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Family Therapist says parents should be on the look out for bullying

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Allison Bunch is a Licensed Family Therapist, who is an expert in bullying.

She says parents can't always be blamed if their children are involved in bullying, but parents should be the first like of defense against the problem.

Bunch says, "We do find that children who bully tend to have too much or too little self esteem, may have some symptoms of depression. Many times we find that there is not a lot of family support. Bullying is an attempt to gain power over your victim."

Bunch says while boys are often the victims of face to face bullying, girls tend to be the victims of online, or cyber bullying.

Bunch says, "Parents should know what their kids are doing on the computer. There are web sites that anybody can access and get tools to help them monitor what's on the computer."

Bunch says there will often be signs that children are having problems online, " When your kids are on the computer, if you see them engaging in certain behaviors, like switching screens real quick when you walk by, take the time to find out what they are looking at. Because, if it's obvious they are trying to hide something, there is something to hide."

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