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5 ways to talk to kids about bullying

Coast to Mountains Preparatory Academy (CM Prep) is recognizing National Bullying Month by offering tips to parents and caretakers.

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October is National Bullying Prevention Month, and 40% of students reported being bullied on school campuses in the past year. Sadly, this statistic has been steadily increasing since 2019.

Enter: Coast to Mountains Preparatory Academy (CM Prep), a private, virtual charter school providing K-11 students and parents with an alternative to the traditional school experience.

“His transition was really smooth,” says Jennifer, a parent who transitioned her student to CM Prep after he experienced bullying in his previous school. “His grades have improved and he’s getting hands-on learning experiences so that he can learn at his own pace.”

For families whose students may face bullying in their schools, CM Prep counselors share these five tips:

  1. Encourage open and honest communication with children about their experiences.
  2. Empower students to speak up, and teach them how to identify bullying.
  3. Engage with the school’s support programs.
  4. Teach and model positive behavior.
  5. Look into mental health resources.

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