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Monday, October 25, 2010

Is your child a bully or is he or she being bullied? Do you really know?

Now is the time to find out. A new report from Clemson University says 1 in 6 kids is bullied; 35 percent of older kids say they would do it. The research covered 524,054 students at 1,593 schools across the country including grades three through twelve. Anonymously, 17 percent said they are being bullied with almost half of boys and girls saying it has been going on for over a year.

Two recent cases of suicide due to bullying are 18-year-old gay student Tyler Clementi of Rutgers University, and 15-year-old Phoebe Prince from a Massachusetts high school. Kids say they don’t believe there are provisions made to protect them. A likely fear since much of the bullying occurs in classrooms in front of teachers.

The time has come for all parents to sit down with their children and determine if they are involved in bullying, whether giving or receiving. It could save your kids life.

Read more here.

Watch a You Tube video here of Ellen DeGeneres, gay talk show host, begging for help to stop bullying.

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