Most parents don’t know what cyberbullying refers to – are you one of those parents? In this short article we discuss how to keep your child safe in this cyber obsessed world.
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 children know him or her. Print the list of commonly used acronyms in instant messenger and chat rooms, from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and keep it by your computer.
Discuss cyberbullying with your children and ask them 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 are cyberbullied.