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October 9, 2013
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Letter: Electronic messaging isn't always private

Keep children safe and aware

Now that summer has drawn to a close and school has begun for many, the use of electronic devices by our children will likely increase. As a result, we will want to be aware of the opportunities our children may have to view or possibly create messages with twitter, texting, emails, Facebook, etc.

Now is the time to talk to our children about the dangers of cyber bullying. About 43 percent of youth nationwide have reported being bullied online and about 70 percent report seeing frequent bullying online.

Cyber bullying is even more damaging than person-to-person bullying at school, because there is no opportunity to escape the hurtful messages that may be circulated online.

Remind your children that photos they may think are only viewed by a close friend can be spread intentionally or unintentionally to many others. Facebook postings are rarely private and often result in embarrassing or seriously demeaning results.

As part of the Douglas County Up2UsNow Child Abuse Prevention Coalition, we all want to keep our children safe. Let’s have that talk today.

Pauline Martel


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