Know who your child is talking to and who is trying to talk to them. The more information you have about their interactions online, the better equipped you will be to interfere if anything dangerous should happen.
Arlington, VA (PRWEB) October 26, 2012
According to The New York Times, bullied---physically and via the internet--teen Felicia Garcia jumped in front of a train and ended her life. She was just one of a few unfortunate teens who have taken their lives recently because of alleged relentless cyberbullying.
In light of this recent news, uKnow.com, makers of the online child safety product uKnowKids, wants to offer cyberbullying resources and tips to residents Staten Island New York, New York and surrounding areas so parents can better protect their children from cyberbullying incidents like this one.
uKnowKids recently released an eBook entitled “10 Essential Things Parents Need to Know About Cyberbullying” that will be extremely helpful for all parents that can be found here: http://info.uknowkids.com/10-essential-things-every-parent-needs-to-know-about-cyberbullying.
There are also multiple infographics, blog posts and tip sheets listed on its website about cyberbullying statistics and prevention: http://www.uknowkids.com/parenting-resources/overview/
uKnowKids has also put together a cyberbullying resources page for Totten High School that can be found at http://schools.uknowkids.com/cyberbullying-resources-for-tottenville-high-school-richmond-ny/.
This page includes tip sheets that will be very helpful for parents and residents in Staten Island and surrounding areas. uKnow.com wants to make sure that the community of Staten Island and New York City can keep young students safe and prevent another incident like this from happening --- with education comes prevention.
uKnow.com’s own founder’s son had a scary incident stemming from an online encounter. Since that time, Tim Woda has made it his mission to educate himself about internet safety and spread the lessons he learned to as many parents as he could. He feels strongly that every parent should be aware of their child’s online and mobile activities so stories like Felicia’s never have to happen again.
Tim has provided these cyberbullying safety tips for parents in Staten Island, NY.
- Understand the technology that your child is using. Be familiar with all the functions of the sites your child is using including social networks, gaming systems, mobile phones, chat sites, etc. Some of these could have messaging and photo-sharing options that you might not even be aware of.
Be a vigilant parent. Know who your child is talking to and who is trying to talk to them. The more information you have about their interactions online, the better equipped you will be to interfere if anything dangerous should happen. Parental monitoring systems such as uKnowKids are a great way to help out with this task if you think it is too overwhelming.
- Know all of your child’s passwords. No exceptions.
- Communicate house rules. Before your child is allowed a phone or device with internet connection, he or she should be well-aware of any pre established house rules. Discuss your expectations for online behavior and the consequences for failing to meet those expectations, but also discuss the potential legal and social repercussions of actions online, such as sending images or cyberbullying.
- Look for warning signs. If your child is a victim of cyberbullying, the signs are there. Look to see if they are shying away from the computer and phone, if they are alienating themselves from friends or if they are suddenly acting depressed. Felicia had posted depressing messages on Instagram and social media sites as a cry for help. On the flip side, your child should exhibit a change in behavior if they have started to become a bully online.
There are lessons that every parent and child need to learn from Felicia’s heartbreaking story, and Tim and his family know about them firsthand. Tim is open to speaking more about his story and the lessons he learned so parents will take notice and keep their children safe online. If you are interested in speaking with Tim or want more information about cyberbullying tips, email Callie at charris(at)uknow(dot)com.
Founded in 2009 and headquartered in Arlington, VA., uKnow.com is the only company that offers a parental intelligence system available for both private-label and consumer use. uKnow.com powers the world’s leading Parental Intelligence Systems by working to help educate parents and protect vulnerable loved ones from internet dangers, including child predators, sexting, and cyberbullying. The company’s technology provides parents with a bird’s eye view of what is going on in their child’s social and digital worlds and arms them with unique tools to protect the safety and privacy of their kids. You can find uKnow.com on Twitternat twitter.com/uKnow_com, on Facebook at facebook.com/uKnow.com, and on the company parenting blog http://www.uknowkids.com/blog.