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Dealing with the bullying epidemic

Reported by: Jamie Smith
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Updated: 5/17/2013 3:00 am

JACKSONVILLE, Fla.-- Since Action News aired amateur video this week purported to show a brutal beating of Aria Jewett at the hands of another female Oceanway Middle School student, our newsroom has been getting inundated with parents contacting us with personal stories of their children getting bullied at school.

We took your questions about why this is happening and what can be done to an expert in dealing with these situations.

"A lot of kids don't know how to cope with that," said Dr. Tabitha Johnson, a local psychologist and therapist who helps families cope with bullying.

She says bullying cases went up about 5 percent last year. While extreme bullying can result in the physical harm we documented in local cases recently, psychological bullying is much more common in your child's school.

"We see it far more in females in terms of the relational and the cyber-bullying. That's really become the hub for girls to bully, unfortunately," said Johnson.

And even when proof of bullying exists online, some times parents won't admit their child could possibly be a bully.

So, how should you deal with another parent who insists their child is not a bully?

"Being up front with that parent is the only thing you can do. But having that conversation that maybe they don't want to believe that their child is involved with it," Dr. Johnson answered, "But just some awareness, some education that it is so prevalent that unfortunately, it might be your child that's being the bully."

Experts say children who witness violence in their own homes are more likely to become bullies. Regardless of who the bullies are, the CDC calls the issue "a major public health problem."

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luccinda - 5/18/2013 10:00 AM
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Bullying is the kind of issue that is never been new to us. This is also the issue that most parents wanted to be tackled and must be stopped from occurring. I do not want my daughter to be bullied or be part of this fast-growing issue. That is why I provided her this safety service that could protect her and secure her safety. I registered my daughter to safekidzone because it has a mobile security safety that enables my daughter summon help from trusted people and with access to the nearest 911 when safety issue arises. For child protection check out:

nativejax - 5/17/2013 1:03 PM
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I do not understand WHY it is so hard to KICK BULLIES OUT PERMANENTLY of the school they are enrolled in? They can go enroll in another, but with the 'infraction' on their permanent school records.(thus getting a second chance) Going to a public school in this country is not just a personal 'RIGHT' it's a 'Privilege'. And if these brats 'abuse' those rights and privileges, they should LOSE THEM.

eviltwinmorgan - 5/17/2013 8:17 AM
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Just arm your kids and tell them to stand their ground.
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