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Books about bullying available at Truckee Library

Teri Andrews Rinne
Special to the Sun

TAHOE/TRUCKEE, Calif. and#8212; and#8220;Gossip and nasty notes may be painful staples of middle school and high school girls’ lives, but YouTube, Facebook, instant messaging, texting and voice mail can raise cruelty to exponential heights. Rumors can spread faster and further, and there is nowhere to escape their reach and#8212; not your bedroom, not the dinner table, not while going out with your friends.and#8221;

and#8212; Peggy Orenstein, and#8220;Cinderella Ate My Daughterand#8221;

Hardly a week goes by without a headline devoted to some aspect of bullying, most often intensified by the advent of our electronic culture. Suddenly, it has become much easier to bully from behind a cell phone or computer terminal. There are many titles available at the Truckee Library that address the important issue of bullying, online and otherwise.

The newly updated and#8220;Odd Girl Out: The Hidden Culture of Aggression in Girls,and#8221; originally published in 2002, rightly contends the dirty looks, taunting notes and social exclusion that plague girls’ friendships have gained new momentum in cyberspace. In this updated edition, educator and bullying expert Rachel Simmons gives girls, parents and educators proven and innovative strategies for navigating social dynamics in person and online, as well as brand new classroom initiatives and step-by-step parental suggestions for dealing with conventional bullying.

When does bullying start? As experts in developmental psychology and each a mother of three, Dr. Michelle Anthony and Dr. Reyna Lindert began noticing an alarming pattern of social struggle among girls as young as five, including their own daughters. In their book, and#8220;Little Girls Can Be Mean,and#8221; they tackle the unique social struggles of elementary-aged girls, giving parents the tools needed to help their daughters become stronger, happier and better able to enjoy their friendships at school and beyond. Dr. Anthony and Dr. Lindert offer an easy-to-follow, four-step plan to help you become a problem-solving partner with your child, including tips and insights girls may use on their own to confront social difficulties in an empowered way.

If you are looking for a more general work on bullying, especially how it relates to teens, check out and#8220;Hey Back Off,and#8221; by Withers and Hendrickson, which covers all manner of bullying: Text messages (cyber bullying), sexual harassment, teasing (verbal), hitting or punching (physical). This book bills itself as the first comprehensive teen guide to harassment prevention. It uses narrative real-life examples and stories that are relatable to teens, while incorporating strategies and coping tips for not only teens, but also parents and educators.

Two books written specifically to help encourage those on the receiving end of bullying are and#8220;Bullying and Me: Schoolyard Storiesand#8221; and and#8220;It Gets Better: Coming Out, Overcoming Bullying and Creating a Life Worth Living.and#8221;

In and#8220;Bullying and Me,and#8221; kids and grownups, from all kinds of backgrounds, talk openly about their experiences of being bullied. Their honest, moving stories will resonate with the many children who have undergone bullying of all kinds and#8212; emotional and physical and#8212; and who have tried to deal with it alone or with help. Arresting photos by Steven Vote help draw readers into the lives of these brave people.

After a number of tragic suicides by lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (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. Speaking openly about the bullying they suffered as teenagers, and how they both went on to lead rewarding adult lives, their video launched the and#8220;It Gets Better Projectand#8221; YouTube channel and initiated a worldwide phenomenon, with more than 6,000 videos posted and more than 20 million views in the first three months alone. and#8220;It Gets Betterand#8221; 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. By sharing these stories, and#8220;It Gets Betterand#8221; reminds teenagers in the LGBT community that they are not alone, and it will get better.

Check it out at the Truckee Library, 10031 Levon Ave., 530-582-7846, mynevadacounty.com/library.

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