LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - It may be happening to your child right now, and you'd never know it. Bullying seems to be on the rise because there are now so many ways one can be threatened: the internet, texting on cell phones, and emails.
"Bullies strike when there are no adults around, so lockers, hallways, recess, gyms - when parents, guardians and teachers aren't looking," said Thomas Kremer with the Hetrich-Martin Institute.
"There are various ways that you know that a child is at risk," said Francis Alexander with Scholastic Books. "First, check with the child - do they look depressed? More absent than usual? Changing normal habits and Behaviors? Other things are playing rough with their toys even the kinds of things they might say in dramatic play."
She also has a solution that can be as easy and affordable as reading.
"Books are a really effective tool for parents and teachers to learn about being a bully or if you're being bullied," Alexander said. "Or if you are a bystander and you see behavior going on at your school or in the playground that you know shouldn't be happening."
Here is a list of grade-specific books Alexander recommends for parents:
Chrysanthemum, by Kevin Henkes
Billy Bully, by Alvaro Galan and Ana Galan
The Bully from the Black Lagoon, by Mike Thaler
The Recess Queen, by Alexis O'Neill
Agnes Parker, Girl in Progress, by Kathleen O'dell
Tuesday, April 20 2010 11:21 PM EDT2010-04-21 03:21:00 GMT
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