Bullying

A Parent's Guide

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Is your child being bullied? How do you deal with bullying? How do you talk to children about bullying? Jennifer Thomson’s informative guide will give a whole new perspective on this age-old problem that blights children’s lives. The book offers answers to important questions like why are children bullied and how can parents can stop bullying from happening. It also provides proven methods to help a bullied child boost low self-esteem. When your child is being bullied you feel helpless and lost. You want to know: Why is my child being bullied? How can I help my child? What is the school’s role in stopping the bullying? How can I build my child back up after their confidence has taken such a knock? Whether you think that your child is being bullied or are worried by the horrifying stories of bullying in school and want to know what you can do, this practical guide will provide you with the facts and resources you need.


Chapter Headings

Bullying: The Inside Story

Is My Child Being Bullied?

Talking to Your Child

Why My Child?

How To Prevent Your Child Getting Bullied

Going to the School

Other Help You Can Get

Inside the Mind of a Bullied Child

Boosting Your Child’s Self Esteem

Help List

Book List

Author Bio 

Jennifer Thomson is a freelance writer and the author of 6 non-fiction books, including Caring for Your Dog: The Essential Guide from Need2Know and Living Cruelty Free (Greatest Guides). Her first novel will be published in 2011 and she is working on her first crime novel.

She knows the agony of being bullied as she was targeted throughout school and wrote this book to prevent others from suffering as she did. She can be contacted through her website www.jenniferthomson.co.uk or blog at http://ramblingsofafrustratedcrimewriter.blogspot.com 

Customer Reviews...

A concerned parent -
This book saved my son's life. Not only was I able to identify he was getting bullied, I was also able to get it to stop. The author has some great exercises for boosting your child's self-esteem and I'm currently working my through them.

2013-06-27



Scott Turner -
This is an essential read for parents, teachers and children. It offers vital information on how you can stop your child from being bullied, as well as tips on how to build up their confidence.

2013-06-27



Anonymous -
First I would like to point out that this book is more than necessary for the world we live in today. The book has a lovely feeling of balance. It has statistics, stories and advice. What I also love is that this book is that it shows that bullying is a problem in more places than just the United States. What I found best was that it gave PLENTY of scenarios, not just for kids being bullied but for parents to measure against their own children to see if their child is being bullied. When I was in middle school and high school I was bullied so this book hits home. I am also a new mother so I found helpful duality in it. This book points out the effects of bullying but the signs of it. It also shows that racism has a face on the bullying poster. When you see the statistics it makes you think about all of the people who have taken their lives as a result. This book shows that if our children can't come to us then we as parents need to take some responsibility and get to know our children well enough to help our child through the pain and help them triumph. This book also shows that even the most AMAZING people have been bullied, so just because it's happening to you doesn't mean that you won't rise above and flourish. This book also exposes the truth about the stereotypes that bullying isn't something that "just happens" or that it "is a part of growing up". This books lets you know that it doesn't have to be and that NOT everyone is targeted. This book should have been passed around at multiple high schools and middle schools because the reality and kind words that this book has to offer is priceless.

2013-06-27



Christopher Kokoski -
When you're looking for a book on bullying, you want a book to cover everything – how to understand it, spot it, respond to it, talk about it and most importantly, stop it in its tracks. If you are a parent, you know the worry and concern that your child will be the victim of ruthless teasing and taunting, or worse. This is a comprehensive guide on what to do every step of the way. It’s like having a team of bullying experts in the room answering your every question. It is clear the author knows the painful experience of bullying victim, and is not simply an outsider looking in. This instantly resonated with me (I’ve been the target of a long-term ‘bullying campaign’, as the author puts it, myself). This allowed me to trust that she had something to say on the topic. At the same time, unlike other authors, she does not let her personal experience dominate the book, only support and enhance it. I loved how she broke down the distinctions between what is and what is not considered bullying, the multiple types and forms of bullying and how she offered keen insight into everyone affected by the bullying, widening the impact far beyond two individuals. Here are a few of the many things you will learn: 8 excuses your child will say to cover up bullying pg. 26-27 46 specific strategies to get your child to open up and talk about bullying (this could be worth the price of the book itself!) pg. 29-35 The myths about bullying pg. 38-44 How to approach the parents of your child’s bully pg. 71-73 How to repair your child’s shattered self-esteem pg. 87-94 When it comes to our kids, we all want them safe and happy. I can’t imagine a more compact, practical resource for parents.

