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Cyberslammed: Understand, Prevent, Combat and Transform The Most Common Cyberbullying Tactics Paperback – July 10, 2012
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"This workbook should be required for every middle and high school student. It's comprehensive, easy to understand, and gives students the tools they need to live safely in today's digital world." Jamie Nabozny, subject of the documentary,
"Bullied: A Student, a School and a Case That Made History"
"A truly unique resource."
-Anne Collier, Founder and Co-director of ConnectSafely.org and co-author of Parents Guide To Facebook
This book wins through its sheer versatility. It's clearly at home in schools, but equally useful as a resource for camps, youth clubs, seminars, consultancy, bullying conferences, teacher education and parenting
-RegainYour Name.com-Reputation Management
Cyberslammed is an outstanding resource for school administrators charged with creating policies and procedures to address student safety.
-Kenneth D. Hughes, Chief of Police, Retired
"If you have a teen or need to deal with online harassment, this book will do wonders. Practical exercises, tech tactics, and teen vocabulary help you understand the mindset of a bully."
-Milton Ramirez Ed.D.
Educator, Writer, creator of educationandtech.com
About the Author
Kay Stephens is an author and a freelance writer with more than 20 years of experience working with teens and tweens in New England as a mentor and educator. A regular contributor to Maine newspapers and magazines, she also runs her own creative content and social media business and is currently at work on young adult novels with a cyberbullying theme.
Vinitha Nair is the Co-Founder and a Board member of Platform Shoes Forum, a non-governmental organization (NGO) that builds digital learning networks with a focus on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education for middle and high school students. Since the nonprofit's launch, Vinitha has worked to promote workforce diversity and gender equity by helping establish statewide coalitions and promoting initiatives to influence change in this area.
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Cyberslammed offers great advice for individuals, and fantastic educational methods that are useful in a group setting, such as working within school systems.
Cyberslammed offers easy to understand explanations of the most common internet-based bullying as well as easy-to-implement solutions.
This book should be on the shelf of every school administrator, and every parent with school age children (including college-age students).
After introductions designed to introduce the concept of cyberbullying, explain exactly what it entails, and give adults and children general tips for dealing with such events, the book goes into six specific types of bullying: digital pile-ons, rating sites, imposter profiles, haters' clubs, sexting, and videojacking.
Each chapter on a specific bullying tactic includes a scenario, discussion questions (from the perspective of both bully and target), advice on dealing with incidents at various threat levels, and help for bullied students trying to transform the damage done into new strength.
This is a solid and well-thought-out approach to assisting everyone involved in a bullying incident to a) resolve the incident without violence or further damage, and b) to recover afterwards. The sections at the end of each for kids who are bullied, detailing actual concrete mental and emotional techniques for transforming the damage done, are particularly powerful. (I couldn't help thinking I wish I'd seen this book 20 years ago myself.)
Bullying incidents are described clearly, and motivations of all parties involved are described compassionately and with understanding. The authors demonstrate vividly how even good kids without evil motivations can find themselves caught up in bullying behavior, and also point out clearly to targets of bullying that they are not being bullied because of some flaw in their character, but because bullying has certain emotional and social rewards for the bully.
The advice the author's offer to all parties seems sensible, well-thought-out, and practical, designed to end the bullying without causing more pain. The authors' genuine concern and care for the children involved comes through warmly in every chapter. The book finishes with useful resources, including a template cyberbullying policy for schools.
This is a useful resource, and deserves to be read by anyone in regular contact with a tween or teenager.
Reviewed by Catherine Langrehr for IndieReader
Copy from Author, requested due to school/occupation. (I am an Information Security & Forensics student and work in Telecommunication.)
Cyberbullying is an epidemic, but most parents and teachers have no idea how to handle it. So what is cyberbullying? What methods will teens use to cyberbully? How should parents and teachers monitor their children's online presence? What are the signs that your child is being bullied? When should authorities get involved and once involved what can they do? How do you handle such a situation?
These are the types of questions Cyberslammed covers. But it goes beyond just researching this phenomenon (where so many books on cyberstalking stop), it gives advice, instructions, and preventative advice to those suffering in a very easy to read format. I've come across so many helpful but intimidating websites that attempt to give the same advice, but are very difficult to navigate. That is not the case with this workbook. It is very easy to follow.
I personally feel this should be required reading for all teachers, mentors, and their classrooms. (The book even includes easy to fill in forms to help gather as much information when an incident is reported, and what steps to take.) I recommend this to all parents. Cyberbullying is not going to go away, we must educate ourselves in order to protect ourselves and those we love from this horrible abuse.
Cyberslammed is an excellent resource to use.