The internet has a vast amount of information right at our fingertips, however is all the information we find there accurate?
Cyberbullying: The information superhighway has no caution signs or speed limits posted and our students are moving at full speed. But there are problems. One of the more destructive problems is the cyberbully – which is anyone who repeatedly misuses technology to harass, intimidate, bully or terrorize another person. Children are using the anonymity of the Internet and text messaging through a cell phone to harass other children, spread cruel rumors, and sometimes even threaten physical harm. The worst thing is that it can happen anywhere, anytime. The same technology that has brought so many benefits is also bringing pain to many children, while allowing others to brutalize their peers without the chance of getting caught. Instant messaging (IM’s), chat areas, face book, and texting are the biggest problem.
When making a decision about younger children's computer use, think about what it will be like 10 years down the road. It is easy to put a computer in a young child’s room with educational software on it and no internet access. When that same child is 13, and the internet has been added it will be more difficult to intervene. Parent/Guardians need to talk to their children about safety and bullying on the internet. Supervising internet use is a start.
- Is the computer your kids use in a high traffic area?
- Encourage children to report if bullying occurs.
With older children it will be difficult, especially with texting and instant messages.
- Encourage them not to respond, remind them that screen names may be falsely created
- Experts recommend that people keep online friendships in the virtual world. Meeting online friends face-to-face carries more risks than other types of friendships because it's so easy for young people to pretend to be something or someone they're not when you can't see them or talk in person.
Guiding your child’s experience through cyberspace won’t be easy because it is a world that is far different from anything that many of us have experienced. There are many positive opportunities, but there are also negative opportunities that can cause great harm. We need to protect our children from those dangers.
- What kind of digital legacy will your children leave?
- What kind of digital legacy are you leaving?
If you are interested in internet privacy and safety, here is a guide to many of the new and proposed laws regarding privacy in the United States (01-01-14). The Legislation of Privacy: New Laws That Will Change Your Life (PDF).
Cyberbullying Research Center (http://cyberbullying.us/) The Cyberbullying Research Center is dedicated to providing up-to-date information about the nature, extent, causes, and consequences of cyberbullying among adolescents. Cyberbullying can be defined as "willful and repeated harm inflicted through the use of computers, cell phones, and other electronic devices."
Stop Cyberbullying (http://stopcyberbullying.org/) what is it? - how it works - why cyberbully? - prevention - take action - what's the law?
SafeKids.com - (http://www.safekids.com/) Offers Safety Advice & Tools: A Parents' Guide to Facebook, Facebook privacy tools, Family Contract for Online Safety, Guidelines for Parents of Pre-teens, Guidelines for Parents of Teens, Resources for Youth in Crisis, When schools can discipline off-campus behavior and Cyberbullying Tips.
Social Media Safety - "Social media is all the rage today among teenagers and older adults as well. For many people, the bulk of their daily communications is done via platforms such as Facebook and Twitter. Social media has truly revolutionized the way we communicate, enabling multiple users to instantly get in touch with each other regardless of distance or time zones. We have started to connect with each other in new ways. Compared to older times when one would have to wait months for a single letter, today users keep in touch on a micro level. They get to know what their friends and family are doing on a daily basis. In this way, people on opposite sides of the world can maintain close bonds despite not being able to see each other face to face." (~ Barbara Hayes, retired educator)
This page offers links to other web sites on the following topics:
Online Safety and Privacy - General Info
- Test Your Internet Safety Knowledge (http://www.internetsafety101.org/quiz/)
- An Introduction to Social Networking (http://www.internetsafety101.org/safety101.htm)
- A Guide to Navigating Social Media Platforms Safely (http://www.microsoft.com/security/online-privacy/social-networking.aspx)
- Social Networking Safety and Risks (http://www.safefamilies.org/socialnetworking.php)
- Tip-Sheets on Safe Social Networking (http://www.staysafeonline.org/stay-safe-online/resources/)
- Security Implications of Social Media Platforms (http://www.us-cert.gov/cas/tips/ST06-003.html)
- Is Social Media Really Safe for Kids? (http://www.attorneygeneral.gov/consumers.aspx?id=1520)
- An Introduction to Cyberbullying (http://www.netsmartz.org/Cyberbullying)
