Morgan County students rank high in bullying survey
There have always been bullies. New forms of teasing, such as cyber-bullying, continue to put pressure on teens to take part in this hurtful behavior.
Morgan County ranked second in the state for students who threaten other students one or more times, according to a recent survey.
Research shows that students who show bullying and threatening behaviors are at a greater risk for substance use and abuse.
Three ways to show a child you care:
— Model and teach positive stress management and coping skills, such as going for a walk, reading a book or doing deep breathing exercises.
— Challenge your child to be an individual or a leader, not a follower, and encourage independence and integrity.
— If you suspect that your child may be taking part in bullying, find out the reason for the behavior. Make it clear that your teen is not permitted to engage in bullying and if needed, talk with teachers and other school officials.
For more information on how to get involved in supporting local youth, please contact the Morgan County Partnership at 304-258-7807.