My eldest child was born the same year that the iPhone was released for the first time. It was such a hit! And while a lot of people thought it would turn out to be a dying fad, here we are with people addicted so much to their devices that they can’t stand in lines without looking at their phones or go to the restroom without swiping through Tik Toks or Instagram reels.
It’s crazy to think that most of our youth today don’t know a world without smart devices.
A survey conducted in 2017 by Common Sense Media showed that by age 11, a majority (53%) of kids had their own smartphone, and by 12 more than two-thirds (69%) had one.
This means that kids are becoming exposed to a lot of information sooner than they’re ready for it to include pornography.
As a matter of fact, the average child in the U.S. accidentally finds porn between the age of 7 and 8.
1 in 10 parents knows the code to their child’s device and 50 percent of kids admit to...
How much do you know about cyberbullying?
According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, “cyberbullying” was first used in 1998 and is defined as “the electronic posting of mean-spirited messages about a person. In other words, cyberbullying is the act of bullying anywhere online. Our use of the web leaves digital footprints that can be tracked by people who know how to follow a footprint.
That’s why you might have heard of some celebrities getting canceled for having posted terrible things during the early age of the internet.
With time and the advancement of technology, cyberbullying has increased, but the protection laws for cyberbullying (as well as other forms of bullying) have not caught up with it.
Cyberbullying is bullying online. The acts are repeated and aimed at shaming, slurring, angering, humiliating, or causing any negative distress to another person. Like bullying, cyberbullying has not been federally defined in...
I was speaking to a parent this past week who was feeling awful for not having listened to her child.
You see, her child had been bullied for a while. She thought that her incidents were not that bad. Then, months later she found out that her child was experiencing extreme symptoms from her bullying experiences.
Her child was having panic attacks, couldn’t sleep, and got physically sick often. Her child kept asking to stay home and then one day, her child just refused to go to school.
After long talks and some therapy sessions, this mom found out that the bullying experiences had been very consistent over the course of a year. Furthermore, she found out that teachers had been part of the bullying as well.
Sadly, this happens. That’s why it’s important for parents to ask as many questions as possible to find out what kids are...
Some parents do what they think will help stop it, not realizing their actions can make the situation worse.
That’s what happened to a mother who decided to directly speak to her child’s bully.
Perhaps she wasn’t aware that boarding a school bus was considered trespassing. That’s reason enough for her to be arrested or fined (depending on the state laws).
But this mother went further. She began verbally assaulting the 11-year old child and she ended up fighting the child (physical assault).
The whole thing was caught on video. But, let’s assume the child hit her first. As an adult, what are the chances that the justice system will side with the mother?
You see, I have read many news articles about similar situations because, in my opinion, parents are not well aware of efficient ways to manage bullying situations involving their children and schools are not taking bullying complaints seriously enough.
This is why...
Since many schools throughout the nation are returning to online learning, more kids will be tempted to navigate to their social media sites.
And, let's be honest, they're already spending more time than any parent would want online, right?
So, let’s talk about SOCIAL MEDIA ETIQUETTE.
If you’ve been following me for a while, you’ve already read or heard me talk about delaying the use of smart devices for kids until you can no longer hold back.
You’ve also read or heard me talk about things to consider agreeing on with your kids when YOU DO give them access to devices and the internet.
Now, let’s review a few details about online etiquette:
1 Never share or repost information that you have not confirmed. You can avoid arguments with friends and family if you follow this suggestion.
2 NEVER share or post mean comments, images, or videos about someone (even if they are notorious for being a bully)
Most kids NEVER tell an adult that they're being bullied because they try to handle the situation alone or they fear that telling an adult might make matters worse.
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