Top 3 Child Protection Laws By Michele Joel

Some social networking sites attract pre-teens — even kids as young as 5 or 6. These younger-focused sites don’t allow the same kinds of communication that teens and adults have, but there are still things that parents can do to help young kids socialize safely online. In fact, when it comes to young kids, the law provides some protections — and gives parents some control over the type of information that children can disclose online.

USA Laws:

  • The Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) requires websites to obtain parental consent before collecting, using, or disclosing personal information from children under age 13. If a website is violating COPPA, report it to the Federal Trade Commission. COPPA also allows parents to review their child’s social media, online profiles and blog pages.
  • Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) is a Federal law that is administered by the Family Policy Compliance Office in the U.S. Department of Education and generally prohibits the improper disclosure of personally identifiable information derived from education records.
  • The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) Privacy, Security and Breach Notification Rules protects the privacy of individually identifiable health information and sets national standards for the security of electronic protected health information
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Top 3 Child Protection Laws By Michele Joel

A New Method that Helps Kids by Sara Petsis

My Social Sitter is an effective learning tool that teaches kids about the importance of positive media communication. This program can act as a safeguard against harmful messages, and more specifically, against cyber-bullying threats.
Cyber-bullying, by definition, is the use of electronic communication to bully a person, typically by sending messages of an intimidating or threatening nature. Cyber-bullying incidents have increased astronomically with the prominence of social media in society. Any time your child turns on their phone or computer, they are at risk of becoming a cyber-bullying victim. Kids are using these means of communication to harass and target their peers. Bullies use their smartphones to make sure that the bullying never ends; even when the bell rings at the end of the school day.
Through My Social Sitter, our hope is that we can prevent cyber-bullying incidents that can lead a bullying victim to feelings of isolation, depression, and even suicide. Its evaluative features allow kids to manage their reputation, reassess their negative messages, and turn them into positive ones. Through this tool, children can learn the implications of their words, and how they might hurt others. My Social Sitter can help kids to use technology effectively, and assure parents that their child is being safe on the Internet.

A New Method that Helps Kids by Sara Petsis

Emotional Support for Kids this Summer by Alexandra Stuart

Summer is fast approaching, and that means endless fun and freedom for your child. However, with freedom comes a lack of supervision and the potential for trouble. With the absence of school administrators and teachers, and their network of resources, you need to protect your child from cyberbullying. Marianne Noakes, executive director of Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Hamilton and Burlington (Canada) says that “The last time we did a thorough examination, we found that 80 percent of our kids had either been bullied or acted as bullies.” So, what can you do as a parent to combat bullying this summer? At My Social Sitter, we have five key steps to help keep your child safe during these warmer months.

Talk to your child about bullies

Whether they’re just playing around the neighborhood this summer, or maybe going away to camp, let them know that bullying of any kind is NOT ok, and they don’t have to tolerate it just to fit in or hang out with the “cool kids”. Let them know that if they feel that another child is picking on them, that they can come to you with any concerns they may have. In addition, always encourage your kids to be compassionate towards everyone, and to not become bullies themselves.

Make a bullying plan

If your child is being bullied, you need to have a plan of action. Have a camp counselor or trusted adult that they can go to in a time of need. Some kids may feel uncomfortable getting their parents involved, and you can’t always be by their side, so pinpoint someone that you two can agree on. They won’t feel like a “tattle tale”, and they will have someone nearby at all times that they can trust. Remind them that there’s nothing wrong with telling on another child if it’s interfering with their happiness.

Know your resources

If you feel like your child is a victim of cyberbullying, call the CyberBully Hotline at 1-800-420-1479 or visit their website at http://www.cyberbullyhotline.com/. If you feel like the bullying of your child has escalated or become more serious, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK, or visit the government’s bullying-dedicated website at http://www.stopbullying.gov/. Remember: your child’s life and wellbeing are of the utmost importance.

