Thursday, March 10, 2011

Facebook Strengthens Anti-Bullying Campaign

A new "social reporting feature" on Facebook provides help to those users who feel they are being bullied online. ("Facebook Backs Obama Anti-Bullying Campaign," The Wall Street Journal (blog), March 10, 2011). A recent White House conference included discussions of this new safety tool that requests other users to remove offensive content or gets help from other users about bullying online. This article mentions that the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (PDF file) says that at least 10% of school-aged children are "bullied on a regular basis."

Review selected library titles related to bullying prevention at LSC-CyFair Branch Library. Click the title of a listed item, select the "Request" button in the listing, and enter your library card number and PIN for each title you want to reserve for pick up at the library. Call the library at 281-290-3219 to check your PIN if you do not remember it. Use these subject words and phrases to find more in the library catalog:
  • bullying
  • cyberbullying
  • hazing
  • school violence
It Gets Better: Coming Out, Overcoming Bullying, and Creating a Life Worth Living edited by Dan Savage and Terry Miller - Dutton, 2011.
call number: 306.766 Itg (NOTE: In processing)
"After a number of tragic suicides by LGBT students who were bullied in school, syndicated columnist and author Dan Savage uploaded a video to YouTube with his partner Terry Miller to inspire hope for LGBT youth facing harassment. . . It Gets Better is a collection of expanded essays and new material from celebrities, everyday people and teens who have posted videos of encouragement, as well as new contributors who have yet to post videos to the site." - publishers summary excerpt

Understanding School Bullying: A Guide for Parents and Teachers by Mona O'Moore - Veritas, 2010.
call number: on order
"The handbook summarizes current knowledge; guides schools in the development, implementation, and evaluation of effective anti-bullying philosophies; recommends anti-bullying programs; and supports a culture of problem solving that draws on research and experience." - publishers summary excerpt

A Girl's Life (DVD) with Rachel Simmons - PBS Distribution, 2009.
call number: on order
"Researcher/author Rachel Simmons discusses the challenges facing young women as they grow to adulthood in the 21st century. To gather information, Simmons interviews parents, psychologists, teachers, social workers, and teens about what it means to be an adolescent girl in today's world and what messages girls receive from media and society. The core of the video consists of Simmons's interviews with four teenage girls in which she closely examines issues of body image, academics, cyber bullying, and violence." - School Library Journal review excerpt