Teen Internet Safety
This link is a great resource for understanding internet safety and prevention of cyberbullying. Check it out! TEEN INTERNET SAFETY
Parents can help stop cyberbullying. You can start by talking to kids about the issue and teaching them the rules below that will help prevent cyberbullying from happening to them or someone they know.
What Kids Need to Know:
~ Never give out personal information online, whether in instant
message profiles, chat rooms, blogs, or personal websites.
~ Never tell anyone but your parents your password, even friends.
~ If someone sends a mean or threatening message, don't respond.
Save it or print it out and show it to an adult.
~ Never open emails from someone you don't know or form someone
you know is a bully.
~ Don't put anything online that you wouldn't want your classmates
to see, even in email.
~ Don't send messages when you're angry. Before clicking "send",
ask yourself how you would feel if you received the message.
~ Help kids who are bullied online by not joining in and showing
bullying messages to an adult.
~ Alway be as polite online as you are in person.
Since most cyberbullying takes place at home, it's important that parents know about cyberbullying and that they get involved in preventing it. Just like parents help their kids avoid inappropriate websites, they can protect them from cyberbullying.
What Parents Can Do:
~ Keep your home computer in a busy area of your house.
~ Set up email and chat accounts with your children. Make sure that
you know their screen names and passwords and that they don't
include any personal information in their online profiles.
~ Regularly go over their instant messenger "buddy list" with them.
Ask who each person is and how your child(ren) know him or her.
~ Print lists of commonly used acronyms in instant messenger from
Net Lingo.com and the National Center for Missing and Exploited
Children and post it by your computer.
~ Discuss cyberbullying with your chlidren and ask if they have ever
experienced it or seen it happen to someone.
~ Tell your children that you won't blame them if they are
cyberbullied. Emphasize that you won't take away their computer
privileges - this is the main reason kids don't tell adults when they