What’s Happening: Playing it Safe event

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Carle’s annual Playing It Safe day is coming up May 19th and this year a renewed focus on bullying. Bullying affects children of all ages. And technology has taken bullying to a whole new level. Jessica Nemecz, MA, LCPC, Two Roads Wellness Clinic, is here to talk about how to identify signs your child is being bullied or how to have that difficult conversation if your child may actually be the one doing the bullying.

How common is bullying?

* 1 in 4 students say they have been bullied at school

* Most bullying happens in middle school

* 1 in 3 young people have been cyberbullied at some point

* Even adults experience bullying – at home and at work

What are the consequences of bullying?

* Feelings of fear, anger, frustration, and anxiety

* Attendance or discipline problems

* Low self-esteem and self-confidence

What are the signs someone is being bullied?

* Unexplainable injuries

* Lost or destroyed clothes, books, etc.

* Faking illness

* Declining grades

* Loss of interest in school and activities

* Sudden loss of friends or avoidance of social situations

What should parents do about bullying?

* Recognize the warning signs

* Talk to your child about bullying – open lines of communication

* Identify positive coping mechanisms

* Minimize negative thoughts

How do you start the conversation if you fear your child is actually the one bullying others?

* Take it seriously

* Focus on empathy for others

* Talk to your child about how it feels to be bullied

* Let them know this behavior is not okay

* Ask for help – a school counselor or a mental health professional can be great resources

* Let your child know that you will help them

Where can you learn more?

Playing it Safe

Saturday, May 19

9:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Leonhard Recreational Center & Centennial Park

Carle.org/playingitsafe

Blog and tips at: https://www.tworoadswellnessclinic.com/no-more-bullyin

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