Cyberbullying Defense and Protection Tips -
"Cyberbullying" is when a child, preteen or teen is tormented, threatened, harassed, humiliated, embarrassed or otherwise targeted by another child, preteen or teen using the Internet, interactive and digital technologies or mobile phones.
- Discuss the repercussions, consequences (even unintended) and safety issues about media, computer, phone texting and other app use prior to ever being allowed to use it. Parents, keep in mind that although you may not allow your children a phone or monitor online activity, they will have access to it through friends and other sources. Better trained and prepared for what can happen rather than operate under the assumption that they do not have access.
- Think twice before you post. If it cannot be forwarded, then it should not be posted. Just think of everything online or by phone as public and shared. Consider also how embarrassing it might be used or manipulated to hurt others.
- Keep passwords secret from other kids and change them often. Parents should always have children's passwords as a matter of practical safety for themselves and others.
- Consider whom might see your online posts or messages. Strangers? Friends of friends? Understand and maximize privacy settings to add an additional layer of security.
- Parents must be kept in the loop. Media and online time are privileges that come with serious safety considerations. Kids, remember that your parents care about you and want to keep you safe. Parents, remember to nurture your child's trust by having open communication about tough issues.
- When in doubt - don't.
- Talk to an adult about any messages that make you feel upset or you might be concerned about. If it is abuse, harassment, rude or cyber bullying, report it immediately.
Don't write it, participate in in, and do not forward it. Be the hero.