Students, parents learn about cyberbullying, cyber safety

Students and parents meet over bullying
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)

BROOKLAND, AR (KAIT) - Brookland School District students and parents got a lesson in cyberbullying and cyber safety Tuesday night.

Rachel Ellis with the Arkansas Attorney General's Office spoke with kids and their parents about the dangers that come along with being active online and on social media.

Ellis discussed how to avoid risky behaviors, protect yourself or your child against online predators, and how to identify and address cyber bullying.

Members of the no-bullying club at Brookland say this is new information they can use in their meetings.

"We talk more about physical and mental and stuff that happens in school," Club President Vivian McMechen said.

"It'll help us in the meeting and help us help them not be bullied and know how to deal with it," Club Secretary Makenzie Foster said.

Ellis said communication is key when it comes to talking to your kids about cyberbullying and cyber safety. She advised parents to be aware of social media apps that kids use like Kik, Snapchat, Yik Yak and more.

Brookland Middle School Principal Randy Oxford said parents and students walk away with important information from this.

"There's a little bit of initial shock for parents," Oxford said. "We don't always know what all is out there."

Oxford said students benefit too.

"For the students there's a little bit of a reality check," Oxford said. "I think it brings about to them some of the dangers that they may not have ever recognized."

Ellis said communication is key when it comes to cyber safety for your children.

She advises parents to create an honest environment, communicate core values and be patient.

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