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Books About Cyberbullying

Instructor: Elisha Madison

Elisha is a writer, editor, and aspiring novelist. She has a Master's degree in Ancient Celtic History & Mythology and another Masters in Museum Studies.

Our mobile devices, favorite websites and social media platforms keep us constantly connected, but cyberbullying occurs when students use these technologies to harm their peers. Use the following books to teach your class how to recognize and prevent cyberbullying.

Cyberbullying

A young girl just spent all day being teased and made fun of because of her freckles. Now she sits at home, doing her homework on the computer, yet she is still being bullied. She keeps getting texts and messages through social media, all of them meant to belittle and demean. This is what cyberbullying can be, a relentless kind of bullying that can torture students long after the school day ends.

Cyberbullying behavior is what happens over social media or any electronic device like cell phones or tablets. This type of behavior can be even more damaging than physical bullying because it is harder for the victim to escape the situation. Whether the victims are at school, home, or out with friends, they can be vulnerable to cyberbullying as long as they can be reached via internet or mobile device. The other issue with this kind of bullying is that it involves so many more people. Instead of just a classroom seeing the embarrassment, a student's entire Facebook friends list could witness the abuse. Plus, the anonymity many have online can make the bullying behavior even more vicious and cruel.

Since this phenomenon is becoming more and more common, it's important for students to first understand how to handle the situation if they are being cyberbullied. Secondly, if they exhibit cyberbullying behavior themselves, they must be able to recognize these signs and take the proper steps to correct it. Books are a great way to show examples and get students engaged in the subject.

Cyberbullying Fiction

Fiction novels can put an entertaining and engrossing spin on such a serious subject, making it more relatable for teens.

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