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Let’s Talk Fashion!

Fashion for Kids

What’s hot in fashion this season? What outfits are all the cool kids wearing? Can you show the world who you are by what shirt you put on? Let’s talk about it. First, there’s something very important that you need to know.

When you grow up you will look at what you are wearing now and roll your eyes or burst out laughing. Sure, you can wear loose pants that threaten to fall off, but when you get older, you’ll wonder why you did.

But don’t dress to please an older, wiser version of you. Dress for now. Wear what fits the day you are living. But always think about these points:

  • Your clothes should let you live your life. You run, jump, sit, catch balls, eat, walk. Your clothes should let you do those activities. When you try on pants, walk around in them. Sit down in them. Do you still feel comfortable? If you don’t, try on a different pair. Does your new shirt let you reach over your head? If so, you’ve picked the right shirt. Fashion doesn’t matter when it won’t let you be you.
  • Your clothes need to fit the weather. Face it, you would look pretty silly wearing a windbreaker in a snow storm. You could also get sick. If you wear a big puffy coat on a hot day, you’ll be sticky and sweaty and might even get weak from the heat. When you dress to fit Mother Nature, you can enjoy the world. Check weather reports or listen to what your parents say about weather conditions.
  • Really think about the heroes and statements you wear on your t-shirts. When you wear a famous face, you tell the world that you admire this person. Beware. Many people whose faces are printed on shirts are not all that admirable. A good example is Lance Armstrong. For many, many years Lance was a hero to people. He won international bicycle races and an Olympic medal. He also fought cancer and won, which is admirable. In time, the truth came out. Lance had cheated to win his races and medals. He is no longer considered a hero or role model. So what should you do? Read up on people before wearing them on your body. Talk to your parents. Look for real heroes.
  • Always wear shoes you can run in. Color doesn’t matter. Style is up to you. They don’t even have to be officially running shoes. The important fact is this: If you can run in your shoes, you will have more fun and be safer. If you can run in your shoes, you can dance, play ball, quickly help a friend, carry grocery bags and move! Good shoes give you freedom.
  • Dress for the occasion. You wouldn’t shovel snow in a bathing suit. You wouldn’t wear a snow suit to play basketball. When you visit your grandparents or open your first bank account or visit a friend in the hospital, some fashion will make others feel uncomfortable. When you dress for the event, people won’t be staring at the funny fashion you have on. They’ll be looking at you.

What is fashion? Is it what your favorite rapper wears or what you see on the cover of magazines? Yes, but fashion is also what you put on every morning. Don’t let fashion rule you. Rock fashion yourself.

What’s hot in fashion this season? What outfits are all the cool kids wearing? Can you show the world who you are by what shirt you put on? Let’s talk about it. First, there’s something very important that you need to know.

When you grow up you will look at what you are wearing now and roll your eyes or burst out laughing. Sure, you can wear loose pants that threaten to fall off, but when you get older, you’ll wonder why you did.

But don’t dress to please an older, wiser version of you. Dress for now. Wear what fits the day you are living. But always think about these points:

  • Your clothes should let you live your life. You run, jump, sit, catch balls, eat, walk. Your clothes should let you do those activities. When you try on pants, walk around in them. Sit down in them. Do you still feel comfortable? If you don’t, try on a different pair. Does your new shirt let you reach over your head? If so, you’ve picked the right shirt. Fashion doesn’t matter when it won’t let you be you.
  • Your clothes need to fit the weather. Face it, you would look pretty silly wearing a windbreaker in a snow storm. You could also get sick. If you wear a big puffy coat on a hot day, you’ll be sticky and sweaty and might even get weak from the heat. When you dress to fit Mother Nature, you can enjoy the world. Check weather reports or listen to what your parents say about weather conditions.
  • Really think about the heroes and statements you wear on your t-shirts. When you wear a famous face, you tell the world that you admire this person. Beware. Many people whose faces are printed on shirts are not all that admirable. A good example is Lance Armstrong. For many, many years Lance was a hero to people. He won international bicycle races and an Olympic medal. He also fought cancer and won, which is admirable. In time, the truth came out. Lance had cheated to win his races and medals. He is no longer considered a hero or role model. So what should you do? Read up on people before wearing them on your body. Talk to your parents. Look for real heroes.
  • Always wear shoes you can run in. Color doesn’t matter. Style is up to you. They don’t even have to be officially running shoes. The important fact is this: If you can run in your shoes, you will have more fun and be safer. If you can run in your shoes, you can dance, play ball, quickly help a friend, carry grocery bags and move! Good shoes give you freedom.
  • Dress for the occasion. You wouldn’t shovel snow in a bathing suit. You wouldn’t wear a snow suit to play basketball. When you visit your grandparents or open your first bank account or visit a friend in the hospital, some fashion will make others feel uncomfortable. When you dress for the event, people won’t be staring at the funny fashion you have on. They’ll be looking at you.

