More Safety Tips for Parents, Kids, and Schools
WHAT CAN KIDS DO?
1. Don't respond to any online or text messages sent by cyberbullies.
2. Don't be an accomplice by forwarding any of the messages to others kids.
3. Save and print out all the messages as proof and evidence of cyberbullying.
4. If you are being bullied, tell an adult immediately to get help solving the problem.
WHAT CAN SCHOOLS DO?
1. Adopt a zero-tolerance policy for all types of bullying. Make it clear that any intimidation, harassment, or threatening behavior will be dealt with swiftly and seriously.
2. School districts should have antibullying policies in place and everyone (school administrators, teachers parents, and students) should be aware of the policies at the start of every school year.
3. Incorporate Internet Safety Awareness classes into the curriculum.
4. Engage students, parents, and teachers in discussions about bullying prevention. Have student councils or student panels address the issue to their peers at school-wide assemblies, PTA meetings, and other school-wide events. Get everyone involved!
Pattie Fitzgerald is the founder of Safely Ever After, Inc. and a leading expert in the field of childhood sexual abuse prevention education. A children's advocate for more than 10 years, she is a published author who has been featured on Good Morning America and Headline News. For more information, please visit safelyeverafter.com.
Adapted and reprinted from SafelyEverAfter.com, with permission of Pattie Fitzgerald.
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