TakeCharge! of Online Bullying

Attorney General Peter Kilmartin and Cox have teamed up to encourage you Take Charge! of your family's communications by assessing your Digital Life and then taking some simple steps to ensure that your property and your loved ones are safe.

With 3 in 10 teens being bullied online according to a recent poll, Attorney General Kilmartin and Cox are teaching kids how to "TakeCharge! of Online Bullying" in a public service campaign and visits to junior high schools and community agencies across the state.

The Internet has drastically changed the way that children interact with the world. In addition to offering a fascinating, new way to connect with the world and gain knowledge, the Internet also introduces new risks to children such as cyberbullying, online predators, exposure to inappropriate material and the potential to reveal too much personal information.

Parents and trusted adults can help make the Internet a safer place for their families by learning to recognize the warning signs of these risks and lessening potential negative impacts.

It is important for parents to understand what their children are experiencing on and offline, and to learn how to use new forms of online communication, such as social networking, blogging, webcams and instant messaging to be able to teach their children to use them safely.

Additionally, children whose parents and guardians regularly talk to them about personal safety are more likely to exhibit responsible online behavior on their own.

If you are interested in having Attorney General Kilmartin and Cox Communications bring the “TakeCharge!” presentation to your school, please contact (401) 274-4400, ext 2234 or via email by clicking here.