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Bullying researchers say awareness days are key to ending community issue

One bullying researcher said bullying first needs to be addressed at the community level because children experience bullying 24 hours a day. (MGN Online)

Wednesday marked Unity Day as part of National Bullying Prevention Month. Schools and organizations across the country wore orange to bring awareness to bullying as a community issue.

Dr. Chad Rose with the University of Missouri College of Education said bullying awareness is important in tackling the issue.

"Bullying in a community issue. Bullying doesn't begin and end with the school bells. Kids are experiencing bullying 24 hours a day. It's one of those things where we have to understand that in order to reduce bullying in our schools, we also have to reduce bullying in our communities," Rose said.

The Bully Prevention Lab was created to assist schools review bullying principles and train staff.

Rose said it is important to focus on the steps schools and organizations have taken to stop bullying.

"I think when we look at what we're forced to consume regarding bullying, it's mostly tragedy and problems, but there are a lot of schools doing some great things in bully prevention," Rose said. "I think what we have to do is change that narrative to what we can do as opposed to what's happening in the landscape of bullying."

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