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How Do You Handle Bullying?

Bullying continues to be an issue for students and schools around the country.

It may not be a new issue, but it is certainly an enduring one: bullying.

Cruel taunting and shoves between classmates have managed to follow victims onto social media, like Facebook, and text messages as a form of cyberbullying.

Not too long ago, Patch investigated this difficult issue and to see how the Agoura community and schools deal with the problem

President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama also filmed a Facebook video to raise awareness about the topic. The video can be viewed on the StopBullying.gov Facebook page

As summer approaches and schools begin to let out, kids and parents have an opportunity to step away from the school setting–to take a break to reflect on our own kids' experiences and behaviors–and to figure out how to handle potential problems in the fall.

Was your kid bullied? Or did your child do the bullying? How should you handle either situation?

Fabrizio Oddone May 26, 2011 at 06:09 PM
Relevant, from 43:05: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WRPEaosGCMA
Charlene Ross May 26, 2011 at 11:44 PM
Bullying is a tough one. Like anything else I think it comes down to communication with your kids and communication with your school. When my son was in 6th grade he complained about a bully and I called the school and spoke with the vice principal. I was a little nervous because I didn't want my son to become a bigger victim, but was assured that my son's name would not be used. The vice principal talked to my son privately and then talked to the bullies and it actually seemed to help the situation. I think sometimes - especially when kids are in 6th grade and possibly 9th grade they are "trying on" new personalities and don't realize that in trying to act cool they are actually bullies. Definitely it is best if possible to nip the situation in the bud from the very beginning.

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