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Stop Cyberbullying With My Mobile Watchdog

Tuesday, October 19th, 2010

my-mobile-watchdogIf you’re a parent who has ever wished there was a spam folder for unwanted and unauthorized mobile phone texts and photos, a new mobile application (app) called My Mobile Watchdog is here to help screen your children’s calls and stop unwanted cyberbullying. Robert Lotter, CEO of eAgency Mobile Solutions, developed My Mobile Watchdog (MMWD) as a way for parents to monitor what apps, sites, and communication their children is having with the outside world in order.  We interviewed Lotter for his thoughts on cyberbullying and how My Mobile Watchdog can combat it. 

How would you describe cyberbullying? How is it different from regular bullying?

Bullying can be defined as an act of intimidation against a weaker person to make them do something.  In the past, the bully was usually physically or mentally stronger than the one being bullied.   However, in this world of computers and  modern technology, cyberbullying means intimidating another person online through emails, mobile phone text messages, digital pictures, and social media sites such as Facebook, MySpace, and Twitter.  Cyberbullying can make a child feel overwhelmed, as if the entire world is against them when, in reality, it is only the universe of school. (more…)

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Tips and Expert Advice on Dealing with Bullies

Thursday, October 14th, 2010

Back-to-school and bullying seem to go hand-in-hand now that summer is over and children are grouped together at big schools.  These days, bullying—especially cyberbullying—is on everyone’s mind, especially with the string of national tragedies (college freshman Tyler Clementi and high school freshman Phoebe Prince come to mind) that have made the news as a result of mean kid tactics.

Bullying can happen to anyone, anywhere, at any age, but most bullying starts—and is experienced—at a young age in the hallways, on the playground, on the bus, and wherever kids are more susceptible to misbehave and to be mistreated when there is no closely monitored adult supervision.

If your child is being bullied or you suspect bullying may be happening to your child, we hope the Parents.com resources below will help your family understand, cope with, and end the cycle of bullying. 

Don’t forget to report all bullying to school authorities (such as teachers, principals, and administrators) and even to law enforcement if bullying escalates into extreme violence.

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Spankin’ New Headlines

Friday, April 30th, 2010

Family vacations in the age of the recession: A poll reveals how parents really feel about going away. CNN

Moms get mean on the internet: Your kids aren’t the only ones who have to worry about cyberbullies. New York Daily News

To attempt a VBAC or not—one mother goes with her gut. The Los Angeles Times

Kids’ meal makeover: Santa Clara County in California bans giving away toys with meals that pack excessive calories, fat, salt or sugar. San Francisco Chronicle

A new government program aims to teach kids how to analyze ads. The New York Times

Everybody needs sleep but the best way to get it is very different for babies and adults. Slate

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