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February 17, 2013

Students to hear anti-bullying speaker

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He said the only way for parents to have quality time with their kids is to have “quantity time.” Ackerman claims the more involved parents are with their children, the more likely they will be to prevent bullying.

Ackerman believes adolescents suffer from bullying more often than any other demographic. Children struggling with their own insecurities tend to pick on others to elevate themselves, he said.

Nearly 160,000 U.S. children skip school due to fear of being bullied each year, according to his website.

“Text bullying is huge. Outside of verbal bullying, it’s the biggest way people bully,” he said. “It’s easy to do; it’s anonymous. It is hard to detect as far as who sent it.”

Ackerman will appear at 8:15 a.m. Wednesday at Westville High School to speak to high school and junior high students and staff members in the district.

At 9:45 a.m., Ackerman will talk to fifth- and sixth-grade students from both districts at Judith Giacoma Elementary School in Westville.

In the afternoon, Ackerman will speak from 12:30-1:30 p.m. with junior high and high school students and staff members at Georgetown-Ridge Farm High School.

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