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Lorna Blumen is an educational consultant & bullying prevention specialist from Toronto, Canada. An author and lecturer, she has appeared on Canadian and U.S television and radio. Lorna draws from her 15 years of experience in conflict resolution, bullying prevention, and girls' respect skills for elementary, middle and high school.

Lorna is the author of Bullying Epidemic: Not Just Child's Play (Camberley Press, 2011), and co-author of Girls' Respect Groups: An Innovative Program to Empower Young Women & Build Self-Esteem! (Camberley Press, 2009). She is also a co-developer of Girls' Respect Groups, an after-school program for middle school girls, led by high school girls.

For more information about Lorna, please visit www.LornaBlumen.com or read her blog at www.BullyingEpidemic.com.

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A Must Read for Parents and Educators 12 Feb 2012
By Teacher - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Bullying Epidemic Not Just Child's Play is an easy read that helps us to understand that bullying is not just going to go away. As parents and educators we have to understand that it not just "children being children". Children model the behaviours around them. Lorna Blumen focuses on understanding the elements of bullying, identifying how bullying is an adult problem, and the prevention of one the most relevant challenges in our children school experience.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
How adults can stop kids' bullying 30 Aug 2011
By Selective Reader - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Want to stop kids' bullying? Well then adults need to intervene at the EARLIEST signs of disrespect between kids. Adults too often look the other way, and then the problems grow big and sometimes explode. Kids need adults to CONSISTENTLY be the police of bullying.

This book is easy to read and full of examples. It is essential for teachers and concerned parents.
All adults need to step in and stop kids' misbehaviour -- it takes a village.
Essential reading for anyone who cares for children! 23 Sep 2013
By sjs - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Bullying Epidemic: Not Just Child's Play is a wonderful resource for parents, teachers, counselors, coaches, physicians, baby-sitters⎯ essential for anyone who cares for children! According to the author, this book is for "everyone who is interested in paving the way for a return to civility."

Educational consultant, co-developer of the Girls' Respect Groups program, and author Lorna Blumen provides a comprehensive overview of the complex issues related to bullying and its effects on the aggressor, the target, and the bystander. She provides amazing insights into why bullying occurs, why it's difficult for adults to observe bullying incidents directly, why even one bullying incident can cause deep, long-lasting psychological scars, and why the best solution for dealing with bullying is prevention.

Ms. Blumen's thoughtful analysis reveals some powerful truths: Adults must model the behavior they expect to see in children (they must take responsibility for their actions, apologize for mistakes, be willing to accept apologies without holding grudges, and practice self-control and self-discipline⎯even in the most challenging of situations); bullying prevention programs work best when parents, teachers, administrators, counselors, and students all work together to develop an culture of respect within the classroom and school community; our goal as parents and educators is to have kids internalize healthy behavior and a strong sense of self-esteem so they make good decisions, even without adult supervision; and the most effective way to stop bullying that is already occurring is to empower bystanders to speak up and speak out as a group.

The book also provides a helpful overview of medical information related to bullying (physical signs and symptoms to watch for in targets), legal information related to bullying (examples of anti-bullying and harassment statutes and why legal punishments may not be the answer) and school policy information (pros and cons of armed police in schools and zero-tolerance policies).

Finally, Bullying Epidemic offers practical action steps that any parent or educator can immediately use to prevent bullying, to change the behavior of a child who exhibits bullying behavior, and to promote inclusive, tolerant, and respectful behavior among kids and adults of all ages.

⎯Staci Schwartz, MD, Author & Illustrator of The New Bear on the Block and Billy the Baaadly Behaving Bully Goat, Educational Consultant for Anti-bullying & Tolerance Education programs
An Important Book! 23 Mar 2013
By Eva S. Lewandowski - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Bullying is everywhere not just in our schools. It's on television, in the workplace, in our homes. Reality TV is a good example of people being rewarded for bad behavior. Even shows that supposedly "help" contestants become better chefs do so via intimidation and humiliation.

I've had the pleasure of discussing this topic with Lorna on several occasions including our internet radio show. Lorna's passion and dedication to this topic is unparalleled. She cares deeply and passionately about this subject and it comes through in her book.

Bullying needs to be stopped early, when a person is young. In her book the "Bullying Epidemic: Not Just Child's Play" Lorna gives us the tools to do just that. We need to understand that bullying kills creativity. Who can study, work, create when they're consciously or unconsciously worried about when the next attack will come? Not just the targeted person is affected. Those that witness it are afraid for themselves as well.

This is a powerful topic and a powerful book. We are ALL accountable and it's up to each of us to stop it. Adults need to understand that action is key. This issue will not resolve itself. A bully is unhappy and aggressively takes out his/her unhappiness on others. It's up to adults to get the tools and make a difference. This book will help make that difference!
Awesome & enlightening book! 30 Jan 2013
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I really enjoyed reading this book. I have always believed that adults play MAJOR roles in the enablement and even encouragement of bullying of all ages. Adults should always lead by example - how can an adult teach a child not to bully when the adult is a bully him/herself? This is an all too common contradiction. Besides explaining how children are affected by bullying, it's refreshing to see the implementation of adult roles in bullying.
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