Limit your child’s online use

A great way to limit cyberbullying is to limit the amount of time your child is unsupervised on the internet. Give them a certain amount of hours per day on their phone or computer, and set that as a house rule. You can also monitor your child’s online activities by requiring that they use the computer in visible family areas of the house. This will help to keep them from

Keep them busy

Sometimes, as a parent, there’s only so much you can do to protect your child from the outside world. However, keeping them busy in activities will help keep them out of trouble. Whether its sports, or summer camps, there are so many fun activities to choose from this summer. Dr. Joel Haber, PhD from the American Camp Association points out that camp counselors usually have an anti-bullying procedure put into place, and sometimes they limit phone use to prevent bullying. Haber says, “We need to teach our kids new skills and help them develop positive attitudes and behavior. And my message to the camps themselves is to teach staff ‘inclusiveness,’ and to train counselors to create inclusive bunks.” Keeping your child preoccupied and surrounded by trusted adults will promote better behavior.

Sources:

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/hamilton/news/summer-safety-how-kids-can-stay-safe-from-cyberbullying-over-the-holidays-1.1319231

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/marlo-thomas/summer-camp-bullying_b_885536.html

Emotional Support for Kids this Summer by Alexandra Stuart

The Laws of Bullying and Cyber-bullying: Do You Know Them? By Melissa Anthony

Did you know that 11 US states have an anti bullying law and 39 states have both a law, and an anti bullying policy in place?

With parents and schools actively using My Social Sitter, Cyber-bullying is starting to become a thing of the past. It is the final piece of the puzzle that 39 of our states are missing. This is the PREVENTION needed, as well as the TOOL NEEDED TO HELP TEACH POSITIVE SOCIAL MEDIA INTERACTION!

Know and learn your laws about bullying and cyber-bullying. Go to http://www.mysocialsitter.com and sign your kids and teens up. Learn more about the US bullying laws that are currently on our Facebook Page. Collectively, we are changing who is control in the digital age! Be a part of positivity and teach it by using My Social Sitter! It doesn’t get any easier than this. My Social Sitter took on a HUGE problem, so you don’t have too!

Any questions? Reach out to me: manthony@mysocialsitter.com (Brand Ambassador and Mother of 3).

The Laws of Bullying and Cyber-bullying: Do You Know Them? By Melissa Anthony

MY SOCIAL SITTER SHOULD BE RUNNING ON EVERY COMPUTER IN EVERY SCHOOL…AND THIS IS WHY – By Melissa Anthony

Schools are relying more and more on technology. Many schools don’t use actual textbooks anymore. Long gone are the days of piles of paperwork coming home everyday. Parent/teacher communication is done virtually, with the old “no cell phone” rules pretty much ancient history by the time kids are in high school.

IT and Communications Directors use Twitter and Facebook to get upcoming events and information out to the parents and community. They have realized that taking advantage of the digital age is the fastest, most effective way to communicate, and it is pretty much the only way that children and teens are communicating. Blocking Twitter and Facebook on school computers has been ineffective when trying to keep students off of social media.

The best way to fully take advantage of the technological society our kids live in is to fully embrace it. Just as educators and parents teach children how to act and react positively to situations they encounter while growing up, the same is needed for their actions on social media.

My Social Sitter takes that big burden off of parents and educators. Allowing students access to Twitter and Facebook within the school, shows students that instead of blocking social media, as adults, we understand that this an ever changing game and we are on top of it. The best part is, Social Sitter does all the work!

Go to http://www.mysocialsitter.com right now and sign up. Use the promo code MAPEG4 and get $2.00 off any yearly subscription. Spread the word to friends. Are you a member of your PTA? Contact me for special group pricing! Let’s take back our schools from the social media rampage and teach our kids and students how to be positive members of the social media!

MY SOCIAL SITTER SHOULD BE RUNNING ON EVERY COMPUTER IN EVERY SCHOOL…AND THIS IS WHY – By Melissa Anthony