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Dealing with Cyberbullies – avoid escalating the situation

Responding with hostility is likely to provoke a cyberbully and escalate the situation. Depending on the circumstances, consider ignoring the issue. Often, bullies thrive on the reaction of their victims. Other options include subtle actions. For example, you may be able to block the messages on social networking sites or stop unwanted emails by changing […]

Consider implementing parental controls for child safety

You may be able to set some parental controls within your browser. For example, Internet Explorer allows you to restrict or allow certain websites to be viewed on your computer, and you can protect these settings with a password. There are other resources you can use to control and/or monitor your child’s online activity. Some […]

Cyberbully prevention – limit availability of personal information

Limiting the number of people who have access to contact information or details about interests, habits, or employment reduces exposure to bullies that you or your child do not know. This may limit the risk of becoming a victim and may make it easier to identify the bully if you or your children are victimized.

Keep Children Safe on Social Networking Sites

Children are especially susceptible to the threats that social networking sites present. Although many of these sites have age restrictions, children may misrepresent their ages so that they can join. By teaching children about Internet safety, being aware of their online habits, and guiding them to appropriate sites, parents can make sure that the children […]

What to do about a Cyberbully

Don’t react to the bully. If your child is targeted by a cyberbully, keep a cool head. Remind your child that most people realize bullying is wrong. Tell your child not to respond in kind. Instead, encourage him or her to work with you to save the evidence and talk to you about it. If […]

Control what websites kids can view

You might want to keep some websites off-limits to your kids, and there are multiple ways of doing so. Parental control software provides advanced, customizable oversight of what websites are allowed on a device. At the same time, there are permissions like the ones within Apple iOS that let you quickly limit the domains that […]