YWCA hosts first Stand for the Silent Conference

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Updated: Sat, 19 Oct 2013 10:50:32 CST

More than 160-thousand students in the U-S stay home from school each day from fear of being bullied.

It's a staggering statistic that's inspiring the Y-W-C-A's first annual Stand for the Silent in the Heartland Conference.

The conference discussed resources for both kids and the parents of kids who are being bullied.

Rick Huls a mental health practitioner says the intensity of bullying is growing because of social media outlets.

He says it's important for parents to monitor their kids' interactions on Facebook, Twitter and via text messages.

"So it could be that parents have no clue what their child is even posting because they don't have their password. It's advised that parents be the parents rather than give their children all that freedom. " Said Rick Huls, Mental Health Practitioner.

October is National Bullying Prevention Month.

The Grand Island Community Youth Council is asking people to stand up and not stand by bullying.