Cyber-Bullies Beware: CyberSiblings.Net Helps Parents Monitor Dangers of Social Networking
CyberSiblings.Net allows parents to connect with educators who in turn monitor their children on social networks. Cyber-bullying, unwanted photos and posts, as well as new friends make up the personal report sent to the parents each week.
New York, NY (PRWEB) January 6, 2011 “”
CyberSiblings.net enters the social networking arena in an effort to help parents battle cyber-bullying, internet predators, and other dangers children face online.
After overhearing illegal activity discussed among his fourth grade students, Paul Wolf, a teacher of ten years, asked where they had seen such behavior. Their response: Facebook.
The activity in question was hard drug use, and the culprit, an older brother of one student. It turned out many classmates had access to this older brother’s photographs containing images not suited for fourth graders.
Struck with the idea to help prevent young children from exposure to photos and other dangerous activity on social networks, Paul formed CyberSiblings, a network devoted to helping parents look after their children online.
“Our main concern was that our child could be involved in cyber-bullying, on one end or the other,” said Andee Ross, a parent of a 7th grader. “Our daughter now has a teacher personally reviewing her activity on Facebook and reporting it back to me.”
The idea is simple: Connect parents with highly qualified educators who in turn “friend” their child on Facebook (and other social networks) and send a weekly email reporting new friends, content of posts, new groups joined and new photographs in which he or she may be tagged.
“The amount of time this service saves me is enormous,” said Andee. “The headache of worry has also been alleviated.”
A major conclusion surfaced while testing the service over the past year. Children begin behaving more appropriately when they are aware a CyberSibling is their friend.
“Social networking is perhaps the best thing to come out of the internet age,” CEO Paul Wolf said. “Now we can help make sure it is safe for our children.”
Parents interested in learning more can visit http://www.CyberSiblings.net.
Schools can also participate in a partnership program that provides financial incentives toward education.
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