* At least 25 percent of kids have been bullied online
*One in five teens has been bullied at school
*More than half of bullying behaviors will stop in less than ten seconds
when another student intervenes
In November 2010, first grader Katie Goldman became an unlikely Internet heroine, and the new face for the bullied. Her mother, a popular blogger, wrote a post describing the teasing Katie had faced over her Star Wars thermos ( an item, she was told, that was meant for boys.) That was, as her mother now writes, " the post that launched a thousand geeks." The twitter hashtag #MayTheForceBeWithKatie
was trending within days, comments flooded Goldman's blog and Facebook page, and Katie's story appeared through out media internationally.
Suddenly finding herself a voice for the anti-bullying movement, Katie's mother, Carrie Goldman set about investigating what has become an epidemic. Bullied is a smart, practical guide from a parent who's seen the insidious effects of bullying firsthand, and a researcher who has consulted the top experts in the field. Most importantly, Goldman offers specific advice on how to help children respond to bullies.
In Bullied, Goldman Recognizes the power of community, and a part of her mission is to underscore the role that retailers, media members, and average citizens play in this story, with simple and powerful messages: Respect and empathy must be taught, people of all ages must take responsibilities for their online lives, and kindness can be enormously healing.
As a mother, she calls on us all- families, schools, communities, celebrities- to examine our own stereotypes and embrace our joint responsibility for creating a culture of acceptance and respect. For parents, educators, and anyone still wrestling with past experience of victimization and fear, Bullied is an eye-opening, prescriptive, and ultimately uplifting guide to reversing the national bullying trend and raising diverse, empathetic, tolerant kids in a caring, safe world.
About the Author
Carrie Goldman's popular blog "Portrait of an Adoption" tackles issues related to parenting, bullying, and adoption for chicagonow.com, the online community of the Chicago Tribune. She writes regularly for top parenting sites such as the HuffPost Parents, Circle of Moms, babble.com and mamapedia.com. Her blog was voted sixth in babble.com's 2010 Top 50 Mom blogs. Goldman received her B.S. from Northwestern University and her M.B.A from the Kellogg School of Management. She lives in Illinois with her husband and three young daughters.
I have three kids and one of my worst fears is for them to be bullied at school, not only that I fear just as much that my kids will be the bully! I am constantly teaching my kids the difference between right and wrong. I am so glad I read this book. It really opens your mind on how to asses the situation. Bullying can start at home just between siblings, something I had no clue of! With my experience as a mom blogger I have learned that bullying does not just happen with kids and teens. There are also tons of adult bullies online. I have seen and been through it all and it needs to stop. It affects you no matter what age you are. I really recommend EVERYONE read this book. it's really an eye opener.