Bullying is unwanted, aggressive behavior among school aged children that involves a real or perceived power imbalance. The behavior is repeated, or has the potential to be repeated, over time. Both kids who are bullied and who bully others may have serious, lasting problems. Please visit here to learn more and we will continue to provide additional resources.
Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media is a go-to site for a wide range of resources for keeping our kids cyber safe and cyber smart. From managing your child's screen time to providing safe and helpful sites on YouTube to providing mental health resources and bullying prevention, we highly recommend that all parents review the resources available to help their children and families.
The Wait Until 8th Pledge
Do young kids really need a smartphone? The more we learn and experience, smartphones are distracting and potentially dangerous for children, and every major carrier has phones that simply call and text without a data plan. The Wait Until 8th Pledge empowers parents to rally together to delay giving children a smartphone until at least 8th grade. By banding together, this will decrease the pressure felt by kids and parents alike over the kids having a smartphone.
When a trusted adult is not available, Safe2Help Illinois offers students a safe, confidential way in which to share information that might help prevent suicide, bullying, school violence or other threats to child or school safety. This site is an incredible resource that also includes an anonymous tip line in the event children, parents or community members become aware of potential threats to safety.
Additional Cyber Safety Resources
Bark is a comprehensive parental control tool to monitor content, manage screen time, filter website and set location alerts.
Safewise is a detailed website which includes many resources, articles, and tips not only for online safety, but also home security.
Parenting in a Tech World is a large Facebook group where many ideas and questions are shared with other parents.
Common Sense Media is a leading and independent source for media recommendations and advice for families.
Be Internet Awesome is a resource from Google that teaches kids the fundamentals of digital citizenship and safety.
Family Online Safety Institute links to “7 Steps to Good Digital Parenting” and this international non-profit’s mission is to make the online world safer for kids.
Ted Talk: Why You Should be Spying on Your Kids is given by Naperville internet crime investigator Richard Wistocki who speaks of the importance of knowing what your children are doing online.