What is fashion? Is it what your favorite rapper wears or what you see on the cover of magazines? Yes, but fashion is also what you put on every morning. Don’t let fashion rule you. Rock fashion yourself.

Why Getting to Know Old People is Cool

They move slow. They don’t have Instagram accounts. They don’t listen to rap or ride hoverboards. They are so different from you that they seem like they are from another planet. So why should you get to know them or talk to them?

Old people are time travelers. It’s true. Think about a person who is 80 years old. When that person was a little child, there were no cellular phones, no Internet, no penicillin, no satellites, no microwave ovens or many of the small tools you use every day. 8o years ago, many people still didn’t have ball-point pens or telephones. When you talk to an old person, you can see into the past. You can talk to someone who lived there. How did they visit with friends without mobile phones? What was life like without TV? How did they listen to music? An old person can take to back to a different time and a different world. When they talk about the world when they were your age, they are traveling through time. You are traveling with them.

Old people have learned< to live with the hard parts of life. They may not know how to repair computers attacked by a virus, but they can help repair human problems. Old people have had their hearts broken and survived. They’ve lost loved ones and dear friends. Most of them have moved from their home to somewhere else. They’ve been hurt, bullied, insulted and had to struggle in life. No matter what you are feeling, an old person can help.

Old people know stuff you don’t. Remember, every life is different, meaning that every old person has different information in their head. Still, older people may know things that solve little problems you have. Need to put a wheel on a toy? Ask an older person. You lost a button? An old person can probably help. What do you do when the power goes out? Where is the oil in a car? When you have a question, ask an old person. You could learn a lot.

Old people can help you make big decisions. After living a long time, most people have made countless choices. Some of those choices were positive. Some were not. Ask an old person about those god and bad decisions. What do they regret? They can help you make better decisions so that when you are an old person, you’ll be happier.

That is your future. Yes, if you take care of yourself, you will someday be an old person. You will see the world and life change in ways that you cannot imagine. By talking and getting to know older people, you see into the future: YOUR future. Why not take a look?

They move slow. They don’t have Instagram accounts. They don’t listen to rap or ride hoverboards. They are so different from you that they seem like they are from another planet. So why should you get to know them or talk to them?

Old people are time travelers. It’s true. Think about a person who is 80 years old. When that person was a little child, there were no cellular phones, no Internet, no penicillin, no satellites, no microwave ovens or many of the small tools you use every day. 8o years ago, many people still didn’t have ball-point pens or telephones. When you talk to an old person, you can see into the past. You can talk to someone who lived there. How did they visit with friends without mobile phones? What was life like without TV? How did they listen to music? An old person can take to back to a different time and a different world. When they talk about the world when they were your age, they are traveling through time. You are traveling with them.

Old people have learned< to live with the hard parts of life. They may not know how to repair computers attacked by a virus, but they can help repair human problems. Old people have had their hearts broken and survived. They’ve lost loved ones and dear friends. Most of them have moved from their home to somewhere else. They’ve been hurt, bullied, insulted and had to struggle in life. No matter what you are feeling, an old person can help.

Old people know stuff you don’t. Remember, every life is different, meaning that every old person has different information in their head. Still, older people may know things that solve little problems you have. Need to put a wheel on a toy? Ask an older person. You lost a button? An old person can probably help. What do you do when the power goes out? Where is the oil in a car? When you have a question, ask an old person. You could learn a lot.

Old people can help you make big decisions. After living a long time, most people have made countless choices. Some of those choices were positive. Some were not. Ask an old person about those god and bad decisions. What do they regret? They can help you make better decisions so that when you are an old person, you’ll be happier.

That is your future. Yes, if you take care of yourself, you will someday be an old person. You will see the world and life change in ways that you cannot imagine. By talking and getting to know older people, you see into the future: YOUR future. Why not take a look?

5 Free Parental Controls Apps for iPhone

Parental Control Tracking Cell Phones

Technology has brought out both the good and bad in society. We can, however, deploy measures to curb the harmful part. As adults, we are afraid of malware attacking our iPhones. For the kids, it’s another story altogether.

They don’t always know where and what to visit while on the internet. Others may be following the advice of their friends who just told them about a cool website or page. As a parent, you can equip yourself with tools to know better.

To prevent our kids from viewing inappropriate content, or talking to strangers, we need parental control applications. Here are some resources you can research and use to control your kid’s iPhone activities.

1: Spyic Parental Control App for iPhones (Best iPhone Monitoring Application)

Are you still wondering what to do with your smart kids on the phone? Well, here is a Spyic application that allows you to keep an eye on their iPhone activities. It’s a monitoring software that has won recognition all over the world with millions of downloads.

