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'Let’s Talk About Bullying' program to be held at library

November 6, 2018
By MEGHAN BRADBURY (news@breezenewspapers.com) , Lehigh Acres Citizen

A special program is being held for fifth through eighth grade students, as well as their parents, at East County Regional Library to share more information about bullying and what youths can do to prevent it from happening.

Head of Youth Services Angela Hall said they held a cyber bullying program for high school students in October, so they wanted to talk about bullying to middle school students and extend that invitation to parents during November.

"Let's Talk About Bullying" will take place from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 14. The program will feature the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice.

"I think bullying continues to be a growing concern for our communities," Hall said.

The kids will have an opportunity to share their experience and problem solve with a group to come up with solutions.

"When they have a say in it, it empowers them even more to do something about it," Hall said.

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Recently, after the cyber bullying program was held, someone shared a very personal story about a tragic loss in their community due to cyber bullying.

Hall said a lot of the students were able to talk about bullying experiences during the program and provide problem resolutions, such as not responding and blocking the person on the social media outlet.

"People don't understand the pitfalls of social media and spreading rumors," Hall said. "We want to make our youth more aware of those pitfalls and be able to direct them to some resources for some assistance."

When Hall was a child she, too, was a victim of bullying.

"I think a lot of us have been. When I grew up my parents and grandparents labeled it as teasing," she said, which is far beyond that now. "I really want parents to understand what it is and the impact it has on our kids."

When Hall worked in an elementary school, she said she saw bullying happen as young as second grade and parents pulling their child out of public schools because administration was not responding to their concern.

"Everyone has a responsibility when it comes to this. To say we don't know, is no longer an excuse because of so much information out there for cyber bullying and bullying," Hall said. "We just want them to show up. We want our parents to be involved in this and just show up. Even if nothing comes of it, they have the information presented to them and they have an awareness now."

East County Regional Library is at 881 Gunnery Road. For more information call (239) 533-4200.

 
 

 

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