2013-06-27



Katy O'Dowd -
Jennifer Thomson's 'Bullying, A Parent's Guide' is a fantastic book. We can all, I imagine, relate in one way or another. And it is the relating that makes it exceptionally difficult when your child is being bullied at school - you don't want them to feel like you were made to feel, why would you? And that's exactly where this healing, calming, no-nonsense book absolutely comes into its own. You can take a deep breath and look at things in a more rational manner because of the way that the author has laid each topic out. It is easy to read and exceptionally helpful. What's more, from personal experience of our son being bullied and from having to learn as we went along, she has covered everything, and more. I wish I had this book when I was a kid - and when our son was having his own hard time. I think everyone could benefit from this book, even though it is aimed at the parents of children who are being bullied.

2013-06-27



Rosalie Warren -
This book moved and impressed me on several different levels. First of all, it brought back old memories of when I was bullied at school (50 years ago!) - and made me cry. Would you believe that, after all this time, hearing the words: "It's not your fault you were bullied" could bring on the tears? Well, all I can say is that it did, and although I've had counselling and other kinds of help in the years since I was bullied, this book comforted me in a way I'd never quite experienced before. The author is honest about her own experience of being bullied as a child, and that is one of the things that gives the book its conviction and power. Her writing is clear and straightforward; her advice wise and practical. I'm sure that any parent reading this who is worried about their child being bullied will find it reassuring and helpful.

2013-06-27



Helen Baggott -
From its cover you’d be forgiven if you thought Jennifer Thomson’s newly updated book Bullying, A Parents Guide was just another clinical self-help book. But what struck a chord with me was her use of personal experience. Jennifer was bullied as a child – but she doesn’t hang out for sympathy. What she demands from the reader is an understanding so they can help other children in similar situations. The book is simply written, it shares information rather than instruct in a formal manner. There are some excellent tips on how to spot a bullied child – the signs are there, it just takes a little time to join the dots. Although this book is aimed at parents, it offers an insight into a subject that just won’t go away. Cyber bullying is on the increase – gone are the days when the bully would just be in the playground – now they’re in your children’s sanctuary – their home.

2013-06-27



Christopher Kokoski "Book Author" (via Amazon) -
When you're looking for a book on bullying, you want it to cover everything - how to understand it, spot it, respond to it, talk about it and most importantly, stop it in its tracks. If you are a parent, you know the worry and concern that your child will be the victim of ruthless teasing and taunting, or worse. This is a comprehensive guide on what to do every step of the way. It's like having a team of bullying experts in the room answering your every question. It is clear the author knows the painful experience of bullying victim, and is not simply an outsider looking in. This instantly resonated with me (I've been the target of a long-term `bullying campaign', as the author puts it, myself). This allowed me to trust that she had something to say on the topic. At the same time, unlike other authors, she does not let her personal experience dominate the book, only support and enhance it. I loved how she broke down the distinctions between what is and what is not considered bullying, the multiple types and forms of bullying and how she offered keen insight into everyone affected by the bullying, widening the impact far beyond two individuals. Here are a few of the many things you will learn: 8 excuses your child will say to cover up bullying pg. 26-27 46 specific strategies to get your child to open up and talk about bullying (this could be worth the price of the book itself!) pg. 29-35 The myths about bullying pg. 38-44 How to approach the parents of your child's bully pg. 71-73 How to repair your child's shattered self-esteem pg. 87-94 When it comes to our kids, we all want them safe and happy. I can't imagine a more compact, practical resource for parents.

2013-07-23



Helen Baggott (via Amazon) -
From its cover you'd be forgiven if you thought Jennifer Thomson's newly updated book Bullying, A Parents Guide was just another clinical self-help book. But what struck a chord with me was her use of personal experience. Jennifer was bullied as a child - but she doesn't hang out for sympathy. What she demands from the reader is an understanding so they can help other children in similar situations. The book is simply written, it shares information rather than instruct in a formal manner. There are some excellent tips on how to spot a bullied child - the signs are there, it just takes a little time to join the dots. Children are often bullied simply for being different - hair, clothes, wearing glasses. But how does a parent raise a child, nurturing that uniqueness without creating the perfect victim? Jennifer tackles that dilemma. Even bullies have parents, so where did it all go wrong? When you understand what makes a child become a bully you can stop it, right there. Although this book is aimed at parents, it offers an insight into a subject that just won't go away. Cyber bullying is on the increase - gone are the days when the bully would just be in the playground - now they're in your children's sanctuary - their home. Read the book and see if you recognise that inner child in you.

