The Best Online Resources to Stop Cyberbullying

You can't turn off all electronic devices for good, but there is plenty that parents can do to keep kids safe online.

Protect Kids from Cyberbullying

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According to Pattie Fitzgerald, founder of Safely Ever After, Inc. (SafelyEverAfter.com), cyberbullying is using computers, cell phones, or other electronic devices for the purpose of harassing, threatening, embarrassing, or taunting another person. It can be done through emails, text messages, postings on blogs or chat rooms, social networking sites, and sending photos or images online with the intention of physically or emotionally hurting another person.

In a poll by Care.com, cyberbullying has eclipsed kidnapping as the greatest fear parents have regarding their children's safety. As a result, 75 percent of parents are now monitoring their children's text messages and social media activity. "Mean kids and bullies are not new, but the access to social media networks and cell phones that can make bullying both anonymous and seemingly innocuous is the new danger. And parents are genuinely afraid," said Wendy Sachs, editor-in-chief of Care.com. "Our study found that parents are stepping up and want their schools and communities involved."

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