Health Watch - Bullying: Cyberbullying
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This week on Health Watch, we’re talking about bullying and what parents can do to help their children. With today’s technology, bullying is no longer limited to the schoolyard. Cyberbullying can follow kids home or wherever else they might go through the Internet and cell phones.
Cyberbullying is the use of technology to send messages or images that can hurt or embarrass someone. Dr. Thomas Van Hoose, a clinical psychologist affiliated with UT Southwestern Medical Center, says this kind of bullying can end up hurting both the victim and the perpetrator. It may seem easy to send anonymous messages, but these messages can be traced, and that can lead to legal consequences.
To help their kids avoid cyberbullying, parents should educate their children about proper Internet use and be aware of how their children use the Internet. Put computers in an area where parents can monitor Internet use, and make sure kids don’t give out passwords or personal information.
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