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Preparing Your Child To Deal With Bullies

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Parents and kids are counting down the days, and getting ready to go back to school. But before the kids head back, parents say they want to talk with their kids about an issue that's all too prevalent: bullying.

As middle schoolers are walking around finding their lockers, and classrooms, they worried about remembering where to go, but their parents are thinking of something else, bullies.

"I worry about that because there's a lot of that my older girls went through, a lot of it, and they get pretty depressed, and they get bullied over anything and that's pretty sad." says Patricia Moser.

And many other parents agree like Karla Kleespies who was with her daughter at registration Wednesday.

"Kids theses days are not nice, no matter what age, and it's very unfortunate, but you just hope you raised them right and that their nice to people." Karla says.

Bullying continues to be a big problem, and schools say they are trying to work against it.

"it's a zero tolerance policy, unfortunately middle schools is a terrible time you hear so many things and we're trying our best to remedy this."says Cheney Middle School Assistant Principal Amber Rudolph.

That's why the schools adding a new program to teach them '7 Mindsets'. It teaches things like responsibility, importance of giving back and having big goals.

"It's a shift in thinking, and to make kindness more a part of their life rather than bullying." Assistant Principal Rudolph explains.

Bullying is a problem staff and parents hope students will learn about.

"It really comes down to treat people how you want to be treated, if you see other people not treating people that way then you can be the bigger person and stand up." Karla says.

"Rise above, don't be anybody's slogan because you are poetry." Patricia laughs.

Districts like West Fargo are trying to correct the problem is by having a bullying form online for parents or students to fill out after any incident. If you want to fill one out click here.

The schools also have helpful brochures and advice for parents if they are wondering what to say or how to talk to their kids. To see the brochures click here.

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