Experts give tips before school starts about child abuse and virtual school

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BECKLEY, WV (WVNS) — During the COVID-19 pandemic, kids have been out of school and at home most of the time. Schools across West Virginia are scheduled to return with in person and virtual teaching.

Just for Kids Executive Director Scott Miller said before kids head back to school, parents should talk to them about cyber bullying and abuse.

“Definitely have a talk with their children about the use of the internet. That if somebody sends them a message and they don’t know who it is to either let them know and certainly not to answer it,” Miller said.

School is considered a safe place for many students. But even in a virtual environment there are still ways teachers can engage their pupils to find potential problems.

“I think questions that teachers can ask in a very open way are how are things at home,” Miller said. “Never asking specifically did something happen at home but just to say is there anything that you’d like to talk about.”

Miller said there are a few signs for parents and teachers to keep an eye out for.

“Changes in behavior are really probably the area and easiest thing to see. If your child was really active then becomes quiet that’s come indication that something is happening,” Miller said.

Miller said for the first time they are getting more reports of abuse from the children instead of teachers or parents.

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