Parents of kids who like to surf on the Internet might be able to breathe a little easier. The popular children’s television network Nickelodeon is raising its voice to educate kids on digital bullying. Nick, the popular TV network for kids ages 2 to 14, began an on-air public service campaign today. The campaign features some of its stars offering advice on what kids can do when confronted with hostile texts, emails or Facebook posts.
One example I like features Ashley Argota of “True Jackson, VP” and Gage Golightly of “The Troop” suggests signing off the computer and don’t reply to a hostile messenger. They also suggest blocking bullies from access and make a copy of the message to show to an adult you trust.
“It’s not tattle-telling,” Golightly says. “It’s standing up for yourself.”
Cyberbullying has received national attention when President Barack Obama held a White House conference on bullying earlier this month. Nick is teaming up with the advocacy group Common Sense Media, which has also worked with Disney Channel and MTV raising the awareness about the issue.
Miranda Cosgrove and Nathan Kress of Nick’s “ICarly” are also participating in the campaign, which will last for two years.
According to a coordinated survey by The Associated Press and MTV, half of the young people ages 14-24 surveyed said they had been the victim of cyberbullying.
Nick has a web page devoted to parents who want to learn about the issue and hosts a discussion board as well.