Pandora Corp. Encourages Parents To Brush Up On Local Cyberbullying Laws

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As states continue to battle cyberbullying on the legislative front, and schools wrestle with updating policies in the education arena, Pandora Corp. co-founder Jamie Leasure urges parents to fight cyberbullying inside their own homes.

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Parents need to be proactive about cyberbullying and make sure their child is not a bully... In some situations, PC Pandora will reveal that a child is the aggressor or a participant in the bullying of others.

In recent months, many states have worked hard to update their anti-bullying legislation to include cyberbullying. During these “dog days of summer” when kids are online more, Pandora Corp. is urging parents to brush up on their local laws and combat cyberbullying inside their home by talking to their children about consequences of online tormenting.

In the past few months, many states have updated existing anti-bullying laws to include various forms of cyberbullying: In Rhode Island, a law passed that will create a single statewide policy on how to deal with cyberbullying in schools, as well as how to notify parents when an incident occurs. In Virginia, an existing law was updated with a provision that makes cyberbullying through “texting” an official Class 1 misdemeanor. In Tennessee, a controversial law was passed that makes it a punishable crime to post online messages or content meant to “frighten, intimidate or cause emotional distress” to another person; a second bill gives schools the right to punish cyberbullies.

At the same time, other states continue to work towards a solution: In June, a bill in Connecticut was introduced that would expand existing anti-bullying laws to include bullying through social networks and websites and cell phones. In Ohio this summer, house representatives and senators are pushing bills through committees that will force schools to have clear-cut policies that address and deal with cyberbullying.

Leasure says the changing laws around the country should not be taken lightly by parents for two reasons:

“For starters, if your child is a victim, you should know what laws may help you resolve the situation,” he explains. “On the other hand, it’s a good idea to know what consequences may be awaiting your child if they are caught bullying others.”

Leasure notes the best way to keep your children out of the cyberbullying path is to monitor their activity and have a zero-tolerance policy inside your own home for any aggressive behavior towards others.

“Cyberbullying thrives on anonymity,” explains Leasure. “Bullies are able to torment their victims behind a cloak of anonymity both online and insider their own home. Cyberbullying will simply never stop until the parents of the bullies know what their children are doing online, and care enough to step in and stop it. As states revisit their laws and make amendments, there will be more legal repercussions if parents continue to ignore the epidemic.”

Pandora Corp. is the maker of PC Pandora computer monitoring software. Like a DVR for your TV, PC Pandora records everything and anything on your PC, allowing parents to see everything their child is doing both off and online. Parents can see screenshots of all activity, plus text-based logs of all emails sent and received, instant messenger conversations, social network chats and posts, websites visited and much more. Whatever a child does on the computer, good or bad, PC Pandora will show their parents everything.

According to Leasure, PC Pandora can help end the cyberbullying epidemic by showing parents exactly what their kids are doing online, and how they are interacting with others. If a child is being bullied, the parents will have records and information they can use to help put an end to the situation before it gets worse. But the program will also work on the flip-side, when a parent has a bully in their house.

“In some situations, PC Pandora will reveal that a child is the aggressor or a participant in the bullying of others,” explains Leasure. “If that is the case, parents will have the information needed to sit down and talk to their child. They can put an end to the behavior before schools or law enforcement get involved.”

Leasure states that with laws and culture changing, bullies and parents should know that aggressive behavior is not going to be tolerated anymore.

“Parents need to be proactive about cyberbullying and make sure their child is not a bully,” he says. “Just as much as parents should be concerned when their child is a victim, they should take steps to make certain their child is not an aggressor in any way. Schools are updating policies, and legislators are updating and adding new laws that can make something your child thinks is ‘just a joke’ into an incident that can remain with them for years. No one needs that – just like no one needs bullying.”

It is essential for all parents to monitor their children’s activity and behavior on the Internet just as they would in real life. Fortunately, tools like PC Pandora make it easy. For more information and a free trial of PC Pandora, visit http://pcpandora.com.

About PC Pandora: Pandora Corporation was formed with one goal – to help our customers monitor, control and protect their families and themselves online. First released in mid 2005, PC Pandora has been constantly upgraded to industry-leading specifications and has received accolades from users, reviewers and even school districts and law enforcement agencies, who use the program to help in the day-to-day supervision of the children and citizens they are charged with protecting. The company website devotes space to helping parents by providing them with 18 Tips to Safe Surfing and Pandora’s Blog, where current news in the world of online safety is discussed regularly. In addition, the Pandora Corp. has made the PD Pandora Internet Safety Symposium available to schools and law enforcement as a free resource for spreading internet safety awareness to parents. Over the past few years, PC Pandora has vaulted into a leadership position for parental control software by boasting a combination of features that are unparalleled in the monitoring industry. In 2010, Version 6.0 was released, again widening the spectrum of coverage and protection offered by the program. Concurrently released with 6.0, the web-based PC Pandora LIVE! service affords parents the ability to keep their kids safe from anywhere at anytime. PC Pandora is also now available through the Pandora Corp. store at Amazon.com.

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