The reason behind the popularity is that it gets you what you need to see on any iPhone remotely. Another thing, its working mode does not notify the targeted user. That is how your kids will remain in the dark as you remotely see what they are doing.

Spyic works on both iOS and Android phones. When it comes to the Apple devices, it will notify you of everything being done on the phone or tablet. That means you will get to see the calls made, SMSs, contacts, browsing history, live location, social media and more.

You get all these in real-time and without any download, installation, or jailbreak. You only need your kid’s iPhone iCloud ID to start monitoring them. The only thing you need to make sure is that the two-step verification is turned off and iCloud syncing on.

Once you have their iCloud details, you can set up Spyic online and go ahead to see what your kids are doing. You will be receiving the results via your established account, which hosts a user-friendly dashboard.

As for the dashboard, it’s fully compatible with all browsers. That means you can use any internet-enabled device to view your kid’s phone activities results. Now, are you asking “how to track my son’s iPhone (or daughter) without them knowing and get results remotely?”

Let’s see how you can monitor those iPhones on Spyic.

How to Monitor My Kid’s iPhone Using Spyic Solution

Requirements

  • Make sure you have the kid’s iPhone iCloud ID. It should have iOS version 7.0 or above
  • Reliable internet connection
  • A valid email address

Steps to Start Monitoring the Kid’s iPhone

Step 1: Visit the Spyic website and register an account using your email address and password.

iPhone Monitoring Software

 Next, select the Apple icon to continue to the available plans.

Monitoring Cell Phone

Step 2: Choose the plan that suits your monitoring needs and make the payment. You will immediately receive a confirmation email with the login details, receipt, and setup guidelines.

Step 3: After getting the email, login to your Spyic account and verify your kid’s phone iCloud credentials.

Monitoring Cell Phone through iCloud

Next, select the device your child is using and wait for the Spyic and iCloud synchronization.

Parental Control Account Set Up

Step 4: After the syncing, you will see a dashboard with all the tracking features you need on the left. It will also have the iPhone’s summary on the right part.

How Cell Phone Monitoring Works

To see what your kid is doing remotely, click on each of the elements on the left menu to see what Spyic has fetched.

If you need to check later, all you need to do is log into your account and see the updates.


2: Cocospy Parental Control Application

Another powerful software that can monitor your kids remotely is the Cocospy solution. This is another app with global recognition. It works on all iPhones with iOS version 7.0 or later without download, installation, or jailbreak.

All you need to start monitoring your kid’s iPhone with Cocospy is their iCloud credentials. Once you have that, you will not need your kid’s cell phone. All you need is to register an account via the Cocospy website and verify the iCloud ID.

After the setup, you will see everything stored on the phone and more. Cocospy reveals the calls, contacts, photos, videos, social media activities, installed apps, and more. It operates while hidden which means your kid will not know about it.

Cocospy has a dashboard that works on all browsers. That means you can always check on your kids no matter where you are. The only thing that will be restraining you is an internet connection.


3: Family Time Parental Control

This is an application with many free features that you would pay elsewhere. It, however, does more of blocking than remote fetching. With the Family Time on your kid’s iPhone, you can control the screen time by specifying the schedule.

You can set up limits such as bedtime, homework among others. It also allows you to monitor the calls and SMS’s made on the targeted phone. The best part is that you can block any app or website that you don’t need your kids to access. Websites or apps such as YouTube with questionable content.

You also get daily reports of what your child has been doing on the phone while you were away.


4: Screen Time Parental Control

The Screen Time Parental Control app is another software that you can use to control your kids’ iPhone activities. It allows you to block the kids by stating the screen times. It also has small rewards to award your kids when they show good phone-use behavior.

Screen Time Monitoring

Screen Time also helps in controlling other Apple devices such as the Kindle Fire and Alexa smart speakers. The good thing with this app is that it will notify you when your kid tries to install anything.

You can also see the most used apps and browsing history.


5: Parental Control App – OurPact

The last one on the list is OurPact parental control app that can help you control your kid’s iPhone remotely. It will allow you to block apps or unwanted text messages. You can also use it to locate your kid and schedule the screen time throughout the day or even week.

Parental Control Alerts

In the location feature, you can also set up Geofencing to prevent your kids from going to unwanted places. Is the kid installing something new? This app will notify you about the new application.

You can later allow or block it. The best part about it is the porn blocker feature. It will enable you to prevent all the adult stuff you don’t want the kid to access.

Whether you block websites outright or app installations with questionable content like YouTube, OurPact parental control is another great resource that is helping parents take better control of the internet for online safety.


Conclusion

There you have five applications that you can use to control your kids’ iPhones. Before you give your son or daughter a phone (or yours), make sure it has one of these apps. That way, you will know everything they are doing.

Kids are often more tech savvy than their parents when it comes to phone use. On the other hand, with an app like Spyic, you can also stay ahead. You will also know when to limit or restrict the unwanted activities.