2013-07-23



KTK (via Amazon) -
Jennifer Thomson's 'Bullying, A Parent's Guide' is a fantastic book. We can all, I imagine, relate in one way or another. And it is the relating that makes it exceptionally difficult when your child is being bullied at school - you don't want them to feel like you were made to feel, why would you? And that's exactly where this healing, calming, no-nonsense book absolutely comes into its own. You can take a deep breath and look at things in a more rational manner because of the way that the author has laid each topic out. It is eminently readable and exceptionally helpful. What's more, from personal experience and from having to learn as we went along, she has covered everything, and more. I wish I had this book when I was a kid - and when our son was having his own hard time. I think everyone could benefit from this book, even though it is aimed at the parents of children who are being bullied. An excellent read.

2013-07-23



the new found reader "Living til I can't" 9via Amazon) -
First I would like to point out that this book is more than necessary for the world we live in today. The book has a lovely feeling of balance. It has statistics, stories and advice. What I also love is that this book is that it shows that bullying is a problem in more places than just the United States. What I found best was that it gave PLENTY of scenarios, not just for kids being bullied but for parents to measure against their own children to see if their child is being bullied. When I was in middle school and high school I was bullied so this book hits home. I am also a new mother so I found helpful duality in it. This book points out the effects of bullying but the signs of it. It also shows that racism has a face on the bullying poster. When you see the statistics it makes you think about all of the people who have taken their lives as a result. This book shows that if our children can't come to us then we as parents need to take some responsibility and get to know our children well enough to help our child through the pain and help them triumph. This book also shows that even the most AMAZING people have been bullied, so just because it's happening to you doesn't mean that you won't rise above and flourish. This book also exposes the truth about the stereotypes that bullying isn't something that "just happens" or that it "is a part of growing up". This books lets you know that it doesn't have to be and that NOT everyone is targeted. This book should have been passed around at multiple high schools and middle schools because the reality and kind words that this book has to offer is priceless.

2013-07-23



Parents in Touch (via Amazon) -
This is an updated version of this practical guide. It tackles the modern-day threat of cyber-bullying in an informed manner and really helps parents to understand what really happens.It is a topic most of us have heard about, but many do not appreciate the full horror, so this aspect of this new edition will be very useful. Parents feel helpless when they think their child may be being bullied and this guide is full of useful and practical advice. It discusses the various forms bullying can take, including mobile phone bullying, and suggests things parents should look out for if they suspect bullying. I particularly liked the approach taken in the chapter on how to approach the school - always a tricky situation. The book then continues with a chapter on where to go after that. The chapter on 'Inside the mind of a bullied child' is very perceptive and valuable. Practical scenarios are excellent and this book will be useful to teachers as well as parents.

2013-07-23



Rosalie Reviews (via Amazon) -
This book moved and impressed me on several different levels. First of all, it brought back old memories of when I was bullied at school (50 years ago!) - and made me cry. Would you believe that, after all this time, hearing the words: "It's not your fault you were bullied" could bring on the tears? Well, all I can say is that it did, and although I've had counselling and other kinds of help in the years since I was bullied, this book comforted me in a way I'd never quite experienced before. I wish my parents had had a copy of this book! I also wish I'd had a copy when my own children were at school. The author is honest about her own experience of being bullied as a child, and that is one of the things that gives the book its conviction and power. Her writing is clear and straightforward; her advice wise and practical. I'm sure that any parent reading this who is worried about their child being bullied will find it reassuring and helpful. It's full of information and advice - just what are the school's responsibilities and how should you approach them? Where else can you go for help? How can you help restore the self-confidence of a bullied child? What signs should you look out for? How can you make it easier for your child to talk to you? What organisations can help you and what should you do about bullying online? And what shouud you do if you fear your child may be bullying someone else? This is a resource book par excellence, but it's more than that - it's full of compassion, understanding, wisdom, insight and hope. I recommend it wholeheartedly.

2013-07-23



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