Tonight I was part of a Cyberbullying/bullying presentation through our local YMCA. Sadly, there were no families in attendance. What I find so interesting is the fact that I see several folks complain online that schools, local organizations such as the YMCA, churches, and other places families frequent are not doing anything to assist when it comes to cyberbullying and bullying. Well, if that’s the case, where was everyone tonight?
What’s even more interesting is the fact that people are still saying, through social media, that our community does not care about cyberbullying and bullying. Sadly, these parents need to take a step back and look at what they are posting on social media. It’s true our tweens and teens don’t always post smart things, but parents are just as guilty. I have seen a teenage girl post on Facebook that she is afraid to go to school because of what her Mom has posted on Facebook.
It’s time for folks in all communities to work together, find solutions to work together so “home” is safe for everyone. With our ever connected communities through social media, online activity is a part of our homes today. Therefore, it’s of the utmost importance that we all watch how we behave online. For parents, it’s easier than ever to monitor the activity of their kids on line. There are a wide variety of apps available to parents everywhere, and yes they do cost money. Often times parents will say, “I can’t afford the app.” My response is, “If you can’t afford the app, you cannot afford the phone.”
I’m thinking back to when our boys were maybe 8 and 12. Our local police department had a program on keeping kids safe online, as My Space had came onto the scene. My boys and I attended, and at that time we were the only ones in attendance and one other parent. So, I’m thinking that I am a Mom that pays attention to online activity and others don’t. And maybe parents think smart phones are “cheap” toys to hand their kids. I guess I’m really not getting the whole picture, as to why parents don’t care about online safety. I’d love to hear where you get your information when it comes to keeping kids safe online. I’m assuming parents get it all online, as it’s harder to have a face to face conversation.
So, I’m curious. If you are a parent, are you concerned about cyberbullying/bullying? Are you open to working with others to make your community safer or do you know it all? I know, for a fact, that I have a lot to learn when it comes to cyberbullying and bullying as the apps are changing all the time. There’s always something new to learn when it comes to social media and I will continue to educate folks all across the nation on being safe online.
So, if you live in my hometown, join us on Monday, October 20th at 6:30 p.m. at our local YMCA where we will discuss cyberbullying/bullying and how we can make our community a safer place to call home.