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.
Arlington,VA (PRWEB) November 21, 2012
According to the Portland Press Herald, a 15-year-old cyberbullied teen in Veazie, Maine was subject to extremely cruel words from a female student who allegedly used to attend her high school and who thought she was flirting with her boyfriend. Police Sergeant Keith Emergy says the harassment was the most "violent, disgusting and vulgar" he's seen in 24 years as an officer.
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 of Veazie, Maine 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 in this community.
There are also multiple infographics, blog posts and tip sheets listed on its special cyberbulling prevention website in the resources section about cyberbullying statistics and prevention:
uKnow.com wants to make sure that the community of Veazie 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 this never have to happen again.
Tim has provided these cyberbullying safety tips for parents in Veazie, Maine.
- 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. 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 this 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.
Headquartered in Arlington, VA, uKnow.com makes parenting easier and keeps kids safer online and on the mobile phone. uKnow.com powers the world's leading Parental Intelligence Systems including uKnowKids.com, SocialFirefly.com, aBeanstalk.com, SafeCyberKids.com, MySocialScout.net, P911Safety.com and others. For more information visit http://www.uknow.com