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Bullying Today

Bullying Today
Bullet Points and Best Practices

April 2016 | 224 pages | Corwin

Strategies for addressing bullying—ready when you need them.

Before bullying surfaces in your school, you need to be ready. This book is organized so you can find the answers you need to make meaningful changes in the way you prevent and respond to bullying.

The authors know the challenges educators face. Here they’ve distilled nearly 15 years of research into bite-sized chapters, with strategies and real-world examples to put ideas into action. You’ll learn:

  • Prevention strategies to put in place now
  • How to distinguish bullying from other hurtful behaviors
  • The connection between cyberbullying and in-person bullying
  • Responses that work—and ones that don’t

Bullying Today provides clarity on controversial issues and the complex relationships among your students. It will encourage and empower you to be the solution to bullying at your school and equip you with tools to promote a healthy and vibrant school culture.

"A common-sense practical approach by authors who have the knowledge and passion to help all who work with students."
Deb Bible, Educational Consultant
Hanover Park, IL

"This is a handy guide to lead schools in meaningful discussions about bullying. It offers best practices that will help educators create a positive bully-free atmosphere in the school environment and beyond."
Avis Canty, Instructional Technology Facilitator
Greenville County School District, Greenville, SC

Defining bullying: What it is and what it isn't
1. Bullies or Best Friends? The Challenge of Interpreting Interpersonal Relationships
2. Distinguishing Bullying from Other Hurtful Behaviors
3. Can Someone be an Unintentional Bully?
4. The Case for Including Intent in a Definition of Bullying
Bullying by the Numbers: What we know
5. 160,000 Students Stay Home from School Every Day Because of Bullying?
6. Cyberbullying: Neither an Epidemic nor a Rarity
7. Small Samples Don't Speak "Truth"
8. Ban School, Open Facebook
9. Does Bullying "Cause" Suicide?
10. Most Who Bully Online Bully at School
11. Cyberbullying Less Emotionally Impactful than In-Person Bullying?
13. Nothing Works? Taking Stock of America's "War on Bullying"
The lowdown on laws related to bullying
12. The Criminalization of Cyberbullying
13. Should Cities Have a Cyberbullying Ordinance?
14. Cell Phone Searches: Implications for Educators from Riley v. California
15. Educator Searches of Private Student Social Media Profiles: The Illinois Experiment
16. Minnesota's New Bullying Law and the Ability of Educators to Respond to Off-Campus Bullying
17. Bullying, Students with Disabilities, and Federal Law
Preventing Bullying Before it Starts: What you can do
18. Nothing Works? Taking Stock of America's 'War on Bullying"
19. Bullying Assembly Programs - What Schools Need to Know
20. What the Best Bullying and Cyberbullying Assembly Speakers Do
21. Student Advisory Boards Can Inform Bullying Policies and Prevention
22. Deterring Teen Bullying: Dos and Don'ts
23. Should Schools Monitor Students' Social Media Accounts?
24. Addressing Discrimination to Prevent Bullying
25. Ideas to Make Kindness Go Viral
26. Anti-Bullying Youth Rally at Schools
27. Students Plays to Combat Bullying
28. Educators, Students, and Conversations About Technology Misuse
Rational responses to bullying: What works and what doesn't
29. Anonymous Reporting for Bullying and Cyberbullying Incidents
30. Setting up a Free Bullying and Cyberbullying Reporting System with Google Voice
31. Video Evidence of Bullying: Implications for Effective Response
32. Law Enforcement Involvement in Bullying Incidents: Different Rules and Roles
33. Holding Parents Responsible for Their Child's Bullying
34. A Potential Response to Cyberbullying: Talking to the Parents of the Bully
35. Can a School Respond to Off-Campus Cyberbullying?
36. When Can Educators Search Student Cell Phones?
37. Why Confiscating Student Cell Phones Might Be a Bad Idea
38. Fewer Schoolwide Bans on Devices, More School Climate Initiatives!
39. Teens and Technology, School District Policy Issues

"Bullying Today: Bullet Points and Best Practices” is a handy guide and great tool to lead school teams in healthy and meaningful discussions about bullying. If offers helpful information about history and current best practices that will help prepare educators to create a positive bully free atmosphere in the school environment and beyond."

Avis Canty, Instructional Technology Facilitator
Greenville County School District, Greenville, SC

"A common-sense practical approach by authors who have the knowledge and passion to help all who work with students."

Deb Bible, Educational Consultant
Hanover Park, IL

"Patchin and Hinduja have done it again! It's hard to know how to interpret incidents and determine the best way to respond, and this resource provides clarity to make sure we're best able to safeguard and help our students. The conversational tone of the chapters and questions for reflection make this an ideal book for faculty discussion groups around bullying. I highly recommend it!"

Dr. Patti Agatston, Prevention Specialist and President of the International Bullying Prevention Association
Cobb County Schools, Georgia

"This is an incredibly helpful book filled with practical, specific knowledge to help school personnel know how to deal with bullying at school and online. Patchin and Hinduja know what they are talking about. Every educator working to prevent bullying should read this book."

Kim Mazauskas, Bullying Prevention and Intervention Coordinator
Palm Beach County School District, Florida
Key features

This book:
Addresses bullying & cyberbullying as related issues that schools must tackle
Contains short, easy-to-read chapters that address specific challenges educators face
Organized in a user-friendly easy-reference guide
Contains all of the authors' newest research about what works in bullying prevention

Educators will learn:
How to tell when kids are just teasing/playing, or actually bullying
What the law says educators are responsible for when it comes to bullying
Reasonable discipline responses to instances of bullying
How to improve school culture
How to make kindness go viral


Sample Materials & Chapters


Part 1

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