Never say or do anything online that you wouldn’t do or say in person.”
– Jim Steyer, Common Sense Media
Yesterday’s post featured a segment on The Today Show that posed the question “Are mean girls getting meaner?”. They talked a lot about how much easier it is for “mean girls” today because they are wielding the tools of social media. Cyberbullying is real and, unfortunately, quite dangerous. Wikipedia defines cyberbullying as the “use of the Internet and related technologies to harm or harass other people, in a deliberate, repeated, and hostile manner.”
As our girls are learning to make and build relationships online, they will certainly make some mistakes. It’s our job as adults to help them learn from these mistakes and keep them safe from significant harm. Here are 3 resources you should take a look at right away:
1. 11 Facts about Cyberbullying on DoSomething.org – This problem may be worse than you thought. It’s important for you to know the information. I was particularly moved by #8 – “Girls are about twice as likely as boys to be victims and perpetrators of cyber bullying.” This fact saddens me but does not shock me. We have to work together to teach our girls how to use their incredible magic and power of relationships for good…rather than for evil.
2. Cyberbulling Prevention Tips for Kids on CommonSenseMedia.org – I am a huge fan of Common Sense Media. You can (and should) spend hours on their site as it is chock full of resources to help you and your kids navigate the huge world of media and technology.
3. How to Prevent and Stop Cyberbulling from Kidpower – You know how much we love Kidpower. This article from the experts in child safety is very practical and gives you a step-by-step in how to address this delicate issue with your kids.
This post is #22 of 25 Tips to Teach Your Daughter to Respect Herself, Command Respect, and Respect Others. Wanna make sure you get all 25 Tips for Bullying Awareness Month? CLICK HERE and we’ll send ‘em right to your email!