Fall brings new opportunities for bullies; stand-up against them

Now that summer has past, school brings new challenges for kids.  Bullies take advantage by seeking out new victims such as first year students or newly transferred students who came from other places.  Don’t let them make you a target, if they do, stand up to them.

Here are a couple of new initiatives launched over the late summer to look at.

An interactive video produced by the Government of Canada; #wordshurt.  Give it a try.

The Ontario Provincial Police launched a new app to help with how to manage situations when someone is asking you to send inappropriate pictures.  Using the app, you could send them one of the sample photos instead.  You get to laugh at and embarrass them as well as show them that you are not going to fall prey to their trickery.

Click here to learn about and download the free app.  Sendthisinstead.


Developers need to be more responsible

We are constantly disappointed and discouraged by developers who design mobile apps to make cyberbullying easier.  Why not develop apps to help minimize the issue rather than fuel it.  These apps encourage the use of digital devices to record and share “self-incriminating” stories or events purported  as humour.  What they don’t do is protect the users who were trying to have fun with the app from the trolls that choose to use it for purposes other than was intended.  They take the opportunity to be mean or exploitative causing undue harm for other app users.

The latest app to join this group is called “Awkward”.  It allows someone to post a 10 second video “confession” of something they may not normally have shared publicly.  The app gives you the ability to slightly blur your face while recording yourself using your phone’s video camera.

You can read about the app here.  There is a short YouTube video showing how it works here.

The website has a few more details about it here.

The app is only available for any iOS device ( iPhone, iPad etc.) currently (for now) .

This is a bad idea on many levels.  Please don’t use this app.



Sextortion – A global epidemic

Take the opportunity this summer to raise this issue with your teenagers.  Innocent fun in video chats or other online communications can lead to serious consequences for many.  If you don’t know the dangers lurking out there how can you expect your children to.  Educate and guide them so this doesn’t happen to your family.

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Do your kids use KIK, a mobile instant messenger?

KIK is a very prominent Canadian instant messaging app.  Law enforcement tells us it has surfaced in many criminal investigations such as child exploitation, fraud, drug trafficking and of course; cyberbullying.

Read the parents’ information guide from KIK to learn more about what it is and isn’t.  Click here for the link.

It’s not OK


70% of 13-22 year olds have experienced cyberbullying – and that’s not OK.

Sadly, bullying isn’t anything new. Some people, for a myriad of reasons, find themselves being hurtful to others. The same is true of cyberbullying.

With so many opportunities to ‘publish’ our thoughts, these days bullying can move from the confines of the playground and into the spotlight of the Internet, for all to see. These hurtful messages can lead to sometimes quite devastating consequences. In many cases, it isn’t a simple matter of just ignoring it or going offline. Cyberbullying hurts and it’s time we all stopped and said, “IT’S NOT OK”.

The launch of KINSA’s new website, NobodyStandsAlone, seeks to help teens, parents and educators combat cyberbullying and change the way bullying is viewed. Once bullies were feared, some might even say revered. But enough is enough – it’s time to stand together to say it’s not OK and bullies won’t be tolerated. By associating the word ‘bully’ with something so abhorrent you’d be horrified to be labeled that, perhaps we might finally turn the tide on this age-old tactic.

To read more and get some great tips on the subject, go to NobodyStandsAlone.com