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NCSS offering workshop on bullying

Photo by Howard Reed

Photo by Howard Reed

COVINGTON -- The Newton County School System is hoping to get parents more involved and give them some meaningful advice at the same time.

Parents and students in the Title I program at NCSS are invited to a free Bullying Prevention Workshop later this month.

Debbie Carlisle, the parent involvement coordinator for NCSS, said many parents have expressed interest in learning more about bullying, according to surveys that NCSS takes to gather the needs of parents.

"Part of the parent involvement center is having educational workshops each month on certain topics," Carlisle said. "Bullying is one of the topics that parents have shown a lot of interest in."

Additionally, she said legislation that took effect this month mandates that educators report bullying to law enforcement agencies, just as they do with suspicion of child abuse.

At the workshop, an NCSS counselor will present information about how to recognize signs of bullying and how it affects your child, as well as how to recognize signs of your child being a bully.

"We hope parents walk away with some skills and an understanding of what bullying is and what to look for," Carlisle said.

After the counselor's presentation, parents will have a chance to share information and ask questions. Parents and students in all grade levels can benefit from the program, Carlisle said.

"I know a parent's time is so limited, but this is free," Carlisle said. "Parent resources are available to them if they take advantage of it."

The department held a stress management workshop in December and plans to hold at least two more later this school year -- one about self esteem and encouragement for children in February and one about cyberbullying in March.

The workshop is scheduled from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Jan. 20 in the NCSS Parent Resource Center, which is located at Clements Middle School at 66 Jack Neely Road in Covington. A light snack will be provided.

Those interested in attending are asked to RSVP to Carlisle at 770-784-2934, ext. 3345, by Jan. 13.