Used to be bullies made life miserable only at school, but with kids connected via cell phones and the Internet, ugly rumors and taunting can fly 24/7. The problem sometimes becomes serious enough to warrant students changing schools.
“It’s becoming more of an issue, especially with technology. It’s becoming larger than life almost, and very public. We see kids with severe anxiety and depression with the constant stress of bullying,” notes therapist Lauren Maddux, director of child and adolescent services at Lakeside Behavioral Health System.
So what can you do to help your child? This month, Lakeside Behavioral Health System is offering a workshop aimed at reaching kids who are being bullied as well as those who bully. The workshop will be open to 12 students, grades 6, 7 and 8. It runs February 14-17 and 21-24.
Maddux says the workshop will be a clinical program to work on emotional issues parents may feel ill-equipped to address. To learn more, contact Maddux at 373-0941.