I’ve been a public speaker on the subject of bullying for the past seven years for adults and children. I am also the author of “15 Ways to ZAP a Bully!”
I speak at companies and adult organizations about:
bullying in the workplace
parenting a child being bullied
My primary objective is threefold:
to help children empower themselves
to help parents empower their children
to help teachers empower their students
The reason I’m passionate about bullying is because I know what it’s like to watch your child getting bullied and to feel powerless to stop it.
In 1999, at the age of 13, my daughter Nikki was diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome, which is a developmental disorder. Having any type of disability makes children especially vulnerable to bullying. For most of her younger school years Nikki was physically and emotionally bullied. But around the time she started high school, something wonderful happened.
BULLIES NEED AN UPSET REACTION THE WAY FIRE NEEDS OXYGEN
Nikki discovered that she could take all the wind out of a bully’s sails by NOT reacting in an emotional way.
One of Nikki’s strengths is being articulate. Another is her off beat sense of humor.
By coming up with snappy comebacks, she was able to “Zap” bullies in a way that didn’t get her into trouble and that stopped bullies in their tracks.
THE BIRTH OF “15 WAYS TO ZAP A BULLY!”
One of the things I kept hearing from parents was, “Just give us the magic words to stop bullying!”
It occurred to me that what’s really needed is a “self-help” book, for kids, with eye popping illustrations on each page…and one that suggests lots of safe options for deflecting verbal bullying.
Since Nikki had recently graduated from art college, and actually came up with some of the techniques herself, who better to illustrate ‘our’ book?
LET US HELP YOU
and parents understand that you can stop the bullying.
I wrote it and Nikki illustrated it.
Bullying doesn’t just happen to children. It happens to many adults in the workplace who struggle with how to handle the bullying in a way that won’t cost them a promotion, or worse, cost them their job. Click Here to Read My Article
Although there are no laws against it, bullying in the workplace is a lose/lose proposition for both the employee and the organization. It hurts productivity; increases turnover and absenteeism; and invariably leads to targeted employees finding a way to ‘even’ the score when they feel helpless to stop the bullying.
Sexual harassment, along with harassment based on race, color, religion, national origin, etc. is illegal. Organizations can be and are held legally accountable when harassment of protected classes of employees occurs in the workplace.
Bullying and harassment hurt everyone, whether it occurs at work or at school. Fortunately, most of the perpetrators are unaware of how severe the consequences of their behavior can be. That’s why educating staff and/or students is an organization’s or a school’s best defense.
Today I continue to speak to organizational staff, parent groups, school administrators, teachers or students about why bullying happens and how to stop it.
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