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Bullying One boy's experience

Kids need to know that if they feel isolated or upset, they can talk to their parents. Dr. Paula Rauch, Chief of the Child Psychiatry Consultation Service at Massachusetts General Hospital says parents and children can brainstorm solutions. Yong people can learn words to use in tough situations. "It depends on the age, of course," Dr. Rauch says, "But kids can say to the bully: 'I am not listening to you.' Or, 'What's your point?' Attitude is a big piece of it."

Schools also have a role to play in creating safe environments for kids. Students are usually aware when a classmate is being bullied. But they are often afraid to speak up. That needs to change, says psychologist Dr. Larry Kutner. "One of the things we can work on at schools is giving kids permission, when they're concerned about a friend or a classmate, to go to an adult, and not feel that they're ratting on their friends."

Many parents assume their children being bullied would ask for help. Often these children feel ashamed. They may not want to tell anyone what's happening.

When children feel connected to their parents or another adult they trust, they're more likely to reach out for help. Words Can Work offers these important tips:


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