February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month.
Love is Respect continue to educate teens, parents and communities on dating violence. We live in a world of technology where today it’s not only about physical and verbal abuse, people are suffering with digital abuse.
What is digital abuse?
You deserve to be in a safe and healthy relationship, both in person or online. If your partner is digitally abusive, know their behavior is not acceptable and could be illegal. Check out our tips below for staying safe on social networking sites like Facebook, Twitter, foursquare and others.
- Only post things you want the public to see or know. Once it’s online, it’s no longer under your control.
- Be protective of your personal information. Your phone numbers and addresses enable people to contact you directly, and things like your birth date, the schools you attended, your employer and photos with landmarks may make it easier for someone to find where you live, hang out or go to school.
- Set boundaries and limits. Tell people not to post personal information, negative comments or check-ins about you on social media. Ask people not to post or tag pictures if you’re not comfortable with it.
- You can keep your passwords private — sharing passwords is not a requirement of being in a relationship.
- Don’t do or say anything online you wouldn’t in person. It may seem easier to express yourself when you are not face-to-face, but online communication can have real-life negative consequences.
Learn more – visit www.loveisrespect.org
Years ago MySpace gave way to Facebook. Now we have many social networks out there such as Instagram, Twitter, Tumblr and more.
It is important that teens understand how to use their privacy settings in all their social media sites as well as never to give out their passwords.
Common Sense Media reminds parents of the current apps that teens are using today:
The 2014 Workplace Bullying Institute survey (PDF) was released.
37 million workers reported being subjected to “abusive conduct” and 65.5 million are affected by this behavior. Whether it was those abused or people that witnessed it, peer cruelty is happening in workplaces across our country.
We often discuss children when it comes to bullying and cyberbullying. Sadly adult bullying topics are rarely in the headlines.
This is not to diminish the fact that our youth are important, the fact they are killing themselves over words of hatred and learning to treat each other with such cruelty is despicable.
We have to take a moment to realize, does it start at the top?
Parents, teachers, coaches and all grownups, especially those in the workplace should be people that our children respect.
The recent PSA released by VH1 is a reminder that the very people may be making fun of today could end up being your bosses for later. Like with many ad-campaigns, it can be extreme. Sadly the fact that many kids are tormented and harassed is true.
Is the PSA tasteful? There are many opinions. The message is there, and that is what needs to be heard.
No one is immune to bullying. At any age it is not right. Kindness will always take you so much further in life.
A great way for students to make a difference!
Cyber-seniors are now experiencing a new world thanks to students taking time to teach them about the Internet.
With over 112K followers on Twitter and 1.3M on Facebook, there is cause for celebration!
Parents, teachers, community leaders and people are learning from Safer Online by Microsoft.
I was thrilled and honored to be included as one of their key influencers!
Listed among people I highly respect, I love Microsoft and Safer Online for continuing to reach out and educate people through different mediums. They offer a variety of resources such as articles, contests, books, quiz’s, video’s and fantastic educational and information websites.