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Educate Yourself: Cyberbullying

May 26, 2013

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Although this blog is typically dedicated to social media & the most recent trends, I really wanted to touch upon this topic because I feel it is so important to discuss openly in this day & age.  I attended a workshop for parents this month at the Teton County Library & facilitated some conversations with people in attendance.  What these parents have witnessed right here in Jackson Hole with regards to cyberbullying shocked me quite a bit.  Although I’m not a parent, I am always interested in learning more about the role media plays with our children & why it’s so important for children to stand up — & not just “stand by” when it comes to cyberbullying.

“Children are our most valuable resource.” Herbert Hoover, 31st U.S. president

I’m also going to be talking to (18) 8 year-olds in Park City in a presentation next week for “career day,” so this topic has been weighing heavily on my mind.  Please visit this site for more important information on educating yourself & how to talk to your kiddos/grandkids about this very serious topic.

<This excerpt is taken directly from the http://www.commmonsensemedia.org site>

Cyberbullying Affects Everyone

Texting, social sites, email, and IM — this is how kids socialize. They tune in to find out who’s dating who or what the math homework is. But kids can also use these tools to threaten, harass, or gang up on other kids. As the drama plays out among a circle of friends, everyone becomes involved. Kids take turns playing different roles, as the aggressor, the victim, the bystander — or they may stand up & try to stop it.

To really fight cyberbullying, it helps to know what’s going on in your kids’ world — socially, developmentally, and technologically. As your kids get older, their understanding of the world expands, social lives get more complex, and access to social media skyrockets. With age-appropriate guidelines, you can encourage the kind of responsible, respectful, safe behavior that allows your kid to reap the benefits of new technology while curbing the spread of online cruelty.

Help your kid stand up — not stand by — with guidance on:

What’s Going on in Their World
Where They Are Developmentally
Advice and Tips
Conversation Starters

 

Connect. Inform. Grow. Simplifying Social Media!
Rose Caiazzo of Rose Consulting, LLC
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