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StoryMakers with Aija Mayrock THE SURVIVAL GUIDE TO BULLYING

The Survival Guide to Bullying is author and activist Aija Mayrock’s gift to young people who’ve endured bullying. At sixteen Aija began writing the self-help book for children who are being bullied. The book began as a self-published project in 2014. Eventually the project was picked up by Scholastic after Publishers Weekly covered The Survival Guide to Bullying.

Bullying is an epidemic in the United States. In 2015 the National Center for Educational Statistics reported one out of every four students (22%) reported being bullied during the school year. If you’re being bullied you aren’t alone and you can get help. If you know someone’s being bullied here’s what you can do to help — don’t be a bystander.

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The Survival Guide to BullyingThe Survival Guide to Bullying Cover – Written by a teenager who was bullied throughout middle school and high school, this kid-friendly book offers a fresh and relatable perspective on bullying. Along the way, the author offers guidance as well as different strategies that helped her get through even the toughest of days.

The Survival Guide to Bullying covers everything from cyber bullying to how to deal with fear and how to create the life you dream of having. From inspiring “roems” (rap poems), survival tips, personal stories, and quick quizzes, this book will light the way to a brighter future. This updated edition also features new, never-before-seen content including a chapter about how to talk to parents, an epilogue, and an exclusive Q&A with the author.


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Aija Mayrock began writing The Survival Guide to Bullying at age sixteen after dealing with bullying in her own life for many years. She promised herself that she would publish it as her gift to the next generation of kids who are bullied. Aija is committed to giving a voice to the voiceless through writing and film. Currently, Aija is a sophomore at New York University’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study.

Aija has appeared on The View and written for Teen Vogue.

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Kid Lit TV Commenter writersideup

ANYthing to help someone survive the extremely damaging disease of bullying is a good thing and Aija’s approach is so fresh and I would think is very effective. This was SO impressive :)

Kid Lit TV Commenter Kassia Graham

Thanks, I’m happy you like this episode and appreciate Aija’s anti-bullying work.

Kid Lit TV Commenter Ana

Let’s take bullying out of the Tabou zone and bring it back to the discussion table. Let’s get everyone involved: parents, teachers, educators, principals, … No one, children or adult, should go through this alone. Well done Aija!

Kid Lit TV Commenter Nina

I think it is important to realize that some sort posturing is a normal and natural way for youngsters to act. If we help the child who has moved beyond this natural animal posturing into bullying to understand that he/she has gone too far, that will go a long way to help the situation. Unnecessarily causing shame and berating the the child may cause a backlash that is harmful.

Kid Lit TV Commenter Kathleen McKim

This is such a current and relevant conversation. Thank you for sharing this work. I’m passing it on to my guidance counselors and pastoral care staff at school. Thank you for sharing and for caring.

Kid Lit TV Commenter danielle hammelef

I think it all starts at home and parents need to recognize when they are being bullies themselves. Kids imitate their parents.


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