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Click: A Story of Cyberbullying

by Alexandra Philips

Click: A Story of Cyberbullying is the second in the new Zuiker Press series of graphic novels written by young adults for their peers.

Lexi Philips is a confident, talented girl just entering middle school when a misunderstanding during a volleyball match leads to the loss of her friends, and to them relentlessly bullying her via social media. The torment inflicted on Lexi by these mean girls reduces her to a ghost of herself. She believes the posts saying she is ugly, or fat, or skinny, and unworthy of love . . . until her parents urge her to look to herself for strength and not allow bullies to define her.

Lexi finds the power within herself to overcome cyberbullying. And in a twist of karmic fate, the tables turn on her tormenters on social media.

Click includes helpful advice for parents, as well as a special Teacher’s Corner page.

Zuiker Press is proud to publish stories about important current topics for kids and adolescents, written by their peers, that will help them cope with the challenges they face in today’s troubled world.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Alexandra Philips

Bio

Lexi Philips is 17 years old and starting her first year of college. She loves playing volleyball, volunteering, and spending time with family. Overtaken by the devastating effects of cyberbullying at such a young age, Lexi shares her story to help other kids going through similar situations and hopes to remind them that they are stronger than those who try to beat them down.

VIDEOS

Why did you agree to do a book about cyberbullying?
Do you have a message for your readers?
What was Lexi’s strongest moment during this experience?
What effect did you see cyberbullying have on Lexi?
How proud are you of your daughter?

ABOUT THE ILLUSTRATORS

Nam Kim

Penciler

NAM KIM is a Philadelphia-based artist, founder and director of Studio Imaginary Lines, an all-purpose design house which produces original content for comic books, video games, mobile apps and commercial advertising. Nam is a self-taught illustrator who credits artists such as Burne Hogarth, Jim Lee, and Masamune Shiro for shaping his artistic style and vision. He has worked for Nike, TokyoPop, Radical Publishing and Image Comics where he illustrated the critically-acclaimed ‘SAMURAI’S BLOOD.”

Garry Leach

Inker

GARRY LEACH is a British artist best known for co-creating the new MARVELMAN with writer Alan Moore. As an artist Garry was a frequent contributor to 2000AD working on DAN DARE, JUDGE DREDD, THE V.C.s, and FUTURE SHOCKS. At DC Comics Garry worked on the LEGION OF SUPERHEROES, HIT MAN, MONARCHY and the GLOBAL FREQUENCY. Garry has been cover artist for DC Comics, 2000AD, Virgin Comics and Dynamite Forces BATTLEFIELD series, while over at Marvel Comics he inked Chris Weston on THE TWELVE.

Fahriza Kamaputra

Colorist

FAHRIZA KAMAPUTRA was born and raised in southern Jakarta. In 2010 he worked as a colorist on a local comic book “Vienetta and the Stupid Aliens” which led to his work on the web comic “Rokki” and Madeline Holly-Rosling’s “Boston Metaphysical Society” with the studio STELLAR LABS. Fahriza now works as a freelance artist.

HIGH 5

Five Parent Take-Aways About Cyberbullying

Cyber bullying is the “new bullying”
Parents and students need to be aware that bullying has progressed into the technological era.   Bullying used to be something that occurred on school grounds.  Today, cyber bullies can attack your child 24/7, on devices you have purchased for them, in the apparent safety of your own home.

Tell a trusted adult if cyber bullying occurs
Sometimes the victim of cyber bullying doesn’t report it. “Save the evidence” of the bullying, take a screenshot, print it out, and show it to a parent, a Principal, or counselor at school. The electronic evidence of abuse may be helpful if law enforcement has to get involved. Whatever you do, don’t retaliate – don’t try and bully the bully.

Parents should monitor all social media
Most parents have little or no idea what social media accounts, smartphone apps, or online groups their kids belong to. For the safety of your children, it’s vital that parents know what apps their children are using and what’s happening in their life online. Respecting your child’s privacy is important, but their safety from online predators, cyberbullies, and “frenemies” (friend enemies) is paramount.

Disconnect more than you connect
Sure, the world today is much different than when our parents were growing up. However, social media, texting, emailing, and group chat should not replace good old fashioned  face to face communication. Believe it or not, life can also be really be meaningful when it’s just human-to-human. Connecting on devices is fun and easy, but don’t forget to connect “in person” as well.

Once you post it, it’s for life
Some young people make the mistake of posting risky pictures of themselves for attention. Don’t! One thing about the internet, there is no “escape” button. Pause before you post.  Once it’s out there in cyberspace, and the photo is causing problems for you, it’s really hard – almost impossible to get it taken down. Beware of your digital exhaust – practice proper network hygiene at all times.

ABOUT THE EXPERTS

Dr. Mary Aiken

Dr. Mary Aiken is a world-renowned forensic cyberpsychologist from Dublin, Ireland, who specializes in the impact of technology on human behavior and the effect on children.