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Product Details

  • Paperback: 285 pages
  • Publisher: Perigee Trade; 1 edition (August 7, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399533184
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399533181
  • Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 0.9 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #739,510 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Joel Haber is one of the foremost experts in the prevention and treatment of bullying. A pioneer in the field, he has worked with thousands of kids, parents, teachers, counselors, and others to understand the bullying dynamic- why it occurs, why kids become bullies, targets or bystanders, and to develop a proven program to deal with this behavior. He has worked to help children and parents build resilience and confidence to thrive in school, camp, sports and find their way to deal with the newest bullying threat on the internet.

As a Clinical Psychologist, he delivers a practical, supportive, step-by-step “bullyproofing prescription” that yields lasting results for both boys and girls, from grade school through high school, in his new book, Bullyproof Your Child For Life. As the bullying consultant to the American Camp Association, he leads popular workshops and conference sessions nationwide. He has appeared on CBS News, NPR and ESPN radio, as well as numerous magazines, and a front page story in The New York Times.

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Customer Reviews

Very relevant information.
Student bystanders remain silent in the face of bullying, even if they are sympathetic to the victim, for two reasons as Dr. Haber explains.
Donald Schneider
Every family should read this book. his book is by an exerienced teacher.

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Meryl K. Evans on November 18, 2007
Format: Paperback
Bullying today looks nothing like bullying 15 years ago. While many of the things we know about bullying from our childhood years remain true, bullies can now follow their victims 24/7 using the Internet and cell phones. Bullyproof Your Child for Life quotes the National Girl Scouts Research Institute and Harris Interactive report, which states the number one fear of girls ages 8 through 17 is teasing. This topped war, terrorism, and natural disasters.

The media and parents also contribute to the increasing occurrences of bullying. We see more violence on TV, commercials, video games, song lyrics. Furthermore, many parents don't realize they're setting a poor example for their children. For example, Haber shares an experience in talking with a mother who approaches him in a coffee shop. She asks for help with her child's reputation as a gossip. Haber advises her only to hear that he meets her friends at their table where she proceeds to gossip about a neighbor. Bewildering, isn't it?

The book begins with details about bullying and why it happens. Chapter two offers tactics for dealing with a bullying situation. The rest of the book explores situations, what works, and what doesn't work.

The rest of the book's contents follow the coffee shop example in telling stories and offering clear and understandable advice without the jargon. Accompanying every chapter are stories related to its topic, which cover bullying in school, camp, sports, and online.

Books in this category of non-fiction where the topic is painful and not fun can easily turn into books for helping people fall asleep at night. Haber and Glatzer do a first-rate job of using the tone needed for this sensitive topic. It doesn't get emotionally heavy nor does it scare the reader.
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33 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Donald Schneider on May 26, 2010
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Upon reading *Bullyproof Your Child for Life*, [Perigee Books, New York; August, 2007] by Joel Haber, Ph.D., with Jenna Glatzer, I was struck by how closely Dr. Haber's views on the subject of school bullying mirror my own as stated on my website. Dr. Haber is a clinical psychologist and has used his years of experience to formulate an anti-bullying program that I find to be exceptional. Just reading this book will provide invaluable insights into the dynamics of school bullying, the psychology of bullies and victims and the repercussions of bullying for both groups as well as for student bystanders.

Anyone who has read "Pride's Prison" (my free access internet short story regarding school bullying,) or has read my articles on my website, will readily surmise that the following quote from his book would alone serve to endear me to Dr. Haber's approach to school bullying:

"Bullying is meant to humiliate, and it does its job quite well. Often bullied kids are so embarrassed that they don't even want to tell their parents." [Chapter 2, page 37]

But Dr. Haber does not let the subject rest merely with this observation. He goes on to instruct parents how to approach youngsters tactfully if parents suspect their kids are having a problem at school with bullying. He advises what to ask kids, how to phrase matters and what to avoid asking to avoid the stock answer of "Fine" such questioning routinely engenders.

Dr. Haber explodes the myth that school bullies are kids lacking in self-esteem and thus they attempt to inflate their egos at the expense of others. On the contrary, bullies tend to be kids who do not lack self-esteem, but are aggressive and lack empathy for victims: the very definition of evil as formulated by Dr. Gustave Gilbert, the U. S.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Christine Naman on October 9, 2007
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Thank you Dr. Haber! Thank you for this helpful informative book. I could not recommend it more highly for parents and teachers. We are all touched by bullying at some level. This book is a useful aid no matter your vantage point. From the first page I was amazed at just how much I didn't know and hadn't thought of. The best part-the book is readable, not a textbook or a dry manual. But a book that talks in plain language and really does give useable suggestions. You helped me and my children. Thank you
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By PurpleSong on October 26, 2008
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Seriously, did you know today's bullies have high self esteem but often lack empathy? This is why they feel "better" after they put someone down. From discussing the three major types of bullying (verbal, physical and relational) to listing the methods used including cyber bullying (the use of modern day technology to execute any or all of the above methods of bullying s/a text messages, internet and you tube to actually broadcast bullying episodes to a much larger audience while the perpetrators remain anonymous.)

Author Joel Haber, (along with Jenna Glatzer) helps parents and anyone in constant contact with children decipher the reasons bullying is so prevalent in our schools and what we can do about it. He discusses prevention and awareness in many situations including how aggression and competition in sports encourages bullying. He discusses the importance of helping children become accepting of adversity (s/a special needs children.) Haber also lists signs a child is being bullied and the importance of talking to your child whether he/she is a target of the bully or the actual bully.

This book with chapter titles s/a The Bullyproofing Prescription or Bullying in Sports/School/Camp/Cyberworld offers a straightforward approach to effectively dealing with one of our nation's most degrading crimes occuring in our schools everyday. This book serves as an eye opener to any parent or school service provider.

We can't let bullying be ignored.
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