Parents and teachers learned to identify signs of bullying at Robert C. Byrd High School in Clarksburg Tuesday night
Jim Jordan of reportbullying.com said the most important thing we can do when we see or experience bullying is to "speak up".
Jordan said that bullying affects the same area of the brain that registers physical pain, so the bullying a child suffers can be just as painful and memorable as a broken bone. Bullying is a repeated event and is caused when one child has more power than another, intends to hurt the other, and threatens more aggression. Children who are bullied often become withdrawn and quiet and their grades can drop dramatically.
"When a student comes up to me, telling me that they have become a victim or a target of bullying, I say, 'what do the other kids do?' and they say, 'nothing'," Jordan said. "Until we change the culture of the bystanders, we're never going to reduce the bullying that's happening in our communities."
Jordan said it is important for parents to communicate openly with their children and lead them by example.