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The minefield of bullying


Bullying. From the playground to cyberspace, for victims it can be a minefield of teasing, taunting, threatening, shunning, and sometimes physical harm. Studies show while bullies themselves act tough, their actions are often a tool to conceal shame or anxiety or to boost self-esteem. By demeaning others, the abuser feels empowered.

Dr. Dan Gottlieb looks at bullying’s many forms, its cultural roots, and when and how to intervene with guests Emily Bazelon and Charles Williams, III.

Emily Bazelon is senior editor at Slate, contributing writer at the New York Times Magazine, and the Truman Capote Fellow for Creative Writing and Law at Yale Law School. She’s the author of Sticks and Stones: Defeating the Culture of Bullying and Rediscovering the Power of Character and Empathy.

Charles “Chuck” Williams, MGCOD, Ph.D., is a Stoneleigh Fellow
Associate Teaching Professor of Psychology and Education in the Department of Psychology at Drexel University.


Emily Bazelon on becoming a better bystander


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  • Jeanne

    I have some concerns with the tone of the conversation. It sounds like “you” are saying that the victum brings this on themselves because of poor social skills… It like saying the women that was raped brought it on herself .

  • http://crystalspraggins.blogspot.com Crystal Spraggins

    Great program. As an HR professional, I’m specifically interested in workplace bullying, but I believe there has to be a connection between what happens in the school yard and what later happens in the office.

  • http://www.centerforresilientchildren.org Gabriel Smith

    I am a research associate at the Devereux Center for Resilient Children. The Devereux Early Childhood Assessment program is a great one for teaching social and emotional skills in young children (preschoolers) and there is also a program for infants and toddlers! The PATHS curriculum is also a good one for preK – Elementary school children.

  • Lynde Ugoretz

    I wish you had time to talk about specific ways you deal with bullies. Its so easy to talk about being bullied, but as a parent listening to this there was no information on any specifics things to tell my child how to deal with other children. I know you’re promoting her book, and I would hope if I bought it, it would tell some specifics. I was just dissapointed in not getting any specific tools from this program we could tell our daughter to use..




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