Book Review: Bullied by Carrie Goldman
Even if you’ve never read a single book on bullying, you may still recognize the name Carrie Goldman through her daughter who many know as Star Wars Katie. Yes, she’s the little girl that was bullied for carrying a Star Wars thermos to school and then garnered the support of every geek on the planet in her defense.
It all started when Carrie wrote a simple blog post about Katie being bullied and it caught everyone’s attention in a way she never expected. It grew into a movement among the geek community to stop bullying that targets not just geeks, but all kids, and Carrie became their voice.
Carrie decided to investigate bullying and then put together her findings in Bullied: What Every Parent, Teacher And Kid Needs To Know About Ending The Cycle Of Fear. She speaks to bullying not just as someone who has done extensive research and spoken to experts on the topic, but as a parent who has had to deal with a bullied child.
Her personal experiences make the information in this book more accesible and less dryly academic than other books on bullying. She clearly presents the evidence of bullying’s lasting affects on not just targeted children, but those who witness the event.
She then puts out a call to all of us to help stop the cycle of bullying. This is not a problem that just affects parents or children, but a problem that affects every single one of us. We are bullied as children and adults with results just as harmful.
It’s our responsibility to stop this, to teach our children that bullying is not acceptable and that we need to stand up for one another, support each other, and accept our differences if we hope to end the fear and pain of bullying.
Bullied: What Every Parent, teacher And Kid Needs To Know About Ending The Cycle Of Fear ($25.99) is an essential read not just for parents, but for all adults who hope to encourage a society where bullying is no longer acceptable.