How can parents and kids can prevent cyber bullying?
Be Aware of What Your Kids are Doing Online.
Talk with your kids about cyber bullying and other online issues regularly.
Know the sites your kids visit and their online activities.
Ask where they’re going, what they’re doing, and who they’re doing it with.
Also, stress maintaining privacy especially when it comes to cell phone numbers, texting activities, Face-book, Twitting, Instagrams, UTube and more.
Installing parental control filtering software or monitoring programs are one option for monitoring your child’s online behavior.
Have a sense of what they do online and in texts. Learn about the sites they like. Try out the devices they use. Ask for their passwords, but tell them you’ll only use them in case of emergency.
Establish Rules about Technology Use
Establish rules about appropriate use of computers, cell phones, and other technology. For example, be clear about what sites they can visit and what they are permitted to do when they’re online. Show them how to be safe online.
Help them be smart about what they post or say. Tell them not to share anything that could hurt or embarrass themselves or others. Once something is posted, it is out of their control whether someone else will forward it.
Encourage kids to think about who they want to see the information and pictures they post online. Should complete strangers see it? Real friends only? Friends of friends? Think about how people who aren’t friends could use it. Tell kids to keep their passwords safe and not share them with friends. Sharing passwords can compromise their control over their online identities and activities.
Cyber bullying is a national disgrace; it usually affects school age children bullying other children. This behavior often starts or takes place in elementary to high schools and soon spreads to the home or the streets. Cyber bullying can lead to serious emotional problems, even death of the victims.
For information call: James Bartel – 702-739-6430.