Just as the previous generation was raised in front of televisions, adolescents at the turn of the 21st century are being raised in an internet-enabled world where blogs, social networking, and instant messaging are competing with face-to-face and telephone communication as the dominant means through which personal interaction takes place. Unfortunately, a small but growing proportion of our youth are being exposed online to interpersonal violence, aggression, and harassment via cyberbullying. The mission of this book is to explore the many critical issues surrounding this new phenomenon. Key features include the following.
Comprehensive – The book provides a comprehensive, up-to-date look at the major issues that teachers, school administrators, counsellors, social workers, and parents need to be aware of with respect to cyberbullying identification, prevention, and response.
Practical – While the information is informed by research, it is written in an accessible way that all adults will be able to understand and apply.
Expertise – Justin W. Patchin and Sameer Hinduja are Co-Directors of the Cyberbullying Research Center (www.cyberbullying.us). Chapter authors represent a carefully selected group of contributors who have demonstrated both topical expertise and an ability to write about the topic in clear, easily accessible language.
This book is appropriate for teachers, administrators, parents and others seeking research-based guidance on how to deal with the rising tide of cyberbullying issues. It is also appropriate for a variety of college level courses dealing with school violence and educational administration.
Table of Contents
Preface, Justin W. Patchin and Sameer Hinduja
1. A ‘Living Internet’: Some Context for the Cyberbullying Discussion, Anne Collier
2. Cyberbullying: An Update and Synthesis of the Research, Justin W. Patchin and Sameer Hinduja
3. Cyberbullying and the Law, Nancy Willard
4. Youth Views on Cyberbullying, Patricia Agatston, Robin Kowalski, and Susan Limber
5. Cyberbullying: How School Counselors Can Help, Russell Sabella
6. Empowering Bystanders, Stan Davis and Charisse Nixon
7. You Mean We Gotta Teach That, Too? Mike Donlin
8. A "Toolbox" of Cyberbullying Prevention Initiatives and Activities, Jenny Walker
9. Responding to Cyberbullying: Advice for Educators and Parents, Elizabeth K. Englander
10. School Law Enforcement and Cyberbullying, Sameer Hinduja and Justin W. Patchin
Appendix A: Select Cyberbullying Curricula, Lesson Plans, and Materials
Appendix B: List of States with Bullying and Cyberbullying Laws
Justin W. Patchin, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Criminal Justice in the Department of Political Science at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. He is Co-Director of the Cyberbullying Research Center.Sameer Hinduja, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor in the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Florida Atlantic University. He is Co-Director of the Cyberbullying Research Center.
"This anthology, co-edited by two widely published and recognized experts in online safety, is an ambitious compendium of the latest research and resources related to cyberbullying." --Teachers College Record
"The strengths of the book are the reputations of the editors and authors and the range of topics covered. I think the book will definitely make a unique contribution to the field. I will definitely buy it and recommend it to others."—Sheri Bauman, Arizona State University
"The parents and educators I meet are always looking for a definitive resource to assist them whenever cyberbullying occurs to the youth they care for. This book is the most comprehensive and well-informed work I have seen – covering what cyberbullying is and what can be meaningfully done about it. The authors represent a who’s who of cyberbullying experts across the United States and I trust and appreciate their perspectives. I highly recommend it."—Tina Meier, Founder of the Megan Meier Foundation
"This book is likely to have international appeal in developed countries experiencing similar problems with bullying and cyberbulling. As the world grows more technologically savvy, we’re likely to see increases in cyberbullying incidents worldwide. Though the data might look different between countries and cultures, chances are the solutions offered by the book will be applicable worldwide."—Rebekah Sills Lamm, Texas School Safety Center