Bullying stinks, but knowing what to do about it can make things better. At The Bully Box, you can read how others beat bullying, ask questions of your own or get the scoop on the stories behind the stories in Tales from the Bully Box. Together, we can unlock the box and give you the tools you need to unite against bullying.
I came across this infographic while researching online, and I thought it best to share.
The numbers are staggering. And quite frankly, disturbing. Back in my day, when cell phones and camera phones were rare, bullying manifested itself in physical and verbal form. The boys who picked on each other, the girls who spread hurtful rumors. Now, with the kind of accessible technology that we have, bullying has taken an uglier, more personal form. And it is terrifying.
My own kids are still pretty young to own phones, though my fifth grader does have an iPod with a built-in camera. Most of the kids in her grade have their own phones, which they bring to school with them. While there haven’t been instances of cyberbullying among her peers, there was one incident two years ago that involved a group of girls and a tape recorder.
Two years ago meant that my daughter was only in third grade then. She’s a good student, with a very kind heart. She doesn’t have a mean bone in her body, and I’m not just saying that because I’m her mother. I’m saying it because it is true. There was a group of girls who for some reason decided it would be funny to pretend they were my daughter and record something on their tape recorder, something that would humiliate her and a boy she was friends with. They played the tape at school, and indeed, they got the laughter that they wanted…except from the two people they made fun of. It wasn’t cool. And it wasn’t right that the bystanders did nothing to tell these girls that what they were doing was wrong and hurtful.
Of course, as soon as I found out, I contacted the parents of the girl who owned the tape recorder. The parents were oblivious–they had no clue (and were hesitant to believe) that their daughter would and could do such a thing. I contacted the parents of the girl who masterminded the *prank*, but all I got from that was a defensive mom who gave me the cold shoulder.
Bullying is a real problem that some adults brush off as “kids just being kids”. I hope that we can be better adults than that. Just look at the infographic. It is time we do something about it. It is time we make a difference.
After much anticipation, we are pleased to announce the release of Tales from the Bully Box.
Bullying stinks, but knowing what to do about it can make things better. In Tales from the Bully Box, you will find short stories about kids just like you. They get bullied, and sometimes they even bully. But most of the time, they are bystanders who have to figure out what to do when they witness the bullying all around them. In “Hailey’s Shooting Star,” one-handed Hailey proves her worth on the basketball court and as a friend. In “The Eyes on the Back of My Head,” you’ll get to stare straight into Mike Mansky’s soul with a pair of super-secret laser eyes. Filled with stories that take readers on a journey from the classroom to summer camp and the basketball court to the mall, Tales from the Bully Box inspires kids to be the best friends they can be.
We hope you have as much fun reading it as we did writing the ten tales inside.
The Bully Box Brigade
Hi everyone! My name is Eden Grey, and I am so super excited to be a part of this anthology!
This is honestly my first experience ever with publishing my fiction writing. I am a Teen Librarian and have done many professional presentations and had an article published in VOYA magazine, but this is my first short story! I am in the process of finishing a draft of a YA sci-fi novel in preparation for starting NaNoWriMo next month. I also read and review a ton of YA fiction, which you can check out on my blog and other review sites like this one here.
In my free time I read, write reviews, write YA fiction, blog, attend to my red long-haired dachshund, make costumes and go to anime conventions, and take kickboxing classes. And yes, I still have time to sleep and consume copious amounts of coffee. Enough about me, on to the story!
My short story for this anthology is called Emergency Exit, and it’s about a peculiar little girl named Josephine who has Asperger’s and is bullied by her classmates because of her differences. At the beginning of 2014 I was diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome, and while as an adult I don’t have to face the bullying challenges that youth do, I can very much see how AS affected my childhood.
Asperger’s Syndrome is an autism spectrum disorder on the high-functioning end of the spectrum. The diagnosis came as a relief, and a welcome way of understanding my differences from neurotypical people and my struggles after entering the professional workforce. There are so many parts of myself that stem from Asperger’s Syndrome, and I wouldn’t be myself without them. I wouldn’t be where I am today; instead, I would be stuck in the past, miserable and unable to move forward or succeed. I am brave (I take chances), honest (sometimes to the point of rudeness), ambitious (which can be intimidating), with a unique perspective (but the rules shouldn’t always be questioned), and a knack for seeing details others don’t notice (which can be very distracting).
I have learned to embrace what makes me different, and that includes much of myself that doesn’t have anything to do with AS. But without AS, I wouldn’t have learned to be so accepting. First accept yourself, be happy with yourself, or you won’t be happy with anything.