Did you Know …
Despite West Virginia’s anti-bullying law, a Federal Government survey shows we have one of the highest rates of bullying in the country? Texting, Facebook, and bussing activities contribute to the increase in bullying activities. Symptoms of bullying can be fear of school, stomach pains, headache, and difficulty paying attention in class, unexplained injuries, and torn, damaged, or missing belongings.
What to do:
Talk with your child: Ask your child, “How are things going at school?” “What do you think about the other kids in your class?” “Does anyone get picked on or bullied?”
Teach your child to ask for help. Let your child know that if they are bullied, it is not their fault. They should not feel ashamed to ask their parent, teacher, or other adult for help.
Talk to school officials: When teachers, principals, playground monitors, bus drivers, and guidance counselors are aware of the problem, they can become part of the solution.
Support your children in activities that interest them: Loners are more likely to be picked on, so provide opportunities to develop skills, talents, and healthy relationships.
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Source: Connected Kids: Safe, Strong, Secure (Copyright 2006 American Academy of Pediatrics). For more information: www.robinettelaw.com