WHAT PARENTS NEED TO KNOW

"Craig, Pepler, and Cummings have done a great job of providing practical information and advice that not only focuses on the victim of bullying, but also takes into account the motives of the aggressor. Bullying Prevention is a book every parent should read." - Lamisha Serf, The US Review of Books.


"A realistic and comprehensive guide on how parents can help kids deal with the problem of bullying."

Read this review (below) by Faridah Nassozi...

"The information about cyber-bullying is also very helpful for parents - it's a current problem, it's becoming more wide-spread, and it's important for parents to know what to do..."

Read this review (below) by Kim Anisi...


"I am incredibly grateful to have read this and to now have a better idea of what to do if my students or if my children come across situations that involve bullying."

Read this review (below) by Cheryl Schopen...

"A gift for anyone wanting an authoritative, comprehensive,
and easily accessible guide to dealing with bullying."

From the foreword by Susan M. Swearer Ph.D.,
Co-Director, Bullying Research Network, University of Nebraska – Lincoln

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Ch. 1 — About Bullying - Basics

Ch. 2 — Why Worry About Bullying?

Ch. 3 — Bullying: Myths, Facts and Solutions

Ch. 4 — Bullying In Pre-school

Ch. 5 — Elementary School Children and Bullying

Ch. 6 — Adolescents and Bullying

Ch. 7 — Electronic/Cyber Bullying

Ch. 8 — Children Who Bully - What To Do At Home

Ch. 9 — What Parents Can Do To Help Children Who Are Victimized

Ch. 10 — How Parents Can Work With The School

Ch. 11 — Bullying Prevention Through The Golden Rule

Ch. 12 — Resources For Parents

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Bullying is about power. The power arises from within the relationship between the person bullying and the person being bullied, but it also comes from peer bystanders who are almost always present during bullying episodes. Bullying and victimization can start in early childhood, and a significant proportion of youth who bully others will continue to use their power negatively into adulthood.

For the bully, the lessons learned in the use of power and aggression can lead to sexual harassment, dating aggression and may extend to workplace harassment, as well as marital, child, and elder abuse. Those who bully, those who are victimized, as well as bystanders, must be included in efforts to stop bullying.

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A collaboration between three of the top experts in the study and implementation of bullying prevention.

Dr. Wendy Craig, a professor at Queens University in Ontario, Canada. and scientific co-director of PREVNet (Promoing Relationships and Eliminating Violence Network.) Dr. Craig , works with the WHO (World Health Organization), has published over 80 scientific articles and regularly speaks on healthy relationships to parents, educators and professionals working with young people.

Dr. Debra Pepler is a Distinguished Research Professor at York University (Toronto), Scientific Co-Director of PREVNet and a Senior Adjunct Scientist at Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, Canada. She is a consultant for the SNAP program for aggressive girls and their parents and has worked with groups focusing on parenting and safe schools policies.

Dr. Joanne Cummings, who has has been involved in studying and implementing bullying prevention since 1995, is a popular public speaker and works with children and parents in her clinical practice as well as being the Director of Knowledge Mobilization at PREVNet.

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"Written in practical and easy to understand language, Bullying Prevention provides a comprehensive guide to identifying and preventing bullying from pre-school aged children through adolescence."

Review by Lamisha Serf
The US Review of Books

"With the recent increase in teen suicide as a result of peer bullying, this book couldn't have been written at a better time. Bullying Prevention is a short, yet practical book full of wonderful information to educate parents on the source and effects of bullying for children of all ages. Authors Craig, Pepler, and Cummings use their combined expertise in psychology to not only raise awareness, but also to provide specific guidelines for parents to help identify cases of bullying in their own children. They go on to explain the underlying source of bullying as a relationship problem that requires a relationship solution by providing proper support and guidance to victims and aggressors of bullying.

Written in practical and easy to understand language, Bullying Prevention provides a comprehensive guide to identifying and preventing bullying from pre-school aged children through adolescence. Also included are various bullying myths and facts, a variety of case studies, information on cyber bullying, as well as specific advice for parents in handling bullying situations. While working with children that bully others, the authors suggest that parents teach their children to deal with their anger and feelings in an appropriate manner while encouraging them to take responsibility for their actions. For victims of bullying, they state '...parents can make a difference and should always intervene' in addition to teaching their children coping skills and helping them to build strong relationships.

Craig, Pepler, and Cummings have done a great job of providing practical information and advice that not only focuses on the victim of bullying, but also takes into account the motives of the aggressor. Bullying Prevention is a book every parent should read."

