Help Stop Online Bullying This Month

Were you bullied as a child? Even if you weren't, you've likely seen someone being bullied at some point.Can you imagine how much worse it would be if you could never escape it? "Online" gets kids at their homes as well. And it spreads the bully's taunts rapidly among social circles, making like for the bullied child just unimaginably difficult. Seriously - ask a cyber-bullied kid.This month, we should all be taking a stand against it and actively participating in National Bullying Prevention Month. Will you join us?

Were you bullied as a child? Even if you weren’t, you’ve likely seen someone being bullied at some point.

Can you imagine how much worse it would be if you could never escape it? “Online” gets kids at their homes as well. And it spreads the bully’s taunts rapidly among social circles, making like for the bullied child just unimaginably difficult. Seriously – ask a cyber-bullied kid.

This month, we should all be taking a stand against it and actively participating in National Bullying Prevention Month. Will you join us?

The folks at Secure.me, a firm that specializes in “24/7 protection of your online life,” has some tips around what you can do to help your children, excerpted below:

  • Foster media literacy. Help them understand that once something is posted, even if they hit “delete” most sites still store the post (so it CAN be found) – and besides that, online participants are VERY quick about taking screenshots and that can be just as damning.
  • Explain dangers of sharing too much information online. It not only exposes them to ridicule, but to stalkers. They’re not an urban myth, kids need to be vigilant and so do parents.
  • Educate about teasing. Children may think it’s harmless fun because THEY haven’t been in the other child’s shoes. Discuss real world consequences for these actions (and make their consequences for not complying clear).
  • Monitor your children’s activities: If you don’t know what your child is doing online, you should. They’re less likely to get in trouble online if they know that you know what’s going on.

Do you have tips to add to this list? Check out Secure.me’s website for more great tips on how to protect yourself – and your children – online.

(Bully image from Shutterstock)