Friday, October 1, 2010

Resources in the Fight to Stop Bullying

THE BULLY, THE BULLIED, AND THE BYSTANDER by Barbara ColorosoRecent headlines have brought stories of one tragedy after another as a result of bullying. It seems as if everyone is talking and thinking about bullying and how serious an issue it is in our society. Schools are constantly doing every thing they can to counteract this phenomenon but educators across the country are left craving more advice on ways to put this behavior to an end. Two of our powerful titles on the subject of bullying are valuable resources for educators, administrators, and parents alike.

Barbara Coloroso’s The Bully, the Bullied, and the Bystander: From Preschool to High School—How Parents and Teachers Can Help Break the Cycle is a groundbreaking and trusted guide on bullying. Drawing on her decades of work with troubled youth, Coloroso helps teachers understand
  • What bullying is—and what it isn’t
  • How to read subtle clues that a child is being bullied
  • Seven steps to take if a child is being bullied
  • Four abilities that help protect a child from succumbing to bullying
  • Why zero tolerance policies can equal zero thinking
  • Why contempt, not anger, drives bullying, and how to confront this in bullies)

This title is an essential component of any anti-bullying school effort and serves as a valuable resource to school personnel, parents, and guardians in this struggle.

Another important work is Letters to a Bullied Girl: Messages of Healing and Hope by Olivia Gardner, Sarah Buder, and Emily Buder.The result of a tragic event in the life of Olivia, a 14-year-old student, this eye-opening book is a startling look at the long-term impact bullying can have. After having a seizure in front of her classmates, Olivia was bullied mercilessly; the impact this had on her was predictably crushing. Emily and Sarah Buder, sisters and classmates of Olivia, asked the rest of the school to write letters to her in an effort to raise her spirits. As a result of media attention, the simple plan to collect a few letters of encouragement grew to near 3,000 “Dear Olivia” emails and handwritten notes. What is most powerful about the collection of letters found in Letters to a Bullied Girl is that they are written not only by those who have been bullied, but by those who have bullied themselves or have been a bystander to bullying taking place. This text, in addition to the extensive curriculum guide available, is sure to go a long way towards changing the culture of a school community and its views on bullying.

As recent events have shown, students can and have been bullied for practically any aspect of who they are, including their sexual orientation. Eric Marcus’ Is It a Choice: Answers to the Most Frequently Asked Questions About Gay & Lesbian People provides insightful and no-nonsense answers to commonly asked questions about homosexuality. This is yet another valuable resource for educators to stop bullying of students because of their sexual orientation.

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