National Bullying Prevention Month: Talking to Your Kids about Bullying
Lynchburg, VA - This month, several kids will hear a lot about bullying in this honor of 'National Bullying Prevention Month.' School officials say everyone plays a role in preventing bullying. Parents, students, and administrators all need to talk about it. But school administrators say some of those first talks should start at home.
If you were to walk in most kids' shoes or flip flops you'd face some type of teasing.
"I'm a teacher's kid so people are like, 'Oh you're the perfect kid,'" said Amelia Sexton, an 8th Grader at Liberty Christian Academy.
"At my old school in New Jersey, it was a public school. They would call you names. They would pick things out that didn't look right to them," said Lewis Williams, a senior at Liberty Christian Academy.
Administrators say parents need to talk to their kids before that teasing becomes bullying. Liberty Christian Academy Dean of Students Mike Morris takes at least 10 minutes a day with his kids.
"They know I care about them. They know that what they think is important to me. And they know they can confide in me," said Morris.
And, sound the alarm if something is wrong at school. Morris also recommends keeping an eye on what kids do online.
"Monitor your kids' social networks. Monitor Facebook, and Twitter that stuff is so important in this day and age we live in. That's where a lot of bullying takes its root," said Morris.
To cut the root of bullying before it grows, students at LCA have signed a 'Bullying Pledge.' Some are even quizzed on it.
And the kids say at school they are all taught to abide by the "Golden Rule."
"You have to treat others exactly how you want to be treated, no matter how they have treated you before," said Sexton.
Almost all schools have some sort of 'Bullying Policy.' Most focus on character development. School officials recommend talking to your kids about respect, and compassion. The National Bullying Prevention Center has several tips on their website.