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October Is National Bullying Awareness Month: How to Keep Your Kids Safe on Facebook

kids on facebookOctober is National Bullying Awareness Month and while the bullying that happens to kids today is mostly referred to as cyberbullying, it’s still bullying.

As someone who faced the full force of the internet last week, I can tell you that adults can say terrible awful, horrible, no good, very bad things.

Keyboard courage is not a good thing. I can’t imagine how nasty hormone raged kids get when they type before they think.

While I have argued in the past that Facebook is just fine for kids under 13, parents need to pay attention to what’s happening on the site. After the jump, how to keep your kids safe from bullying when they’re online.

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  • Foster Media Literacy 1 of 5
    Foster Media Literacy
    "What's online stays online: Educate your children on the use of the Internet and social networks. Make them aware that things posted online basically can't be removed. Even information that's posted and then deleted on Facebook will continuously be stored on Facebook's servers and by apps connected to the Facebook profile."
    - via secure.me
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  • Explain 2 of 5
    Explain
    "Less information is more: The less information, photos, comments and posts your children share, the less they're vulnerable towards insults from others.
    - via secure.me
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  • Educate 3 of 5
    Educate
    "Do unto others as you would have others do unto you: Tell your children that teasing, even if meant in a fun way, can hurt others, specifically as online communication can lead to misunderstandings much more than face-to-face communication."
    - via secure.me
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  • Communicate 4 of 5
    Communicate
    "Conversation is key: Ask your children to talk to you if they feel bullied by their classmates and other kids. "
    - via secure.me
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  • Monitor 5 of 5
    Monitor
    "Have an eye on your children's activities: In the age of social networks it becomes more and more common for parents to monitor their children's social network profile — in the future it'll be part of their parental duty of supervision in the same way as controlling their child's TV consumption, no matter if children and teens like it or not. As a parent, you should know your kids' privacy settings in social networks and the information your child publishes. "
    - via secure.me
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