Our country has been tragically awakened to and been confronted with a rash of teenage suicides, all pointing to endless, fierce bullying as the driving force and reason for the act
Las Vegas, NV (Vocus) November 10, 2010
Cyberbullying has taken center stage once again, following two more bullying-related suicides in the past few weeks. At the end of October, 17-year-old Jesse Buchsbaum in Pennsylvania took his own life after enduring the torments of multiple bullies; the following week, 16-year-old Cassidy Joy Andel in North Dakota took her life for the same reasons: the relentless tormenting of bullies both in school and through electronic communications.
Now the topic is sparking town and school meetings across the country, and has even been addresses in a recent episode of Fox’s Glee.
“Our country has been tragically awakened to and been confronted with a rash of teenage suicides, all pointing to endless, fierce bullying as the driving force and reason for the act,” states Pandora Corp. co-founder Jamie Leasure. “We need to make 2011 the year we change things around and put an end to the bullying.”
Cyberbullying is the epidemic that parents and educators must immediately focus on. While advocacy groups and experts are calling for and suggesting solutions, Leasure says the success of halting this global problem hinges almost entirely on parents; the problem is here to stay until parents of the bullies take action.
“Cyberbullying thrives on anonymity,” he explains. “Not only are the bullies anonymous online, but they are working in secret in their own homes. Cyberbullying won’t stop until that parents of the bullies are aware of what their children are doing online, and care enough to step in and stop it.”
Pandora Corp. is the maker of PC Pandora 6.1 computer monitoring software. Much like the DVR on your TV, PC Pandora records everything and anything on your PC. The software makes it possible for parents to view screenshots of everything their child does on the computer and view all emails sent and received, instant messenger conversations, social networking chats and posts, websites visited and much more. Whatever a child does online, good or bad, PC Pandora will show their parents everything.
PC Pandora wants to help end the cyberbullying epidemic. Because the program lets parents know exactly what their young surfers are doing online, parents will see first-hand 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 Leasure notes it will also work on the flip-side, when a parent has a bully in their house.
“In some situations, PC Pandora might 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.”
Several news stories have covered teens being arrested and charged in cyberbullying incidents. For example, three teenage girls are being charged with cyberbullying that resulted in the suicide of Phoebe Prince in Massachusetts earlier this year. And just recently, in early November, six teenage boys were arrested and are being charged with bullying a fellow student in Texas- though fortunately, no deaths resulted. Leasure says the lesson to bullies here is that if you are found, you will be held accountable; the message to parents: make sure your child is not a bully.
“Parents must be aware of what their child is doing online and what is happening in their digital lives,” 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 and law enforcement are pushing no tolerance policies that can make something your child thinks is ‘just a joke’ into an incident that can remain with a child 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 6.1, 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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