A special workshop brought children and their parents to a Seattle Martial Arts Studio on Saturday morning. While the venue often focuses on physical development Coach Sonia Sillan says when it comes to bullying, the emphasis needs to be on mental development.
"Who can tell me what confidence is?" Sillan asked the group. “The one thing I talk about a lot is believing in yourself.”
She wants these kids to feel empowered to speak out.
“If you feel like you're being threatened or if you feel like you're not safe it's OK to use your voice," Sillan told the group.
Kaylene Saecho just started middle school and said the workshop gave her new confidence.
“I don't need to be scared of anything because I can protect myself and other people who get bullied," Saecho explained.
With rising awareness about the problems of bullying in school and the rise in the suicide rate among young people, parents say it's an important discussion to have with their children.
Michael Fletcher brought his daughter.
“She's getting the mental aspect now instead of having deal with it on the playground,” he said.
Sillan says she has researched the topic and hopes these children walk away with important skills.
“If I can spread a little more awareness, a little more knowledge; it might save somebody's life.”
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