TYLER - Saturday's bullying conference in Tyler, "The bully, the bullied and the bystander" featured noted author and speaker Barbara Coloroso.
Her goal was to inform and educate about what bullying is and what it isn't.
"It begins about age 5 with little girls feeling it's ok to exclude other little girls and works all the way up to the point where we have young people killing themselves cause they can't take it anymore," Coloroso said.
Coloroso considers bullying to be inflicting pain on another and taking pleasure in that pain.
It's an age-old problem, but bullying has recently gotten a technological face-lift.
"Internet and cell phones, cyber bullying, that has such a tremendous impact. It used to be years ago, I could go home and get away from the targeting but now our young people are facing it 24/7," Coloroso said.
She says stopping the cycle of bullying is a community job. Neither parents or schools can do it alone.
...And Missy Adams , the parent of a 5-year-old wants to stop that cycle.
"We always say 'Oh no, not in my backyard, it's not going to happen here, its not going to happen to my child' but that's a very innocent response and I don't want to be an innocent parent. I want to be assertive and I want to give my child the tools that they need," Adams said.
Today's conference was put on by the Parent Services Center, a non-profit agency in Tyler. Click here to visit their website.