Who has the most power to stop and prevent bullying? Teachers? Parents? The Principal of the Universe? No, no, and no way! When it comes to changing bullying behavior, nobody has more power than bystanders—all the people who see bullying or know about it . . . but do nothing. How strong are bystanders? Stronger than a snarling seventh grader. More powerful than a petty put-down. Able to delete Internet rumors with a single click. When BYstanders choose to act as UPstanders, they are real superheroes!
With full-color cartoons and humorous, kid-friendly text, Bystander Power teaches kids how to safely stand up against bullying, support kids who are targeted, and spread the word that bullying is not cool—it’s cruel. The power to end bullying starts with one person: you.
Part of the Bully Free Kids™ line
About the Author
Phyllis Kaufman Goodstein, LMSW, is an anti-bullying advocate, social worker, writer, and magician. She lives on Long Island, New York, with her husband Arnie, sons Eric and Steven, and dogs Bandit and Chewy. Phyllis is the author of 200+ Ready-to-Use Reproducible Activity Sheets That Help Educators Take a Bite Out of Bullying.
Elizabeth Verdick is a children’s book writer and editor. She has authored and coauthored many books in the Laugh & Learn series (including Dude, That’s Rude!; See You Later, Procrastinator!; and How to Take the Grrrr Out of Anger). She is also author of Words Are Not for Hurting, Germs Are Not for Sharing, and other books in the popular Best Behavior™ series, and Bye-Bye Time, Manners Time, and other titles in the acclaimed Toddler Tools™ board book series. Elizabeth lives near St. Paul, Minnesota, with her husband and their two children.
“A tool for kids on how to change from a bystander to an ‘upstander’—someone who speaks up when he or she sees bullying. Cartoon characters explain different kinds of bullying and test readers’ knowledge. The book is colorful, easy to read, and gives a lot of helpful advice.”—Washington Post
“Bystander Power . . . [is] grounded in research, and influenced by an important study recently completed of nearly 7,000 children in 77 schools . . . There is a lot to talk about . . . in the sections on ‘How to Be an Upstander,’ and ‘Why You Need to Unite,’ having kids engage in discussions of obstacles to upstanding and uniting could be especially valuable.”—Maurice Elias, Edutopia blogger, and director of the Rutgers Social-Emotional Learning Lab at Rutgers University