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on July 26, 2017
Excellent book . Easy reading for parents.
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on May 17, 2013
I bought this for a book report. I was bullied my entire life. I learned what works and what doesnt and this author sort of nails it. It does have its flaws mainly with his own stereotypes I did not agree with. HOWEVER it was quite informative for parents, caretakers, teachers and coaches - because lets face it, bullies have changed since when we were kids!
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on January 10, 2017
Very good advice.
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on September 11, 2013
Outstanding. Very relevant information. Even gets parents to look at our own behavior and roles. (Who knows, it may help make a little bit of peace with your own childhood, whether you were the target or the bully!) I was so happy with this book, I now have a few friends hoping to borrow my copy. If you have a toddler, teen or in between, READ IT. Wish I could travel back 30 years in time and give copies to all parents in the elementary school I attended! It's not a difficult read, and is worthwhile. Also has special sections for kids with special needs, disabilities, as well as in school, camp, cyberworld, and sports. Breaks topic down into manageable bites. Blows away old-school bullying myths. LOVED IT.
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on November 2, 2008
This book is one of the best.
Opens new perspectives to understanding of bullying.
Very helpfull and practical.
Thanks to the author. Great work.
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on April 2, 2013
Every family should read this book. his book is by an exerienced teacher. It covers all age groups. First through 3rd grade, third grade and 9th grae through high school & college. .
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on October 1, 2009
This is a worthwile book for those who care about their children, and how to deal with the potential bullies that their children will face in life.

Well written and easy to read, it makes for a good gift for close friends and family.

I'm only sorry that it stopped before it got to adult bullies!
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on September 1, 2013
This is an easy read, and is good for parents who may not be involved or have a lot of common sense. It's basic....can't hurt, and might help!
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on March 29, 2013
Platitudes do not work with today 's bullies. Advice doesn't help when no adult is paying attention or willing to step in.
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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. There are a couple of grim stories in the book -- rightfully so -- and the authors follow up with details and support.

I also appreciate the chapter on special needs and disability harassment especially as a person who is deaf. The chapter gives greater focus on educating others to prevent them from bullying special needs children. It briefly goes into how to help a special needs child who is the subject of bullying. However, much of the advice throughout the book can help special needs children and work in most situations no matter where they occur.

Stopping a bully doesn't happen overnight, but Bullyproof Your Child for Life avoids overwhelming the reader with its doable suggestions. While the book doesn't require reading from cover to cover, it's beneficial to read the whole thing once -- it's surprisingly a fast and easy read. Parents, educators, and adults working with children can refer back to find what they need and take action based on the advice.
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