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Page Ten N/Warren Town and County News Thursday, November 21, 2013 From Amy Hock, Nor- walk Public Information Officer It seems that anymore, we open a newspaper or watch the evening news and are confronted with a tragic story about bully- ing. Bullying can take many forms, such as hit- ting or punching (physical bullying); teasing or name- calling (verbal bullying); intimidation using ges- tures or social exclusion (nonverbal bullying or emotional bullying); un- wanted sexual contact (sexual bullying); and sending insulting messag- es by e-mail or social me- dia sites (cyber-bullying). Parents should never think of bullying as just a matter of "kids being kids." It is a serious problem and should, be treated as such. Your child deserves to grow up and attend schools in a safe, comfort- able environment. The following are some tips for parents and teens to prevent cyberbullying*. For Parents: 1. Establish that all rules for interacting with people in real life also apply for interacting online or through cell phones. Con- vey that cyberbullying in- Bullying- Helpful Tips to Prevent Cyberbullying flicts harm and causes pain is. Research what consti- treated. By being a jerk to are being bullied, report it. in the real world as well as tutes cyberbullying, as others online, you are re- The School Resource Offic- in cyberspace. 2. Educate your chil- dren about appropriate Internet-based behaviors. Explain to them the prob- lems that can be created when technology is mis- used (e.g., damaging their reputation, getting in trou- ble at school or with the police). 3. Model appropriate technology usage. Don't harass or joke about others while online, especially around your children. Don't text while driving. Your kids are watching and learning. 4. Look for warning signs that something ab- normal is going on with respect to their technology usage. If your child be- comes withdrawn or their Internet use becomes ob- sessive, they could either be a victim or a perpetra- tor of cyberbullying. 5. Teach and reinforce positive morals and values about how others should be treated with respect and dignity. For Teens 1. Educate Yourself - To prevent cyberbullying from occurring you must understand exactly what it well as how and where it is most likely to occur. Talk to your friends about what they are seeing and expe- riencing. 2. Keep Photos "PG" - Before posting or sending that sexy image of your- sell consider if it's some- thing you would want your parents, grandpar- ents and the rest of the world to see. Bullies can use this/icture as ammu- nition to make life misera- ble for you. 3. Pause Before You Post - Do not post anything that may compromise your reputation. People will judge you based on how you appear to them online. They will also give or deny you opportunities (jobs, scholarships, intern- ships) based on this. 4. Raise Awareness - Start a movement, create a club, build a campaign, or host an event to bring awareness to cyberbully- inn. While you may under- stand what it is, it's not until others are aware of it too that we can truly pre- vent it from occurring. 5. Don't Be A Cyberbul- ly Yourself - Treat others how you would want to be inforcing the idea that the behavior is acceptable. It is always a good prac- tice to monitor what your child is doing. Emphasize that you are not spying on them; you simply want to ensure their safety and are trying to protect them from harm. A majority of parents will ask where their child is going and when they will be home when they go to a friend's house or out for the evening. They will check to make sure their child is where they say they are by confirming with other par- ents and friends. But par- ents don't generally think about asking those ques- tions in the electronic world. There could be more damaging effects while the child is in the safety of their own home while on the Internet, so- cial media, texting, etc. Police Officers hear par- ents comment 'I wish I would have known or heard about it sooner.' Par- ents should review their child's activity with them from time to time and get involved in what their kids are doing. If you are a student and er is there to help. Take a stand and put a stop to cy- berbullying before it be- gins. Don't let on of our students be the next statis- tic in the newspaper. *This information was made available by the Cy- berbullying Research Cen- ter. Did You Know? (NAPS)--"Research helps show that today's market presents a generational opportunity for home buy- ers and current home own- ers looking to leverage their market position," advised Century 21 Real Estate President Rick Davidson. More information is at www.century21.com/buying advice and (866) 732-6139. 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