Digital Citizenship Tip of the Week – 1/21/2016

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It can be hard to keep up with the latest apps your kids are using, But here’s the deal: Even when new apps come along, adding new features such as the ability to disappear or track your location, they’re often not that different from other apps. And if you know what to look for, you can help your kid avoid some common social media pitfalls such as dramacyberbullying, and oversharing.

We, at Common Sense, know that tweens and teens have a propensity to say things on-line (bullying) that they wouldn’t normally say face to face. Take a look at this great blog for practical advice and information.  Additionally, parents often wonder if they should get involved in the drama or cyberbullying. Research indicates that peers sticking up for each other is a very effective defense against bullies. Bullies work by trying to isolate their victims. When kids rally around the target, it thwarts the bully. Encourage your kid to reach out to friends for support.

Have a great week and don’t forget to use Common Sense.

 

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