April 22nd, 2010
04:54 PM ET

Is your child being bullied? How to know, how to cope and how to make it stop

[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/HEALTH/03/30/bullying.signs/story.phoebe.prince.cnn.jpg caption="Phoebe Prince, 15, committed suicide in January in Massachusetts." width=300 height=169]

Ashley Fantz

There are ways to prevent or mitigate the damage bullying can do to a child, experts stressed after nine Massachusetts teens were charged with harassment in the suicide of a 15-year-old.

"Adults can have better control if they know what to ask a child and how to ask it," said Barbara Coloroso, who has written best-sellers on parenting and how to have a healthier schooling experience.

Phoebe Prince hanged herself in her family's second-floor apartment in South Hadley in northwest Massachusetts in January, Northwestern District Attorney Elizabeth D. Scheibel said. The teen had endured three months of threatening text messages, her image was scratched out of photos, and books were knocked out of her arms.

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  1. Denise

    It's sad that kids in school have to go this far to prove nothing. I was lucky that none of my children were bullied in school but I know it happens. Hopefully school officials all over the country can take this horrible tragedy and prevent it from happening in their own schools.

    April 22, 2010 at 5:00 pm |