The new school year is an opportunity for parents and teachers to put fresh emphasis on bullying prevention by supporting the development of healthy social groups and friendships.
Here are some daily tips for getting the school year off to a good start. These “press the reset button” ground rules also work well at the start of a new semester or outside school hours – for after-school teams or group activities. They work at home, too – anytime you want to clear the air and start fresh.
We’ll post a new tip each day, adding to our bullying prevention “toolkit”. Check back daily!
20 Tips For Bully-Free Schools – Tip #18
Set Boundaries On Technology At Home.
Keep the Internet connection in a public/family place. Have a family discussion to set appropriate limits: appropriate (and inappropriate) online behavior (often!), daily time online, Facebook only after homework, rules for taking cell phones to school, and rules for staying in touch electronically when out with friends. Allow some compromise. When kids help make the rules, they are much more likely to follow them. Give your children incentives to show you their maturity. There should be reasonable consequences for mistakes, along with the opportunity to review and try again.