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There are hundreds of reference books that deal with the problems of bullying/harassment. I have selected these few that have all been published since 2000. I know that there are more that I could add here, I just haven’t had time to read them yet. Send me your favorites. --cj

Building Classroom Communities: Strategies for Developing a Culture of Caring. David A. Levine. Bloomington, IN: National Educational Service, 2003. Imagine teaching empathy and building classroom communities to prevent bullying and other disrespectful behaviors. This book helps to do just that.

The Bullying in the Book and in the Classroom. cj bott. Lanham, MD. Scarecrow Press, 2004. This is my book and it is for adults who work with children and young adults. There are over 200 titles from picture books to high school novels that contain the major theme of bullying. Start a dialogue about bullying from an objective position before you have to discipline from a subjective position.

Bullying: Deal with it Before Push Comes to Shove. Elaine Slaven. Illustrated by Brooke Kerrigan. Toronto, ON: James Lorimer & Company, 2003. Aimed at students, this highly illustrated booklet is excellent. It discusses all types of bullying and has quizzes and self checks to get the points across clearly. Lorimer & Company have created a series of these books. Check out all of them.

Cyberbullying And Cyberthreats: Responding To The Challenge Of Online Social Aggression, Threats, And Distress by Nancy E. Willard. Research Press, Champaign, Illinois. 2007. This is my new favorite professional book on cyberbullying. It contains an immense amount of information that adults needs to know to help the children in their lives.

Girl Wars: Twelve Strategies That Will End Female Bullying. Cheryle Dellasega, and Charisse Nixon. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2003. This book presents a thorough discussion of Relational Aggression and ways adults can work to prevent it and help those involved.

Mean Chicks, Cliques, and Dirty Tricks: A Real Girl’s Guide to Getting Through the Day with Smarts and Style. Erika V. Shearin Karres.Avon, MA: Adams Media, 2004. This book has solid information presented in a style that makes it attractive to teen girls. Through out there are quizzes that will help the reader realize how she might react to mean chicks and cliques.

Program for Gay and Lesbian Students. Boston: Beacon Press, 2001. An excellent resource for helping students who are gay or are perceived-to-be gay. Gay bashing is the biggest harassment problem in school today. This program provides answers for every question or scenario you can think of.

When the Drama Club Is Not Enough: Lessons from the Safe SchoolsProgram for Gay and Lesbian Students. Jeff Perrotti and Kim Westheimer. Boston: Beacon Press, 2001. Gay bashing is the biggest harassment problem in school today. This program provides answers for every question or scenario you can think of and is an excellent resource for helping students who are gay or are perceived-to-be gay.

My Top 10 Websites Dealing With Cyberbullying

i-SAFE Inc. is the worldwide leader in Internet safety education. Founded in 1998 and endorsed by the U.S. Congress, i-SAFE is a non-profit foundation dedicated to protecting the online experiences of youth everywhere. i-SAFE incorporates classroom curriculum with dynamic community outreach to empower students, teachers, parents, law enforcement, and concerned adults to make the Internet a safer place.

The Center for Safe and Responsible Internet Use has been established
to provide outreach services addressing issues of the safe and
responsible use of the Internet. Our goal is to provide guidance to
parents, educators, librarians, policy-makers, and others regarding
effective, empowerment strategies to assist young people in gaining the
knowledge, skills, motivation, and self-control to use the Internet and
other information technologies in a safe and responsible manner.

An extremely useful and complete reference source, this site created by Nancy Willard provides many of the guides and informative pieces that are in Willard’s book, Cyberbullying and Cyberthreats: Respoonding to the challenge of online social aggression, threats, and distress.

Cyber-safe kids, cyber savvy teens, this site is directed to teens, but adults are allowed to look, too. Thee is also a book by this name, I just got it and haven’t read it yet.

www.cyberbullying.ca (Also cyberbullying.org)
"Cyberbullying involves the use of information and communication technologies such as e-mail, cell phone and pager text messages, instant messaging, defamatory personal Web sites, and defamatory online personal polling Web sites, to support deliberate, repeated, and hostile behaviour by an individual or group, that is intended to harm others." -Bill Belsey

A central repository and information clearinghouse for the phenomenon of cyberbullying. To note, cyberbullying is also called "cyber bullying," "electronic bullying," "e-bullying," "sms bullying," "mobile bullying," "online bullying," "digital bullying," or "Internet bullying." Here we will make available the latest news and headlines, and provide research findings, press releases, reports, and a number of useful resources and materials to assist those in positions that directly or indirectly deal with this problem.

Internet 101--For parents who have grown up with television, raising today's Internet generation can be daunting. Kids know more about the technology and they use the Internet differently from adults, so it is not surprising that parents often feel at a disadvantage. This site will help parents take the first step towards becoming more aware and involved by explaining the different technologies that kids use and the activities they like.

MindOH!, an e-Learning company focused on character education. MindOH! creates interactive computer modules that teach students problem-solving techniques and communication skills, reinforcing universally held virtues such as respect and responsibility. The MindOH! co-founders wanted to extend the reach of character education by creating a supporting charitable organization with the versatility to reach youth in their communities.

The four types of online bullies include:

  • The Vengeful Angel
  • The Power-Hungry or Revenge of the Nerds
  • The “Mean Girls”
  • The Inadvertent Cyberbullying or “Because I Can.”

While a large portion of Wired Kids, Inc.’s work involves preventing and helping investigate cybercrimes and abuses, wired Kids also has a softer side with many online safety games for younger children. There is also helpful information for children of all ages, teachers, parents and law enforcement.

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