Books to Understand Cyberbullying
"There are now more resources to help parents and kids identify cyberbullies, gain practical advice about legal rights, and...help the bullied child work through the emotional ramifications," shares Seira Wilson, an editor at Amazon.com. Some of her suggestions include:
The Bully Action Guide by Edward F. Dragan Ed.D. - The final chapter is devoted to cyberbullying, covering legal guidelines (though these vary by state), and practical tips and instructions for using filters available on major email providers (e.g., Gmail, Yahoo, Hotmail).
The Bully, the Bullied, and the Bystander by Barbara Coloroso - First published nearly a decade ago, this book established itself as a primary resource for parents and educators. Updated in 2009 with a section on cyberbullying, it identifies bullying behavior to be aware of and offers suggestions for protecting and repairing a bullied child's self-esteem.
Letters to a Bullied Girl by Olivia Gardner, Emily Buder, and Sarah Buder - In response to the plight of Olivia Gardner, whose case of cyberbullying gained national attention in 2007, two teenage girls initiated a letter-writing campaign. The result is a book that offers words of support and advice to young people who are victims of bullying.
Teen Cyberbullying Investigated by Thomas A. Jacobs - Written by a former judge, this book covers 50 court cases and looks at each from the perspective of both offender and victim. Each chapter ends with questions for the child to consider, a valuable resource for family discussions.
My Secret Bully by Trudy Ludwig - The award-winning author set the standard for books dealing with difficult social issues in children. This story, aimed at younger kids, introduces a situation where a friend engages in emotional bullying and the bullied child must learn to cope with her fear of social isolation and betrayal.
Confessions of a Former Bully by Trudy Ludwig and Beth Adams - Also aimed at a younger audience, this book uses a scrapbook format to give a fictional account of a child who realized she was being a bully and how she changed her ways. The unusual perspective illustrates the ways kids can be bullied (or bully each other).