Three top experts in the study of bullying and bullying prevention have recently published a new book for parents who are concerned about the society-wide problem, which affects children of all ages.
Bullying Prevention: What Parents Need to Know explores key myths, such as the idea that children grow out of bullying, that only a small number of children have problems with bullying, and that reporting bullying will only make the problem worse.
The authors, Professor Wendy Craig of Queen’s University, Debra Pepler, Distinguished Research Professor in York University’s Faculty of Health, and Joanne Cummings (Hons. BA ’91, MA ’94, PhD ’01), are directors of PREVNet (Promoting Relationships & Eliminating Violence Network). It’s a network devoted to the study and elimination of bullying based at York University and Queen’s University, which works with researchers internationally, as well as in the United States and Canada.
The book provides age-specific advice on what to do when bullying occurs in pre-school, elementary school, high school or in the form of cyber-bullying.
Pepler, a senior adjunct scientist at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, is a consultant for the SNAP program for aggressive girls and their parents, and has worked with groups focusing on parenting and safe schools policies.
Craig works with the World Health Organization, has published over 80 scientific articles and regularly speaks on healthy relationships to parents, educators and professionals working with young people.
Cummings, who has has been involved in studying and implementing bullying prevention since 1995, is a popular public speaker and works with children and parents in her clinical practice, as well as being the director of knowledge mobilization at PREVNet.