Online Safety

A Guide for Parents

What is Cyber Bullying?

Quoted from http://stopcyberbullying.org/what_is_cyberbullying_exactly.html : "Cyberbullying is when a child, preteen or teen is tormented, threatened, harassed, humiliated, embarrassed or otherwise targeted by another child, preteen or teen using the Internet, interactive and digital technologies or mobile phones."


Cyber bullying is real, and it exists in every school, in every state, all around the nation. Most parents are unaware of what their children is doing during their free time on social media and their cell phones. As scary as it is, your child could be the victim, or even the bully, and no one may know. It is our job to work together to prevent cyber bullying from continuing in our classrooms and schools today.


Common effects of Cyber bullying:


  • Use of drugs and alcohol
  • Skipping school
  • Poor grades
  • Low self esteem
  • Depression
  • Health problems
(http://www.stopbullying.gov/cyberbullying/what-is-it/#effectsofcyberbullying)
Stand Up to Cyberbullying

Digital Footprints

A digital footprint is a fancy word to describe the trails or "footprints" left behind online. This can be anything from pictures, videos, messages, and more. It is important for our children to start a positive digital footprint from the day they set their eyes on social media. Here is ways to help them do start a positive digital footprint AND learn how to properly behave online:


  • Talk about the benefits of having a positive digital footprint (for the future).
  • Instances where negative digital footprint effected an individual.
  • Appropriate pictures to share on social media.
  • Help them realize that what they post online IS THERE FOR GOOD! Just because something is deleted, does not mean it can never be found.
  • Teach them about cyber bullying. Use the following links and videos to do so.
  • Model for you child what they should and shouldn't do online.
  • If you don't want you grandparents or parents to see it- DON'T POST IT!!!

Cyber Bullying Laws

Pitt County:

Students as well as teachers can be punished for being involved in any bullying activities that fall under harassment online, in class, sexually, and discrimination. Extensions of the policies are found here:


http://www.pitt.k12.nc.us/cms/lib6/NC01001178/Centricity/Domain/14/.200.pdf


North Carolina:

Anti-Bullying laws include the following groups:

Race, Color, Religion, National origin, Gender, Socioeconomic status, Gender identity, Physical appearance, Sexual Orientation, Mental, physical, developmental or sensory disability and association with a person who has or is perceived to have one or more of these characteristics

http://www.stopbullying.gov/laws/north-carolina.html


Federal:


There are no written federal laws at this time that address bullying and cyber bullying. States, counties, and schools are left to deal with these instances and consequences depending on the situation.

Miss Coyne

Please feel free to contact me for any further information or questions on these extremely important topics! I am here to help you and your child in any way possible.