Book Review: End Peer Cruelty, Build Empathy: The Proven 6Rs of Bullying Prevention That Create Inclusive, Safe, and Caring Schools

Author Michele Borba Ed.D.

Book Review: End Peer Cruelty, Build Empathy- The Proven 6Rs of Bullying Prevention That Create Inclusive, Safe, and Caring Schools -

Book Description:

Based on a practical, six-part framework for reducing peer cruelty and increasing positive behavior support, End Peer Cruelty, Build Empathy utilizes the strongest pieces of best practices and current research for ways to stop bullying. The book includes guidelines for implementing strategies, collecting data, training staff, mobilizing students and parents, building social-emotional skills, and sustaining progress, and presents the “6Rs” of bullying prevention: Rules, Recognize, Report, Respond, Refuse, and Replace. This is not a program, but a comprehensive process for reducing bullying from the inside out, involving the entire school community. Bullying-prevention and character education expert Michele Borba, who’s worked with over 1 million parents and educators worldwide, offers realistic, research-based strategies and advice. Use the book on its own or to supplement an existing program. Digital content includes customizable forms from the book and a PDF presentation for use in professional development.

About the Author:

Dr. Borba is a globally-recognized educational psychologist and parenting, bullying and character expert whose aim is to strengthen children’s empathy and resilience, and break the cycle of youth violence.

My Review: 

Author Michele Borba has spent years researching the topic of bullying and she has put her findings into this comprehensive guide for educators. The advice in this book is realistic and attainable, so that educators and other school professionals can put the steps into practice immediately. It’s disheartening to hear of programs that cost thousands of dollars to implement into a school, with the promises to reduce bullying and mean behavior. What about those buildings that can not afford it? I also am a huge fan of assemblies that promote kindness, but the action has to go beyond the one hour program in order to truly make a difference. Read about, learn and implement these 6 Rs to create the community you want to work and live in. Rules, Recognize, Report, Respond, Refuse, Replace.

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