ERIC Number: EJ940280
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Reference Count: 11
Not Like Us: Using Picture Books to Talk about Relational Bullying
Pace, Barbara G.; Lowery, Ruth M.; Lamme, Linda L.
Multicultural Perspectives, v6 n2 p34-37 2004
Often the victims of bullying are singled out because they are different from the majority. The fear of being bullied is a life-shaping fear that effects the lives of more than 160,000 students who miss school every day to avoid victimization by bullies. The damaging effects of bullying can lead to poor academic performance, low self-esteem, early dropout, child suicide, and violent acts of victim retaliation such as those that unfolded in the horrific school shootings during the 1990s. Clearly, bullying is a serious problem to which schools and teachers must respond, but all bullying is not overt and easy to identify. In this article, the authors consider relational bullying, a nonviolent but harmful process of exclusion. Using the contemporary picture book, "Wings" (Myers, 2000), they identify how fictional events can be used to help children both understand and avoid this covert form of bullying.
Descriptors: Picture Books, Bullying, Fear, Victims, Violence, Suicide, Low Achievement, Self Esteem, Social Isolation, Teaching Methods, Reader Response, Elementary School Students, Middle School Students
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education; Middle Schools
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