Five Books to Help You Deal with Cyberbullying Now

Tips to handle cyberbullying from the Ascentive team

Despite cyberbullying being a relatively new problem for children in school, a number of resources are now available to help parents deal with it. In addition to website such as www.stopcyberbullying.org and www.cyberbullying.us, there are many book on the subject. Here are five books to Help You Deal with Cyberbullying now.

1) BullyingBeyond the Schoolyard: Preventing and Responding to Cyberbullying

By Sameer Hinduja and Justin W. Patchin

Focusing on how technology can facilitate or magnify traditional forms of peer harassment, “Bullying beyond the Schoolyard” paints a vivid picture of online aggression among adolescents by recounting the stories of victims, summarizing current research, and reviewing recent legal rulings. The book also provides proactive prevention and intervention strategies to equip parents, educators, counselors, law enforcement, and other youth-serving adults with the tools necessary to protect students from the negative effects of cyberbullying. Finally, it includes many special features, such as questions for reflection after each chapter, numerous illustrations, and reproducible resource documents to further educate those involved.

2) Cyber Bullying: Bullying in the Digital Age

By Robin M. Kowalski PhD, Susan P. Limber PhD, & Patricia W. Agatston PhD

“Cyber Bullying: Bullying in the Digital Age” provides an overview of bullying research in general, paying attention to research from around the world, and an overview of the cyberbullying research, much of which the authors have been directly involved in conducting. The authors provide current research that informs the reader as to the pervasiveness of this event in the lives of children.

3) Teen Cyberbullying Investigated: Where Do Your Rights End and Consequences Begin?

By Thomas A. Jacobs J.D.

Among books recently published on this topic, this one distinguishes itself by covering more than 50 actual court cases involving teenagers. Although Judge Jacobs assures teenagers of their protected legal rights, especially First Amendment rights, the hearings are a sobering reminder of the real dangers and legal consequences of cyberbullying.

4) Cyberbullying and Cyberthreats: Responding to the Challenge of Online Social Aggression, Threats, and Distress

By Nancy E. Willard

“Cyberbullying and Cyberthreats: Responding to the Challenge of Online Social Aggression, Threats, and Distress” contains a Parent’s Guide to Cyberbullying and Cyberthreats, a fact sheet entitled CyberbullyNOT: Stopping Online Social Cruelty, a Situation Review Process handout and School Action plan for working with parents and students, and detailed guidelines for managing in-school use of the Internet and personal devices, including cell phones. Appendices contain reproducible assessment and program forms/

5) Confronting Cyber-Bullying: What Schools Need to Know to Control Misconduct and Avoid Legal Consequences

By Shaheen Shariff Ph.D

This book is directed to academics, educators, and government policy-makers who are concerned about addressing emerging cyber-bullying and anti-authority student expressions through the use of cell phone and Internet technologies. The author analyzes government and school responses by reviewing positivist paradigms. Her review of a range of legal frameworks and judicial decisions from constitutional, human rights, child protection, and tort law perspectives redirects attention to legally substantive and pluralistic approaches that can help schools balance student free expression, supervision, safety, and learning.

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