Whether you live in a densely populated city or you reside in the most rural countryside and you home school, if your kids have access to the Internet, they can be victimized by cyberbylling. The National Crime Prevention Council reports that 43 percent of teens reported that they have been bullied online. That’s quite an alarming statistic, and one that should make parents take a closer look at this newfound form of bullying.
Teensafe, together with Schools TV and the Shirley Ann Sullivan Educational Foundation, has put together The Digital Avengers Cyerbullying Campaign,an awareness campaign that aims to educate parents and their children about cyberbullying. The campaign defines cyberbullying, explains how kids are bullied via technology, highlights the effects of this form of bullying, and provides ideas and information that parents and kids can use to fight back against this growing epidemic. The campaign provides parents with resources that they can use to teach their children how to be empathetic and how to protect their peers from being victims of cyberbullying.Here is a look at some of the talking points suggested by The Digital Avengers campaign that parents can use with their children to prevent them from falling to pressure and becoming bullies.
Always Think Before Posting: From photos to comments, parents should teach their kids that certain are not acceptable to share.
How Would You Feel?: Parents should also ask their children to think about how they would feel if they were the ones who were being bullied.
Be Open and Honest: Kids should be made to feel safe to come to their parents if they are ever in a situation where they are being cyberbullied. Sadly, only 1 in 10 children tell an adult when they are being abused.
Retain Evidence: Parents should tell their kids that if they are ever bullied, they should save any evidence. Keeping records of photos, emails, text messages or any other type of evidence that will allow them to confront the bully and people of authority.
We Want to Hear From You!: What methods are you using to keep your kids safe from cyberbullying? Please share with us!