Tuesday, October 16, 2012
Sending children to school for the first time can make any parent nervous, but issues like school bullying may increase that anxiety.
One Wichita mom says she wants to make sure she is doing everything she can to try preventing the problem, starting at home.
Liliana Garcia, a mother of three, already has one child and another heads to Kindergarten next year.
"My daughter's 5 and next year she's going to be going to school and I'm just worried," she said. "And my son is in Second Grade. Who knows what goes on in their little minds right now? So, I'm trying to get prepared."
Garcia was at a Tuesday evening workshop at West High School that was presented by the Wichita School District's Safety Services Department. The workshop was one of several that have already been conducted and more that are planned for the future. They are designed to help parents learn how to recognize whether their kids are being bullied.
"I just need to know how to keep my kids safe and what I need to look for if they're going to get bullied," Garcia said. "(It's) just something that keeps me up-to-date to see what's going to be going on with them."
Just as important to Garcia is making sure her kids do not bully other children.
"I do not tolerate bullying," she said. "So if the teacher notices something, please let us know. We will address it at home."
Home is exactly where safety services supervisor Stephanie Quick says the fight against bullying begins.
"If they start teaching their kids young about being kind to people, being respectful to people, treating each other with compassion, then they're not going to see many bullying behaviors," she said.
Bullying is getting more attention because, Quick said, society is no longer to accept that bullying is nothing more than "kids just being kids."
Garcia said the more parents understand bullying, the less of it there will be.
"It's just something that we need to get out there and have people know about," she said.