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Thu January 6, 2011
Does solution to bullying lie in programs or parents?
Public forums on bullying will be held this month in Detroit and later this year elsewhere in the state.
But not everyone agrees that more school or government programs are needed to curb bullying.
Glenn Stutzky is with Michigan State University's School of Social Work. He says the solution lies in the home.
"I believe that parental involvement is actually crucial, and it's often the most overlooked aspect of this," Stutzky says. "I think that the home, and in particular the parents, may be one of the biggest resources that should be being used, but aren't."
Stutzky says it's up to parents to teach empathy.
He says it's also up to parents to create an environment in which children feel comfortable telling about problems with bullies.