|We need to work together!
It is important that the community be an active participant in this challenge to keep all our children safe, as this process can only be successful with assistance from both parents and community members. Parents are asked to talk to their children on a consistent basis to gauge their emotional and physical well-being and possible response to bullying situations.
Also, please share with your child the importance of telling an adult if they are being bullied, either at school, or on the Internet on sites such as Facebook and MySpace. Too often, schools learn about a bullying situation after it’s too late. By letting us know early on, we can work together as partners and take appropriate measures to stop the bullying. Also, please let your children know that you will not tolerate any bullying type behavior they may be a part of.
Social networking sites such as Facebook and MySpace are quickly becoming tools for bullying and making threats. Children need to be reminded that the words they write and the images they post have consequences offline. OnGuardOnline.gov provides several tips for parents to use to help kids use social networking sites safely:
Tells your kids to trust their gut if they have suspicions. If they ever feel uncomfortable or threatened by anything online, encourage them to tell you.
- Help your kids understand what information should be private.
- Explain that kids should post only information that you, and they, are comfortable with others seeing.
- Use privacy settings to restrict who can access and post on your child’s website.
- Remind your kids that once they post information online, they can’t take it back.
- Talk to your kids about avoiding suggestive talk online.