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The Bullying Workbook for Teens: Activities to Help You Deal with Social Aggression and Cyberbullying

Raychelle Cassada Lohmann and Julia V. Taylor
Being a teenager is difficult enough without having to fear for your safety. This workbook is made up of 42 step-by-step self-help activities designed to help you learn anti-bullying tips and strategies; manage emotions such as anxiety, fear, anger, and depression; and learn constructive communication skills to help you express your feelings. With this workbook as your guide, you will also learn how to identify toxic friendships, how to build your own self-confidence, and importantly, how to ask for help when bullying gets out of control or if you are feeling suicidal.
ISBN 1608824500

Cornered: 14 Stories of Bullying and Defiance

Rhoda Belleza – RP Teens – 2012
A thought-provoking anthology of fourteen stories illuminates the issue of teen bullying in today's world. The volume includes contributions from a number of best-selling YA authors and takes up themes of race, gender and sexuality.
ISBN 9780762444281

Crooked

Laura and Tom McNeal – Knopf – 1999
Ninth-graders Clara and Amos become close while facing unexpected losses due to death and family breakup. Each is also targeted by hoodlum classmates and brothers, Charles and Eddie Tripp. Amos is targeted to silence him about his knowledge of their vandalism and Clara is terrorized due to her association with Amos and because it appears as though one of the brothers has a crush on her.
ISBN 0440229464

Dear Bully: Seventy Authors Tell Their Stories

Carrie Jones and Megan Kelley Hall – HarperCollins – 2011
This is a powerful addition to the growing collection of materials that deal with this pervasive issue. Young adult and children's authors have stepped up and shared their own experiences. The stories, poems, letters, and comics are as different as they are alike; feelings of powerlessness, lack of support, and the sheer invisibility that they felt are themes that run throughout the selections, and yet each one is unique and moving.
ISBN 9780062060976

Defying the Diva

Anne. D. Love – Margaret K. McElderry Books – 2008
During Haley's freshman year of high school, a campaign of gossip and bullying causes her to be socially ostracized, but after spending the summer living with her aunt, working at a resort, making new friends, and dating a hunky lifeguard, she learns how to stand up for herself and begins to trust again. A strong message and a sympathetic main character make this book worthy of reading and discussion in book groups.
ISBN 9781416934813

Egghead

Caroline Pignat – Red Deer Press – 2008
His full name is William James Reid, but everybody jeeringly calls him Egghead, especially the school bully, Shane, who seems to be especially determined to make the new ninth-grader's life miserable. The only one who has a kind word for William is Katie, who has known him since junior high school, but then even she betrays him, and a bad situation is made unbearable. Canadian author Pignat's first novel is a sensitive examination of bullying and its psychological roots. Told from three alternating points of view that of William, Katie, and Shane's friend Devan the story is fast paced and absorbing.
ISBN 9780889953994

How Homophobia Hurts Children

Jean M. Baker – Harrington Park Press – 2002
This book illustrates the ways that children and youth growing up to be gay are harmed by homophobia and describes many simple ways they can be helped to understand that they can grow up to lead normal lives. Included are interviews with high school students who are self-identified as gay, with descriptions of harassment in school and research on how victimization at school affects gay youth.
ISBN 1560231637

I Wrote on All Four Walls

Fran Fearnley – Annick Press – 2004
Nine teens speak out on their experiences with violence. Cyberbullying, physical intimidation, aggression, and torture can happen to anyone. Personal testimonials culminate in one central theme: violence builds walls. Includes an afterword by Dr. Fred Matthews, an authority on teen violence.
ISBN 1550377566

The Knife that Killed Me

Anthony McGowan – Delacorte Press – 2010
McGowan's use of in-your-face reality about high school pressures and gang violence makes the action in this story ring true. Paul Varderman is mostly a nobody, pretty much ignored by everyone and only sometimes picked on by the brutal bully Roth and his cronies. He gets ensnared in Roth’s web when he is coerced into delivering a package to a rival gang leader and his morality is tested by his role in an upcoming gang fight and the power he feels carrying around the wicked blade given to him by Roth. McGowan’s intense portrayal of a teen struggling to fit in is especially precise in depicting the conflicting desire to win approval and acceptance from someone you hate, and how easy it is to fall under that person’s sway when he wields power with ruthless efficiency.
ISBN 0385738226

Names Will Never Hurt Me

Jaime Adoff – Dutton Children's Books – 2004
The paths of four teens cross one day in school in ways they never imagined in this novel. On this day, teasing, racism, loneliness, and secrets bring each of them to the breaking point. Now they must help each other to prevent a tragedy.
ISBN 0525471758

Odd Girl Speaks Out: Girls Write About Bullies, Cliques, Popularity, and Jealousy

