Author(s): Rosemary Hayes
Extreme bullying can have devastating effects: it can leave a child severely traumatised, their self-esteem destroyed, and in deep despair. Many children who have been severely bullied are unable to attend school, and are deeply scarred by what has happened. This book demonstrates these shattering effects and how children can be helped to overcome them, through the stories of eight children who have experienced extreme bullying and then found their way to recovery at a Red Balloon Learner Centre - a place where children can go to continue their education and recover their self-esteem, confidence and feelings of self-worth. The stories highlight common issues which are often seen as the reason behind the bullying behaviour such as weight, sexuality, race and religion. Guidance is given on what teachers and parents can do to help a child who is being bullied or a child who uses bullying behaviour, and what the child themselves can do. Also included is a section on understanding bullying behaviour - how to read the signs, why some children may be targeted, what forms it can take, and why children often remain silent.
This moving and insightful book will be essential reading for all those who have encountered bullying: for parents and teachers, those who have been or are being bullied, and for those who do the bullying and their families.
About the author:
Rosemary Hayes is an author of children's books, a reader for an authors' advisory service and runs creative writing workshops for both children and adults. Carrie Herbert is founder and Chief Executive of the Red Balloon Learner Centre Group, a qualified teacher and Educational Consultant.