Words Wound: Delete Cyberbullying and Make Kindness Go Viral

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Justin W. Patchin, Ph.D, and Sameer Hinduja, Ph.D., Authors

Free Spirit Publishing, Nonfiction, Dec. 3, 2013

Suitable for Ages: 13-17

Themes: Cyberbullying, Bullying, Computer crimes, Internet and teenagers, Prevention, Kindness

Publisher Synopsis: Cyberbullying among teens happens every day. Vicious messages and damaging photos exchanged through texts, email, and social media can lead to humiliation, broken friendships, punishment at school, and–as recent headlines prove–legal prosecution and even suicide. Faced with this pandemic problem, concerned parents, educators, and young people across the country are looking for information and advice.  Words Wound  is written especially for tweens and teens on the importance of standing up for themselves and others online.

Why I like this book: Justin W. Patchin, Ph.D., and Sameer Hinduja, Ph.D., are cyberbullying experts who have written a practical and valuable handbook for teens. Both authors know from personal experience what it feels like to be bullied at school. They have researched and talked with thousands of teens at schools, libraries and youth centers about their experiences with bullying. They’ve spoken with parents who have lost children to suicide. Words Wound is very easy to use. It is divided into three parts all supported with real-life stories and strategies for preventing, reducing and combatting cyberbulling at school. Teens are taught ways to be kind, respectful and stand up for friends. And, they are encouraged to be advocates for change in their schools and communities. What I like about this user-friendly guide is you can choose the chapters that interest you, or you can read it from beginning to end. It is a “must-have companion” for any kid with social media access. This book is a valuable resource for parents, educators and administrators. The authors wrote the book because they“know what a school without bullying looks like.” They have visited many schools across the country that are bully free because of students and educators working together.

Resources: The authors run the Cyberbullying Research Center and have designed a website, Words Wound, specifically for teens. It is a place where teens can go to keep up with the conversation, ask questions, express worries, share thoughts, ideas, and strategies about what has worked for them personally and in their schools. The authors want to hear from you. They want teens and young adults to join the national discussion to make schools a safe place.

About Patricia Tiltonhttps://childrensbooksheal.wordpress.comI want "Children's Books Heal" to be a resource for parents, grandparents, teachers and school counselors. My goal is to share books on a wide range of topics that have a healing impact on children who are facing challenges in their lives. If you are looking for good books on grief, autism, visual and hearing impairments, special needs, diversity, bullying, military families and social justice issues, you've come to the right place. I also share books that encourage art, imagination and creativity. I am always searching for those special gems to share with you. If you have a suggestion, please let me know.

18 thoughts on “Words Wound: Delete Cyberbullying and Make Kindness Go Viral

    • Yes, I was very impressed with the commitment of the authors to help teens help themselves and support friends. Love their the website and interest in encouraging a national discussion.

  1. Great issue and so relevant! Cyberbullying happens to all sorts of people, including myself at the end of last year. It is devastating, and I don’t think people realise just how easily it happens. And if we don’t all stand up for each other, it will continue to destroy children as well as grown-ups. Interestingly, some of the people who post banners saying they are anti-bullying do nothing to stop it or defend the bullied even when they see it going on.

    • Yes, I think their book is very relevant! I know this book addresses children, but you’re right, it impacts everyone. So sorry it happened to you. I was very interested in the schools that the authors visited that tolerate zero bullying. So, it can happen if everyone works together. Thanks for sharing on twitter.

  2. I’m glad to know this book exists. We parents face a real challenge teaching our kids to navigate forms of communication we did not experience ourselves. I like that the authors are open about having experienced cyber-bullying themselves–I think that will really speak to their teen audience.

    • Karin, thank you for visiting. I’m glad you enjoyed my review of this important book. The authors are very interested in hearing from their readers so they can launch a national discussion on ending bullying in schools. They’ve visited schools that do not tolerate bullying.

  3. Pat, thanks so much for covering this topic on your blog. As Catherine noted above, I hope this books does reach those who need it most.

    • Robin, this is a great book for teens to have, especially if they are using social media. I hope the book reaches the right kids and that there is a collaborative movement in the future.

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