October is National Bullying Prevention Month month. With kids back at school for a new year of learning, there is also the possibility of new conflicts.
Two representatives of the Network of Victim Assistance joined WBCB Monday morning. They discussed how to detect when a child may be a victim of bullying, and how to help.
NOVA Primary Prevention Coordinator Mary Worthington says more than half of children who are bullied try to hide any signs of trouble.
“One of the things we have found in research is that 58% of the time when a child is bullied, they do not tell their parents. They suffer in silence.”
Education and Awareness Coordinator Pattie Cavalli says red flags do appear. In order to detect them, parents and teachers must be aware and invested.
“Open communication at home and at school is a big part of that. When someone does see something, they say something. That’s really important”
Along with bullying at school is the frequency of cyber-bullying. An unfortunate side to the rise of technology is a rise in online abuse.
“We are really encouraging parents to be vigilant as well in knowing what their children are exposed to, what apps they’re exposed to,” Cavalli explained.
Parents interested in learning more can visit the NOVA website here. People can also listen to the full show on WBCB 1490 here. A 24 hour hotline is also available for victim support at 1-800-675-6900.