Thursday, July 29, 2010

Our View: Parents, students part of bullying solution

Wisconsin Rapids Tribune (Wisconsin Rapids, WI) July 29:

"These days, with the popularity of social network websites, e-mail and text messages, a bully doesn't even need to be in the same room to victimize someone. Targets of physical, written or verbal abuse can have trouble focusing on their schoolwork. They might become so nervous that they get physically ill. Students and their parents often don't know exactly where to turn. A bully most likely isn't interested in becoming friends, and students might dread reprisal if they 'tell on' their antagonists...Preparing staff members to recognize bullying behavior and equipping them with effective means of dealing with it is an excellent step, and so is having school staff reach out directly to students. But it's going to take more. Parents, talk with your children. Tell them it's not OK to pick on others -- and tell them why..."
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