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Our View: Confront the bully with us

Being subjected to bullying over periods of time can have traumatic effects on our children.

Bullying can hurt children mentally, emotionally and physically.

The Daily Chronicle today begins a four-day investigative report on bullying in DeKalb County.

In “Confronting the Bully,” we hope to start a communitywide conversation about bullying and its ramifications, with the ultimate goal of reducing the amount of bullying that occurs in our schools, neighborhoods and online.

To accomplish that, we first have to recognize that bullying is happening and understand the consequences. The sad fact is, bullying is happening here, and the consequences can be deadly.

We’ve talked to educators, parents and national experts in the field of bullying.

We’ll explore cyberbullying. We’ll offer suggestions for parents, students and educators. We’ll feature a couple of videos of local experts on the topic on our website, Daily-Chronicle.com.

A week from today, we’ll co-sponsor a community forum at Kaneland High School where a panel of people ranging from social workers to law enforcement, students to school administrators, will talk about their experiences and answer questions from those in attendance.

The forum will be from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the high school, 47W326 Keslinger Road in Kaneville. The public is encouraged to attend this free event.

Between now and then, we ask that you spend some time with our series.

If you’re the parent of a school-aged child, we encourage you to talk to them about bullying, how to recognize it, and what they can do to stop it.

No one wants their child to be a bully or a victim of one.

Help us confront the bully.

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