Let's Prevent Cyberbullying!
October is Bullying Prevention Awareness Month and it's a good time for families to discuss safe ways to use technology and prevent cyberbullying. Here are a few tips from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to get you started:
DISCUSS AND ESTABLISH RULES ABOUT TECHNOLOGY
- Talk to children about the possible outcomes of their online activity. Tell them not to share anything that could embarrass themselves or others, and help them understand once something is posted online, it is out of their control.
- Set and discuss rules about appropriate use of technology, including computers and cellphones. Be clear about where kids can go and what they can do online.
- Encourage them to think about who can see the information and pictures they share, and help them make decisions about their privacy settings.
- Emphasize the importance of keeping passwords private by not sharing them with friends.
KNOW WHAT YOUR KIDS ARE DOING ONLINE
- Know whom they talk to when they’re online and what sites they visit. Explain that if you have concerns, you may review their online communications and activity.
- Ask for the passwords to their electronic devices and online accounts so you’ll be prepared to respond if there is an emergency.
- Check in on their social media activity.
- Encourage them to talk to you if they or someone they know is being cyberbullied.
For more guidance on talking to your kids about bullying, visit StopBullying.gov.