Enter to Win Words Wound

WordsWoundWords Wound provides practical strategies for teens dealing with cyberbullying. It also presents ways for teens to make their schools and their communities kinder places that are free from online cruelty.

As a thank you for all you do to promote kindness in schools, we’re giving a copy of Words Wound to 10 lucky readers!

How to Enter: This giveaway closed 2/1/2014. Leave a comment below telling us how you teach kindness and prevent cyberbullying.

For additional entries, leave a separate comment below for each of the following tasks that you complete:

Each comment counts as a separate entry. Entries must be received by midnight, January 31, 2014. This giveaway is now closed.

The 10 winners will be contacted via email on or about February 4, 2014, and will need to respond within 72 hours to claim their prize or another winner will be chosen. This giveaway is in no way affiliated, administered, or endorsed by Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest. Winners must be U.S. residents, 18 years of age or older.


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66 Responses to Enter to Win Words Wound

  1. Tanya says:

    We use a school-wide program based on the Hands & Words Are Not For Hurting project.

  2. Terri Ryan says:

    I “liked” Free Spirit on Facebook. Thanks for a chance to look over your site.

  3. Terri Ryan says:

    I’ve seen how bullying crushes our students and although we talk about it a lot in school, little is done to be proactive or stop it. Hopefully this would be another tool that might help.

  4. Jennifer H. says:

    I liked Free Spirt on Fb.

  5. Jennifer H. says:

    I am a school social worker and am constantly addressing this issue. I help students see how their actions affect others.

  6. Teresa says:

    I try to work with students on building character and we talk individually about cyberbullying. It would be great to have such a comprehensive resource to tackle the issue.

  7. Lena Moore says:

    I am a school social worker and I go into classrooms and do universal classroom education on bullying prevention.

  8. I think we should begin with diversity education and anti-bias education to attack the root of the bullying.

  9. Tamie Pachek says:

    I talk a lot aout our differences and similarities. We celebrate our differences. At the second grade level we talk a ton about name calling and if you say something it is out there forever. Then we talk about writing things down and how youi cna rip it up and throw it away or someone can show it to everyone. Finally we talk about the internet and focus on even if you hit delete, it is NEVER really gone.

  10. Sheri says:

    Children will do what you DO rather than what you say, so I am always very conscientious of the things I say about others… gossip is not allowed in our home!

  11. Cynthia Millard says:

    Following on Pinterest!

  12. Cynthia Millard says:

    Liked on Facebook

  13. Cynthia Millard says:

    We have an annual celebration of Unity Day in October to share information on Anti-Bullying at Shriners Hospitals for Children(R) in Portland Oregon.

  14. gloria wilson says:

    We teach them to think of others first

  15. Shelly Seabrook says:

    Our school staff model social skills on a daily basis and weekly acknowledge the character traits that were demonstrated throughout the week.

  16. Debbie says:

    We use Second Steps, which stresses taking an assertive role to prevent bullying rather than being a passive bystander, at our school. I like the the framework it gives kids to stand up for themselves and for others.

  17. Rachel says:

    Our school uses the peace rose to solve conflicts and uses compli
    ment hour to give and receive compliments.

  18. “Liked” on Facebook – love the work you do – thank you!!

  19. Sarah Snow says:

    Following on Pinterest!

  20. Sarah Snow says:

    Liked on Facebook

  21. Christine Stowe says:

    Our elementary schools use the Ben’s Bells Kind Kids Program and read about filling their buckets by being kind to others. The schools recognize kind acts every day.

  22. Sarah Snow says:

    I work in various schools around our city and in local foster care group homes. Each meeting I work with students on building positive relationships, respect, and confidence. I have also created anti-bullying workshops and lessons to help students.

  23. Charity O says:

    Following on Pinterest!

  24. Charity O says:

    Following on Facebook!

  25. Charity O says:

    I teach about kindness and work to prevent cyber bullying through classroom guidance lessons and opening dialogue with students.

  26. Melissa Theis says:

    As a K-8 School counselor, I see cyberbullying frequently; Unfortunately, even in our Elementary. I would love to find more resources to help combat this problem.

