October is Cyberbullying Awareness Month. This school year, you never know what might bubble up as the heady brew of hormones, relationships, and technology is stirred. Digital drama will play out in texts, on social media, and on popular teen websites. From forums that let kids pose hurtful questions to self-destructing messaging apps, new technologies enable novel ways to get attention, provoke, and try out online personas — and they go viral fast.
Whether your kid is a bully or is being bullied, we answer all your cyberbullying questions, offering age-appropriate advice, school resources, and more from parents and experts. Popular apps, sites, and services also offer guidance and help when, where, and how kids need it.
Of course there are many beneficial technologies that kids use responsibly, and not all new technologies can or will be misused. Kids often are the first to discover the latest and greatest thing, whether it’s a download from the app store or a cool online trend — but, just as they must sit through algebra and world history, they need to learn how to use these tools safely and responsibly. Our Cyberbullying Prevention Guide can help you teach these lessons and raise “upstanders” against cyberbullying.
Have a great week!