PEORIA, Ill. -- Parents and their kids took time out of their Saturday to learn more about how to stand up to bullies.
The Center for the Prevention of Abuse held a rally on Saturday encouraging kids to "be a buddy, not a bully."
Prevention educators talked to kids about how to be kind to others and reach out to those who may be getting picked on.
Parents even got involved, dancing and singing songs about standing up to bullies.
Prevention educator Brad Creighton says the rally encourages kids to stand up and make a choice.
"To make the choice to stand up and be someone's friend. Maybe someone they don't normally talk to our maybe someone that looks like their getting picked on. Studies have shown that if you stand up for people and the bystanders get involved that's when bullying is really going to stop," Creighton said.
Creighton says unfortunately bullying is a problem that is on the rise and the only way to stop it is to bring awareness to the younger generation.