  27. John Hickling says:

    We teach a bullying unit district-wide K-5th. In addition to this, our upper grades receive instruction in cyber safety in the personal safety unit. I already was a “like” on fb and just followed on pinterest but couldn’t find ways to leave a comment at either. (FB – the email address listed above @johnhickling and pinterest I’m @johnhickling)

  28. Ian Poulier says:

    I teach cyber bulling by using the superhero model….they are all heroes who are super because they have heart….In the class I have red hearts, blue hearts and green hearts….if they have been bullied and are angry they can wear a red heart. If they have been bullied and are sad they wear a blue heart. If they are happy they can wear a green heart.

  29. I am the anti bullying specialist at a school in New Jersey. It is so helpful for kids to know how they do hurt others with words and your actions… And how they can respond and build their own self-esteem. I also teach all the students about empathy and compassion for others. I love all of your books at free spirit!!!

  30. Mamie Eng says:

    We have added several Free Spirit titles to our Parenting Collection!

  31. Karissa says:

    Our school places a special emphasis on Bully Awareness in October. This past year we had a spirit week, had individual classroom competitions to “get caught” being respectful, and published a bully awareness newsletter. I also connect many of my classroom character education lessons to the ways we treat other people and the importance of respect. Words Wound looks like a great resource for my middle school students.

  32. Judy Wilson says:

    I am a School Psychologist in a Middle School. Cyberbullying is very common. We battle it every day. I coordinate a classroom called the Structured Learning Center. I teach social skills, anger management, and other self-help lessons which encourage teens to make better choices. I believe this would be an awesome addition to my resource library. I am a tremendous fan of Free Spirit Publishing. I have purchased many resources from you in the past. Thank You.

  33. Natasha Jenkins says:

    I and other parents in our community in Jefferson City, MO are working on implementing a project to address bullying, community involvement, and awareness. The week before Christmas a 12 yr old 7th grader committed suicide due to bullying and problems at home. We are working hard to help our community come together as well as school system to prevent another tragedy. Currently our school district does not have any programs in place district wide or even school wide to help with this problem. We are not affiliated with the school but my goal is to bring a program into our schools and collaborate with the community to make it a safe place for all of our kids.

  34. Karen says:

    Liked on facebook!

  35. Karen says:

    After the recent death due to bullying, I am spreading the words to family, friends and neighbors about resources out there to help their loved ones deal with the world around them. Thank you for another resource to share.

  36. Gayle Johnson says:

    We have a “Hawks Have Character” program in our school, which includes focusing and reinforcing positive character traits. Monthly, students are recognized at the ‘Character Breakfast’ which celebrates students who exemplify any of the positive characteristics. English classes also have anti-bullying units in most grades and levels.

  37. Steve Spiehs says:

    This newest material “Words Wound” would go great with the several lessons that I use with students regarding how to be internet safety, assertiveness, the importance of ‘reporting’, and expressing feelings… (i.e. “I feel…” statements, etc.)

  38. Lori Vinson says:

    We implement the Olweus anti-bullying program district wide. We also teach character traits and address kindness.

  39. Jeff says:

    I read the book The Bully Blockers Club. We identify the bullying behaviors and then together we brainstorm oppposite kind behaviors.

  40. Cindy says:

    I liked Free Spririt on Facebook and appreciate all the great resources!

  41. Amy says:

    I have multiple lessons on bullying and cyberbullying I teach to the kids. I also use netsmartzkids.org

  42. Tiffany says:

    As a counselor, I use the character counts program on a daily basis in my high school in the Bahamas. This would be an added bonus to our programme.

  43. Kim Erwin says:

    I follow Free Spirit on Twitter.

  44. Kim Erwin says:

    I liked Free Spirit on Facebook.

