October is Anti-Bullying Month--Are You Ready to Take a Stand?
Bullying can take many forms, from teasing and spreading rumors about someone to physically hurting to exclusion to anonymous cyberbullying. Have you ever been bullied? Have you ever bullied someone? Have you ever stood by and not said something while someone was being bullied? Have you ever spoken up for someone?
The more we all educate ourselves about what bullying is, what the causes are, and what we can do about, the more safe our schools, gyms, streets, and cyberspace will be.
Fiction About Bullying--read about what it feels like to be bullied, to be the bully, and to be the bystander:
Alt Ed, Catherine Atkins
Bait, Alex Sanchez
Buddha Boy, Kathe Koja
Burn, Suzanne Phillips
By the Time You Read This, I'll be Dead, Julie Anne Peters
Crazy Beautiful, Lauren Baratz-Logsted
Defying the Diva, D. Anne Love
Down to the Bone, Mayra Lazara Dole
Endgame, Nancy Garden
Freak Show, James St. James
Ghost Medicine, Andrew Smith
Hate List, Jennifer Brown
Jump, Ginger Rue
Jumped, Rita Williams-Garcia
The Misfits, James Howe
Parrotfish, Ellen Wittlinger
The Present Tense of Prinny Murphy, Jill MacLean
Rage, Julie Anne Peters
Shooter, Walter Dean Myers
Sleep Rough Tonight, Ian Bone
Some Girls Are, Courtney Summers
Stuck on Earth, David Klass
This is What I Did, Ann Dee Ellis
The Traitor Game, B.R. Collins
Born Ugly, Beth Goobie
Keep Holding On, Susane Colasanti
I Swear, Lane Davis
Speechless, Hannah Harrington
Web Sites for Information & Help:
BullyBust: A student led effort (teamed with the musical Wicked!) to end bullying in schools.
KidPower: Articles on confidence, safety, and abuse
Safeteens.com: Info about staying safe online
TeensHealth: Online safety tips
Cyberbullying: From the National Crime Prevention Council
The Safe Communities Safe Schools Project: From the University of Colorado at Boulder
The Denver Public Library Teen Site is always a great place to start when looking for more resources!