Bullying is chronic throughout our society. Almost everyone has had some experience of it, either as the victim, the bully or the bystander. In extreme cases it leads to suicide or a vengeful massacre, but despite many efforts to stop it, it still goes on, in schools, in families and in the workplace. People are crying out for solutions, and I present some very practical and inspiring ones in my double award winning, young adult magical realism novel, You Can’t Shatter Me.
If all bystanders stood up to bullies, there would be no more bullying. This story is designed to encourage bystanders to find the courage to step in, also to give victims ways to handle being harassed and for bullies to find alternative ways to feel powerful.
Low self esteem is often cited as the underlying cause of the problem, and the revolutionary contribution that this book makes to solving the bullying issue is that it lays out a simple method that anyone can use to develop self-esteem on the deepest level. It also shows how love and compassion can be a powerful weapon against hatred and fear.
The following posts share the philosophy behind the story, one based on a Buddhist approach to dealing with enemies and my personal experience as a high school teacher. Resources and references are at the end of this page.
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Anti bullying websites
Excellent articles on Bullying
- UK Parents Lounge http://www.ukparentslounge.com/index.php?pg=353
- Stress Free Kids http://www.stressfreekids.com/224/how-to-stop-being-bullied
- Harvard school of Public Health http://ht.ly/aU5md
- Youthoria.org. http://www.youthoria.org/home/life/relationships/relationships-bullying/1239707670.182/#1235645546.794
- What Meditation Really Is http://whatmeditationreallyis.com
- The World Community for Christian Meditation http://www.wccm-usa.org/