By Mark Maslin | 06/20/2017 04:03:17By Mark Maslien| The Wall St Journal, The Wall Street Journal,The Wired,The Wall Street JournoList,Associated Press,Safeguarding your kids online from cyber-bullying and online harassment may seem like a distant concept, but it’s a reality in some areas of the internet, and the internet is often used as a scapegoat for online bullying and harassment.
It is, however, a fact of life that most young people will be the target of online bullying, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP).
The AAP’s new report, Internet Safety in Schools, outlines what’s known as “social contagion,” a phenomenon in which the actions of one person can cause an effect on another, especially when people share information about a problem.
“The more that you can share, the more that people will listen,” said Dr. Mary Catherine Glynn, a professor of pediatrics at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and the lead author of the report.
Internet safety is an issue that’s often overlooked by parents who worry about how their children will cope.
“It’s a real problem that we have, especially in our rural communities,” said Jennifer Wurf, executive director of The Cyber-Safety Alliance, a nonprofit organization dedicated to cyber safety and the internet.
“I’m a huge fan of the Internet and it’s such a safe platform for kids to learn,” she added.
The cyber safety report, released Monday, includes a section titled, “How to be Cyber-Safe.”
The section outlines the steps to take to be safe online and in public.
You can learn more about cyber safety here: http://www.aap.org/internetsafety/online-safety-how-to-be-cyber-safe/ The main focus of the section is cyber safety on the internet; the rest of the sections addresses social, physical and emotional issues that may come up.
Social contagion occurs when the actions or ideas of one individual or group of people can spread to other people or groups.
It can happen through Facebook posts or comments, or through the actions and behavior of strangers.
It’s often the result of bad people trying to get the attention of someone or to make someone feel good.
“It is an unfortunate situation that we’re facing right now in the cyber space,” said Glynn.
“We have these kinds of attacks on people and it has been shown to be very effective.”
Online bullying is also very common, she added, with one study finding that 80 percent of online abuse is directed at women.
The internet has been a big target for the cyber-bully in the past, as it allows people to share information anonymously.
But with more people accessing the internet and more devices, it’s becoming harder for people to be anonymous.
That means more people have to share their online activities and experiences.
“If you have to be a part of a group, you might not be a good fit for what you’re doing on the Internet,” said Wurfl.
“That’s when we see that you have the most impact.
It becomes harder to be part of something that is anonymous.”
If you or someone you know is experiencing cyber-safety issues, contact a national non-profit organization that can help.
Here are some tips for making sure your child is safe online: Use a social media platform like Facebook, Twitter or Instagram to discuss issues online.
Don’t share sensitive information about yourself with anyone.
Be cautious of posting anything that could be interpreted as a personal attack on your child.
Have your child and family members ask for help on a regular basis.
Encourage your child to speak to a professional when they need help, and be prepared to talk about what’s going on.
You can also contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK or call 1-800-273/TALK.
Read the InternetSafety report online here:http://onlinesafety.aaps.org