Forty percent of U.S. students voluntarily report being involved in bullying — as bullies or as victims — according to the results of the first national survey on this subject. Bullying is increasingly viewed as an important contributor to youth violence, including homicide and suicide. Case studies of the shooting at Columbine High School and other U.S. schools trace the multiple murders to bullying incidents.
In a survey of 558 students in a Midwestern middle school, 80 percent of the students had engaged in bullying behavior during the previous 30 days, verbally or in cyberspace by teasing, name calling, spreading malicious rumors, ridiculing, and leaving students out of social activities deliberately, or even physically by damaging belongings, aggression, extortion, beating, and use of deadly force.
Given that most bullying goes unnoticed and unreported, Americans have been slow to react to this behavior that is taking over our schools. Other countries deal with mean people while, in the United States, take-charge insolence, no matter how threatening, is rewarded in schools, in business, in sports, and in everyday life. Often those who stand up to a bully suffer retribution so that their only defense seems to be to turn to violence themselves.
School is a prime location for bullying, and its effects can last a lifetime. Bullying is one of the most underrated and enduring problems in schools today and is a reality in the lives of all children, whether they are bullies, victims, or witnesses.
In this book, you will learn why bullying occurs and get at the root causes for it, why some children are victimized and why others are vicious, how to develop an anti-bullying policy, how students, parents, and teachers can work together to stop it before it goes too far. You will learn about cyber bullying, racist bullying, sexist bullying, phone or note bullying, gang bullying, teacher bullying, and sports bullying. You will know how to evaluate the bullying problem in your school, develop anger management and conflict resolution skills, develop awareness of the problem, learn victim role playing and assertiveness training, and how to provide better supervision of key areas of the school where bullying often occurs.
All children deserve the right to go to school free of intimidation. Help make your school bully-free by using the information contained in this groundbreaking new book. If you are interested in learning essentially everything there is to know about stopping bullies and bullying, then this book is for you.
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Table of Contents
The Bully, The Bullied, and the "Innocent Bystander" 17
Defining Bullying Behavior 19
Myths About Bullying 24
Teasing and Bullying 29
The Price of Bullying 35
The Price Paid By the Bully 39
The Effects of Being Bullied, Then and Now 48
The Price Paid By the Bystander 56
The Price Paid By the Parents 58
Waving the Red Flags 63
The Bullied Child: Seeing the Red Flags 67
The Bully: Seeing the Red Flags 71
Mean Girls 75
The Bystanders: Seeing the Red Flags 81
The Silent Assault 85
Forensic Profiles of Bullies and Their Victims 101
Who Are They? 103
The Forensic Profile of a Bully 105
The Forensic Profile of a Victim 110
The Forensic Profile of a Bystander 114
Myth-Busting: The Truth Behind Bullying 121
Myth Busting 122
Solutions for Parents, Teachers, Victims, and Bystanders 133
Creating Bully-Proof Children and Bully-Busting in Your Home 135
Talk About the Hippo 145
Empowering Bystanders 146
Bully-Proofing Your Child: The Lowdown 152
Bullying on the School Bus 156
Dealing Directly with Bullies and their Parents 159
What if Your Child is the Bully? 163
Creating Zero Tolerance for School Bullying 177
Olweus's Suggestions at the School Level 179
A British Model to Prevent Bullying 183
An Early Bullying Intervention Model 191
School, Community, and Home Education About Bullying 196
Creating Caring in Schools 200
The Supreme Court Speaks 204
Six Hours a Day 205
Program Evaluation 207
Bullying and the Law 213
In Loco Parentis 216
A Closer Look at the Juvenile Justice System and Bullying 218
Negligence Defined 227
Stalking as a Form of Bullying 231
Hate Crimes and Bullying 235
Bullying and Gangs 241
Bullying as Legally Actionable Behavior 248
A Student's Anti-Bullying Pledge 261
A Teacher's Anti-Bullying Pledge 263
A Parent's Anti-Bullying Pledge 265
A Safety Checklist for Schools, Homes, and Communities 267
Author Biography 271