- Understand What Cyberbullying Entails and Other Resources(http://kidshealth.org/parent/positive/talk/cyberbullying.html)
- Tips and Resources on Cyberbullying (http://www.stopbullying.gov/cyberbullying/index.html)
- Stop Cyberbullying Before it Starts (http://www.ncpc.org/resources/files/pdf/bullying/cyberbullying.pdf)
- Cyberbullying and the Law in All States (http://www.cyberbullying.us/Bullying_and_Cyberbullying_Laws.pdf)
- Separating Myths and Realities of Online Predators (http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/kidsonline/safe/predator.html)
- Learn to Recognize Warning Signs of Online Risks (http://www.attorneygeneral.gov/uploadedfiles/crime/cybersafety.pdf)
- How to Spot an Online Predator (http://www.safesurfingkids.com/predators.htm)
Social Media and Online Privacy - Info for Students
- Kids and Socializing Online (http://www.onguardonline.gov/articles/0012-kids-and-socializing-online)
- Social Networking Privacy: How to be Safe, Secure and Social (https://www.privacyrights.org/social-networking-privacy)
- Professional Image and Social Networking (http://www.soa.utexas.edu/files/careerservices/SafeSocialNetworkingStudents.pdf)
- How Social Media Can Interfere With Professionalism (http://iml.jou.ufl.edu/projects/fall07/Acosta/professionalissues.html)
- Preventing and Stopping Cyberbullying (http://www.ncpc.org/cyberbullying)
- Cyberbullying on Social Media Platforms (http://www.childline.org.uk/Explore/Bullying/Pages/online-bullying.aspx)
Social Media, Online Privacy, and Predators - Info for Parents
- A Parent’s Guide to Online Privacy for Kids (http://www.privacyrights.org/fs/fs21-children.htm)
- How to Manage Children's Online Privacy (http://www.commonsensemedia.org/advice-for-parents/protecting-personal-privacy-online)
- Internet Safety Information for Parents (http://www.fbi.gov/stats-services/publications/parent-guide)
- Evaluate Social Networks Before Kids Sign Up (http://www.digizen.org/socialnetworking/evaluating-sns.aspx)
- Helping Kids to Stay Safe Online (http://www.microsoft.com/security/family-safety/kids-social.aspx)
- Online Safety Advice for Parents of Elementary Students (https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents/Primary/)
- Advice for Parents on Discussing Online Safety with Kids (http://www.dhs.gov/xlibrary/assets/stc/stc-chatting-with-kids-accessible.pdf)
- What Parents Should Know About Online Predators (http://www.protectkids.com/dangers/onlinepred.htm)
- A Complete Guide to Cyberbullying (http://www.stopcyberbullying.org/parents/index.html)
- Cyber Safety Tips and Hints for Parents (http://www.cyber-safety.com/parents.html)
- How Can Parents Address Cyberbullying? (http://www.stopbullying.gov/prevention/index.html)
- Learn About a Mobile App Focused on Kids’ Safety (http://www.cmu.edu/homepage/health/2011/fall/beseen.shtml)
- Points for Parents to Discuss with Kids (https://doj.mt.gov/safeinyourspace/parents-steps/)
Social Media and Online Privacy - Info for Teachers
- Teaching Kids of All Ages About Online Privacy (http://kids.getnetwise.org/safetyguide/privacy/)
- Every Teacher’s Must-Have Guide To Facebook (http://www.edudemic.com/every-teachers-must-have-guide-to-facebook/)
- Social Networking TipsFor Teachers (http://www.educationworld.com/a_tech/tech/tech256.shtml)
- Facebook for Educators and Community Leaders Guide (http://www.isd623.org/pcs/documents/ffeclg.pdf)
Kids Matter Web Site of the Suburban Ramsey Family Collaborative (SRFC)
Kids Matter Parent Messages: Bullying (12-01-13) | Bullying (Spanish PDF) (12-01-13)
BullyingInfo.org - Bullying Prevention and Response (http://www.findyouthinfo.gov/topic_bullying.shtml) StopBullying.gov provides information from various government agencies on how kids, teens, young adults, parents, educators and others in the community can prevent or stop bullying.
PBSKids.org - What is Bullying? (http://pbskids.org/itsmylife/friends/bullies/)
How To Stop Bullying Blog (http://www.howtostopbullyingblog.info/) - SAFE International is Canada's leader in personal protection instruction. The mission of the blog is to inform and educate both youth and adults on "How To Stop Bullying" in both the school yard and workplace environment.
Day of Silence - April 20 (http://www.dayofsilence.org/) - The Day of Silence is the largest single student-led action towards creating safer schools for all, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression. During the Day of Silence, students may be taking a vow of silence for part or all of the day in order to show support for victims who have suffered harassment and bullying stemming from GLBT status.
National Bullying Prevention Month – October (http://www.pacer.org/bullying/nbpm/) Communities nationwide are urged to plan for National Bullying Prevention Month, held in October, and take an active role in the movement against bullying by using PACER resources. PACER created the campaign in 2006, when it was a one week event in October and in 2010 evolved to the entire month of October. During the event—and throughout the year—you are encouraged to use the creative resources there to engage, educate, and inspire others to join the movement.
