Family Time: Unite Against Bullying Day

October 9, 2013 Updated Oct 9, 2013 at 9:19 AM EDT

By WKBW Admin

October 9, 2013 Updated Oct 9, 2013 at 9:19 AM EDT

Today is Wear Orange Day at my daughter's school and probably at your child's school as well.

It's to mark "Unite Against Bullying Day" which is part of National Bullying Prevention Month this October.

Bullying has been in the forefront in our area since bullied Williamsville student Jamie Rodemeyer took his own life two years ago. We're more aware of the problem, but still have a long way to go.

Doctors say bullying can be emotional as well as physical. It's pervasive, typically lasting more than 6 months.
Kids who are bullied may suffer from anxiety and depression, so doctors
suggests parents look for the signs.

"They're having issues going to sleep at night or you see any change in their
behavior. I think it's very important to try to address it and see," says Dr. Tatiana Falcone of the Cleveland Clinic Children's Hospital.

Doctors say it's important parents empower their children with the confidence to speak up if they, or someone they know, is being bullied. With Family Time, I'm Joanna Pasceri.