October 2012Brought to you by: The Gardner GroupTrick-or-Treating Safety Workplace BullyingBetween bags of candy and spooky If older children trick-or-treat with a Many people believe that bullyingcelebrations, October 31 is a favorite group of friends, plan out the route occurs mainly on the playground, but inday for many children and adults. they will take in advance, and make reality, many adults are bullied everyHowever, the festivities aren’t all fun and sure you have the cellphone number day while at work.games for children. This Halloween, of someone in the group.protect your little ghost or ghoul by Make sure your child follows all Generally, workplace bullying is definedfollowing these safety guidelines. normal traffic rules, such as walking as the use of intimidation through on the sidewalk. Never assume right power, influence, tone or language toPreparation affect a person negatively. Often, of way, as drivers may not be able to Make sure the costume your child see you or your family. bullying is intentional, but at times the wears is bright, reflective and fire- bully is not aware of his or her hurtful resistant. You may also wish to add actions or words. reflective tape to your child’s trick-or- treat bag. If you or a co-worker is being bullied, report it to a supervisor immediately. If Consider non-toxic makeup instead you are being bullied by your supervisor, of a mask that can limit or block your report it to another manager or to HR. child’s eyesight. Remember to test the makeup in a small area first and Because October is National Bullying remove it before bedtime to prevent Prevention Month, consider logging on irritation. to www.stopbullying.gov for additional Preparing a good meal for your information about bullying. family before trick-or-treating will keep your child from filling up on After trick-or-treating unexamined candy. Examine all treats for choking hazards and tampering before DID YOU KNOWWhile trick-or-treating allowing your child to eat anything. In Thirty-five percent of the U.S. If trick-or-treating at night, provide addition, be wary of any homemade workforce say that they have flashlights for all children and adults treat that did not come from a close been bullied at work. involved. friend or family. An adult should always accompany Too much of anything can be a bad That’s over 54 million young children, even if you trust the thing—especially candy. Try to ration Americans who are unfairly neighborhood they are in. your child’s treats over the next days intimidated by a co-worker or and weeks. supervisor.