Cyberbullying and Cyberharassment
Kids can be mean sometimes. Unfortunately, the Internet often makes it easier for people to say hurtful things because it's more impersonal and anonymous than real life. As a result, many kids participate in cyberbullying even though they don't consider themselves bullies.
It's important for your children to understand that the comments they make online can hurt just as much as those made face to face. Make sure they know not to say anything online that they wouldn't say in person.
It's also possible for kids to face serious consequences for cyberbullying. Many schools now have zero-tolerance policies for bullying, which may include cyberbullying that occurs outside of school. In some cases, students have even been suspended from school for cyberbullying.
For more information, read the article Could Your Child Be a Cyber-Bully?.
The following resources have great information on cyberbullying, including helpful activities for kids and teens: