The suicide of Amanda Todd was tragic and has earned a heartfelt plea from many that bullying has got to be stopped. Parents are now realizing, if they didn’t before, that bullying is not an isolated incident, it happens more often than we think. Thestar.com reports on the incident and what can be done to prevent it from happening again in: “Amanda Todd Suicide: Tips to Handle Bullying from a Kids Help Phone Expert.”
Archive for November 2012
Bullying has become extreme in recent years, but in San Antonio students are fighting back. Anti-bullying advocates are working with the kids in this school to make sure that they stamp out bullying together. My SA’s Michelle Koidin Jaffee reports in “Empowering Student’s to Help Stop Bullying.”
A recent campaign has been started by parents in Norfolk to get a new pedestrian crossing so that their children will be safe whenever they are crossing the busy highway to and from school. EDP24’s Dominic Bareham reports on their progress in “Campaign for Norfolk Pedestrian Crossing to Keep Children Safe.”
Sexual predators have long been a threat to the safety of our children, the law has been cracking down and giving offenders stiffer penalties. The Mercury Staff reports on a forum being held for that very reason in “Spring-Ford Schools, Local Law Enforcement to Host Forum on Sex Offenders, Child Safety.”
The Internet is the future for our children and whether we like it or not, they are going to be exposed. This week we learned what some of the very real dangers are, and what is being done to protect our children.
- Are school nurse shortages threatening our children? Janelle Lilley thinks so. Read all about it here.
- Statistics show that most children who are struck by cars are jaywalking when it happens.
- Two major companies are teaming up to teach our children about Internet safety. Find out which ones they are here.
- Ireland has instituted a block on the Internet to stop children from inadvertently viewing online porn. Shouldn’t it be this way in every country?
- The FBI is doing their part to teach online safety to America’s children with classes to teach them cybersecurity measures.
- Finally, we ended the week with a look at the very real dangers to children from Internet chat rooms to social media sites.
There is no way to avoid the fact that your children are going to be exposed to the Internet. It is the way of the world now and the more they know about computers, the better their future will be. There are dangers associated with Internet use however – very real dangers that every parent and child should be aware of. The FBI has recently revealed a program that will teach our children what they need to look out for on the Internet. The Huffington Post has posted an article on the topic entitled “Keeping Kids Safe Online: New FBI Program Teaches Cybersecurity to Children.” While this is a huge step towards keeping our children safe, parents need to know the dangers as well.
One of the main dangers to young children, and teenagers as well, is the existence of sexual predators. Social media sites like Facebook have all of your teens’ personal information and you never know who is frequenting this site. Chat rooms are another place that sexual predators seem to lurk just waiting to lure young children and teens into a trap. You need to monitor your child’s online presence and activity carefully to prevent a disaster from happening. It’s always better to be overly cautious now than sorry later on.
On October 15, the FBI implemented a program that is aimed at teaching America’s youth how to be safe online. The safety classes include not only Internet safety, but cellphones and chat rooms as well. Huffington Post reports on all of the details in “Keeping Kids Safe Online: New FBI Program Teaches Cybersecurity to Children.”
Ireland has recently installed online blocks to stop the youth of their country from being subjected to online porn. The ease with which they can run across a porn site is frightening. This needs to be done in every country that online porn is easily accessible. Independent.ie’s Aideen Sheehan reports in: “Young are Damaged by the Easy Access to Online Porn.”
Mcafee and Everloop have recently teamed up to bring awareness to today’s youth of the dangers of the Internet. They need to realize that with growing technology comes a wealth of dangers. These two companies are working diligently together to get the word out and teach our children what to look for, and avoid, on the Internet. Wired.com’s Kevin Makice reports in: “Everloop and Mcafee Team up to Teach Internet Safety.”
Jaywalking has been determined to be one of the leading causes of children being hit by cars, along with darting out in front of them. The best thing to do is educate our children on the dangers according to Deseret News’ Rachel Lowry in: “Most Children Struck by Cars When Jaywalking.”