uKnowKids Provides Cyberbullying Tips and Resources for South Carolina in Light of Possible New Cyberbullying Law

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With news of a House panel planning to discuss a bill today that would make cyberbullying against children a crime in South Carolina, uKnowKids and Tim Woda provide cyberbullying safety tips for parents in South Carolina.

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.

The South Carolina proposal being discussed today outlaws several ways children can be harassed online, including sending them intimidating emails, posting their private information or photos on the Internet and signing them up for pornographic emails. The bill also would prohibit creating a fake online profile to harass a child.

Tim Woda, co-founder of uKnowKids, has provided these tips to help parents prevent their children from becoming a victim of cyberbullying or potentially engaging in cyberbullying themselves.

----Understand the technology that your child is using. Be familiar with 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.

In addition to tips, uKnowKids recently released an eBook entitled “10 Essential Things Parents Need to Know About Cyberbullying” that will be extremely helpful for all parents. There are also multiple infographics, blog posts and tip sheets listed on uKnowKids’ cyberbullying prevention website.

Tim’s son had a scary incident stemming from an online encounter with a child predator. Since that time, Tim 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 his never have to happen again.

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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

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