Thursday, February 28, 2013

 

RCMP News

The 1001 Faces of Bullying

Mounties' tips to help parents keep their kids safe online

Released by Cst. Tracey Wolbeck, Chwk RCMP UFVRD

 

ullying 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 Chilliwack’s 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 them.
• 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 electronic devise
• 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.
 

www.Stopcyberbullying.org is an on-line resource for parents and kids to learn more about this topic.
 

 

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