By Mike LaCrosse
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. — When it comes to reducing bullying and cyber-bullying, parents are on the forefront of the issue. It’s that parental influence that determines how our kids deal with bullying outside the home in the community.
According to Bullying expert Joe Wojcik, parents need to teach their kids to accept others regardless of their race, religion, or social status.
“It’s in the home where a child learns to be social. They learn how to deal with people, and deal with conflict,” said Wojcik.
Joe explains community involvement is important too because it will help kids recognize bullying and work to prevent it.
“Everybody’s part of a community and we talk to the children about getting together where everybody has a role as a member of that community to respect and protect, ” said Wojcik.
Herb and Lisa Holland tech their five kids the importance of being a part of the community.
“We help our children make good decisions by being good role models, by doing things with them that are good activities so they can get good ideas about what to do with their friends and other people in the community,” said Holland.
Helping your kids feel a part of the community can be as easy as getting them to volunteer and giving back.