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Teaching Your Kids About Online Bullying By Choosing To Spread Kindness
When it comes to bullying, it comes in all forms. When I was a child, it was being bullied on the bus, at the bus stop, or by neighborhood kids in the afternoon. The internet didn’t become prevalent until I was about fifteen years old. Now, there are bullies online. Movies are being made about bullies online. Adults harassing kids and kids harassing kids. I have partnered with Google to bring #BeInternetAwesome through this sponsored post through Forward Influence Network to the eyes of my readers, we can make a difference. We can make a change and spread kindness.
October is National Bullying Prevention Month. We should treat every day as a prevention day. Be Internet Awesome is something that needs to happen on the daily to make it like our real life offline actions. Too many people like to hide behind a computer screen. While we should not let this cause us harm and hurt, unfortunately it does.
Online bullying is referred to as “cyberbullying”. The internet an be a powerful tool to learn and create things. It can also ruin lives. It ruins self image. It ruins confidence. 28% of students have experience bullying. 71% of students have witnessed bullying. Only about 20-30% of children will notify adults about the bullying. Over 50% of parents are concerned about their child being bullied.
Be Internet Awesome is a free multifaceted program designed to teach kids the fundamentals of safety where they can explore the online world with confidence. It is available in both English and Spanish. Be Internet Awesome wants to teach about online bully9ing with an adventure-packed online game about digital safety and offers plenty of resources for both parents and educators.
The five areas of Internet awesomeness are:
Where we learn to share with care
Where we learn not to fall for fake
Where we learn how to secure our digital stuff
Where we learn that it’s cool to be kind
Where we learn that, when in doubt, we talk it out
Play Interland with your kids and put your kindness skills to the test at the Kind Kingdom.
As an adult, I often see cyberbullying between adults. I know, you would think adults would know how to behave online. Often it is in sales groups, on live news feeds, and public pages. We need to teach out children that the screen does not give an allowance to be mean.
Many children silence themselves when it comes to reporting bullying, in fear of being bullied themselves. There are many private and public ways to call out the behavior. Encouraging good behavior, compliments, and befriending those are a few public actions. If you want to encourage them to be awesome in private you can always approach via a private message, tell them you are there to talk to them, have a phone call. Sad to say but many bullies, are lonely. They are lonely in their lives at home or at school.
You and your children can spread kindness online by steering away from negative behaviors, complimenting people, liking photos, encouraging people in your lives who post, and as well ignoring negative behaviors when it comes to live news feeds, chat rooms, and games. The Kind Kingdom is like a video game, so a fun way to learn. You collect kindness and help spread it, earning point along the way.
There are many activities in the Be Kind Curriculum, it’s a great tool to share with your child’s teacher as well. The program will help to identify situations of harassment or bullying online, evaluate what it means to be a bystander or up-stander online, how to behave if you experience harassment, and many more skills to help children be aware of their online surroundings as well as offline.
Remember, starting the conversation with your children at home is the key and only the beginning. Check out Be Internet Awesome and the Kind Kingdom to drive the conversation and learn how to spread the kindness and tackle online bullying one step at a time.
Author: Nichole Arnold
I’m the owner of Mommy Needs a Bottle . I’m a 30- something wine enthusiast that resides in Tampa, FL. I love family traditions, traveling, cooking, baking, reading, fashion, tattoos, beauty products, and being a Mommy! I have a background in marketing, public relations, copywriting, and sales.