Doctor: Adults key in fight against bullies

By Jillian Marshall

Doctor: Adults key in fight against bullies

March 15, 2013 Updated Mar 15, 2013 at 5:28 PM EST

Johnson City, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Children learn about bullying through the adults in their lives, psychologists said Friday.

More than 800 parents, teachers and child care providers filled the First Baptist Church to hear from industry leaders on matters of discipline and bullying.

Dr. Becky Bailey, the founder of a program about raising children, Conscious Discipline, explained how to strengthen adult-child relationships by interaction and praise, rather than yelling or hitting.

One of Bailey's main focuses was bullying.

Bailey says she believes all aggressive acts should be considered bullying, and that bullying is a very specific thing that happens only to children.

"If we can learn how we make a bully, and learn how we can prevent bullies from being made, we can make a difference," said Bailey.

The Children's Behavior Seminar was co-sponsored by Children and Youth Services Council of Broome County and Broome County Family Violence Prevention Council.