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According to a McAfee Teens and Screens study, cyberbullying tripled in 2014.  Eighty-seven percent of preteens and teens witnessed cyberbullying last year. Cyberbullying doesn't just happen online, often it can follow children offline and could make them more susceptible to offline bullying.  In light of this it is even more important for parents to be aware of risky behavior and online activity.

5 tips for parents to help educate children about cyberbullying:

  1. Make a connection. Talk casually to them about the risks of online connections and make sure you have an open line of communication with them.
  2. Learn technology. Stay up-to-date about the devices they use.  Research the various devices they have and stay better informed than they are about their technology.
  3. Be social.  Not just with other parents, stay knowledgable about the newest social networks.  Social networks pop up all the time.  You don't have to create an account, but be aware of how they work and what information can be shared.  Especially if your children are using them.
  4. Get access.  I make it a rule that I have to know all of their passwords and accounts for devices, gaming and social media accounts. Parents should have full access at any given moment to all of these.
  5. Manage your childs reputation. Make sure your children realize that anything they ever post online can come back later.  Information on the internet does not have an expiration date.

These are just some of the things you can do to help protect your children and yourself when online.