Cyber-bullying is the act of bullying online. The actual behavior isn’t different from school-yard bullying, but the different medium makes the consequences far more severe.
So Your Child NEEDS a Smart Phone... Here's a Possible Solution (Plus: Your Questions Answered!)
Has your child asked you to buy them a cell phone?
Are you concerned about what your child will do with a smartphone?
We all know as parents that at some point in time, we have to trust our children. The average age of children getting their first cellular phone is now 8 years old. Our children are more tech-savvy than most adults, and that is a scary thought. We are giving a phone to a child who may be able to outsmart us and get around programs we put in place to ensure their safety. The content that a child can access on a smart phone today is astounding. So how can we, as parents, feel comfortable handing our child their own smart phone?
How much privacy do we give our children when it comes to their online use? Are we telling them we don’t trust them when we install monitoring software or insist the computer must be in a public place? Is it okay to spy on my child without them knowing it?
It was 2004 when I saw the surge in young people flack to the Internet. Promises of new friendships, games, and a constant stream of information enticed even the most innocent of users, leaving the onus of teaching our children about online use to peers and unprepared parents. It wasn’t our fault! This bullet train ran over even those of us who consider ourselves to be tech-savvy. It’s so hard to parent in a world we ourselves weren’t parented… We don’t know what questions to ask or what dangers our children may be facing.
Rebecca Ann Sedwick
Her story, the aftermath, and teen culture. Read the full story, then take a moment to come back to the site to learn HOW to talk to your children about bullying so they learn to stand up for themselves and others! How to Prevent Cyber-bullying:
Are they over-connected and over-sexed? Is it Social Media causing a relational demise? Take a look and you tell me!
Lori Getz, M.A.
Lori is a mother, educator and Internet Safety advocate. She talks to families about healthy relationships with technology!