Back-to-School: Understanding Bullying

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The Boys and Girls Club of the Wausau Area spoke to us about how they approach the issue of bullying with children and what the true definition of bullying is.

Angela Diener, Operations Coordinator at the Boys and Girls Club, says they remind kids that if good friends get in a fight one day, it does not necessarily mean you are being bullied.

One of the most important things the organization strives to do is to be able to really recognize what bullying is. They tell children that it is a very repeat offense that is meant to injure either mentally or physically towards one child or even a group of children.

While the perception of bullying may have changed over the years, the best way to deal with it is finding a trusted adult to help work through the problem and recognize what is going on.

The biggest thing they try to encourage kids to do is just to find an adult, whether it be your parent, teacher or mentor for example. Another suggestion for children is removing yourself from the situation if you possibly can. Kids should feel like they can stand up for themselves, but often times that can lead to more problems.

The Boy and Girls Club reiterates that finding that trusted adult figure is really the best option to help tackle the problem.

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