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Five Tips for Online Safety for Kids, a NoBullying Guide Released Today

London, UK (PRWEB) February 17, 2014

The internet is, unfortunately, a dangerous place. Sexual predators and bullies frequently use the internet to target innocent youngsters. Sites exhibiting graphic violence and/or pornography abound and it is not uncommon for children to accidentally stumble onto these sites. NoBullying releases today a guide on the Top Five Tips for Online Safety for Kids.

The article lists the most important Tips for Online Safety for Kids which include Supervision of children using the internet, promoting honest communication with children by creating a safe space when children can talk about what they do online without fear of repercussion or punishment.

The article also encourages parents to try using internet filtering software that blocks sites children shouldn’t be seeing.

The guide also stresses the fact that it is also important to teach children how to deal with online bullying and potential predators. Teach kids to refrain from answering online bullies, engaging in online bullying and/or passing on comments made by online bullies. Parents also need to teach children how to avoid online predators by never “friending” or chatting with people online that they do not know in person. Children should also be taught to recognize the behavior exhibited by a potentially predatory person and report the incident to their parents.

Macartan Mulligan, Co-Founder of NoBullying.com, said, “We look at online predators the same way we are concerned about online bullies and both are sadly targeting children all over the world.” He added, “We want children to enjoy the world of the internet without facing the sad reality of online predators and bullies.”

He added that parents and teachers should make a point to educate the younger generations about the sad outcome of bullying online and offline. According to Mulligan, it is quite imperative to press for more firm laws condemning all acts of bullying and harassment.

NoBullying.com features many pages dedicated to parents, teens, teachers, health professionals as well as posts related to cyber safety and the latest news about law making concerning curbing Bullying worldwide as well as inspirational Bullying Poems and Bullying Quotes.

The website makes a habit of updating its bullying statistics and cyber bullying statistics regularly because it is essential to understand how widespread the bullying epidemic is.

He also added that anyone suffering from bullying in any form or way can always reach out to the team of NoBullying and they will be given advice on how to stand up to bullying or protect themselves online.







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Working to Halt Online Abuse [WHO@] Released Its 2013 Cyberstalking Statistics

(PRWEB) February 28, 2014

Working to Halt Online Abuse (WHO@; haltabuse.org) released its 2013 cyberstalking statistics as well as cumulative statistics for the years 2000–2013.

The statistics are gathered from cases victims filed with WHO@ during 2013. The number reflects only those victims who filled out the demographic information, so the number shown is lower than the actual number of victims who came to WHO@ for help.

2013 statistics are based on 256 cases, of which 60% of victims were female and 40% were male, a huge difference from 2012 when 80% of the victims were female and 20% were male.

“With the perceived anonymity online, we are seeing more and more men coming to us for help,” notes WHO@ President Jayne A. Hitchcock. “We also have seen a decrease in male harassers—only 40% in 2013 over 49% in 2012—and an increase in harassers whose gender was unknown, which in 2012 was 20%, but last year increased to 30%.”

Other noted statistics:

Over half had a previous relationship with their harasser. Of those:

        47% were exes

        15% were online acquaintances

        15% were work-related

        14% were family members

        8% were friends/former friends

        1% were neighbors

As in previous years, email was the primary way that the harassment began (30%), closely followed by Facebook, also at 30%; web sites came in at 14% and texting at 8%.

Over three quarters of the cases escalated online, with 25% of the victims getting threats of physical violence. When the cases did escalate, Facebook was number one at 29%, followed by telephone/cell phone calls at 25%, text messages at 24%, Twitter and Google+ at 17% each, email at 16%, and dating and web sites at 15% each.

“We found that most victims called their local police, FBI, or lawyer (51%) when they should have reported the harassment/stalking to the Internet Service Providers, web site hosts, or cell phone app owners instead,” claims Hitchcock. “We ended up resolving almost 70% of the cases from 2013 by contacting the online services involved, with only 28% going to law enforcement or a lawyer.”

The statistics are available on the WHO@ web site at http://www.haltabuse.org/resources/stats/index.shtml.

WHO@ is the oldest online safety organization, formed in February of 1997 by Hitchcock, who was a cyberstalking victim at that time. The organization added the Kids/Teen Division (haltabusektd.org) in 2005, and Hitchcock speaks to students from kindergarten (yes, that young) to college/university levels.

“The Internet and smartphones are not going away,” Hitchcock claims. “Students, educators, and parents need to know how to keep themselves safer online from bullies, predators, stalkers, trolls, and harassers.”

Hitchcock also trains law enforcement and speaks at conferences and libraries throughout the USA and her newest book, True Crime Online: Shocking Stories of Stalking, Scamming, Murder, and Mayhem (truecrime-online.com) has stories of online situations gone horribly wrong. For more information, please contact WHO@ President Jayne A. Hitchcock at whoa(at)haltabuse(dot)org.







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