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Bullying Prevention:
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"A realistic and comprehensive guide on how parents can help kids deal with the problem of bullying."

Review by Faridah Nassozi
The US Review of Books

"Bullying Prevention: What Parents Need to Know is a book by three bullying prevention and intervention experts: Dr Wendy Craig, Dr. Debra Pepler and Dr. Joanne Cummings. They provide tips and advice on how to deal with bullying; whether your child is the one doing the bullying or the victim. Bullying Prevention starts off with the basics, explaining what bullying is, why children do it, its effects, why particular kids are victimized, why bullies feel the need to victimize others, and the different types of bullying. The book explains the bullying that occurs at a child's different life stages, from preschool to adolescence, how to recognize the signs and how to deal with them. There is a lot parents can do to help bring an end to bullying by working with their children and/or the school and this book is an excellent guide on how this can be achieved.

Bullying Prevention is a realistic and comprehensive guide on how parents can help kids deal with the problem of bullying. The book gives a 360-degree view on bullying, giving advice on what causes bullying, how to recognize the signs and how parents can help bring an end to this problem. Bullying Prevention is written by three great authors who have the expertise and years of experience in bullying prevention and intervention. This expertise shows in the very practical advice and solutions that they provide on how to handle this delicate matter. Any parent/guardian, or any other person looking to understand the problem of bullying will benefit from reading this book."

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"The information about cyber-bullying is also very helpful for parents - it's a current problem, it's becoming more wide-spread, and it's important for parents to know what to do..."

Review by Kim Anisi
The US Review of Books

"Bullying Prevention: What parents Need to Know by Dr. Wendy Craig, Dr. Debra Pepler and Dr. Joanne Cummings is a book that should be a must-read for parents of children who are already in school, but it is also a good read for people who deal with children on a regular basis and who would like to be a good support to them. In this book, the reader learns about the various forms of bullying, how to find out whether a child is being bullied, why children bully, what you can do to stop it, and how to deal with the whole situation.

Even though I do not have any children of my own, I found Bullying Prevention: What Parents Need to Know by Dr. W. Craig a very informative read. It was well written and is easy enough to understand without sounding patronizing. The author(s) clearly want to help people understand the problem and find sensible solutions. Unfortunately, bullying is not as uncommon as one might think and often children are too ashamed to admit what is happening to them. Bullying Prevention shows you how to find out whether your child is bullied, i.e. what the signs are and how you can talk about the problem with your child to really get honest answers.

The information about cyber-bullying is also very helpful for parents - it's a current problem, it's becoming more wide-spread, and it's important for parents to know what to do to prevent it and what to do if prevention is not possible anymore. I love the fact that the book also clears up some myths about bullying and explains everything in a factual, yet empathetic manner."

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Bullying Prevention:
What Parents Need To Know

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"I am incredibly grateful to have read this and to now have a better idea of what to do if my students or if my children come across situations that involve bullying."

Review by Cheryl Schopen
The US Review of Books

"In recent years, we are constantly hearing about the horrible consequences that bullying can result in, such as violence and even suicide. In days like these, it is essential for adults to be informed of and be aware of bullying situations and the effects that can result in order to help children overcome and deal with bullying in the most effective way. Bullying Prevention: What Parents Need to Know by Dr. W. Craig is an informative book that parents can use as a great resource in regards to bullying. From explaining the different types of bullying to advising parents on how to help children of all ages, this book offers great tips that all parents should know. What’s useful about this book is that there are chapters dedicated to each age range, from preschool, to elementary school, to adolescents, so that parents know how to help their specific child. Parents will also learn how to deal with schools and what resources to use in times of need.

As a parent and educator, I found Bullying Prevention: What Parents Need to Know by Dr. Wendy Craig, Dr. Debra Pepler and Dr. Joanne Cummings to be particularly interesting. Even though I have been lucky enough to never experience or witness bullying when I was a student and even now working in schools, I know I will probably come across it in the years to come. So, I am incredibly grateful to have read this and to now have a better idea of what to do if my students or if my children come across situations that involve bullying. What I liked about this book is that it didn’t make the bullies out to be the “bad guys.” There is advice for both the parents of the kids who are being victimized and the parents of the kids who are doing the bullying. I think it’s incredibly important to help both sides in order to prevent or stop bullying. This book may have information that is repeated throughout the chapters, which may be unnecessary, but overall, I really enjoyed this book and found it tremendously helpful. I would definitely recommend it to all parents."

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