Bullying Prevention Month: What You Need To Know

Rob Hart
September 30, 2018 - 5:08 pm

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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) --October is Bullying Prevention Month. The pain inflicted by bullying can last for decades after childhood. 

Experts say there is a greater awareness of bullying, but the rate of bullying is still the same.

Teachers and parents are often on the front lines against bullying. Teachers see the interaction between kids and know when to jump in.

But, one expert says it's important for a teacher to know the difference between bullying and good natured ribbing.

"We learn from that playful teasing. We learn where the line is, with our friends and with our siblings. We don't want to squash all of that because some of it is friendly relationship building," said Northern Illinois University psychology professor Christine Malecki.

But they should step in when words turn cruel.

"We want teachers to intervene really consistently," Malecki said.