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October 07, 2013

Helpful Tools for National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month

By Amy Johnsonbaugh


It’s a problem many children face and parents dread. Bullying. October is National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month.
 
Cyberbullying is a problem sweeping the nation. “Cyberbullying” is defined as a young person tormenting, threatening, harassing or embarrassing another young person using the Internet or other technologies, like cell phones. You can read some alarming statistics at DoSomething.org.
 
According to Pew Internet Research March 2013, 78 percent of teens ages 12-17 now have a cell phone, and almost half (47 percent) of them own smartphones. 95 percent of teens use the Internet.
Sprint’s 4NetSafety website, 
www.4NetSafety.com, features the latest Internet-safety information from Boys & Girls Clubs of America and the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, two organizations that – like Sprint – are committed to doing the right thing by young people, so they may continue to work, learn and play online safely.

It offers tips and tools related to many online-safety topics, such as cyberbullying, gaming, online predators, privacy, safer use of smartphones, sexting, social networking and Web cams.
Here’s a link from 4NetSafety to a popular game that teaches tweens about cyberbullying: Cyberbully Zombies Attack
 
Sprint’s partnership with the Boys and Girls Clubs of America also offers a special section about cyberbullying for parents full of tips, discussion cards and other resources.
 
Parents can also subscribe to the Sprint Guardian family safety and security application bundles to understand how your children are using their mobile phone. The bundle includes:
  • Sprint Mobile Controls: This app helps you set ground rules for your children’s cell phone usage, and clearly understand your child’s talk, text and app use habits. You can lock your child’s phone on demand or schedule locks – during dinner, school or late at night. Browse your child’s contacts and apps downloaded to the phone.
  • Sprint Family Locator: This app allows a parent to locate any phone on their Sprint family plan real time on an interactive map, or automatically check if family members are where they should be and receive a text if they aren't there.

Amy Johnsonbaugh is a communications manager for the Apps and Services team at Sprint. Based in Orange County, Calif., she can answer questions related to Sprint-branded or third-party consumer applications, music/entertainment applications, accessibility applications, Sprint ID and family service applications. Amy can be reached at amy.johnsonbaugh@sprint.com.

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