Good Habits in Digital Communication
It isn’t hard to see how technology has changed our lives. With the explosion of Smartphones, Text Messaging, Facebook, MySpace, etc., face-to-face communication has taken a backseat to faceless communication. Although there are some positive aspects to this advanced technology, there are growing dangers too. Cyber-bullying, the practice sending or posting harmful images or text via the Internet or other digital communication tool, is a problem in most communities. Here are some tips to avoiding Cyber-bullying.
- Warn children and young adults of the danger of passing along harmful or cruel messages and images.
- Delete suspicious email messages without opening them.
- Encourage others to step up to friends who are cyber-bullying, and tell them to stop.
- Teach children how to use technology to block communication from cyber-bullies.
- Educate children and young adults on the importance of telling a parent or adult about any cyber-bullying they witness.
- Supervise your child’s time online at home. One good idea is to put the computer in a common area, such as the kitchen.
- Learn good practices in smart Web behavior, such as never revealing passwords or real last names.
Digital communications will only become a bigger force in our world. Doing what you can to eliminate the dangers of cyber-bullying now, will hopefully pay dividends in the future.