Cyberbullying and Online Safety

What you can do to keep kids safe

Why is online safety so important?

The internet is often a great resource for children, but there are instances when it can cause more harm than good. Children may stumble across a website that is inappropriate for their age, put out personal information, or even expose themselves to cyberbullying.


http://kids.getnetwise.org/safetyguide/ is a great resource that has all the information on the basics of online safety, as well as how the web affects different age groups!

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What is Cyberbulying?

Cyberbullying is the act of one or more individuals using technology to deliberatel hurt another.

Some examples include:


  • Sending hurtful texts or emails
  • Harassing another individual over the phone
  • Posting embarrassing videos or pictures on the internet

For more information, you can use https://www.commonsensemedia.org/cyberbullying

How can you make sure you child is safely using the internet?

Talk!

  • You should introduce the topic by asking them what they know about online safety.
  • Always use simple language that will not confuse or scare them. Tell them the benefits of using the internet, and show them that if used properly, it can be a great resource!
  • Ask them what they think they should do to stay safe.
  • Work with them to create your own list of rules for using the computer

https://www.onguardonline.gov/articles/0006-talk-your-kids Is a great website that gives information on how to talk to kids about how to talk to children about online safety.

Set rules!

Some examples of rules could include:

  • Never give your password out to anyone
  • Do not put your name, age, or address,, or phone number online
  • Pre-bookmark a list of approved websites. Have your child only use those websites.
  • If your child wants to use another website or download content, they must ask for permission

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Discuss cyberbullying

Cyberbullying is a touchy subject, and can often be difficult to talk to young children about. Nevertheless, it is critical that they start becoming aware of cyberbullying at a young age so they can know what not to do. Some key points to talk about include:


  • What is cyberbulling and why is it bad?
  • How does it happen? How can it be prevented?
  • What should your child do if they or a friend become victims of an attack?
  • What can your child do to make sure that they are not hurting anyone else?
  • What kinds of behaviors are acceptable, and what is not?
Check out http://kidshealth.org/parent/positive/talk/cyberbullying.html for more information on how to talk to your kids about cyberbullying.

Optional

If you feel that it is necessary, use a website that blocks or monitors you child's online activity. See this post from Ed Tech Review for a list of good resources for parents
Internet Safety for Kids K-3