February 28, 2013
The 1001 Faces of Bullying
tips to help parents keep their kids safe online
Released by Cst. Tracey Wolbeck, Chwk
these days has many meanings and can take on many forms. The definition of
cyber-bullying is when a child or teen is tormented, threatened, harassed,
humiliated, embarrassed or targeted by another child or teen using the
Internet, interactive and digital technologies or cellular phones.
With the wide spread use of the Internet and other hand-help devices, people
now not only have anonymity with their words, but also have a global
audience. The Chilliwack RCMP in conjunction with the City of Chilliwacks
Public Safety Awareness Committee would like to provide tips to parents
regarding cyber-bullying and their children.
Bullying can be
life-altering to kids and teens if gone unnoticed by an adult
Be aware of what your kids are doing on the Internet and with
whom they are engaging through that medium
Ensure the computer or other electronic devices are used in
public areas of the home
If you feel that your child's behavior is not appropriate,
make every effort to stop it. Don't feel bad that your child
will be upset or it will cause issues with their popularity.
Create boundaries for internet usage and ensure you stick to
Advise your child that you will be monitoring all their
interactions on Facebook etc.
Ensure they are aware that what they say and do reaches a
broad audience and cannot be taken back
Check the privacy settings on your child's computer or
Ensure they know how to recognize cyber-bullying and that they
know its okay to tell a trusted adult
It is illegal to make threats on the Internet the same as it
would be if it were in person
Talk to your children about sending or receiving sexually
explicit content. There are laws that apply to the production
and possession of such material.
Set time limits or amount of usage for electronics and
encourage the children to interact socially face- to- face with
their friends and not interact behind a computer screen, or to
even just get outside and play!
"As police officers, we see more of this form of bullying than any other,"
said Cst. Tracy Wolbeck. "It is really devastating to see kids suffering
from the effects of cyber-bullying. It is a topic that we take very
seriously and have a School Liaison unit exclusively responsible for being
in the schools and looking after these issues."
There are several resources available to families and youth who have been
affected by cyber-bullying. School counselors are always available to listen
and assist kids and youth in these situations. The Ann Davis Society offers
counseling and they can be reached at 604 792-2760.
an on-line resource for parents and kids to learn more about this topic.
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