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How can I protect my child from online harassment?

Shawn Edgington
Pediatrics
Take the following measures to defend your child against online harassment:
  • Set up a Google Alert for your child's name and make sure to set the content filter to "strict" and include "all online searches."
  • Set clear user boundaries and discuss what the consequences would be for misuse of any technology.
  • Regularly and openly monitor all social media accounts until your child is mature enough to socialize online without supervision.
  • Obey the age limits that social networking sites have set for users.
  • Empower your children to Ignore/Block/Report.
  • Online image protection, damage control, and proactive content monitoring are your parental obligation and responsibility.
  • Be prepared to restrict mobile devices or Internet privileges when necessary.
  • Don't be sneaky when monitoring -- be up-front and honest about what you're doing and how you're doing it.
  • Teach your children to have respect for others online and by text.
  • Advocate and attend school programs that provide education and awareness about their social media policies, procedures, and programs.

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