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Talking with your children about cyberbullying during pandemic

Posted at 5:52 AM, Apr 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-03 08:04:49-04

TULSA, Okla. — Distance learning begins next week for Oklahoma students.

For some it could mean more time spent on the internet with teacher’s no longer able to keep an eye on their students in the classroom.

Expert say now is the time to talk with your child about cyberbullying.

Kids and technology is nothing new, but with kids home all day with phones and on the internet, there is an increased risk of cyberbullying.

Many teachers are using technology to teach for the remainder of the school year, allowing students to spend more time online and without as much adult supervision.

Steve Hahn with The Parent Child Center of Tulsa said now is the time to set boundaries on the social media platforms and websites your child is visiting.

“Schools have the right to investigate a cyberbullying situation if it interferes with the school environment," Hahn said. "However, now that everyone is home, online, it’s the parent who is the first line of defense and parents need to really be transparent about that.”

Hahn said the best thing to do is set restrictions on your child’s phone.

Don’t let them keep it in their bedroom at night time and set a time for when they can be on the internet.

Also, have an honest and open conversation about cyberbullying so they will feel comfortable coming to you if something is going on.

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