An important conversation many officials say parents should be having with their children is about bullying. Samantha Hearon is a mother of five and says that talking is important because she knows what can happen when she's not around. Hearon says "I tell them to talk to me and if something does happen or if somebody does say something to them it's probably because they're unhappy themselves or they're jealous about something and the only way to express it is to hurt them." She says her biggest fear is the possibility of bullying getting out of hand and going to far. "If it's school, they're afraid to go to school, their unhappy, holding something back and they can't function like they're suppose to, learn like they need to," says Hearon. Counselor Andy Martin says that parents must be proactive when looking for the signs of bullying because all signs aren't always obvious. Martin adds that the most common form of bullying is usually verbal and because of that, kids are less likely to ask for help. "No child wants to admit their being bullied, it's something they would probably tend to cover up instead of talking about," says Martin. If bullying is left un-treated, things could then take a turn for the worst. "Worst case senario this involves physical injuries certainly emotional injuries injuries to a childs self esteem and confidence, so it shouldn't be something that's ignored," says Martin.
The most important thing for parents to remember, if you have any suspicions, make sure you contact a school counselor or administrator immediately.