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Back to School Bullying Prevention

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NBCRightNow.com - As students get back into the school routine, it's important for them and their parents to be informed and prepared when it comes to bullying at school.

Bullying has been around for ages but it now happens online as well, on Facebook, Twitter and even phone app like Instagram.

Marsha Dunstan, McLoughlin Middle School Counselor said parents need to monitor their kid's social media use.

"I just think it's a growing problem and we at the schools are trying to figure out how to solve it. We're working on it very hard and we hope that parents are staying very aware of it too," Dunstan said.

While they still have instances of bullying at school she's seeing a rise in the number of cyber bullying cases.

Several schools in Pasco have an Anti-Bullying Day where students learn about respect and the dangers of bullying

"Parents, it's always worth while to spend time, specially right here as we're getting school started up, to remind kids that they need to be safe at school and its okay to come forward and talk about things," said Lorraine Cooper, Kennewick School District Communication Director.

At Kennewick schools, teachers and even bus drivers are trained to spot bullying and deal with it. They focus on teaching children about good character and encourage parents to teach their kids to speak up to trusted adults.

Desert Hills Middle School has a week-long event called 'Black out the Screen Before You're Mean', to encourage kids to think twice before sending hurtful messages.

"Harassment and bullying are against the rules and harassment is actually against the law and we take it very seriously." said Dunstan.

Help is available in person at your child's school, you can also find more information on the school district's web sites. Kennewick, Pasco and Richland districts all provide online resources to help parents when it comes to dealing with bullying. 

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