What is Cyberbullying?

So you’re probably aware that cyberbullying is a big problem, but you may be scratching your head about just what it is.  As a parent you need to be able to know when you see it – both so you can prevent your child from being the victim cyberbullying – or worse, being the bully.

Cyberbullying can take multiple forms, but basically its when one kid or group of kids uses the internet to embarrass, harass or negatively affect another kid.  Cyberstalking or cyberharassment is when an adult does the same thing, but to another adult (or minor.).

Cyberbullies may use email chains, social networks or blogs to post and spread harmful rumors about other kids.  It could be as simple as taking the same old schoolyard tactics of making fun of someone, or twsiting the truth, or harping on an embarrassing incident and posting it online.  The anonymity of the internet – with its lack of face to face contact makes it even easier for tweens and teens to bully one another.

Unfortunately, most kids won’t give much thought to how harmful teasing other kids can be.  It might all seem like a big joke.  Teens lack the empathy to understand that when one person is the butt of everyone’s joke, day in and day out, it’s not funny at all.  Cyberbullying can ruin a teens social standing and reputation, making school a terrible place to be.

As a parent it’s important to teach your children about what constitutes cyberbullying and how they can avoid it.  Ir’s also important that they feel they can come to you if they are facing bullies.   And it’s also critical that you firmly lay down the law on what behaviors you expect from your children online – in other words, tell them being a cyberbully is wrong.   While making fun of another kid or teen may seem like harmless fun, in reality repeated bullying takes a toll on the victim – leading to severe depression and social alienation.

Another important consideration is that issuing threats against another person can be a criminal matter – even if it’s all a big “joke.”  While most parents and school authorities won’t press charges against teenagers for cyberbullying, it’s important that your tween or teen understand that it really is a big deal.

Being int the know about the different forms cyberbullying can take will make it more likely you’ll spot when one of your children is the victim or the bully.  By instituting a zero tolerance rule on the behavior, you’ll be able to stop cyberbullying.

A Night at the Museum – For You!

Are You Ready to Spend a Night at the Museum
Are You Ready to Spend a Night at the Museum

Okay, GirlMoguls, I know you saw the movie A Night at the Museum. It’s Rose here, wondering if you ever thought of staying the night at a museum. Well, I have some super cool news for you! The Smithsonian (yes that museum in the sequel) is actually letting some kids and their parents do exactly that! They letting you in to sleep over at the museum, and see all of the crazy and awesome exhibits through the night!

I would totally love to do this. You get to experience history is a fun and completely new way. I think the movie must have inspired the people who run the museum, because it is a like the movie coming to real life, and like a dream come true. Basically, once a month, the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History will host an overnight sleepover for kids and their chaperones. The chaperones have to over the age of 21, and you must pre-register by calling the museum. They have dates set up from January 2010, until April 2010 right now, so get calling! It’s an amazing opportunity for kids like us, so I suggest at least checking it out. You’ll be able to bring your own sleeping bags, and experience a night of fun. The program includes family workshops, performances, hands-on activities, and special screening on the Giant IMAX screen in the museum. You can also explore some museum exhibits, while meeting some fun characters along the way and having some good snacks. Don’t forget to check out the giant squid!

You can look up the details about the program here, on the Smithsonian website. This a really cool offer that won’t be around for long, so tell your parents about checking it out with you (I know I am!). One adult is required per group of 3 kids, and no siblings under the age of 8 can be admitted. Who knows? You just might be seeing me, GirlMogul Rose, walking around the Smithsonian one of these nights!

GirlMogul Rose
GirlMogul Rose

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