Over half of adolescents and teens have been bullied online, and about the same number have engaged in cyber bullying
Over 25 percent of adolescents and teens have been bullied repeatedly through their cell phones or the internet
About one in five teens have posted or sent sexually suggestive or nude pictures of themselves to others
- Connect with and have ongoing conversations with the parents of our children's friends
- Use headlines and current events to discuss "good judgment" in a digital world
- Learn about social media first-hand by creating and using our own accounts
- Share a bit about our daily social media use as a way to facilitate daily conversation about our children's online habits
- Remember to make a point of discouraging kids from gossiping, spreading rumors, bullying, or damaging someone's reputation digitally or in person. In addition, be an example of empathy and caring for others' reputations.
These are just a few ideas, but so much more is available for us all. Check out some of the following resources:
- "We Must Protect Kids from Bullying," by Kathleen Sebelius and Arne Duncan, Houston Chronicle, October 9, 2010.
- 101 Facts About Bullying: What Everyone Should Know. Book review. The School Administrator, August 2009.
- Cyberbullying, from Education. com
- Cyberbullying Research Center, directed by Sameer Hinduja of Florida Atlantic University and Justin Patchin of University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire
- "Ending the Silence: Bullying in the Curriculum," by Patrick K. Finnessey. The School Administrator, February 2010.
- "Lifting the Limits on Social Networking Sites," by Kevin P. Brady. The School Administrator, February 2010.
- "Sexting: A New Challenge for Educators and Families," by Ernie Allen, President and CEO, National Center for Missing & Exploited Children
- "What is Sexting?" from AASA