Bullying at School and Online (http://www.education.com/topic/bullying/schoolbullying/) offers lots of information:
- 10 Actions to Take if Your Child’s Been Bullied
- 10 Actions to Take if Your Child’s Bullying Others
- Bullying 101: Get the Facts
- Bullying: An Age-old Problem That Needs New Solutions
- Cyberbullying - Facts About Cyberbullying and How to Help
- Young Kids and Bullying - Obliterate the 6 Types of Bullying
- Bullying and Prejudice - LGBTQ Bullying: How to Protect Our Kids
- Popularity, Social Status and Bullying - What to Do About the Mean Girls
Being Safe at School: Understanding Bullying is provided as a service by Esentia Systems Inc., a security camera distributor. "Many people go through their childhood years and are confronted by a bully at some point. Simply because this is a common occurrence certainly does not make it acceptable. While many parents might be tempted to brush it off, consider this: each day, around 160,000 students skip school due to fears of attacks from bullies. Bullying is a serious threat to children that affects them physically, mentally and emotionally."
This page offers links to other web sites on the following information:
- Statistics and Facts of Bullying (http://www.makebeatsnotbeatdowns.org/facts_new.html)
- A Kids’ Guide to Coping with Bullies (http://kidshealth.org/kid/feeling/emotion/bullies.html)
- How to Tell if Someone Is a Bully (http://pbskids.org/itsmylife/friends/bullies/article2.html)
- What Types of Children are Bullies? (http://www.kzoo.edu/psych/stop_bullying/for_kids/what_is_a_bully.html)
- Note the Signs of Bullying (http://raisingchildren.net.au/articles/bullying.html#spot)
- Signs of Bullying (http://www.prevnet.ca/bullying/signs)
- Ways you can protect yourself and others from bullying (http://girlshealth.gov/bullying/stopping/beingbullied.html)
- How Young Adults Can Get Help (http://www.stopbullying.gov/what-is-bullying/related-topics/young-adults/index.html)
- Bullying Information for Parents (PDF) (http://pubs.cas.psu/freepubs/pdfs/ui368.pdf)
- A Guide for Parents of Bullies or Bully Victims (http://www.apa.org/helpcenter/bullying.aspx)
- Bullying State Laws (http://www.bullypolice.org/)
- Tips for Kids on Dealing with Bullies (http://www.childline.org.uk/explore/bullying/pages/bullying.aspx)
- Bullying Facts for Parents (http://www.aacap.org/AACAP/Families_and_Youth/Facts_for_Families/Facts_for_Families_Pages/Bullying_80.aspx)
- Kids Can Also Bully Online (http://www.bullyingnoway.gov.au/)
VoiceNation Live (a Quality Answering Service)- A Call to Stop Bullying - (http://www.qualityansweringservice.com/resources/call-stop-bullying) This site contains a huge variety of resources including advice for kids, resources for students, resources for parents and teachers, and much more.
Tips for Teachers
No Name-Calling Week: http://www.glsen.org/nonamecallingweek - GLSEN's No Name-calling Week is January 19-23, 2015
Stop Bullying Now!: http://www.stopbullying.gov/kids/
Pacer Center's Kids Against Bullying: http://www.pacerkidsagainstbullying.org/
Operation Respect is a non-profit organization working to assure each child and youth a respectful, safe and compassionate climate of learning where their academic, social and emotional development can take place free of bullying, ridicule and violence. Founded by Peter Yarrow of the folk group Peter, Paul & Mary, the organization disseminates educational resources that are designed to establish a climate that reduces the emotional and physical cruelty some children inflict up on each other by behaviors such as ridicule, bullying and-in extreme cases-violence. Operation Respect disseminates the DLAM programs free of charge. More than 150,000 copies of the program have been distributed to educators since Operation Respect's inception. Peter Yarrow: anti-bullying curricula with song and video: http://www.operationrespect.org/curricula/
Committee for Children - A nonprofit working globally to prevent bullying, violence, and child abuse: http://www.cfchildren.org/
Center for the Study and Prevention of Violence, UC at Boulder: http://www.colorado.edu/cspv/
MN Dept. of Education, scroll down and click on Bullying and Safe Schools: http://education.state.mn.us/MDE/AZTopics/index.html
Women's Educational Media: GroundSpark's Respect For All Project facilitates the development of inclusive, bias-free schools and communities by providing media resources, support and training to youth, educators and service providers. http://groundspark.org/
Parkview Center School