Berwyn resident Jennifer Licate, a counselor at St. Norbert School in Paoli, has written a book for kids ages 9 to 12 that highlights the difference between bullying and teasing, writes Caroline O’Halloran for SAVVY Main Line.
He’s Not Just Teasing is a quick read about Malcolm, who is being bullied by another boy. The book is ideal for parents to share with their children, as well as for counselors and teachers to read in classrooms.
According to the author, nationwide, one in five students ages 12 to 18 report being bullied.
“I’ve worked in public and Catholic schools and, sadly, I see it everywhere,” she said.
She said that such behavior can put children on a “downward spiral.” It also increases the risk of depression, academic problems, and suicide-related behaviors.
Girls are often targeted by bullies for acting babyish, easily getting upset, or dressing differently. Meanwhile, boys who are smaller or are not very athletic are picked on more. Some bullies have also been bullied themselves.
The story in the book explains self-advocacy to children and explores ways to get along better with others.
Read more about the book at SAVVY Main Line here.
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