Internet Safety Resources
- Common Sense Media: How to Talk About Sexual Harassment with Tweens and Teens
- New York Times Article: It's 10 P.M. Do You Know What Apps Your Children Are Using?
- Melinda Gates: I spent my career in technology. I wasn’t prepared for its effect on my kids.
- Ryan's Story- this is Mr. John Halligan's website, who presented at WAMS in January 2018.
- American Academy of Pediatrics - this site allows you to create your own "Family Media Plan" and has a "Media Time Calculator"
- Common Sense Media - this site has information about having a "Device Free Dinner" in addition to a ton of pratical tips to help kids "thrive in a world of media and technology."
- Screenagers - lots of resources for "growing up in the digital age"
What To Do if Your Child Experiences Cyberbullying
- Do not reply - People who cyberbully typically want a reaction from their target or their audience. Stop yourself or your child from responding, even if you are angry and it seems justified.
- Save all evidence related to the cyberbullying - This includes printing a copy of all web content of the bullying of concern and saving or keeping all of this information on the computer, if possible. This evidence can help in the event that school authorities or law enforcemnt investigate the incident.
- Contact other adults and authorities - Do everything you can to be sure the cyberbully is held accountable for his or her actions. If the cyberbully makes a direct threat to a person's physical safety, you should immediately contact the police. Cyberbullying should also be reported to the school principal.
- Contact the website where the cyberbullying occurred - Request that any offensive content be removed and that the cyberbullies be blocked. Many websites accept abuse complaints.
Steps to Prevent Cyberbullying
- Become knowledgeable about current technologies and provide clear rules for their use.
- Keep computers and other technology in public areas in hour home - This will ensure you can easily watch your child's online activities.
- Use protective software - Obtain and install this software onto all of your computers or other electronic equipment your child can access. Use it to monitor, limit access or block certain sites you so not want your chld to use.
- Do not ban your child from using technology. - This could actually encourage your child to hide their online activities. It may cause them to engage in rebellious behavior online and offline because they feel deprived or resentful. If you want to remove technology privileges, do so temporarily. When privileges are returned, a contract for acceptable use can be agreed upon and signed. Supervision and limit setting are the way to go.