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How parents can help kids deal with bullying at school

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Although most kids dread the fall because it means summer's over, some kids might actually be afraid to go back to school.

Bullying, whether its mental or physical, affects every child and can have devastating consequences. Children that are bullied are more likely to skip classes, become depressed, and have low self-esteem.

According to behavioral expert with SwedishAmerican Hospital Laura Moski, bullying is an imbalance of power that can make many kids feel helpless to stop it. Moski says one of the most important things parents can do is to immediately inform their child's school if their child is being harassed.

"The kids aren't willing to let the school know what's going on out of fear that they're going to be retaliated against, out of the fear that the school's not going to believe them, so as parents we really need to step up and advocate on their behalf," she says.

Parents should also make sure their child's school documents their intervention with the bullying student.

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