Words Wound…new in nonfiction


Patchin, Justin W. and Sameer Hinduja. Words Wound: Delete Cyberbullying and Make Kindness Go Viral. Minneapolis, MN: Free Spirit Publishing, 2014. 978-157542-4514 189 p. $15.99. Gr. 8+.

An approachable and readable look at cyberbullying written by two experts (criminal justice professors and directors of the Cyberbullying Research Center), this book is divided into three parts: Part One on cyberbullying facts and response tactics; Part Two on online safety tactics; and Part Three on building a “culture of kindness.”  This book urges an end to cyberbullying but doesn’t stop there; it provides pages full of ideas to combat the bullying mindset, whether the reader is a bully or has been bullied.  The small size is both non-threatening and deceiving for the amount of influential information included.  The excellent, thorough suggestions go beyond the usual vague direction to “set a strong password,” for example; instead, several examples of password setups are given, with how-to advice for disabling geotagging, how to avoid Siri as password bypass, and more.  Each chapter ends with a “Status Update,” a series of questions readers can ask themselves regarding their own actions.  The book is peppered with real-life experiences of bullies or bullied teenagers.  The authors include an index, online list of resources, and 41-page online teaching guide.  The overall effect is that of an experienced friend providing so much positive information that you can’t not take action.  Geared toward teenagers, it does not talk down to them, and in fact would be useful for adults as well.  Highly recommended for all collections, this book is an excellent choice for classes or casual reading.

302.34; Cyberbullying Prevention        Melissa Scott, Shenango High School

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