Monday, October 17, 2011

National Bullying Awareness Month

October is National Bullying Awareness Month and parents are looking for ways to protect their children from cyberbullying, the online pandemic that is causing severe emotional and psychological pain to children across the nation. More and more parents are resorting to the use of computer monitoring software to find out if their child is the victim of cyber bullying (or the actual bully).

Brad Miller, CEO of Awareness Technologies – makers of WebWatcher – has some great tips for parents to help protect their children from cyberbullies:

* Start by talking with your children about their online activities and the dangers of cyberbullying – set their expectations by discussing your views on monitoring their Internet and smartphone use

* Inform teachers if you suspect your child is being cyberbullied. Teachers are among the first to notice important changes in children’s behavior, and it’s possible the bully may be a classmate. Additionally, many school districts also now use computer monitoring software on all classroom computers – check with your school principal, PTA or school board to ensure these tools are in use at your child’s school

* Follow your children’s activity on Facebook, Twitter, and other social networking platforms to routinely search what they’re posting and what others are saying about them

Consider implementing parental monitoring software on your home computers and children’s smartphones

Disclosure: I did not receive any products nor was paid for this post. I was provided info from the company or PR firm to share. The expressed opinions are my own and personal thoughts. No other compensation was given.

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