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CHICAGO - The American Academy of Pediatrics wants doctors to take an active role in preventing bullying in schools and violence among dating teenagers.
The academy gives doctors tips for doing that in an updated policy being published in the July issue of its journal, Pediatrics.
Doctors should tell parents to talk to their children about bullying, teach children how to resolve conflicts and promote respectful relationships in dating, the policy says. It also suggests doctors volunteer to talk about the topics at schools, churches and youth organizations.
The doctors' group has published educational materials on bullying and dating before, but this is the first time the policy has addressed the issues in detail.