A very serious topic today. We're talking about bullying. Bullying is very real and very scary for a lot of our children. Imagine being scared to go to school, or going on-line to find all kinds of things written about you, or sitting by yourself at lunch because it's just safer that way.
There are all kinds of bullying and statistics show that it's on the rise. One recent study found a connection between bullying and teen suicide. As a parent, that makes your heart stop. That's why the Junior League of Mobile is hosting a special program for young people in our area. The goal is to educate our youth about what bullying is, what effects it has -- on both the victim and the bully -- and, what we can do about it.
"We hear so much about high school students and middle school students and even younger who are facing this challenge. So, to be able to give them some tools and to help the community really know what to do about that is just really important," explains Michelle Dees with the Junior League of Mobile.
It is really important. Bullying is a big deal. And, experts say, as parents, we should get involved. We should check-in with teachers. Check out our children's facebook pages and their cell phones. This new era of cyber-bullying creates all kinds of new opportunities for bullies to target our children. And, talk to our kids. But, remember experts say it can be really hard to open up about being bullied. So, don't be afraid to ask the hard questions. And, don't shy away from what you learn. Don't do the "oh, that's just kids being kids." Bullying -- whether or not it's gone on for generations -- is still dangerous, hurtful and has a long-lasting impact.
On the flip-side, we should also get involved if we think our children are the bullies. Put a stop to that kind of behavior.. because that also is damaging for our children.
The Junior League of Mobile is partnering with the Mobile County District Attorney's office and Crittenden Youth Services for this special program on Saturday, April 27th. The program runs from 10:00am to 1:00pm at the Crescent Theater (208 Dauphin Street in Mobile). They will show the movie, The Bully Project, and hold a question and answer forum. For more information on the event and to register, click here . For more on bullying, click here .
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