For the entire month of April, we'll be participating in the Blogging from A to Z Challenge. Our theme for the month? CONTROVERSIAL TOPICS IN YA. Check out the link above for other awesome blogs participating.
So, bullying. I've experienced it. You've probably experienced it. But bullying seems to be a far, far more serious issue since when I was a kid. When I was younger, I'd get teased, go home, and feel safe.
But kids aren't safe at home anymore.
At least once a week, I have to hold some kind of mediation in my counseling office for some kind of disagreement that spawned from text messages, Facebook, or Twitter. Not only do kids and teens have to deal with bullying in the hallways, but it's invading their homes now.
Did You Know...?
*1/3 of teens report being bullied at school
*18% of teens had a rumor spread about them
*11% were physically bullied
*6% were threatened
*44% of middle school students report being bullied, compared to about 20% of elementary and high school students
*About 8% of students report being cyber-bullied
*Statistics were taken from bullyingstatistics.org
These numbers were collected in 2009--who knows where we stand three years later (I believe more than 8% of my middle school students have experienced cyber-bullying).
The question is--should we write about bullying in our YA novels? Well, if we want our novels to be realistic, then yes. True, many people like to read to escape from their everyday problems--but we also read to find a way to cope when life gets too tough. Here are some of the YA novels that truly bring bullying to light:
- By the Time You Read This, I'll Be Dead by Julie Ann Peters
- Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
- Some Girls Are by Courtney Summers
- The Mockingbirds by Daisy Whitney
- Cracked by KM Walton
What are your thoughts on bullying in YA? Any other books you'd like to share?