December 14, 2015
By Kelly Gustafson
SOUTH BEND, Ind. -
By Frank Young
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It's often associated with young people, but bullying can happen to anyone.
"There is no federal definition of what bullying is," said Michael Dreiblatt, president of Stand Up to Bullying. "When I work with students, because the law can be hard to understand, I define bullying as the abuse of the difference in power. It's being mean or leaving people out on purpose."
There are no limits to what bullying can be, from physical or psychological to cyber bullying. The range is endless.
Dreiblatt started the company to give teachers resources on how to help their students who are being bullied.
"Starting about 14 years ago, there began a whole series of bullying prevention laws that were out there, but unfortunately teachers and staff didn't know how to actually follow the law," Dreiblatt said. "There was a shortage of supplies and teachers were looking for quality resources."
In his workshops, he has students engage with one another about the effects of bullying.
"We tend to worry most about physical bullying, emotional-type bullying," Dreiblatt said.
Warning signs that a child is being bullied vary from inexplicable injuries to a change in eating habits.
Oftentimes, an audience may stand around and do nothing, simply because they're unsure how to help.
"Bullying happens fairly quickly," said Dreiblatt. "Average bullying episode is about 28 seconds. It's a quick comment. It's a quick push. It's a mean thing sent on a computer and then disappears fairly quickly."
Technology plays a major part in students' lives so it's no surprise that bullying has been on the rise.
"The real harm that comes from cyber bullying is that it's 24/7," Dreiblatt said. "I could get it at 3 a.m. or 2 o'clock in the afternoon. Now because of that smart phone in my pocket that follows me wherever I go."
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