Cyberbullying occurs when someone sends hurtful messages online or by cell phone. Cyberbullying comes in many forms and examples include: writing rude comments, spreading rumors, and posting embarrassing pictures. This is such a serious issue that the State of Illinois recently passed legislature outlawing the use of the Internet to harass someone, determining that violators could even be punished by time in prison. As a parent, you can help your child prevent cyberbullying by limiting the sharing of personal information (such as his/her email address and cell phone number). A child who receives an inappropriate email or text should not respond, but instead tell a trusted adult about the situation. By taking these precautions, you can help your child to become a savvy user of technology.
"The time is always right to do what is right"
~Martin Luther King, Jr.