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kellysfinn
kellysfinn , Parent asks:
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Do you have any experience dealing with CyberBullying?

I am hearing more and more about CyberBullying, how kids are harassing each other over IM and text messages.  Do any parents have experience in dealing with these issues?
In Topics: Cyber bullying
> 60 days ago

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Boys Town National Hotline
Oct 29, 2010
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What the Expert Says:

Thank you for requesting more information about cyberbullying on Education.com.  This is certainly an issue that has become so wide spread in the media.  It happens a lot more than we probably know about.

You can prevent this from happening in your home by educating your children on the effects of cyberbullying on both ends.  If your child is doing the bullying they could lose their ISP accounts or IM account.  Of course we have heard what could happen to the one being bullied.  Be aware of who your kids are talking to online an texting.  Keeping communication open at home is a big factor in helping your kids be more open about sensitive subjects like this.

There are two kinds of cyberbullying.  One kind is direct attacks.  This is when messages are sent directly to the kid being bullied.  The second kind is when there is another person involved.  This is when the person sending the message is using others to help cyberbully.  Sometimes it is an adult that is the accomplice and it can be very dangerous.  

If you are concerned about your child or know of someone being cyberbullied there are two great websites that can help you figure out what to do.

Give us a call anytime.  We are here 24/7 with any questions or concerns that you may have.

Sincerely,
Naina, Counselor
Boys Town National Hotline
1-800-448-3000
Hotline@boystown.org
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kat_eden
kat_eden , Parent writes:
Hi kelly,

Cyber Bullying is definitely becoming a tougher and more pervasive problem for kids. As parents, there's a lot to learn about how / why cyber bullying happens and how we can help our kids manage it.

We at Education.com recently published a Special Edition on Bullying at School and Online. I'm posting a link below to the cyber bullying section of the Special Edition. I hope this information helps!

Kat
Education.com Community Team

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KiwiCommons
KiwiCommons , Child Professional writes:
Hey Kelly,

Cyberbullying has become visible to the public because of the the amount of news coverage. Incidents such as Megan Meier have brought more attention and news coverage to the issue of cyberbullying. Cyberbullying can be done by either Instant Messaging or text messages and any other form of electronic communication. Cyberbullying has been around for awhile now but there have been noticeable measures taken towards solving this problem. Some states have produced legislation that makes cyberbullying a crime and schools have bullying/cyberbullying programs to educate students about the dangers and how resolve problems verbally.

If you need more information on cyberbullying or Internet safety feel free to contact me.

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motivateme
motivateme writes:
Cyber Bullying is really not good. But yes you can stop this one, If some-one bully you on facebook, using your name and picture. You can report to facebook administrator and screen shot the account who bully you. In this way they will banned the fake account
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YourAdviceGuru
YourAdviceG... , Teacher, Parent writes:
As parents our first instinct is to protect our children. No parent wants to sit back while their child is facing a potentially dangerous situation. And I understand you not wanting your teenaged son to feel like you are invading his privacy, but at the same time, your sonâs safety is the most important factor.

Depending on the nature of the threats, you should act accordingly. If the threats are violent, you have no choice but to talk with your son about the threats and help him determine the best course of action, even if that means getting school authorities and law enforcement involved. If the threats are not violent, definitely take note of the friends making remarks and begin to pay closer attention to your sonâs relationships. Create more opportunities for conversations with your son where he might feel comfortable and led to fill you in on the situation.

While bullying is usually something a teen needs to confront and handle independently, it can still be very dangerous and damaging if not handled properly. Statistics show that cyberbullying incidents have led to violence and even suicide.

-Tamara, Your Advice Guru
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EdieRaether
EdieRaether , Teacher writes:
A new program being launched this week to keep kids safe on the internet (and their parents sane) is www.netsanity.net.  GET 10% off with this code.     IQNQUP6M....Check it out.  Very impressed for as the author of Stop Bullying Now...this is the best thing out there and cannot be uninstalled.  Let me know what you think.  Edie

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PassionateGirl
PassionateG... writes:
Hi Kelly
my cousin had this experience with her daughter. Her daughter, Emily, was fourteen and was hugely affected by some girls bullying her over her cellphone. They were saying nasty things to her and spreading rumors over broadcast messages and multiple emails. My cousin then found the detailed information about these girls and they never did it again.
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