PARENT TALK SERIES: BULLYING & PEER PRESSURE
HOW CAN I TELL IF MY CHILD IS A VICTIM OF BULLYING OR OTHER PEER PRESSURE?
The Parent Talk Series is a series of quarterly programs designed to help parents deal with some of today’s challenges. During these meetings, professionals from Sevier County address current issues facing children and how parents should respond. Topics vary each quarter, and range from social media concerns to helping a child prepare for college. This month, the Parent Talk topic focuses on how to recognize and assist your child in dealing with bullying and other forms of peer pressure.
According to the University of Tennessee, approximately 160,000 children miss school each day because they fear attack or intimidation by fellow students. The same UT study states that sexual harassment is also part of the quandary as 85% of girls and 76% of boys have been sexually harassed in some form – many times by adults. One out of every seven children is either a bully or a victim of bullying. Additionally, at least 71% of students report that bullying is one of the main problems within their school.
On Thursday, April 7, a panel discussion featuring Kimberly Robbins, Ed. S, Rhonda Pemberton, LCSW, & Don Myers, Sevierville Police Department. The panel discussion focuses on the different types of bullying and how to recognize each. Finally, teaching your kids how to prevent or solve bullying and peer pressure problems will be the highlight of the discussion.
This FREE Parent Talk Meeting will occur in the Burchfield Room at the King Family Library, 408 High Street, in Sevierville. Light snacks will be available at 5:30 p.m. The program begins at 6:00 p.m. All parents are welcome, however, registration is requested. To register for the program, contact Robin Cogdill at (865) 365-1417, email at email@example.com, or view the library website at www.sevierlibrary.org. Childcare will be available in the children’s department during the program. Sponsors of the Parent Talk series include The University of Tennessee Extension Office, the Golden Corral Restaurant, and the Sevier County Public Library System.