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PSU Students hold first Keep Children First event

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In a world where bullying cases are common in the headlines, a social work project by two Pittsburg State University students could make a difference. 

Kristyn Stettler and Marcie Ryan are studying a social issue:  the lack of parent interaction.

The students then  held the first ever Keep Children First event in Parsons Kansas.

"Self-esteem and also their academics tend to suffer whenever their parents don't interact with them,." says Marcie Ryan. 

The social work students say without that relationship with adults, children are more likely to become bullies or a victim of bullying. 

"Statistics have shown a lot of bullies don't have a good parent support behind them ," says Ryan. 

Catherine Henderson attended the event with her grandchildren and says she believes interaction will help her grandchildren in the future. 

"I think it's good for them to learn social skills and interacting with other people they don't normally see all the time," said Henderson. 

"I want them [families] to be excited and be willing to have fun with their children and see that there are people out there that care," says Ryan. 

Their study found, words that belittle a child could permanently harm future relationships, and parent child interaction can influence behavior patterns, emotional development, and even physical growth.  

Ryan says, "There are some people that aren't the lovey type of people but its important to show the child even if it's a hug, a kiss, a pat on the back, a hand up when they've fallen. That shows them that they are important and there's somebody behind them all the way." 

The best advice students give is to be patient and add structure to your child's life. 

 

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