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Words Wound: Delete Cyberbullying and Make Kindness Go Viral

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Cyberbullying among teens happens every day. Harsh words and damaging photos exchanged through texts, email, or social media can result in humiliation, broken friendships, punishment at school, and even legal prosecution. In some cases, online harassment has contributed to suicide. Faced with this frightening problem, parents, educators, and teens are looking for informati ...more
Paperback, 208 pages
Published December 3rd 2013 by Free Spirit Publishing (first published December 1st 2013)
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Initial reaction: Excellent resource for teens in defining what cyberbullying is, how to approach it, and ways to encourage positive interactions in their cyber life and real life endeavors.

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Narratives like "Words Wound" are definitely needed in the scope of today's society to highlight an issue that's coming of more prominence and concern in the digital age. It's a cruel coincidence that I ended up reading this after a major case of cyberbullying was reported in the news, with a 12-y
Love that there is a 2014 book on this topic that talks about some current issues (catfishing, screenshotting), as well as responses bigger than "just ignore a bully" such as building a culture of kindness at your school and online.
Aug 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book was easy to read, and well suited to its target audience. I hope people read it and take it to heart, because its message is a good one. Everyone can do their part to stop bullying, even if it's only in small ways.
Apr 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed reading this title. I thought the information was very well researched and presented in a very inviting way.
May 04, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received an ARC of Words Wound courtesy of Netgalley. I was very interested in what this book had to say about cyberbullying. Working my days in a school with kindergarten through 5th graders, I (thankfully) don’t usually have many instances to use knowledge of cyberbullying, primarily because my students aren’t old enough to really use a lot of social networking. Many students have Instagram, but very few have Facebook or twitter at this stage in the game. However, being aligned with m
Yzabel Ginsberg
(I was given a digital copy of this book through NetGalley, in axchange for an honest review.)

"Words Wound" was a fairly interesting read. As it delves into the topic of cyberbullying (with some forays into what bullying itself is), it offers a lot of insights about what might drive some people to cause such problems to others, and about what one can do to stop such behaviours. The authors clearly speak to a teenage audience, with words easy to understand, yet never taking this audience for idio
Sarah Miller
Feb 28, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Our school year begins with community building. In seventh grade, most students experience a huge transition - not only academically, but also socially. Friendships begin to change, and for many students, this is unexpected. With the addition of social technology, relationships become even more complex.

It took me months to get through the first pages of Words Wound, but once I sat down again with the book, I didn't put it down. It is an easy read, and I like it for one simple reason: it is strai
Eustacia Tan
Jan 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I think we can all agree that cyberbullying is a terrible thing. And that is why we need books like this - we need to teach children/teenagers/everybody what to do when they're cyberbullied.

For example, you may know of the phrase "Don't feed the trolls". But, when you're the target, it's natural to try to retaliate. Which is why I was glad that in chapter two, one of the advice given would be to "never retaliate". Another piece of advice, which I really agree with, would be to document everythin
Dec 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
This book is an incredible resource for tweens and teens as they become more active in the online environment. It covers everything from cyber-safety to how others have dealt with cyberbullying. There are stories from real teenagers who have been tormented using online services. Their tales explain how their attackers used online accounts to harass or embarrass them and spread gossip and insults to others at school or in their community. But there are also accounts of kids standing up for others ...more
Jan 17, 2014 rated it liked it
Words Wound: Delete Cyberbullying and Make Kindness Go Viral is a non fiction, anti-bullying book. Unique in that it is one of the first books I've seen that is written to young adults, rather than to their parents, teachers and school administrators,Words Wound: Delete Cyberbullying and Make Kindness Go Viral attempts to empower young people to take a stand against cyberbullying, to make a conscientious decision to not engage in destructive behaviors, and to protect themselves against any type ...more
Dec 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. Review to come.

While this book is primarily geared towards teens, it is also a very informative book for parents and teachers. It explains the difference between bullying and isolated incidents, which is important. It also gives detailed steps to take if you are being bullied or if you witness somebody being bullied. As a parent, I would recommend this book to teens, parents, and teachers.

P.S. Special thanks to the
Trudy Ludwig
Mar 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Finally--a book written for tweens and teens to give them some practical, common sense advice on how to to stay safe, be respectful toward others, stand up against hurtful behaviors, and spread kindness in their offline and online social world. I actually think WORDS WOUND is a useful book for adults as well. I personally learned some great tips on how to better protect my online privacy and keep better tabs on my digital reputation. I love that the authors Dr. Justin Patchin and Dr. Sameer Hind ...more
This book is clearly directed towards teens themselves rather than teachers, parents, etc. It is an insightful guide that clearly defines what cyberbullying is, how to prevent it, and how to stand up against it. Each chapter addresses a different aspect of cyberbullying and ends with insightful questions for teens to reflect on concerning their own lives and habits. Many examples are given of things that have happened to other students but also the flip-side and how teens have counter-acted cybe ...more
Amy Ambelang
Nov 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
While writing this book, the authors talked to thousands of teens and adults about cyberbullying. The book is broken up into three sections: facts about cyberbullying/tips for teens being cyberbullied, how to stay safe online, and how to create a more caring school environment. Stories from all sides of the issue give the book a personal feel. "Status Updates" at the end of each chapter provide scenarios and questions that would be perfect for discussions. It would be an outstanding resource for ...more
Nov 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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FANTASTIC resource for teens on cyberbullying. Chapters include those that define the bullying, explain what to do if you are cyberbullied, encourages teens to "pause before you post," and steps to take to delete cyberbullying and how to make kindness go viral. This is a valuable book with actual tools that will help teens.

Regardless whether your teen has been bullied or not, it should be slipped into every teen's stocking this holiday season.
Feb 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
(I received this book in a Goodreads giveaway)
I thought this book was a helpful guide to dealing with cyberbullying. The book was written in a way that would be easy for anyone to understand and was full of important tips for dealing with bullies. I recommend this useful book to anyone who is dealing with cyberbullying and even to anyone who is not.
Jun 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great message. There are lots of helpful hints about cyber bullying. It's a great resource for parents and anyone working with Tweens and teens.
Nov 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Amazing, thought-provoking and insightful. I think this is one of the best non-fiction books I have ever read.
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Justin W. Patchin has written eight books and dozens of articles for academic and professional publications. His co-authored book: "Bullying beyond the Schoolyard: Preventing and Responding to Cyberbullying" was named Educator Book of the Year by ForeWord reviews. His most recent book: "Words Wound: Delete Cyberbullying and Make Kindness Go Viral," written for teens, was released in December of 20 ...more

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