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Cyber Bullying- A message from PMCS Guidance Counselor

How to help your child navigate the tricky world of social media and cyber bullying.

Summer 2018 is quickly approaching, which means students will be spending more time connecting with friends and family on social media. As the school counselor, I believe it is crucial to educate our students on the responsibility that comes with having social media accounts. Statistics show that 1 in 3 young people have experienced cyberthreats online, and well over half of young people do not report cyberbullying to their parents. We will aim to do our part here at school, but please have an open and honest discussion with students about safe use of social media.

Cyberbullying includes, but is not limited to:
- Threatening texts.
- Harassment, private messages.
- Online posts (Facebook , Instagram, Twitter).
- Snapchat (messages and snaps disappear unless screen shot is taken).

Parents/Guardians can:
- Have a conversation with your student about appropriate and responsible social media use. Encourage them to tell an adult if something bad happens.
- Set cyber-safety rules.
-Stay involved in your student's social media use (require log-in information so you can access their accounts any time you want.
- Be Supportive if cyberbullying occurs.

Cyberbullying and harassment can carry extreme implications and consequences. It can be difficult for young people to understand this, as they navigate through the social media world. Always feel free to reach out to me for questions/concerns. As a school community, we can better prepare our students for an always changing social media world.

Thank you,
Ricky Spear, PMCS School Counselor