HORRY COUNTY, S.C. (WPDE) — As we mark National Stop the Bullying Day, a local mental health expert is urging parents to look out for signs that their child could be a victim of bullying.
Experts said these days, bullying mostly happens online meaning it can happen, at any time, anyplace and faster than ever.
Rebecca Griffith, a mental health clinician at the Oceanic Bay Counseling's Carolina Forest office said middle school is the worst place for bullying.
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Griffith said starting a dialogue with your children can go a long way.
"If you can just start checking in on your kids and just never stop. That will be the best. Definitely just be open honest and warm with them," Griffith said.
She said bullying can leave an impact on children even into adulthood.
Griffith said signs that your child could be getting bullied include being withdrawn, over or under-eating and lack of enthusiasm for things they used to enjoy doing.