New Book, 'Bullied: What Every Parent, Teacher, and Kid Needs to Know About Ending the Cycle of Fear' Investigates the Bullying Epidemic and Offers Solutions

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The mother of a bullied first grader, popular blogger Carrie Goldman’s inspiring true story triggered an outpouring of support from online communities around the world. In Bullied, she gives us a guide to the crucial lessons and actionable guidance she’s learned about how to stop bullying before it starts.

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Bullied: What Every Parent, Teacher, and Kid Needs to Know About Ending the Cycle of Fear by Carrie Goldman

Research shows 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 a 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 throughout 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 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 experiences 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.

To coincide with the book’s release, an official online Team Bullied community is being built, where people can share their experiences with bullying and give advice to young people who are currently caught in the cruel cycle of bullying. Everyone has a story to tell: here is your chance. Tell your story, whether you have been a bully or a target, a parent of a suffering child, or a teacher who has witnessed peer victimization. Healing is found in telling your story and sharing your strength. Send others in your situation the message, “You are not alone.” Join Team Bullied and end the cycle of fear. Submissions will be accepted from July 31 through August 28.

  •     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.

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 parenting sites such as 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.

Bullied: New Book, 'Bullied: What Every Parent, Teacher, and Kid Needs to Know About Ending the Cycle of Fear' Investigates the Bullying Epidemic and Offers Solutions
by Carrie Goldman
ISBN# 9780062105073; $25.99;
August 14, 2012; hardcover

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