What do bullies look for when choosing a victim?


    With social media, escaping bullying will be tougher for kids. (KIMA photo)

    As the start of the 2018 school year approaches, students and parents feel anticipation and excitement. But the harsh reality for many students is this: they will face bullying at some point.

    Experts said when bullies choose their victims, they focus on a specific type. Someone who won't speak up for themselves and won't fight back is a prime target. With social media, escaping bullying will be tougher for kids.

    Mental health counselor Jeff Blair said, "It's a lot easier for people to say mean things when there's not a person in front of them. We see that all the time where we would say things online that we would never say in person."

    To try to prevent kids from becoming bullies, Blair said it all starts with kindness and respect being taught at home. Experts also recommend monitoring a child's social media activity and what they post online.

    If you or someone you know is a victim of bullying, speak up immediately.

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