As another school year begins, we think it is important to address the growing issue of bullying. And so, today we are talking with author Ouisie Shapiro and photographer Steven Vote of Bullying and Me: Schoolyard Stories. This nonfiction book tells the real-life stories of elementary and middle school children who have been bullied or were once a bully themselves. The poignant narratives illustrate the negative effects of bullying another child as well as what kids, parents, and educators can do to stop the cycle. Click below to listen to Ouisie and Steven discuss their experiences interviewing students, their own experiences with bullying, and their plans for extending this theme in future projects. (RT: 8:58)
Ouisie Shapiro is the author, most recently, of Bulling and Me: Schoolyard Stories. Her first book with Albert Whitman, Autism & Me: Sibling Stories, was published in 2009. Ouisie is also co-author of Batter Up: Baseball Activities for Kids of all Ages. In addition to books, Ouisie has been writing for television for many years and has won three Emmy awards for documentaries on sports figures.
Steven Vote is an award-winning Australian photographer and filmmaker who divides his time between New York City and Western Massachusetts. In addition to his acclaimed work in advertising, editorial, corporate and travel photography; Steven has a special interest in telling visual stories – photographing his subjects in their world. His work has been featured in American Photo, PDN, Popular Photography, Applied Arts and singled out by Graphis Photo Annual for exceptional imagery.
For more information and resources on dealing with bullying, check out:
http://www.stopbullyingnow.hrsa.gov/kids/ – Health and Human Services
http://kidshealth.org/teen/school_jobs/bullying/bullies.html – Teen Health
http://aacap.org/page.ww?name=Bullying§ion=Facts+for+Families – American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry