Words Wound: Delete Cyberbullying and Make Kindness Go Viral

Words Wound: Delete Cyberbullying and Make Kindness Go Viral

by Justin W. Patchin, Sameer Hinduja


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Vicious words and damaging photos exchanged through texts, email, or social media can result in humiliation, broken friendships, punishment at school, and even legal prosecution. In some cases, online harassment has contributed to suicide. Written by experts in cyberbullying prevention, this book provides strategies for teens dealing with cyberbullying as well as for those who have taken part in bullying others. This book gives teens the tools they need to keep themselves safe online, protect their digital reputations, and make their schools and their communities kinder places.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781575424514
Publisher: Free Spirit Publishing, Inc.
Publication date: 12/03/2013
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 1,142,692
Product dimensions: 7.44(w) x 5.98(h) x 0.47(d)
Lexile: 1060L (what's this?)
Age Range: 13 - 18 Years

About the Author

Justin W. Patchin, Ph.D., is a professor of criminal justice in the Department of Political Science at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and co-director of the Cyberbullying Research Center. He has presented at the White House and has appeared on CNN and NPR and in Time and The New York Times to discuss issues related to teens’ use and misuse of technology. Dr. Patchin is the author (with Dr. Hinduja) of Bullying Beyond the Schoolyard, Cyberbullying Prevention and Response, and School Climate 2.0. He lives in Wisconsin.

Sameer Hinduja, Ph.D., is a professor in the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Florida Atlantic University and co-director of the Cyberbullying Research Center. He is recognized internationally for his groundbreaking work on the subjects of cyberbullying and safe social networking. He works with the U.S. Department of Education and many state departments of education to improve their policies on preventing and responding to teen technology misuse. Dr. Hinduja is the author (with Dr. Patchin) of Bullying Beyond the Schoolyard, Cyberbullying Prevention and Response, and School Climate 2.0. He lives in Florida.

Table of Contents


Why We Wrote This Book

Why Us?

How to Use This Book

We Want to Hear from You

Part One: Cyberbullying—What You Need to Know

Chapter 1: The Scoop on Cyberbullying 13

  • What Is Cyberbullying?
  • How Common Is Cyberbullying?
  • Bullying in Person vs. Cyberbullying
  • The Consequences
  • Most Teens Don’t Cyberbully

Chapter 2: What to Do If You’re Being Cyberbullied

  • Tools at Your Fingertips

1. Keep a Journal
2. Save the Evidence
3. Never Retaliate
4. Talk About It
5. Ignore It
6. Laugh It Off
7. Speak Up
8. Block the Bullying
9. Report It
10. When to Call the Police
  • Don’t Give Up
  • You’re Not to Blame
  • Thoughts of Suicide
  • Stay Strong

Part Two: Treating Others with Respect and Protecting Yourself

Chapter 3: Pause Before You Post

  • Think First
  • Act with Integrity—Online and Off
  • Don’t Let Differences Divide
  • Watch Your Words
  • What Your School Can Do
  • Know Your Rights
  • Answering to the Police
  • Tracing Digital Footprints
  • Use Your Head (and Your Heart)

Chapter 4: Start Standing Up, Not Standing By

  • Be There
  • Build a Group Effort
  • Crush Cruel Content
  • Talk to a Trusted Adult
  • Record It and Report It
  • Anonymous Reporting at School
  • Step Up, Speak Up, Stand Up

Chapter 5: Stay Smart and Stay Safe

  • 12 Tips for Protecting Yourself

1. Be Careful with Content
2. The Internet Never Forgets
3. Google Yourself
4. Keep Tabs on Your Digital Reputation
5. Never Respond to Mysterious Messages
6. Always Log Out
7. Protect Your Password
8. Guard Your Goods
9. Be Picky About Your Privacy
10. Location, Location, Location
11. Think Before You Friend or Follow
12. Catfishing
  • Take Control

Part Three: Building a Culture of Kindness

Chapter 6: Delete Cyberbullying

  • Become an Expert
  • Research the Problem
  • Get the Scoop at Your School
  • Review the Rules
  • Take Action!
  • Join the Club
  • Be a Mentor
  • Walk the Walk
  • Make an Announcement
  • Host a Poetry Slam
  • Take Center Stage
  • Move Beyond Your School
  • Speak Up
  • Write a Letter to the Editor
  • Get Political
  • Take the First Step

Chapter 7: Make Kindness Go Viral

  • Promote Kindness at Your School and Beyond
  • Reach Out
  • Make Art with a Message
  • Take the Pledge
  • Form a Flash Mob
  • Be Creative
  • Use Memes for Good, Not Evil
  • Build an App
  • Craft a Comic
  • Random Acts of Online Kindness
  • Get Social
  • Nice It Forward
  • Don’t Wait



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