(Gawkwire.com) Cyber bullying is spreading like a pandemic across the World Wide Web. Millions of children are impacted daily. Kamaron Institute Management Consulting Educational Services is opening the electronic doors of a Cyber Bullying Solutions Center at http://Kamaron.org.
A global community outreach, Kamaron Cyber Bullying Solutions Center features lesson plans, activities, prevention strategies, instructional videos and parent/teacher guides. The cyber glossary arms parents with a working knowledge of Internet Terms. The family cyber behavior character contract provides a foundation for behavior change. Kamaron Center features free activities for parents, elementary and secondary school use. The cyber IP tracker tool can empower parents.
"Internet or Cyber Bullying is the use of Internet e-mail, instant messaging, chat rooms, pagers, cell phones, or other forms of information technology to deliberately and repeatedly hurt, taunt, ridicule, threaten or intimidate someone," states Margaret Ross Kamaron Institute CEO. "Cyber bullying is happening around the clock around the globe."
Kamaron Institute Research Center polls thousands of students and teachers. They have been tracking cyber behaviors, surveying students, speaking and training for nearly a decade. Millions of American tweens and teens, approximately 48 percent, are being impacted by cyber bullying. As children’s computer skills begin at younger ages, so do their cyber bullying behaviors. One in three elementary students surveyed reported cyber bullying experiences.
Study Finds: Teens don’t tell their parents. Seven in 10 choose to suffer online bullying in silence rather than face the prospect of parental supervision, monitoring or web access limits. Teens are aware that their online bullying was likely to hurt the other person. The two motivators most frequently sited for their bully actions were (1) I don’t like them (2) I thought it was funny.
"Teens likely to have poor impulse control are often emboldened by a perceived sense of anonymity," notes Ross. "Most students we survey are unaware they could be leaving a trail of electronic finger prints in their wake. When I speak with teen leadership organizations discovering they may not be as invisible as they had thought makes a big impact."
Prepared Parent Cyber Bullying Talking Points
1. Do not delete
2. Neither respond nor pass it on
3. Do tell you
4. Do save the evidence
Communication: Talk regularly with your child about on-line activities he or she is involved in. Ask if their friends have received mean emails, txt or IM.
Set Cyber Limits: Set firm guidelines for cell phone and computer use and monitor that behavior. Research shows teens spend more than 40 monthly hours’ online.
Raise Family Awareness: Talk specifically about cyber-bullying. Explain that it is harmful and unacceptable behavior.
Have Specific Consequences: Outline your expectations for responsible online behavior and clearly explain the consequences for inappropriate behavior. Follow through on consequence.