  45. Kim Erwin says:

    As an elementary school counselor, I have just started on a school-wide kindness campaign. I believe that we find what we look for, and if we all focus on being kind, the bullying issue fades from the spotlight. My kids know that I am on a mission to make our school the kindest school not only in our city, our state, or our country….we’re going BIG: in the whole world. 🙂

  46. Bridget says:

    I think promoting kindness also means NOT promoting bullying. This means you can’t encourage bullying in any way- don’t laugh at mean jokes that your students make or display any kind of acceptance of bullying, no matter how small. Always praise and call attention to kind words- promoting a classroom atmosphere where it’s unacceptable to bully and kindness is respected can trickle down to other atmospheres that the students create such as social or cyber.

  47. Matt Dietsche says:

    Words Wound would be an important resource to share with our technical college faculty and staff, particularly elementary education and human services, for a relevant professional update and idea exchange.

  48. Steve says:

    I challenge the students to identify how they feel when someone is mean to them.

  49. Donna says:

    Our school implements the Olweus Anti-bullying program schoolwide. We all teach the importance of watching what we say as well as how we say something. We have class meetings every Monday focusing on bullying issues.

  50. willett2012 says:

    As the librarian for a college of education, I provide materials to teacher educators and teacher candidates to support the state requirement that the prevention of bullying be included in teacher education curricula.

  51. Lissette Guzman says:

    I like Free Spirit in Facebook

  52. Lissette Guzman says:

    As a counselor in a public school I try to teach my students kidness on a daily basis by helping them improve their own self-esteem, teaching empathy for others, responsibility for their own actions, and improving problem-solving skills so that students do not engage in inappropriate forms of behavior such as bullying and cyberbullying.

  53. Elizabeth Coble says:

    Our Metro-Nashville school district has adopted the Olweus anti-bullying program. At our middle school, students have been involved with this program beginning with a kick-off week in October. A pep-rally, poster contest and other activities emphasized the need to practice anti-bullying. The program has been continued through activities in homeroom Morning Meeting times.

  54. Vicke says:

    I teach Early Childhood Education in a University and I teach bullying in our Family Systems class. I have found Free Spirit to be a great resource for many topics that I teach.

  55. Laurel Seid says:

    Our school has a motto, “Words matter” which we use in many different circumstances. In our advisory program, grades 5 -12, but especially in MS, we develop scenarios to get the students thinking about a variety of responses in complicated situations.

  56. Nini Engel says:

    I work with my guidance counselor to prevent and address bullying issues. We both run lunch bunch groups for students.

  57. Jody says:

    I have a secret agent club whose missions are to go out and do secret deeds of kindness – the students are given a new mission every 2 weeks or so and we debrief after reflecting on the ripple effect it has. We read “I like your buttons” book also-

  58. Rachel says:

    The last few weeks I have been teaching “The Juice Box Bully” in my guidance classes.

  59. Carla Fessler says:

    I follow Free Spirit on Pinterest!

  60. Carla Fessler says:

    I also foolow Free Spirit on facebook.

  61. Carla Fessler says:

    I love Free Spirit! In fact I just ordered several items today! As for this book, our school, like most others, has a tolerance policy when it comes to bullying. I can not impress on students enough how words can hurt. This looks like an awesome addition to my curriculum!

  62. Michael Bank says:

    I am doing a month-long unit on bullying and this would be a wonderful addition to my plans.

  63. Bradley Evans says:

    As a No Place For Hate campus we are always working on teaching our students that words hurt. With no name calling week this week we are using a lesson taken from the Houston Holocaust Musuem from thier program “All Behaviors Count Social Cruelity Program” that teaches the students that words wound and like a feather from a feather pillow that has busted you can never get the words (feathers) back where they came from. This is an amazing lesson. Thanks to Houston Holocaust Musuem for their work.

  64. Madison says:

    I teach about cyber bullying during my middle school group counseling unit on bullying each October, which is the month dedicated to bullying prevention and awareness. The topics of bullying and bystanders extend far beyond the month of October however, since I discuss the character traits of kindness, empathy, and good citizenship throughout the school year. The book Words Wound would be a wonderful addition to my school counseling library.

  65. Madison says:

    I follow Free Spirit on Pinterest.

  66. Madison says:

    I liked Free Spirit on Facebook.

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