October 02, 2014
The Y’s core values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility play an especially important role in our work to nurture the potential of children and teens. As a leading nonprofit for youth development, the Y supports the social-emotional, cognitive and physical growth of all kids, helping them build character to become engaged, thoughtful and thriving adults.
Bullying can have serious, negative effects on the social-emotional development of youth. Specifically, cyberbullying— which takes place through electronic means such as text messages, email and social media sites—is increasingly common and important for youth and families to understand.
October is Bullying Prevention Awareness Month and a good time for families to discuss safe ways to use technology and prevent cyberbullying. Here are a few tips from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to get you started:
Discuss and establish rules about technology
Know what your kinds are doing online
For more guidance on talking to your kids about bullying, visit stopbullying.gov.