If your child is a victim of cyberbullying, the signs are there. Look to see if he is shying away from the computer and phone, if he is alienating himself from friends or if he is suddenly acting depressed.
Arlington, VA (PRWEB) May 23, 2013
According to NYDailyNews.com, a 12-year-old Queens girl hanged herself at home after being a victim of cyberbullying by her peers at school. The Parental Intelligence System uKnowKids and Internet and mobile phone safety expert Tim Woda want to offer cyberbullying resources and tips to New York City and surrounding areas so parents can better protect their children from terrible incidents like this.
Tim has provided these cyberbullying safety tips for parents in New York:
1) 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.
2) 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.
3) Know all of your child’s passwords. No exceptions.
4) 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.
5) 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 this never have to happen again.
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