Addressing concerns about bullying in the community


In response to the growing problem of bullying in the area, United Way of Frederick County held a seminar, giving community members and parents a chance to raise any concerns or questions they might have about bullying.

“It’s a hot topic. It’s an area of concern. It’s something that we want to make sure that we are proactive about, so we’re not just reacting to things,” said Malcolm Furgol, director of community impact. “So even if it’s not interfering with our kids everyday in schools, that we equip parents with the resources on how they can help their child.”

The seminar was led by a panel of educators, professionals and a student who created a discussion on how people can address bullying behaviors and the importance of becoming more than a bystander.

“But rather be that upstander,” said Janet Shipman of Frederick County Public Schools. “And step in and help that target, help that person. Do something that makes a difference. Don’t just worry about getting it on camera so that you can be the first one to have it on social media.”

During the seminar, parents and community members asked the panel how to get kids to trust adults, how to promote mental health first aid and how parents can get involved in preventing bullying.

“I think we all need to treat each other with kindness and that starts with adults as rolemodels, and teaching our young kids how to treat each other,” said Shipman.

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