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Stopping bullying in the Heartland

Baugh says parents play a huge role in stopping bullying before it is too late. Baugh says parents play a huge role in stopping bullying before it is too late.
JACKSON, MO (KFVS) -

Teachers and school counselors say bullying can happen anytime, anywhere because of social media. Experts say it’s important for teachers and parents to keep a close eye on what’s happing on Facebook, Instagram, and over text messaging.

"When it comes to cell phones and Internet access, there is a whole world of danger out there that we can't even understand yet,” Laura Baugh, Student Services Specialist said.

Baugh says parents play a huge role in stopping bullying before it is too late.

"Monitor everything your child is doing on their cell phone, everything they’re doing on the Internet,” Baugh said.

According to Baugh, it is important to remember how hurtful words can be.

"Stick and stones can break your bones, but words can't hurt you. Well, what I've found is yes that's true, however, bones heal and these words stick with these kids every day, every moment and it can impact their entire lives, their future, what they want, what they do,” Baugh said. “It’s a scary situation."

At school, teachers often only see the aftermath of bullying.

"We try to encourage students to tell someone as soon as possible,” Sara Pylate, a counselor at Jackson Junior High, said.

Pylate says getting kids to talk about bullying is the key.

"We don't know what's going on in their head, we don't know what's going on, and what we don't know about, we can't help, we can't fix,” Pylate said.

That’s why teachers at Jackson schools are always on the lookout.

"We just try to look out for groups of kids that are piling together that might not normally do that,” Matt Roethemeyer, teacher at Jackson, said. “We do a great job of having lots of teachers on duty at all times, posted through the hallways, the gyms, on lunch, we always have multiple teachers here.”

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