Social networks such as Facebook are everywhere and are a part of daily life for most children and adolescents. And while many areas are safe, dark places still exist where a child might be lured in and potentially harmed. The Parent's Guide to Facebook (just click on the name above) provides valuable information for parents and guardians that can help keep children safe. If you prefer to just browse it on line, click here
What is Cyber-Bullying? (Quoted from WikiPedia)
Cyber-bullying is "the use of information and communication technologies to support deliberate, repeated, and hostile behavior by an individual or group, that is intended to harm others". As it has become more common in society, particularly among young people, legislation and awareness campaigns have arisen to combat it.
Cyber-Bullying is serious and has led to adolescent suicides across the United States, indeed around the world. The electronic world our children inhabit is foreign to many adults, but we must educate ourselves to give us and them the best chance of remaining safe.
Fortunately, parents can not only educate themselves, but also gain the tools to better protect their children. There are many websites with valuable tips.
The Google Family Safety Center has a wealth of information and can provide links to other helpful web sites on the subject.
The United States Department of Health and Human Services provides an excellent web site with education for both parents and children along with links, pamphlets and other material.
Most parents know very little about Social Media compared to their children. Even when parents have an idea of what it is, the kids can probably manipulate parental controls better than the adults. Computer Security in the Social Media World is a good site to get a thorough education. Submitted by our friend, Jessica Gray from KHS Teacher Resources you will enjoy the information.
Although it is not yet recognized by the American Medical Association as a diagnosable disorder, video game addiction is a very real problem for many people. Ryan Sellers has found and submitted a link that provides more information of this growing problem in America.