Friday, January 20, 2017
Mean Girl Makeover Review
Bullying doesn't end in the hallway anymore--with a smartphone or tablet, it can happen "anywhere." According to the Ambassadors 4 Kids Club, one out of every four students is bullied--and 85% of these situations never receive intervention. Parents, students, and teachers alike have amped up discussions on how to solve the bullying problem for a networked generation of kids.
Written by bestselling author, Nancy Rue, each book in the Mean Girl Makeover trilogy focuses on a different character's point of view: the bully, the victim, and the bystander. The books, based on Scripture, show solid biblical solutions to the bullying problem set in a story for tween girls.
"You Can't Sit With Us" tells the story of Ginger Hollingberry, a new sixth grader at Gold Country Middle School. Ginger has been the brunt of teasing and taunting from the queen bee of GCMS, Kylie Steppe, and her so-called Wolf Pack. Kylie and the Pack favor a new and especially hurtful medium of taunting: social networking. What follows is a candid look into the growing world of cruel cyberbullying, showing kids that bullying doesn't always end at school--it can now follow you even into your home and torture 24 hours a day.
As horrible that it is to say, I am so glad that I grew up before the age of cyber bullying. Being bullied to your face was more than bad enough. Raising kids in an age where it is so prevalent makes me anxious every day.
Ginger's story is an sad one for me and shows just how cruel kids can be and exactly how much our kids internalize before they seek help from adults even when the adults are making every effort to help. Imagine how much they keep in when they think the adults won't help them?