How to stop homophobic and biphobic bullying: A practical whole-school approach

Review by Richard Everson, Teacher Aide and LGBT member/supporter

Jonathan Charlesworth. (2020). Hachette Group.

How to stop homophobic and biphobic bullying is a well-organised book that many schools around Aotearoa could use to strengthen their bullying policies, making sure that they are current and applicable to a digital landscape. The book talks about the need for schools to be mindful of the impact of cyberbullying, and that policies should reflect this new form of bullying that students sometimes can't escape. It thoroughly covers the harmful and often long term impact that homophobic bullying has, not just on those directly involved, but also students in the room that overhear it. 

It provides straightforward, easy to follow advice that school leaders can use. While the book is mainly focused on systems in the UK education sector, a lot of the key ideas and concepts can easily be applied to the NZ education system and should at least be considered. 

While school leaders can take a lot from this book, it would also be useful for teachers and parents to have a read to see what they can do to help make positive changes. I would highly recommend all schools in NZ to have a copy of this book available to staff, and use it to look at their policies to see what changes can be made.

The Mental Health Foundation’s Information Service brings you reviews this Pink Shirt Day on books with bullying prevention themes.

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