October is Cyber Security Awareness Month. In order to prepare for activities and boost your organization’s security awareness posture we will focus on several areas in the cyber security realm. By the time October rolls around you should have plenty of resources to make you #CyberAware
#CyberBullying is bullying. Cyber bullying is persistent. It follows the victim wherever they may go. It takes many forms through social media, texting and instant messaging. It can be public or private. Statistics show that over half of adolescents have been bullied online and about the same number have engaged in cyber bullying. Passive bullying, witnessing a bullying activity but doing nothing, is as bad as the bullying itself and can worsen the situation.
We can help keep kids safe from bullying by talking about it.
- What is it?
- How does it happen?
- How does it make you feel?
- What can you do about it?
Tell kids to stay away from where the cyber bullying takes place. If they are the victim, tell them to speak up and tell the bully to stop. If they are not comfortable with that then tell them to talk to a trusted adult.
Teach kids to be kind online. Help them to build a positive digital footprint. Show them how to set their privacy settings in websites and apps and to remember that they should never share their password.
Encourage kids to get involved. Write a blog or create a poster about cyber bullying, Join or start a school safety committee. Sharing their ideas with other students is a great way to encourage a positive atmosphere.