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Unfortunately I hear about cyber bullying way too much. It’s in the news with its sometimes grisly outcomes. And I have a dear friend whose daughters are living the nightmare every day. It is taking a lot of time, effort and money to try to end the bullying and to catch the people involved. As a parent of a 15 year old girl I want to protect her and teach her about cyber safety, but I need to know exactly how.

The Boys and Girls Club of America has a website for both parents and teens about cyber safety. The information pertains to cell phones, social media sites and online privacy. There are tons of resources including a glossary of terms, information on technology, rules for cell phones and how to avoid being bullied.

A group of teens, the Cyber Tribe, answers questions that are submitted through this site. Fun and informative videos portray the material and will catch your teen’s attention. Click through on “Resources” and you’ll find links to articles about cyber safety.

Cyber Safety Tips
You can also download and print discussion cards for the main topics: Cyber Bullying, Social Networking, Online Privacy and Mobile Technology. Although these cards are meant for a small group, I am using them as a “cheat sheet” to remind myself of the facts and issues I need to discuss with my daughter.

I learned that these types of discussions shouldn’t happen just one time, but often. Parents should also check your child’s phone and friend them on social networking sites. When you do this, and the other suggestions listed by the Boys and Girls Club Cyber Safety Site, you are being a “Cyber Smart” parent.

June is Internet Safety Awareness month and the BGCA CyberSafe Site is celebrating with a weekly teen Cyber Tribe Q&A in partnership with Sprint. Ask the Tribe a question and you’ll be entered to win an iPad Mini and $500 to the Boys and Girls Club of your choice.

Keeping in mind my friend’s daughters and the terrible stories I have heard in the news, I want to do all I can to keep my daughter safe online. I’m bookmarking this site and sharing in with my daughter.

 

 

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Connie Roberts

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Living in the Tampa Bay area, I'm lucky enough to see beautiful sunsets almost every day. Although life can be difficult at times, focusing on the positive and being with my family is what gets me through.

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Comments

  1. For the best online safety for little children, we ended up adopting Magic Desktop as an environment for our kids to fool around in. It is full proof and focused on their sensibilities, which is more than most other software we’ve seen so far. totally recommended, you can get it here: http://www.magicdesktop.com/

  2. This topic is in the news so often now. What gets me the most is the bullies are usually bullied themselves by someone older, or by parents. It’s a vicious cycle, and often the beginning of domestic violence. Thank you for the info. The Boys & Girls Clubs of America are wonderful places for kids!

  3. My sister works for the Boys and Girls Club of America as a bus driver and cafeteria worker. And I see many great things that they do for the community. What a great way for the kids to help in this effort. I too know kids who suffer from cyber bullying and so glad they have a way to help stop the sad cycle.