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Updated: 11/14/2011 3:22 pm
RENO, Nev. ( & KRNV) - With each story you hear of bullying in schools both locally and nationally, it's become clear bullying is not an easy problem for anyone to fix.

Some Washoe County schools are enlisting the help of parents to keep schools safe and re-enforce the messages being taught at school at home.

It's a Friday morning at Billinghurst middle school and counselors there are giving one of the final anti-bullying presentations to 6th graders.

Over the last few weeks, they've talked to every student in the school about what bullying is, how to prevent it and what to do if they can't.

But students aren't the only ones learning about bullying.

Billinghurst is meeting with parents to educate them on what their children are being taught about bullying and how they can play a key role in combatting the problem from home.

"I think students want to feel supported and when parents are standing up and helping them speak up by listening to students and helping them with what to do when bullying occurs it provides a lot of support that can help that problem." says Val Licon, the lead counselor at the school.

Parents at the meeting say things have changed quite a bit since they were in school and some of the points brought up are going to stick with them.

"Something I need to do is watch them on the computers and texting and that hit.!" Says Genenvieve Judge, a parent of two Billinghurst students.

Another parent whose son will be there next year says he's relieved to know the school is not ignoring the bullying issue and wants to communicate with parents and give them the tools to be advocates.

"Some of the stuff I didn't know about that I learned and how to handle it, how to talk to him about it in case he has a future problem." says Manoochear Khosanjabinzahd.

One of those tools talked about during the parent meeting is, making communication with children a priority.

"Talking to your kids all the time is important, if you are doing it all the time you don't have to bring up the topic of bullying to them, they will bring it up to you."

As students learn ways to be supportive of their classmates and deal with conflicts on their own it's still clear they sometimes need guidance too.

Sixth grade student Marguerite Martin says, "I would probably tell my teacher or parents because they are two people I trust the most."

*If your school is not holding any parent meetings on bullying the Washoe County school district has classes for parents periodically at different locations and they are posted on the district website.



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