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Cyber Safety

What is Cyber Bullying?

Cyber bullying or online bullying is a term used to refer to bullying over electronic media. Cyber bullying is willful and involves recurring or repeated harm inflicted through electronic text. Cyber bullying can be as simple as continuing to send e-mail to someone who had said they want no further contact with the sender. Cyber bullies may also include threats, "putdowns" or hate-motivated speech. Cyber bullies may publish the personal contact information of their victims. They may attempt to assume the identity of a victim for the purpose of publishing material in their name that defames or ridicules them.

From the California Department of Education

What can parents do to promote safe use of the Internet?

  1. Keep you child's computer in an open area of the house. It is easier to monitor what your child is viewing.
  2. Install filtering software on the computer you child uses or use child-friendly search engines.
  3. Instruct your child to never give out personal information online to someone they do not know. Explain that people are not always who they say the are. Even small amounts of information like hobbies or a child's favorite hang out provide too much detail to be shared on the internet.
  4. Instruct your child to never meet in person with someone they first meet online. No matter how long they have been communicating online, it is virtually impossible to know if your child's new "friend" is who they say they are.
  5. Make sure your children know they should not respond to offensive or dangerous emails. Encourage your child to follow three simple steps: Stop, Block, Tell.
  6. Visit the websites your child visits. Spend some time familiarizing yourself with your child's online world. Many children know more about the Internet than their parents do. Ask them to show you what they like to do online.
  7. Be a responsible cyber citizen. Just like being a citizen of your local community carries responsibilities, so does being a citizen of the cyber community. Use good manners, be respectful of others, and be safe.
  8. Finally, if a child sees something that is inappropriate or makes them uncomfortable, they should report it immediately to a parent. Parents should then report the behavior to their Internet Service Provider or law enforcement.

From the California Department of Education

Internet Safety & Cyber Bullying Resources