25 Myths About Bullying and Cyberbullying 


Elizabeth Englander, PhD

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I'm not just a writer.  I'm also the founder and Executive Director of the Massachusetts Aggression Reduction Center at Bridgewater State University, a Center which delivers programs, resources, and research for the state of Massachusetts and nationwide. I'm a mom of three, and a nationally recognized researcher and expert in the area of bullying and cyberbullying, childhood causes of aggression and abuse, and children’s use of technology.


Each year I train and supervise graduate and undergraduate students and collaborate with multiple agencies around the State of Massachusetts and across the nation. MARC provides programs to hundreds of schools each year, and I personally train teachers, help educate parents, and speak publicly at dozens of schools, universities, and conferences nationwide and internationally.

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Chapter 1: Why Talk About Myths Instead of Facts?

Chapter 2: Bullying is usually about a big kid beating up a smaller kid.

Chapter 3: Bullying causes suicide and homicide.

Chapter 4: Bullying is a normal part of childhood.

Chapter 5: Kids who are small and physically weak are targeted for bullying.

Chapter 6: The Most Important Thing Is What They Did To You

Chapter 7: Cyberbullying is just like bullying, only on the computer.

Chapter 8: Bullying and cyberbullying are separate problems.

Chapter 9: Most adults cannot help kids with computer or Internet issues, since kids typically know more than they do.

Chapter 10: Bullying and cyberbullying stop after high school.

Chapter 11: Cyberbullying is usually anonymous.

Chapter 12: Cyberbullying is the most emotionally devastating form of bullying.

Chapter 13:  Bullies always have emotional problems.

Chapter 14:   Myth: Bullying always hurts targets.

Chapter 15:   Bullies are raised in dysfunctional families, raised by parents who are bullies themselves.

Chapter 16:   Victims should seek revenge on bullies. That makes them a harder target.

Chapter 17:  Bullies don't understand how much they're hurting the target.

Chapter 18: Schools don't do anything about bullying.

Chapter 19: Schools can't take any action in cyberbullying cases.

Chapter 20: Schools could absolutely stop bullying if they wanted to.

Chapter 21: When kids shake hands and make up, the bullying stops.

Chapter 22: There’s no point in forcing kids to be nicer to each other, because they’ll just be mean again when the adults aren’t there.

Chapter 23:  If only kids would report to adults, the problem would be solved.

Chapter 24:  The best way to stop bullying is for bystanders to confront bullies and stop bullying episodes.

Chapter 25: The best way to deal with cyberbullying is to keep kids off their phones and computers.

Chapter 26: Just Ignore Them And They’ll Leave You Alone. That’s The Best Strategy For Dealing With Bullies.




Learn the truth about bullying in the 21st century: what to look for, and how to cope with the social problems facing today’s kids.

Whether dealing with bullying issues or worrying that they might occur, parents are faced with more challenges than ever before. In the age of the internet and social media, traditional approaches to bullying haven’t kept pace with new realities, and new problems like cyberbullying have emerged. Parents searching for ways to prevent or cope with bullying are flooded by a deluge of advice, opinions, and strategies—often conflicting or, even worse, potentially harmful. 25 Myths about Bullying and Cyberbullying helps parents understand the causes and consequences of bullying, determine if something is truly a problem, and effectively deal with problems when they arise.

This practical guide enables parents to appreciate how modern digital environments impact a young person’s communication and relationships, recognize the most prevalent types of psychological bullying and cyberbullying, and know when and how to intervene. The author dispels common myths related to the confronting of bullies, victims seeking revenge on bullies, keeping kids off their phones and computers to prevent cyberbullying, the links between bullying and suicide, and many others. Backed by the most recent work in bullying and cyberbullying research, this book helps parents:

  • Understand what causes, prevents, and stops bullying and cyberbullying

  • Tell the difference between bullying issues and normal ‘growing pains’

  • Recognize the signs and effects of psychological bullying

  • Know when intervening is helpful, and when it can be destructive

  • Reduce social anxieties and the potential for bullying issues in children and young adults 

25 Myths about Bullying and Cyberbullying is an important resource for parents of school-age children and young adults, as well as staff in educational environments.

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