By Emily Bazelon
Being hasn't ever been effortless, yet in recent times, with the increase of the web and social media, it has turn into exponentially tougher. Bullying, as soon as considered the province of queen bees and goons, has taken on new, advanced, and insidious kinds, as mom and dad and educators understand all too well.
No author is healthier poised to discover this territory than Emily Bazelon, who has tested herself as a number one voice at the social and felony elements of stripling drama. In Sticks and Stones, she brings readers on a deeply researched, clear-eyed trip into the ever-shifting panorama of adlescent meanness and its occasionally devastating results. the result's an critical publication that takes us from institution cafeterias to courtrooms to the places of work of fb, the web site the place lots teenage existence, sturdy and undesirable, now unfolds.
Along the best way, Bazelon defines what bullying is and, simply as vital, what it is not. She explores whilst intervention is vital and while childrens can be given the liberty to fend for themselves. She additionally dispels power myths: that ladies bully greater than boys, that on-line and in-person bullying are totally designated, that bullying is a typical explanation for suicide, and that harsh legal consequences are a good deterrent. exceptionally, she believes that to accommodate the matter, we needs to first comprehend it.
Blending willing journalistic and narrative abilities, Bazelon explores assorted points of bullying in the course of the tales of 3 youngsters who discovered themselves stuck within the thick of it. Thirteen-year-old Monique continued months of harassment and exclusion earlier than her mom eventually pulled her out of faculty. Jacob was once threatened and bodily attacked over his sexuality in 8th grade—and then sued to guard himself and alter the tradition of his institution. Flannery was once certainly one of six youngsters who confronted legal fees after a fellow student’s suicide used to be blamed on bullying and made overseas headlines. With grace and authority, Bazelon chronicles how those children’ predicaments escalated, to no one’s profit, into community-wide wars. slicing in the course of the noise, incorrect information, and sensationalism, she takes us into faculties that experience succeeded in lowering bullying and examines their winning ideas. the result's a groundbreaking publication that would support mom and dad, educators, and youths themselves greater comprehend what youngsters are facing this day and what could be performed to aid them via it.
Contains a brand new dialogue consultant for school room use and booklet groups
Praise for Sticks and Stones
“Intelligent, rigorous . . . [Emily Bazelon] is a compassionate champion for justice within the area of childhood’s crucial unfairness.”—Andrew Solomon, The long island instances publication Review
“[Bazelon] doesn't stint at the mental literature, however the outcome by no means feels dense with experiences; it’s immersive storytelling with a strong base of technological know-how beneath, and attracts its authority and tool from both.”—New York
“A humane and heavily mentioned exploration of how that hurtful strength relationships play out within the modern public-school environment . . . As a mother or father herself, [Bazelon] brings transparent, sort research to complicated and frightening circumstances.”—The Wall highway Journal
“Bullying isn’t new. yet our makes an attempt to reply to it are, as Bazelon explains in her richly particular, thought-provoking ebook. . . . finished in her reporting and balanced in her conclusions, Bazelon extracts from those tales precious classes for teenagers, mom and dad and principals alike.”—The Washington Post