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Thursday 2 April 2020

Review: We Can Deal With Bullying: Empowerment For Young People

Every parent will worry about their child, it’s only natural especially when they start school. Will they make friends, who are they talking to online and are they happy?

Produced to coincide with National Day of Action Against Bullying and Violence, author, teacher and school counsellor Gina Rawson helps us to identify and tackle this rising issue of bullying.

Her aim and that of the book is to empower and encourage young people to ask for help, be able to maintain self-esteem and develop resilience. 

The book breaks down the components of bullying by defining exactly what constitutes a bully, why people choose to become one and the types of bullying that can be encountered.

By defining each type of bullying, which can include physical, verbal, sexual, cyber, being excluded, rumours and gossiping, the author then provides strategies to tackle the problem. Interspersed throughout the book are key statements which are highlighted in an alternative and colourful font along with detailed illustrations by Kate Bouman. The illustrations show an insight into the feelings of the bully’s target and help with identifying and relating to those situations.

The key statements are an affirmation and reassurance for the persons self-esteem. 
They also identify a quick but informative strategy to resolve the situation.

This book is not just for children, but also parents. Together they can discover both of their roles and how to deal with this prevalent issue. An insight into the bully’s mindset is key to understanding why bullies hold so much power over people.

One of the best ways to counteract bullying behaviour is to read this book. The strategies, support and practical solutions written by Gina Rawson will go a long way towards stamping out this behaviour and empowering teenagers in believing in themselves.

Title: We Can Deal With Bullying: Empowerment For Young People
Author: Gina Rawson
Illustrator: Kate Bouman
Publisher: New Holland Publishers, $22.99
Publication Date: 28 February 2020
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9781760791438
For ages: 8+
Type: Junior Non Fiction