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Posted: 9/7/2018

Taking steps toward creating a kinder world online, NBPC partner Instagram released their new Parent’s Guide. The guide, which helps parents connect with their teens and children to navigate the complex world of social media, features videos, articles, and step-by-step explanations and instructions for taking control of your account into your own hands.

Several new features allow users to manage, block, and filter comments that are unwelcome or part of bullying behavior. Another tool shows how much time a user has spent on the platform and allows users to set time limits or reminders to log off after a certain amount of time. Parents can also learn from the conversation guides provided and talk with their teens about what Instagram means to them in order to better understand their 21st century student.

In a Sept. 6 statement, Instagram’s Chief Operating Officer Marne Levine shared the company’s commitment to healthy and positive online engagement. “We know the social media landscape will continue to change, and we’re committed to being here every step of the way to make sure parents and their teens have the tools they need to make the choices that are right for them,” she wrote.

Visit the new Parent’s Guide here to learn more.

Posted: 9/6/2018

PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center has partnered with Represent to sell our official bullying prevention t-shirt, along with an optional tote bag. All of the net proceeds help PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center continue our work to promote kindness, inclusion, and acceptance! T-shirts are available for a limited time; ordering closes at the end of October. Learn more and purchase T-shirts at:

Posted: 7/24/2018

How does a parent know when their child is being bullied? An article by Juliana LaBianca in MSN featured PACER's National Bullying Prevention Center coordinator Bailey Lindgren and explored ways for parents to connect with their students who are at risk of bullying.

Lindgren described several signs of bullying that may fly below a parent's radar. Reoccurring stomachaches or headaches can be a sign of stress, or a made-up symptom to avoid going to school. An open-ended question gives the child an opportunity to explore the issue with you. "We recommend saying something like, 'You seem to be feeling sick a lot lately; can you tell me more about that?'" Lindgren said.

Frequent exhaustion or avoidance of conversation with family can also provide clues to your child's difficulties at school, Lindgren said. Acting out against siblings or other family members may be a reaction to fear and unhappiness at school.

For a 21st century student, online communication carries as much potential for bullying as the playground. Lindgren recommended creating rules and guidelines for online behavior when kids begin exploring social media. Kids might be reluctant to tell adults about cyberbullying for fear their devices will be taken away. "You'll want to show you're not going to take these devices away," she said, "but instead that you want to help solve the problem."

The article also offered reading recommendations for parents to share with their children.

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