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WTVM 10/25/13 Editorial: Stand up against bullying

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Every day you send your child to school, but you may never realize that he or she could be a victim of bullying.

More than 200,000 children wake up every morning, afraid to go to school because of bullying.

According to dosomething.org, 90 percent of fourth through eighth graders report being a victim of some sort of bullying. 

Right now, one in seven students is either a victim of bullying or a bully themselves, and more than 150,000 teens skip school every day because of bullying.

October is National Bullying Prevention and Awareness Month.

So let's all take a moment to focus on the sometimes deadly effects of bullying, whether in person or cyber bullying.

Rebecca Sedwick would've been 13 this month, but instead, her parents just planned her funeral. She was the Florida teen who killed herself in September after authorities found she was a victim of intense harassment and cyber bullying by classmates.

Authorities say the two 14-and-12-year-old girls who have now been charged in her case admitted on Facebook they bullied her and didn't care that she killed herself.

Here in Columbus, students at Northside High are leading the way in an anti-bullying campaign that expands far beyond their school hallways. They created a "Man Up Against Bullying" campaign and just got hundreds of students across Muscogee County, as well as local businesses and community members to be a part of their anti-bullying viral video recorded in downtown Columbus.

Muscogee County school district's anti-bullying policy and other helpful links can be found by searching "bullying policy" on our website.

To really prevent bullying, we must first understand it.

The website stopbullying.gov has great tips for parents, like listening closely to your kids and encouraging them to have confidence and self esteem. 

Everyone knows that bullies lack self esteem, which is why they lash out.

But if we take the time to prepare children to love and respect themselves, bullies won't have any easy targets.

General Manager Holly Steuart brings two editorials a week to WTVM. If you would like to respond to an editorial, e-mail your response to WTVM Editorial Committee or write to:

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