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New class teaches kids how to stand up against bullying

New class teaches kids how to stand up against bullying (WICS)

An increase in suicide rates among U.S. teens occurred at the same time social media use surged and a new study suggests there may be a link.

Suicide rates for teens rose between 2010 and 2015 according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Exactly why the rates went up isn't known, but a new study in the Journal Clinical Psychological Science suggests one factor could be rising social media use.

Researchers say recent teen suicides have been blamed on cyberbullying and social media posts depicting "perfect" lives may be taking a toll on teens' mental health.

A free and local community program is teaching kids how to combat bullying.

Gracie Barra in Urbana is hosting Anti-Bullying Week for kids ages five and up.

The classes help participants build self-confidence, make new friends, and learn self-defense.

When it comes to being bullied, the instructors teach four main steps, ignore, stand up, self-defense, and get help.

The kids also learn how to be an active bystander.

For more information on the program, click here.

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