default avatar
Welcome to the site! Login or Signup below.
Logout|My Dashboard

More links on bullying

Font Size:
Default font size
Larger font size

Posted: Tuesday, January 25, 2011 10:40 pm | Updated: 11:17 pm, Tue Jan 25, 2011.

I attended a seminar Tuesday night in Galt about bullying that discussed ways for parents and teachers to deal with it. After a string of highly publicized teen suicides nationwide, it was a very timely subject and one I imagine most parents are interested in.

Cyberbullying was one of the main topics. Liberty High Principal Brian Deis said it has exploded over the last three or four years. Before he said, bullies would write someone's name in a bathroom stall. Now, they post it on Facebook where hundreds of classmates can read it. Or they post a video of a fight on YouTube where thousands of people can view it.

He said parents need to be more aware of what their kids are doing online. He recommends regularly checking text messages, Facebook and MySpace accounts. Most parents pay for a cell phone and Internet for their children, and they should not hesitate to find out what is happening online.

Here's some additional tips to prevent cyberbullying:

• Make an agreement with your children to keep all Internet capable devices out of children's bedrooms.

• Talk regularly with your child about online activities that he or she is involved in.

• Talk specifically about cyberbullying and encourage your child to tell you immediately if he or she is the victim of cyberbullying, cyberstalking or other illegal or troublesome online behavior. Explain that you will not take away their technology if they confide in you about a problem they are having.

• Encourage your child to tell you if he or she is aware of others who may be the victims of cyberbullying.

• Explain that cyberbullying is harmful and unacceptable behavior. Outline your expectations for responsible online behavior and make it clear that there will be consequences for inappropriate behavior. Explain that treating others well online may also protect them from being harassed or cyberbullied.

• Although adults must respect the privacy of children and youth, concerns for your child's safety may sometimes override these privacy concerns. Tell your child that as a responsible parent you may review his or her online communications if you think there is reason for concern.

• Consider installing parental control filtering software and/or monitoring programs, but do not rely solely on these tools.

These tips came from the Health Resources and Services Administration's Stop Bullying Now! website. 

The California Department of Education has assembled bullying publications and resources. Also, Education.com has a articles, videos, quizzes and online workshops focused on bullying. 

Lisa Ford-Berry, whose son committed suicide in 2008 after he was bullied in a Sacramento high school, also started a group called Bullies Really Are Violating Everyone.

Rules of Conduct

  • 1 Use your real name. You must register with your full first and last name before you can comment. (And don’t pretend you’re someone else.)
  • 2 Keep it clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually oriented language.
  • 3 Don’t threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated.
  • 4 Be truthful. Don't lie about anyone or anything. Don't post unsubstantiated allegations, rumors or gossip that could harm the reputation of a person, company or organization.
  • 5 Be nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
  • 6 Stay on topic. Make sure your comments are about the story. Don’t insult each other.
  • 7 Tell us if the discussion is getting out of hand. Use the ‘Report’ link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
  • 8 Share what you know, and ask about what you don't.
  • 9 Don’t be a troll.
  • 10 Don’t reveal personal information about other commenters. You may reveal your own personal information, but we advise you not to do so.
  • 11 We reserve the right, at our discretion, to monitor, delete or choose not to post any comment. This may include removing or monitoring posts that we believe violate the spirit or letter of these rules, or that we otherwise determine at our discretion needs to be monitored, not posted, or deleted.

Welcome to the discussion.

Popular Stories



Mailing List

Subscribe to a mailing list to have daily news sent directly to your inbox.

  • Breaking News

    Would you like to receive breaking news alerts? Sign up now!

  • News Updates

    Would you like to receive our daily news headlines? Sign up now!

  • Sports Updates

    Would you like to receive our daily sports headlines? Sign up now!

Manage Your Lists