News articles and parent conversations seem to discuss cyber-bullying more and more. There are quite a few resources available on the Internet.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services hosts Stop Bullying and specifically addresses cyberbullying: <http://www.stopbullying.gov/cyberbullying/>. This site has a blog, videos and a newsroom. Another resource is <www.stopbullying.org>, where “Don’t Stand By, Stand Up” is promoted. Here, you can download the free Alex Wonder Kid Cyberdetective Agency Game to help stop cyberbullying.
The Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan has devoted a portion of her Web site to stopping cyberbullying. <http://illinoisattorneygeneral.gov/cyberbullying/> provides a variety of resources for kids, teenagers, parents, and educators seeking information and advice on stopping and preventing cyberbullying.
<http://www.cyberbullying.us/resources.php> is a site devoted exclusively to cyberbullying. There are many resources for parents and teens as well as teachers, with a plethora of teaching materials and student projects.
The Anti-Defamation League provides education and outreach on bullying and cyberbullying. <http://www.adl.org/education-outreach/bullying-cyberbullying/>. You’ll find strategies and resources for educators, kids, and parents.
Commonsense Media provides links to your own personal toolkit, differentiated by school level. <https://www.commonsensemedia.org/educators/cyberbullying-toolkit>. Advice for parents, resources for administrators, and resources for kids are well-organized links.
A Parent’s Guide to Bullying is available at <http://www.connectsafely.org/cyberbullying/>. The site lists books, articles and reports that deal in depth with the subject.
There are many resources and these are just a few. With a little research, you can help your child navigate the bad side of the Web. ■