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Stories about Facebook, cyber bullying and online predators are all over the news on a daily basis. By staying up-to-date on current social networking news, you can better understand the potential dangers of the Internet and how to respond to them. Below, find the latest news headlines relating to social networking and online safety.
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October 5, 2012 By TanyaBefore I even start, I want to give you kudos!If you monitor your kids online and have noticed this suspicious activity, you should be commended for staying involved in their online world! That involvement has now paid off in keeping them safe!If they have reported a suspicious communication to you, you also deserve kudos! This means you have not only taught your child well in regards to being safe online and identifying potential dangers, but you also have great lines of communication where they feel comfortable talking to you. Way to go! We have talked about internet predators before… but what would you do if you actually thought your child had been approached by a predator via their Facebook account.Would you know how to handle it or how to report it to the authorities?
September 29, 2012 By TanyaAs we enter October, we will likely be hearing more about National Bully Prevention Awareness Month which includes Cyber Bullying.To recap, cyber bullying is different from schoolyard bullying because…
- It never stops. While school bullying stops when the child comes home, cyber bullying happens online where it is posted for all to see. It can occur while kids are in school, after school and all night long into the next day.
- Anyone can chime in. Since social networks are typically unlimited, anyone can join in on the banter, whether they know the victim or not. Thus, compounding the severity of the bullying.
- The conversation is shared with many people. Anything that is expressed online can be shared instantly with many people, across networks.
- It is insidious and can take many forms:
- Name calling or lies
- Violent threats and accusations
- Fake (or real) pictures to poke fun of someone
- Fake Facebook pages created with the sole intent of embarrassment
- “Jump on the band wagon” bullying where kids outside of the network join the bullying, just to partake
- Via cell phones with text messaging or via Internet and social networking sites – anywhere kids connect
- 24/7 online harassment
Sep 17, 2012 12:00 PM SheKnows.com by Ami BurnsPosted in Parenting / Parenting Tips & AdviceWhether you block your kids from certain television shows or websites, it's hard to know if they're 100 percent protected from content you don't want them to see.Find out if you're really protecting your childParents and experts disagree — is there really "control" with parental controls?Do parental controls really control inappropriate content?
July 25, 2012 By Olfa 4 CommentsCyber Bullying is a huge concern today. With the rise popularity of social network sites, bullying online is more frequent. Kids between the ages of 7 and 18 get negative comments that can affect their well-being and self-esteem. I am lucky because my son isn’t embracing the social network yet. He is too young for that but with all the bullying he went through, I am afraid that he will be the target of cyber bullying. I am always looking for ways to protect him and prevent either bullying and probable cyber bullying. True Care can help you prevent Cyber bullying