Bullying among teens is epidemic. Many teens are harassed on a daily basis by mean text messages (cyberbullying), sexual harassment, verbal teasing, hitting or punching. Some are guilty of harassment without knowing that they are the perpetrators of illegal acts.
The statistics are startling:
*One-third of teens are harassed at least once a month.
*Forty-four percent of middle schoolers report bullying problems.
*Six out of ten teens witness bullying every day.
This informative book will show teens and their parents how to deal assertively with bullies, equipped with powerful protective techniques, and armed with a comprehensive knowledge of harassment laws, policies and vocabulary.
‘Hey, Back Off!’ is the first comprehensive guide to harassment prevention. Utilizing many real-life narratives to which teens can relate, it incorporates practical strategies and coping tips not only for teens but also for parents and educators to stem this growing problem.
Targeted Age Group: Pre-teens, teens and their parents
Jennie Withers is a graduate of Boise State University, Boise, Idaho and taught Technical Reading and Writing and Creative Writing at the high school level. ‘Hey, Back Off!’ is her second book in the ‘Hey’ series. The first was, ‘Hey, Get a Job! A Teen Guide for Getting and Keeping a Job’. She has also published or contributed to ‘Twist’, ‘Boys’ Life’, ‘Family Circle’ magazines as well as other popular and trade magazines. She lives in Meridian, Idaho, with her husband and two daughters.
Phyllis Hendrickson, M. Ed. received her bachelors degree in English/Education from Idaho State University and her masters in School Counseling from the College of Idaho. She has over fourteen years of experience as a high school counselor and more than twenty years as a teacher. She lives in Twin Falls, Idaho.
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
Jennie and Phyllis are both long time secondary educators. Jennie was a classroom teacher and Phyllis a high school counselor. They witnessed harassment grow to epidemic proportions first-hand and decided that because of their experience and education they had some important information to share. Jennie and Phyllis discovered that kids are often being told to stop bullying without really knowing what constitutes harassment, kids and their parents were at a loss of the resources and laws in place to help them with bullying situations, and there was a lack of real prevention techniques like assertiveness training.