Rachel Simmons – Harcourt – 2004
This is a compilation of stories selected from the hundreds sent in by girls describing their experiences of being bullied and of bullying. Topics discussed include: when friends grow apart; when friends turn on you; aggression, fear, and revenge and life as the odd girl out. The concluding chapter offers realistic suggestions to help girls find inner strength.
ISBN 0156028158

Respect: A Girl's Guide to Getting Respect and Dealing When Your Line is Crossed

Courtney Macavinta – Free Spirit Pub. – 2005
A guide for teen girls on how to get and keep respect. The authors do not shy away from tough issues such as bullying, sexual activity, dating violence, discrimination, and drugs.
ISBN 1575421771

Safe Teen: Powerful Alternatives to Violence

Anita Roberts – Polestar Book Publishers – 2001
A timely, sensitive, and practical book for parents, educators, and teens. The book combines personal anecdotes, psychological theory, role-playing exercises, and lively scenarios to provide adolescents with the skills they need to deal effectively with peer pressure, de-escalate violence, and build self-esteem.
ISBN 1896095992

Speak

Laurie Halse Anderson – Farrar Straus Giroux – 1999
This is a tough, tender story of a girl who is raped at a party but refuses to tell anyone about the incident, until the pressure to speak the truth finally overcomes her. In the meanwhile, all her peers know is that she called the police and she broke up the party, and the penalty for making such a call is high.
ISBN 0312674392

Speechless

Hannah Harrington – Harlequin Teen – 2012
Chelsea Knot falls from the top of her high school's social ladder to hated loser in one night when she informs the police of an attack on a gay student by a couple of popular basketball players. The attack is partially her fault and torn between guilt and broken pride, Chelsea takes a vow of silence to keep herself from causing any more harm. Harrington's writing leaves no point of view unturned as she portrays the far-reaching impact of all types of bullying. A pertinent story about a girl who loses everything and gains herself.
ISBN 9780373210527

Sticks and Stones

Beth Goobie – Orca Book Publishers – 2002
This easy-read novel addresses the perils of reputation. When malicious rumours are spread around the school after Jujebe rejects the advances of her date – nicknamed Mr. Warp Speed – she fights to restore her good name and help others who have been victims of similar slurs.
ISBN 1551432137

Speechless

Hannah Harrington
Among the many books about bullies, Harrington's stands out for its authentic voice and unflinching portrayal of what it means to be part of the bullying. 16 year-old Chelsea relishes her in-crowd status but after she drunkenly outs her classmate Noah at a party, he is brutally beaten by two jocks. Despite promising otherwise, Chelsea tells the police what happened. As Chelsea's social life implodes, and she herself is bullied, she takes a vow of silence, communicating her thoughts via a small whiteboard. The vow, along with new friendships and a budding romance with Noah's best friend, change and deepen Chelsea, who learns about the power of love over hate, real friendship, and being true to oneself.
ISBN 9780373210527

Vicious: True Stories by Teens About Bullying

Hope Vanderberg – Free Spirit Pub. – 2012
Drawn straight from the world of contemporary teens, this volume collects 20 young people's true experiences of bullying at school, on the street, and online. Each of the chapters is filled with interactive personal scenarios that will make for great group discussions about the isolation of the victim, the cruelty of the perpetrator, the shame of both, and the challenges of being a bystander.
ISBN 9781575424132

Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick your Ass

Meg Medina – Candlewick Press – 2013
One morning before school, some girl tells Piddy Sanchez that Yaqui Delgado hates her and wants to kick her ass. As the harassment escalates, avoiding Yaqui and her gang starts to take over Piddy’s life. Is there any way for her to survive without closing herself off or running away? Medina true-to-life tale prods at the motivations behind bullying and sensitively explores the delicate balance between belonging and maintaining individuality.
ISBN 9780763658595

Websites


Anti-bullying Network

The Young People's section of this site from the University of Edinburgh introduces students to eight peers who share their experiences with bullying. The site also includes audio-visual online resources by and for young people.
(antibullying.net)

BullyingCanada.ca

Several young people developed this site as a place where youth can talk to and learn from youth about bullying and its effects. Includes online chat option and a video library.
(bullyingcanada.ca)

Bulling No Way!

