TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - Young people who are bullied might feel embarrassed or ashamed. Helping them overcome that to get help is the goal of a new bullying prevention hotline announced Friday.
The Kansas Department of Education and Kansas Children's Service League are partnering on the effort. Trained volunteers and professionals will staff a 24-hour hotline, where someone being bullied can voice their concerns and find resources for help and support.
Dona Booe, president and CEO of KCSL, said it might be hard to believe that a child wouldn't tell their parent they're being bullied, but because of the kind of accusations, they might be embarrassed and don't want anyone to know. On the hotline, she says, they will be encouraged and get advice on how to take steps to seek out support.
Booe says the issue of bullying is even more serious in modern times with cyberbullying. In the past, she said, a student could escape the bullies when the school day ended, but now, with the internet and cell phones, it can be 24/7.
The hotline number is 1-800-CHILDREN. The groups also have resources posted at KCSL.org for teachers, coaches and childcare providers on how to educated young people about bullying and how to intervene.