DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) - Parents and Dayton Public School teachers gathered Monday evening for a special workshop on ways to address bullying.
An educational psychology professor and author from the University of Toledo was the speaker.
She discussed bullying and its causes and consequences.
She also guided parents and teachers about how to help a child they suspect is the victim of a bully.
"When it does happen it's about talking to that victim, empowering that victim and asking him or her how can I help you? What can I do to assist? The best practice right now is also empowering the bystander," said Dr. Lisa Pescara-Kovach, Associate Professor of Educational Psychology at the University of Toledo.
Dr. Pescara-Kovach says some of the key indicators in a child that is bullied include worsening grades, more absences at school, more trips to the school nurse and aggressive behavior that is out of the ordinary with a child.
One suggestion she shared with the school district is to provide students with an anonymous report form to safely report bullying without repercussions from other students.
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