Understanding bullying

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ALBERT LEA, Minn. — 90 percent of students in 4th through 8th grade report being victims of bullying according to dosomething.org.

Barbara Coloroso is an international bestselling author and speaker and considered by many to be an expert on bullying.

She made a stop in Albert Lea Monday to discuss the bullying concern not only in our area, but across the entire nation.

“Quite frankly, in our country we’re swimming in a culture of mean with our political discourse, our hate radio, hate speech and hate crimes are on the rise, hate crimes are criminal bullying. So our kids are immersed in that,” Coloroso said.

She says adding the digital piece to this puzzle just magnifies bullying.

“How fast it’s done and how damaging it can be and that’s why we have to teach kids three things about the digital world; digital savvy, digital stability and digital safety,” Coloroso said.

She will have another workshop on Tuesday from 8:30 a.m. to noon in Bethany Hall at First Lutheran Church in Albert Lea. It is recommended for clergy, youth leaders, volunteer leaders, law enforcement and more. There is no cost, but they ask that you preregister by calling 507-373-6424.

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