Special presentation at Mabel-Canton will address bullying, help parents understand effects
Wednesday, February 13, 2013 3:57 AM
Parents in the Mabel-Canton School District will have the opportunity Tuesday night to learn more about the effects of bullying on their children.
A specialist from Gundersen Lutheran, Dr. Jeff Reiland, will provide information and statistics about bullying and cyber-bullying during a special presentation in the high school gym, from 6:30 to 8 p.m.
"Parents as Partners in Reducing Bullying" is a special program presented by Kohl's Cares, Gundersen Lutheran Medical Foundation and Gundersen Lutheran Pediatrics and Behavioral Health.
The presentation will address definitions of bullying and cyberbullying; frequency of bullying; roles of the bully, victim and bystander; and the emotional, psychological and health effects of bullying. It will also give parents the tools and strategies they can use to help keep their children safe. Finally, Reiland will explore ways to help parents, schools and others invested in the local children to work "Together Against Bullying."
Reiland reports that more than one in three students will have experienced bullying by the time they graduate from high school. And, he says, that can be detrimental to the students while in school, causing anxiety, insecurities and ruining social relationships.
Reiland will also talk about how bullying can be very damaging to a person in the long run. "Because of their fear of being bullied, it can be impairing for their careers, it can be impairing for their future and how they interact and relate to other people, how they trust and form relationships with friends in the future," said Dr. Reiland.
He also points out how important it is for parents to be involved in their child's life and not be afraid to ask questions. All parents within the school district are urged to attend.