It can be overwhelming to try to keep up with technology. As
soon as you get the latest phone, the newest version is already
out! How can you stay on top of it? It's even more difficult when
you add kids into the mix. As kids and teenagers become more and
more connected, it becomes increasingly important to understand
what it means to be a parent in this digital age.
Today's focus is on cyberbullying, which has become a serious
issue among kids in school. What is cyberbullying? It's simply
using digital media to inflict emotional harm by spreading false,
embarrassing or hostile information about or to another person.
Over half of adolescents and teens have been bullied online. And
that many have engaged in cyberbullying. It's also important to
note that girls are about two times more likely as boys to be the
victim or the perpetrator of these activities.
No parent wants to think that his/her child could ever be
bullied or that they would ever bully another child. But it
happens. And this is a perfect time to be proactive and start the
Some things to consider:
Cyberbullying can take place on Facebook, but it can also happen
in a number of other ways. Be aware of Twitter, Instagram and texts
If your child has been the victim of cyberbullying, it's
important to stay calm. Ask them to show you the ways they are
being bullied. And no matter what the issue is, be supportive and
help them investigate the situation.
Schools only have the authority to discipline a cyberbully if
the incident occurs during school hours. Schools and parents need
to work together to remedy the situation.
Take it seriously. If there are threats of violence, call the
For more information on cyberbullying, visit http://operationparent.org/cyberbullying/.
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raising teens and preteens in today's culture.