How This Guide Will Help?
If you haven’t noticed, kids live a good portion of their lives online, making it difficult to monitor their behavior and protect them from potential threats. The truth is that technology is totally outpacing your parenting knowledge so it’s time to upgrade your software!
This guide will bring up to speed on all the new ways that kids are using technology and give you strategies and tools to manage their behavior.
- How to Set Rules & Expectations
- Teaching Your Kids About Privacy & Accountability
- Tips on Having Difficult Talks About Sexting & Cyberbullying
- Spotting Signs of Teen Dating Violence
- Decoding Teens Messages
- Tools to Help You Monitor Online Behavior
Talking to Your Kids About Technology
Teach Tweens & Teens to Manage Technology
Help Teens Understand Privacy
Have the Difficult Conversation About Sexting
Recognize & Stop Cyber Bullying
Spot Signs of Violence in Teen Relationships
Decode Your Teen’s Messages
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Recognize & Stop CyberBullying
Teens spend a tremendous amount of time on their digital devices. This means that a good majority of their social interactions are happening online, which puts them at a greater risk of having an online experience that threatens their emotional well-being. Unfortunately, social media sites like Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook can serve as useful means for people to spread their hateful and hurtful beliefs and messages.
Bullying has spread from school campuses to the online world where its potential for harm is magnified. We must recognize that cyberbullying is not simply “kids being kids” but a larger social and cultural issue that has extreme consequences for both the bullies, the bullied, and parents.
There are many different types of behaviors that fall under the umbrella of bullying:
Harassment – The repeated act of sending threatening or offensive messages to a victim to incite fear or humiliation. It may involve a bully finding out personal information about the victims such as email address, phone number, or home address and then using this information to stalk or harass the victim. This can also include outing which is the act of posting or publishing personal or private details about the victim within a social group or network circle.
Flaming – The act of instigating an argument or conflict by taunting the victim with the hopes of getting a response. Typically, this is done through social media so that the bully has an audience and the victim is made to look like a coward or is shamed for not defending themselves.
Exclusion – The act of ignoring, blocking, or freezing the victim out of a social group. The bully often encourages others to cut off contact with the victim which can be intensely traumatizing for most teens.
Impersonation (a.k.a. Masquerading) – The act whereby the bully creates a false profile or identity to post or publish hateful or hurtful messages about the victim. Bullies tend to resort to impersonation after their original profile was blocked or their account was deleted/deactivated by a webmaster. Other times bullies will masquerade as an attempt to remain anonymous.
How to Deal with Cyberbullies
Start having conversations about bullying when your child is a tween. Don’t wait until they’ve become a victim. This can help your child to avoid becoming a victim of a cyberbully. Explain that bullying is considered a cybercrime and has both legal and social consequences. Monitor your child’s online interaction so that you can spot early signs of a potential problem.
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