Books on Bullying

Books on Bullying


On April 15, 2012, the Tuscaloosa News informed its readers that the Tuscaloosa City School System has extended its efforts to prevent bullying.  In 2010 the system had already expanded its jurisdiction over students to any location off school property involving interference in a student’s educational opportunities.  Now, the system is taking further measures against bullying once again.  The director of student services for the Tuscaloosa City Schools has created a 35-40 member task force to address bullying consistently and systematically.  The anti-bullying task force will develop a system where bullying is treated the same at every school in the system with regard to disciplinary measures and how teachers and administrators should respond to such instances.

To further awareness of this topic, the McLure Education Library has created a bullying booklist focusing on how to prevent bullying in schools, including two books which focus on cyberbullying.


Banishing Bullying Behavior : Transforming the Culture of Pain, Rage, and Revenge

Authors: SuEllen Fried and Blanche Sosland

Publication Information: Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield Education, c2009.

Location: Education Library

Call Number: LB3013.3 .F748 2009

Fried and Sosland bring their combined experiences together to present a blueprint to reduce the pain, rage and revenge cycle of bullying. Their strategies have been captured from hands-on interaction with educators, parents and students. Their premise comes from the apocryphal village that is being ravaged by dysentery. Do you treat each person for their intestinal disorders or do you put in a sewer system? Do you work with each individual student or do you change a culture that hosts cruelty. Can you do both? The core of the book is the Student Empowerment Session that has been crafted and refined over fifteen years. This carefully organized, powerful system of questions has effected dramatic changes in children’s insights about their behavior. The book also explores topics which include cyberbullying, children with disabilities, ‘mean girls,’ teachers who are bullies, parents who refuse to accept that their children are bullies, and academic vs. social emotional learning concerns to help readers change the culture and banish bully behavior.

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Bullies, Targets & Witnesses: Helping Children Break the Pain Chain

Authors: SuEllen Fried and Paula Fried.

Publication Information: New York: M. Evans and Co., c2003.

Location: Education Library

Call Number: LB3013.32 .F74 2003

In this timely and thought provoking book, the authors explore the effects of bullying on children and provide suggestions to end the cycle of child-to-child violence. Filled with personal stories from children and packed with practical ideas for parents, teachers and students.

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Bullying Beyond the Schoolyard: Preventing and Responding to Cyberbullying

Authors: Sameer Hinduja, Justin W. Patchin.

Publication Information: Thousand Oaks, Calif.: Corwin Press, c2009.

Location: Education Library

Call Number: LB3013.3 .H566 2009

“An important contribution to the burgeoning literature on cyberbullying and a valuable tool for concerned adults that will enhance the safety and well-being of young people as they navigate their increasingly technological worlds. Backed by years of research and enhanced by the authors’ perspectives from the worlds of criminology, juvenile justice, and computer science, this book offers educators, families, and youth service providers an array of useful information, ranging from the social and legal context to concrete strategies for responding to cyberbullying.”

Review by Scott Hirschfeld, Director of Curriculum, Anti-Defamation League


Bullying in Schools: And What to Do About It

Authors: Ken Rigby

Publication Information: Melbourne, Victoria: ACER, 1996.

Location: Education Library

Call Number: LB3013.3 .R53 1996x

Offering ways in which to tackle bullying within a school context, this study provides: strategies to identify both bullies and victims; ways to diffuse potentially troublesome situations; methods of dealing with bullies that are not punitive and damaging but can help make the abuser more aware of how the victim feels; and ways to enhance the self-esteem of the victims. The book is based on Professor Rigby’s research at the University of South Australia on the responses of over 20,000 students to bullying in their schools.

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Bullying, Peer Harassment, and Victimization in the Schools: The Next Generation of Prevention

Authors: Maurice J. Elias, Joseph E. Zins, editors.

Publication Information: New York: Haworth Press, c2003.

Location: Education Library

Call Number: LB3013.3 .B82 2003

The problem of bullying, peer harassment, and victimization is a serious one in our schools. It greatly affects the climate for learning and productivity and the emotional health of students and staff. This book presents empirical data and theoretical and legal case reviews to show how pervasive and serious these problems are and how they threaten both academic achievement and mental health within many of our schools. Taking a longitudinal and developmental perspective, the authors begin to outline the next generation of research in this field that will shape knowledge and practice for the next few decades. For practitioners, the book is a call to action, particularly at the school-wide level, focusing on reducing the substantial social/emotional harm done to perpetrators, bystanders, and especially, victims.

-From the Editors


Bullying, Victimization, and Peer Harassment: A Handbook of Prevention and Intervention

Authors: Joseph E. Zins, Maurice J. Elias, Charles A. Maher, editors.

Publication Information: New York: Haworth Press, c2007.

Location: Education Library

Call Number: LB3013.3 .B83 2007

Teasing, shunning, and bullying can have serious detrimental effects on both victim and perpetrator. Bullying, Victimization, and Peer Harassment: A Handbook of Prevention and Intervention comprehensively gathers emerging research, theory, and effective practice on this subject into one invaluable source. This thorough review of a wide spectrum of innovative, evidence-based practices targets the complex problems of victimization, peer harassment, and bullying in our schools. Interventions range from individuals and their peers to broad, systems-level change within schools and communities. The challenge of prevention is also explored, using the latest studies as a practical foundation. Suggestions are provided detailing effective strategies to make changes in the culture within schools while offering directions for future research and practice.

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Cyber Bullying : Protecting Kids and Adults from Online Bullies

Authors: Samuel C. McQuade III, James P. Colt, Nancy B.B. Meyer.

Publication Information: Westport, Conn.: Praeger Publishers, 2009.

Location: Education Library

Call Number: HV6773 .M395 2009

Because just about anyone can be the victim of cyber bullying, and because it often goes unreported, there are precious few resources available to victims, parents, teachers, and others interested in combating this new form of bullying. This book provides, however, a thoroughly developed, well-researched analysis of cyber bullying – what it is, how it is carried out, who is affected, and what can and should be done to prevent and control its occurrence in society. The book captures the sensational, technological, and horrific aspects of cyber bullying while balancing these with discussion from perspectives about social computing, various academic disciplines, possibilities for public policy and legislation formulation, education, and crime prevention strategies. Using case examples throughout, readers will come away with a new sense of indignation for the victims and a better understanding of the growing problem and how to combat it.

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Preventing and Treating Bullying and Victimization

Authors: Eric M. Vernberg and Bridget K. Biggs, editors.

Publication Information: New York: Oxford University Press, 2010.

Location: Education Library

Call Number: BF637 .B85 P74 2010

Research evidence on bully-victim problems has accumulated rapidly in recent years. From this, there is little doubt that prolonged involvement in bullying, as a perpetrator, victim, or, not uncommonly, as both a perpetrator and target of bullying, conveys risk for many aspects of development. As in many emerging areas of psychological science, diverse research efforts evolved more or less independently, producing a very large and rich body of knowledge, but making it difficult to gain a comprehensive, integrated view of the overall evidence base. Preventing and Treating Bullying and Victimization looks across the sometimes disparate perspectives from school, clinical, and developmental researchers and professionals with an eye towards describing and integrating current knowledge into a guide for evidence-based practices and further research. The authors offer new directions for understanding this complex problem and for enhancing intervention approaches.

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