increase of public attention on the issue of bullying in recent years, it remai...
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