|Updated: 2/07/2012 7:41 am
||Published: 2/06/2012 10:44 pm
LITTLE ROCK, AR -- Amanda McCray picks up her two daughters from Dodd Elementary Monday and she wants to know everything about their day.
"I talk to my children everyday after school. We talk about a lot," said McCray.
School professionals say communication is the best way to stop bullying. During a webinar Monday, Little Rock school leaders showed why teasing has increased in recent years. The number one reason is social media.
Specialist Kay Rainey says parents must know the signs of a child being bullied.
"It affects their self esteem. It affects their grades," said Rainey.
School leaders say if bullying is not addressed by teachers and parents, some children may consider suicide.
Next Tuesday, February 14, FOX 16 will air a special report profiling a brand new club at one Central Arkansas high school, called the Gay-Straight Alliance. Students say it a resource to cope with teasing. Members also describe how they overcame many obstacles to start the club and why the it is growing in popularity.