- Cyberbully 411
- Stop Cyberbullying
- National Crime Prevention Council
- Safety Web
- USA Today
- Bully Online
- Family Education
- Media Awareness
- Take Action
There is a lot of available information online about online safety, it is a serious issue. Please browse through these websites, the information is fantastic!
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Talk to Your ParentsWhether you realize it or not, Parents care! Even if sometimes they don’t understand you or listen as well as they should, you’re feelings ARE important to them. Keeping your thoughts and struggles to yourself is unhealthy and can lead to various issues including life threatening situations. Please be open with your parents if you feel like you are being bullied or depressed in any way. Here are a few suggestions to help with common communication barriers:
Be clear on what exactly is going on.
You probably know more about this than you’re parents and a clear explanation will help them to better understand.
Express you’re feelings.
Are you upset? Angry? Sad? Do you often get anxiety or cry? By letting you’re parents know how the situation is making you feel will help them relate to the situation and understand how it is affecting you.
Take action together.
Look online for ways to handle different situations, together you can make good decisions and notify the correct people.
Did You Know?Inappropriate online behavior can cost you job opportunities years from now!
A picture placed online does not disappear after you delete it!
You’re jokes and teasing may be hurting someone, even unintentionally!
Hiding behind technology does not make you brave!
Telling an adult that you feel bullied is NOT wrong and it does NOT make you a tattle tale!
It is easier to keep a good reputation then to trying changing a bad one!
Talk To Your KidsChildren can be very good at hiding struggles from their parents. They may not want to disappoint you, get you upset, or they may just be afraid and don’t think you will understand. Even if you are not up on everything that kid’s are dealing with these days, just listening is the best thing you can do for your child - but you have to ask the questions first. Here are a few ways to get your child talking:
Keep asking questions
The normal “How was your day?” can often end up in a single word response, keep probing for more information by saying something like, “Why was it just (fine, boring, etc.)?” and so on.
Make sure you address any issues you may suspect or if you’re child has told you about any situations, following up with them will show you were listening and you care.
Talk about what you’re child already knows about what they should be doing online, you may be surprised that they either know a lot already. It’s important to gently remind or to teach online etiquette, whether it be on a social network, through text messaging, or anything else. The time to talk about these issues isn’t when you’ve already read their text messages, or you’ve already heard about inappropriate emails. You’ve got start talking about these issues together before these technologies create a problem.