Incidences of cyberbullying are all too common in the digital age. According to Stopbullying.gov, a site managed by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, 7-15 % of middle and high school students are victims of cyberbullying during the school year. Even kindergartners have access to a world of information in the palm of their hands thanks to smartphones and other mobile devices.

While schools and communities across the nation are implementing programs to curb in-school and online harassment, prevention ultimately starts at home. 

In an effort to help parents better understand how their children are using social media and to equip them with tools to keep kids safe online, the International Bullying Prevention Association (IBPA) is partnering with Facebook to host a free workshop.

Karuna Nain, Facebook global safety manager, will present “Navigating the Social World with Your Teens — Insights from Facebook,” from 7 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, September 29.

“Informed parents are empowered parents,” said IBPA President Patti Agatston, Ph.D. “This event is designed for any adult who wants to help the children in their homes, schools or communities be safe and smart online.”

The event is sponsored by Beaumont Children’s and will be held on the hospital’s Royal Oak, Michigan campus. Space is limited. Visit www.ibpaworld.org/mi for more information and to register.


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