Teaching Parents The How-To’s Of Daily Online Security & Safety

TIWHTY Thursday

CyberBullying – Hey, Back Off!: Tips for Stopping Teen Harassment Vol I Issue X

Bullying among teens is epidemic. Many teens are harassed on a daily basis by mean text messages(cyber bullying), sexual harassment, teasing (verbal) , hitting or punching (physical) and some are guilty of harassment without knowing they are perpetrators of illegal acts. Now teens will understand that bullying can have serious long-term consequences on self-esteem and be the root of antisocial behaviors, dropping out of school, health problems and even suicide.

Here is my favorite book on CyberBullying besides mine of course! This is absolutely one of the best books on the market for defining and helping you to understand what Bullying, CyberBullying and Harassment really are, in today’s modern world:

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Hey, Back Off! by Withers and Hendrickson is the first comprehensive teen guide to harassment prevention.

I was doing some research today for Think IT Won’t Happen To You? Thursday, and I found some great articles and resources for parents, especially for their families. Each of the articles had some really good advice, tools and how-to’s for watching over them (their children) and protecting them from online predators!

Check out all 4 of these great online resources below, read and study the information, becuase you may never know… when you might need it!

1) What does an online predator “look like”?

The online predator:

1) Blends into society

2) Is typically clean cut and outwardly law abiding

3) Is usually white, middle-aged or younger, and male

4) Uses position in society to throw off suspicion

5) Can rise to be a pillar of society while actively pursuing children

6) Often engages in activities involving children

7) Appears trusting to both parents and child

Predators are in all professions. Unfortunately, we have seen doctors, lawyers, law enforcement and clergy. There is really no common trait. In fact, many of them are drawn to those particular professions which give them access to children” —Mary Beth Buchanan, U.S. District Attorney, Western Pennsylvania

It is very difficult to recognize a disguised predator.

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An astounding 2300 Americans are reported missing every day, including both adults and children. But only a tiny fraction of those are stereotypical abductions or kidnappings by a stranger…

Reports of missing persons have increased sixfold in the past 25 years, from roughly 150,000 in 1980 to about 900,000 this year. The increase was driven in part by the country’s growing population. But the numbers also indicate that law enforcement treats the cases more seriously now, including those of marginalized citizens.

For example, the federal government counted 840,279 missing persons cases in 2001. All but about 50,000 were juveniles, classified as anyone younger than 18.

The National Center for Missing Adults, based in Phoenix, consistently tracks about 48,000 “active cases,” says president Kym Pasqualini, although that number has been bumped up by nearly 11,000 reports of persons missing after this year’s hurricanes.

In a phone interview, Pasqualini said a breakdown of the 48,000 cases reveals the democratic nature of America’s missing persons.

Slightly more than half—about 25,500—of the missing are men. About four out of 10 missing adults are white, three of 10 black and two of 10 Latino.
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