uKnowKids, a leading child safety company, re-released an updated infographic on cyberbullying on October 3rd, 2012. The infographic includes improved statistics and research from reputable sources, such as the Cyberbullying Research Center and Pew Internet, a project of the Pew Research Center.
Cyberbulling is still a concern for children online. We can see from the research we have done and the media we have produced that cyberbullying is not a problem that is going away anytime soon. This is why parents and educators need to continue to learn about this topic. More people realizing the scope of cyberbullying equates with more people being proactive to stop the problem.
uKnowKids offers the following tips on behalf of National Bullying Prevention Month for parents:
• It might seem obvious, but set a good example for your children: Kids learn from everything you do and will mirror your every action.
• You can never communicate too much with your child on any topic: Make sure your child is prepared to identify cyberbullying and knows how to deal with an incident should it occur.
• When you see it, address it: Whether it is bullying in your house or on your computer, if you discover a situation where your child is being bullied or bullying another child, it is your responsibility to intervene and stop it.
• Lay down and clearly communicate ‘house rules’: What happens if your child gets caught being a cyberbully? Would you consider an amnesty policy for encouraging your child to tell you when something is wrong? Think about your “house rules” and discuss them with your whole family so everyone plays by the same rules.
• Use a Parental Intelligence System: At the very least you should monitor your children’s social media accounts. Some parents choose to “friend” their child but with privacy settings, kids can easily block what mom and dad see.
As part of its commitment to keeping children safe, uKnowKids has designed a campaign to distribute free media and raise awareness for National Bullying Prevention Month. Along with the release of this infographic, aspects of the campaign include the release of an eBook for parents, a slideshare presentation, a webinar, and a twitter party.
Tyler O’Rourk, uKnowKids Community Outreach Manager. Founded in 2009 and headquartered in Arlington, VA., uKnow.com is the only company that offers a parental intelligence system available for both private-label and consumer use. uKnow.com powers the world’s leading Parental Intelligence Systems by working to help educate parents and protect vulnerable loved ones from internet dangers, including child predators, sexting, and cyberbullying. The company’s technology provides parents with a bird’s eye view of what is going on in their child’s social and digital worlds and arms them with unique tools to protect the safety and privacy of their kids. You can find uKnow.com on Twitter at twitter.com/uKnow_com, on Facebook at facebook.com/uKnow.com, and on the company parenting blog www.uknowkids.com/blog.