School Mobbing and Emotional Abuse: See It, Stop It, Prevent It, with Dignity and Respect

School Mobbing and Emotional Abuse: See It, Stop It, Prevent It, with Dignity and Respect

School Mobbing and Emotional Abuse: See It, Stop It, Prevent It, with Dignity and Respect

School Mobbing and Emotional Abuse: See It, Stop It, Prevent It, with Dignity and Respect

Synopsis

Mobbing is group bullying. It is 'ganging up' on someone using tactics of rumor, innuendo, discrediting, isolating, intimidating, and above all, making it look as if the targeted person is responsible. Though bullying has been prevalent in schools for many years, recent events involving the use of guns and other weapons at school show the desperate need to resolve these issues and make schools safe environments for children. Elliott explores why people, particularly children, take part in mobbing situations, and addresses how adults can teach children to have dignity and respect for themselves, which they will then extend to others.

Excerpt

Most people have a good idea of what bullying is. It is an overt activity that generally involves physical contact or directly abusive language. Many of us have been the victim of a bully at some point in our lives. One purpose of this book is to make you aware of a more covert form of bullying that takes place in groups, and is referred to as “mobbing.”

Mobbing is emotional abuse that involves ridicule, shunning, isolation, intimidation, and humiliation. Nobel Laureate Konrad Lorenz originated the term mobbing in the 1960s, to describe this behavior in animals. One example is geese forming a group to terrorize and drive away a predator, such as a fox. The book, Mobbing: Group Violence Among Children, published in Sweden in 1972, was based upon research involving bullying behavior among schoolchildren in Sweden by Dr. Peter-Paul Heinemann.

My book is not meant to be a scholarly treatise; instead it introduces the principles of Dignity and Respect as an approach to bullying or mobbing situations that on the surface may look confusing or complicated. This book is deliberately conversational in tone and style. The essays are intended to promote insight and awareness in students, teachers, counselors, parents, and school professionals.

It is my hope that the reader will appreciate the candor and common sense I bring to this topic. This book is intended to be a springboard or launch point for schools to be able to create programs addressing mobbing and bullying behavior that will be effective. Many approaches to this ongoing problem are polarizing because they promote the concept of “good guys and bad guys.” This book is different because it promotes dignity and respect for all people, not just certain people.

All people agree that they want to be treated with dignity and respect. If people understood those terms and treated each other

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