With National Bullying Prevention Month less than a week away, Facebook is gearing up to help prevent bullying by educating teachers and parents on how to keep their children safe. The guide is designed to help adults better understand the world that children and teens have grown up in. With online bullying becoming an increasing problem, it's promising that Facebook is taking responsibility for making social media a safer place.
Every parent and educator should consider downloading the Facebook for Educators and Community Leaders Guide. It's completely free and may help you understand the signs of bullying so you can step in when necessary. You should also visit the Facebook Family Safety Center regularly as the site provides quite a few tools and resources not just on bullying, but staying safe in general while online and while using social media.
While you might want to trust that children and teens know what they're doing, far too many youths are becoming withdrawn and even committing suicide as a result of bullying on social media. These sites are designed to be a fun way to socialize, but for some, it's a nightmare. By taking a preemptive approach, you can shield your child and create a confident adult that treats others with respect and knows how to ignore bullies.
Throughout October, many websites, schools and communities will embrace National Bullying Prevention Month. In fact, schools are actually required to provide anti-bullying information to students. Take the time to learn about all the ways kids are bullied and how you as an adult can help prevent it.