This Australian site covers the issue of bullying with an audience of teens in mind. Features an online avatar app where students can create a character and post anti-bullying messages of encouragement and support.
(bullyingnoway.gov.au)

Cyberbullying

This site from the National Crime Prevention Council in the United States targets a teen audience with video and audio messages, as well as downloads for teens to use on their own internet pages. In addition, there is also valuable information for parents and the community.
(ncpc.org)

Kids Help Phone

Designed for students, this excellent website offers help and information; their material is divided into appropriate sections for different age groups: children up to age 12; and ages 13 and up.
Here, kids can have a sympathetic ear: 1-800-668-6868
(kidshelpphone.ca)

Teens Against Bullying

Pacer Center
This site reviews how to identify and deal with bullying. There's plenty of solid advice offered via videos, stories, quizzes, and more.
(pacerteensagainstbullying.org)

Reach Out.com

This Australian site for teens includes online videos, factsheets and articles on dealing with bullying, violence, and abuse.
(au.reachout.com)

Stop Bullying Now

This site contains good information for junior-and intermediate-aged students on bullying including What Bullying Is, What You Can Do, Cool Stuff, and What Adults Can Do. The Cool Stuff section has animated webisodes on bullying along with 8 games
(stopbullying.gov)

What Teens Need to Know

PREVNet
This website reviews basic information about bullying for teens and includes video content. By PREVNet, a Canadian bullying awareness organization.
(prevnet.ca)

Videos/DVDs


Bully

Lee Hirsch and Cynthia Lowen (99 mins.)
This character-driven documentary follows five kids and families over the course of a school year as they struggle with bullying. It provides an intimate, and often shocking, glimpse into homes, classrooms, cafeterias and principals' offices in relation to this issue. Difficult but powerful viewing.

Bully 911: Self Defence to Prevent Bullying

Johnny Gyro and Noel Gyro (86 mins.)
This film inspires confidence in coping with bullies by giving children and youth tools for escaping without getting hurt. The video teaches simple but effective techniques for defending against chokeholds, hair pulling, arm grabs, and more. Also includes a forum on bullies and bullying with parents, kids, and child psychologists.

Bullying: There's Always a Way Out

Mazzarella Media (30 mins.)
In this documentary teens demonstrate how they deal with bullies encountered in real life and on the Internet. Students learn how to protect themselves from bullies, how bystanders can contribute to the problem, and how to speak up and stop bullying.

Conflict Resolution Series

Schlessinger Media (15-20 mins. each)
Students face many difficult situations in their day-to-day lives. With this Conflict Resolution Series students learn effective decision-making skills and coping strategies through the use of dramatizations or real-life situations, plus the opportunity to reflect on choices made by kids just like themselves. Topics explored include Bullying, Harassment, Peer Pressure and Sexual Harassment.

It Gets Better Project

In September 2010, syndicated columnist Dan Savage created a YouTube video with his partner Terry Miller to inspire hope for young people facing harassment. In response to a number of students taking their own lives after being bullied in school, they wanted to create a personal way for supporters everywhere to tell LGBT youth that, yes, it does indeed get better. The It Gets Better Project has become a worldwide movement, inspiring more than 50,000 user-created videos viewed more than 50 million times.
(itgetsbetter.org)

No More Bullies

St. Peter's High School and Majic 100 (3.5 mins.)
This mini-documentary, filmed and created by students at St. Peter's High School, is a stirring call for bystanders to speak up against bullying. Short but inspiring.
(YouTube)

One of Them

Elsie Swerhone (25 mins.)
Freedom from bullying, name-calling and violence motivates the high school seniors in this school-based drama. Jamie is shocked when she and her best friend become victims of homophobic name-calling. But she must face up to her own reactions as she realizes that her friend is "one of them" and needs her support.

Submit the Documentary: The Virtual Reality of Cyberbullying

Muta'Ali Muhammad (60 mins.)
This compelling documentary tells the stories of children and families who have been affected by the harsh reality of cyberbullying. Also features interviews with educators, experts and law enforcement as they tackle this worldwide issue and offer possible solutions to this complicated problem.
(submitthedocumentary.com)

Taking Bullying Seriously

COPA (14 mins.)
This DVD documents the short- and long-term impact of bullying on young people. Children’s viewpoints and adults memories of what it was like to be bullied and how it affects them now form the basis of this unscripted, moving testimonial to the importance of preventing bullying.
(YouTube)

To This Day

Shane Koyczan (7 mins.)
This powerful poem about the lasting impacts of bullying, but also the strength of survival, is stunningly illustrated. A must see.
(youtube.com)

When All the Leaves Are Gone

Alanis Obomsawin (17 mins.)
As the only First Nations student in an all-white 1940s school, eight-year old Wato is keenly aware of the hostility towards her. She deeply misses the loving environment of the reserve she once called home, and her isolation is sharpened by her father’s serious illness. When Wato’s teacher reads from a history book describing First Nations peoples as ignorant and cruel, it aggravates her classmates’ prejudice. Shy and vulnerable Wato becomes the target of their bullying and abuse. Alone in her suffering, she finds solace and strength in the protective world of her magical dreams.