New America NYC: Emily Bazelon and Dave Cullen in Conversation about Teenagers, Drama, Bullying, and Growing up in the Age of Facebook
In Collaboration with Slate Magazine
Being a teenager has never been easy, but in recent years, with the rise of the Internet and social media, it has become exponentially more challenging. Bullying, once thought of as the province of queen bees and goons, has taken on new, complex, and insidious forms, as parents and educators know all too well. No writer is better poised to explore this territory than Emily Bazelon, who has established herself as a leading voice on the social and legal aspects of teenage drama. In her new book, Sticks and Stones, she brings readers on a deeply researched, clear-eyed journey into the ever-shifting landscape of teenage meanness and its sometimes devastating consequences. The result is an indispensable book that takes us from school cafeterias to courtrooms to the offices of Facebook, the website where so much teenage life, good and bad, now unfolds.
Along the way, Bazelon defines what bullying is and is not. She explores when intervention is essential and when kids should be given the freedom to fend for themselves. She also dispels persistent myths: that girls bully more than boys, that online and in-person bullying are entirely distinct, that bullying is a common cause of suicide, and that harsh criminal penalties are an effective deterrent.
Join Emily Bazelon and Dave Cullen for a conversation on the culture of bullying in America and what society can do to address the problem.
Emily Bazelon Author, Sticks and Stones: Defeating the Culture of Bullying and Rediscovering the Power of Character and Empathy Senior Editor, Slate.com