what every parent, teacher, and kid needs to know about ending the cycle of fear
Kids at high risk for peer victimization. From geek girls to sluts: what does it mean to be a girl? ; Princess boys and nonconforming guys ; Quirky kids and kids with hidden disabilities ; Kids with different appearances or physical disabilities ; Gay, lesbian, transgender, and bisexual students ; Victims of cyberbullying, sexting, and sexual harassment
The harmful effects of bullying on the brain.
Where do we go from here? : Prevention, intervention, and reconciliation. Create a home environment that produces neither bullies nor victims ; Set out family guidelines for responsible uses of technology, media, and music ; Changing our cultural attitudes toward aggression and cruelty ; Calling on toy retailers to eliminate gender-based marketing ; Stop marketing makeup and sexy clothes to children ; Reassess the role of schools in character education ; Social and emotional learning ; Responding to the bully ; Responding to the victim ; Restorative justice ; Strategies that ease the negative effects of taunting ; Creating witnesses and allies out of bystanders ; Cybersupporting instead of cyberbullying: a real-life happy ending.
Goldman is an excellent speaker as well as writer, and I would highly recommend her as a presenter to school or community groups. She give specifics on how to distinguish bullying from normal social conflict, how to respond to bullies, (or defensive parents and school officials) who deny the harm done, and how kids can flip the hurtful statements around to deprive them of their power. She tells kids how to minimize the impact of cyberbullying: don't keep the phone on in your room at night, don't share passwords, don't keep re-reading the bad stuff. Best of all, she offers wonderful, practical suggestions on how bystanders can support victims, from the riskiest option of directly confronting the bully, to safer, but also effective methods: distracting the bully, building alliances with other bystanders, or even simply sending the victim a supportive note or text later on. A great discussion starter for kids, parents, and anyone who works with youth.
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"None of us is without blame. None o us is without strengths. If we keep these two truths in mind, we are well positioned to take on the problem of bullying with grace and maturity. Every person has a voice that deserves to be heard, even the marginalized and the mute. We just need to listen, and change will occur.
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