Bat­tle against bul­ly­ing

AUTHOR’S NEW BOOK TACK­LES TEEN SUI­CIDE

Comment News (Gosnells) - - State Election ‘17 - So­phie Moore

AUTHOR Na­dia L. King and Headspace Ar­madale have teamed up to tackle is­sues af­fect­ing young peo­ple on the Na­tional Day Against Bul­ly­ing and Vi­o­lence, on March 17.

Ms King’s first novel was about a teenager nav­i­gat­ing the per­ils of cy­ber­bul­ly­ing, teen drink­ing, sex and sui­cide.

The author was in­spired by the sui­cide of Cana­dian teenager Amanda Todd, who be­fore her death up­loaded a video about the abuse and bul­ly­ing she had en­dured af­ter a top­less photo she took on a we­b­cam was shared on­line.

“I re­mem­ber my kids showed me the video and I was so shocked – is this what young peo­ple ac­tu­ally go through?”

She said it was a prob­lem when sui­cide was a lead­ing cause of death amongst the young.

“When it’s the sec­ond­largest rea­son for death in young peo­ple then we re­ally need to look at why this is hap­pen­ing,” she said.

Ms King said when she was grow­ing up, bul­ly­ing was more “get pushed into the hedge and get back on your feet kind of stuff”.

“Young peo­ple to­day can’t es­cape. Cy­ber­bul­ly­ing keeps go­ing at home, even while you’re asleep.”

The novel was pub­lished by Aulexic, a pub­lisher which cre­ates texts with fea­tures to help read­ers with dys­lexia and lan­guage dif­fi­cul­ties.

“Some­thing like 80 per cent of chil­dren with dys­lexia are bul­lied,” she said.

Ms King wrote Jenna’s Truth as a school text.

“There’s a sec­tion at the back with cur­ricu­lum sug­ges­tions for years 9 and 10 and dis­cus­sion ques­tions.”

The City of Ar­madale ap­proached Ms King to hold a talk about her ex­pe­ri­ence re­search­ing and writ­ing the book.

Headspace Ar­madale will be on hand to answer ques­tions and con­nect in­ter­ested par­tic­i­pants with com­mu­nity sup­port.

For more in­for­ma­tion and book­ings visit https://www.ar­madale.wa.g ov.au/events/har­mony­week-author-na­dia-l-king or con­tact Ar­madale Li­brary on 9394 5125. Author Na­dia L. King: Young peo­ple to­day can’t es­cape cy­ber­bul­ly­ing.

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