Many of you emailed me regarding last week article on cyber-bullying as to what you can do as parents. You can start by talking to your kids about the issue and teaching them the rules below, which will help prevent cyber-bullying from happening to them or someone they know.
One of the biggest challenges that parents have nowadays is that this is also happening on your child iPhone, iPad or other portable device. So it’s not just the computer anymore that you have to check.
Since cyber-bullying takes place at home or on their phones, it’s important that parents know about cyber-bullying and that they get involved in preventing it. Just like parents help their kids avoid inappropriate websites, they can protect kids from cyber-bullying
If you would like brochures on cyber-bullying or Internet Safety, please contact our office or email me. You can also contact the National Crime Prevention Council at: www.ncpc.org or Connect with Kids at websource.connectwithkids.com. They have wonderful resources on the subject. You can also visit www.NetSmartzKids.org is an interactive, educational program of the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children that we partner with thru our Youth Crime Watch program in the schools. Parents, you have many excellent resources. Please use them!
You need to check those computers, their phones or iPads. Be a “nosy” parent. I know it’s not easy but working with schools police, teachers and administrators can help you as a parent as well as your child. Most important is your open communication with your child.