Fathers Forum to discuss bullying

When was the last time you were too afraid to go to work? Every day 160,000+ kids skip school to avoid bullies and on Oct. 5 the Fathers’ Forum will address this topic at the launch of its 2013/2014 season at the YMCA.

Bullying doesn’t build character — it decreases academic performance and leads to depression, anxiety and suicide. It is the most important issue facing teens today. What are you going to do to help? Get advice at this free lecture titled, “Bullying: What Dads Need to Know to Help Our Children.”

The discussion will address the background of bullying, how prevalent bullying is in local schools and communities, why bullying occurs, how the town is addressing the issue and strategies to help fathers communicate more effectively with their children on the issue.

The event’s panel of speakers include First Selectman Peter Tesei, Superintendent of Schools Bill McKersie, Dan Brenner, clinical psychologist and superintendent of Roslyn Public Schools in New York and Jason Davis, pediatrician with New England Pediatrics.

Coffee will start at 8 a.m., followed by the panel discussion from 8:15 to 9:30 a.m. For more information, visit Greenwichfathersforum.com.

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