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Cyberbullying: What Counselors Need to Know

Cyberbullying: What Counselors Need to Know
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"This book is a must-read for school counselors, teachers, administrators, and other professionals who want a solid, research-based, and comprehensive guide on counseling for cyberbullying. This is not just another book on cyberbullying. While cyberbullying is a growing concern, and more and more materials are available, there is no other book for counselors which is as complete and powerful. Dr. Bauman lays a great foundational overview of theories of aggressive behavior (without overwhelming with detail), and then describes specific, practical counseling strategies for bullies, victims, and their parents. She addresses cyberbullying in various age ranges, and considers the effectiveness of punitive versus nonpunitive approaches. I found particularly unique her discussions of restorative justice and practice and the method of shared concern, which are ideas rarely discussed in books on cyberbullying. Her chapter on the various roles of counselors (including advocacy, training, counseling, and ethics) is excellent and challenges and empowers counselors to have a broader impact through key functions with respect to combating cyberbullying. Her appendix of current research and key findings on cyberbullying is a tremendous added value. As another professional in the cyberbullying field, I can vouch that Dr. Bauman has the 'heads above' respect of her peers-for producing numerous articles of new research, heading up a leading think tank of international experts on cyberbullying, and now this book-which fills a key gap in the cyberbullying literature for counselors."

—Jenny Walker, PhD
President ,Cyberbullying Consulting, Ltd

"Dr. Bauman does a great job of providing readers with a comprehensive and illuminating overview of this disturbing issue. The ton of resources and research she presents makes this book a valuable, ready reference."

—Russell A. Sabella, PhD
Florida Gulf Coast University

"This unique, comprehensive book is a must-read for counselors, parents, educators, and anyone interested in understanding the complexity of cyberbullying. Practical and filled with a wealth of information, this book provides effective and empirically supported strategies to respond to and stop this insidious and ubiquitous form of bullying that is plaguing our nation's youth."

—Susan M. Swearer, PhD
University of Nebraska-Lincoln

"This is a wonderful addition to the growing literature on the topic, and one that all counselors will want to use to master and promote their own best practices for helping troubled students and their families."

—Arthur M. Horne, PhD
University of Georgia

This informative book offers complete, up-to-date coverage of the growing problem of cyberbullying. Written for counselors, teachers, school leaders, and other professionals who work with children and teens, Cyberbullying addresses the real-life dangers students face on the Internet, including offensive, confrontational, and harassing messages; the disclosure of inappropriate personal information; intimidation; social exclusion; and cyberstalking. In a reader-friendly style, Dr. Bauman discusses the tools, strategies, and resources necessary to provide quality services to clients and students involved in, or concerned about, cyberbullying.

Benefits and Features
  • Discussion of the different types of cyberbullying and cyberbullying environments
  • Overview of prominent theories of aggressive behavior
  • Examination of the developmental differences in cyberbullying and victimization across the life span
  • Practical tips to identify and follow cyberfootprints
  • Proactive responses to cyberbullying
  • Effective, nonpunitive strategies for responding to cyberbullying
  • Useful information on current technology and popular websites
  • Guidance on the role of counselors in prevention, intervention, and advocacy
  • Chapter on adult cyberbullying
  • List of helpful websites, books, and media
  • Appendix with review of the latest cyberbullying research
Sheri Bauman
February 01, 2011