About The Author:

Aqib Ijaz is a Digital Marketer, Link builder, Guest Post, and IT Professional. He loves to write on different topics. In free time, he likes to travel and explore the different parts of the world. You can follow him on eyesonsolution

Technology has brought out both the good and bad in society. We can, however, deploy measures to curb the harmful part. As adults, we are afraid of malware attacking our iPhones. For the kids, it’s another story altogether.

They don’t always know where and what to visit while on the internet. Others may be following the advice of their friends who just told them about a cool website or page. As a parent, you can equip yourself with tools to know better.

To prevent our kids from viewing inappropriate content, or talking to strangers, we need parental control applications. Here are some resources you can research and use to control your kid’s iPhone activities.

1: Spyic Parental Control App for iPhones (Best iPhone Monitoring Application)

Are you still wondering what to do with your smart kids on the phone? Well, here is a Spyic application that allows you to keep an eye on their iPhone activities. It’s a monitoring software that has won recognition all over the world with millions of downloads.

The reason behind the popularity is that it gets you what you need to see on any iPhone remotely. Another thing, its working mode does not notify the targeted user. That is how your kids will remain in the dark as you remotely see what they are doing.

Spyic works on both iOS and Android phones. When it comes to the Apple devices, it will notify you of everything being done on the phone or tablet. That means you will get to see the calls made, SMSs, contacts, browsing history, live location, social media and more.

You get all these in real-time and without any download, installation, or jailbreak. You only need your kid’s iPhone iCloud ID to start monitoring them. The only thing you need to make sure is that the two-step verification is turned off and iCloud syncing on.

Once you have their iCloud details, you can set up Spyic online and go ahead to see what your kids are doing. You will be receiving the results via your established account, which hosts a user-friendly dashboard.

As for the dashboard, it’s fully compatible with all browsers. That means you can use any internet-enabled device to view your kid’s phone activities results. Now, are you asking “how to track my son’s iPhone (or daughter) without them knowing and get results remotely?”

Let’s see how you can monitor those iPhones on Spyic.

How to Monitor My Kid’s iPhone Using Spyic Solution

Requirements

  • Make sure you have the kid’s iPhone iCloud ID. It should have iOS version 7.0 or above
  • Reliable internet connection
  • A valid email address

Steps to Start Monitoring the Kid’s iPhone

Step 1: Visit the Spyic website and register an account using your email address and password.

iPhone Monitoring Software

 Next, select the Apple icon to continue to the available plans.

Monitoring Cell Phone

Step 2: Choose the plan that suits your monitoring needs and make the payment. You will immediately receive a confirmation email with the login details, receipt, and setup guidelines.

Step 3: After getting the email, login to your Spyic account and verify your kid’s phone iCloud credentials.

Monitoring Cell Phone through iCloud

Next, select the device your child is using and wait for the Spyic and iCloud synchronization.

Parental Control Account Set Up

Step 4: After the syncing, you will see a dashboard with all the tracking features you need on the left. It will also have the iPhone’s summary on the right part.

How Cell Phone Monitoring Works

To see what your kid is doing remotely, click on each of the elements on the left menu to see what Spyic has fetched.

If you need to check later, all you need to do is log into your account and see the updates.


2: Cocospy Parental Control Application

Another powerful software that can monitor your kids remotely is the Cocospy solution. This is another app with global recognition. It works on all iPhones with iOS version 7.0 or later without download, installation, or jailbreak.

All you need to start monitoring your kid’s iPhone with Cocospy is their iCloud credentials. Once you have that, you will not need your kid’s cell phone. All you need is to register an account via the Cocospy website and verify the iCloud ID.

After the setup, you will see everything stored on the phone and more. Cocospy reveals the calls, contacts, photos, videos, social media activities, installed apps, and more. It operates while hidden which means your kid will not know about it.

Cocospy has a dashboard that works on all browsers. That means you can always check on your kids no matter where you are. The only thing that will be restraining you is an internet connection.


3: Family Time Parental Control

This is an application with many free features that you would pay elsewhere. It, however, does more of blocking than remote fetching. With the Family Time on your kid’s iPhone, you can control the screen time by specifying the schedule.

You can set up limits such as bedtime, homework among others. It also allows you to monitor the calls and SMS’s made on the targeted phone. The best part is that you can block any app or website that you don’t need your kids to access. Websites or apps such as YouTube with questionable content.

You also get daily reports of what your child has been doing on the phone while you were away.


4: Screen Time Parental Control

The Screen Time Parental Control app is another software that you can use to control your kids’ iPhone activities. It allows you to block the kids by stating the screen times. It also has small rewards to award your kids when they show good phone-use behavior.

Screen Time Monitoring

Screen Time also helps in controlling other Apple devices such as the Kindle Fire and Alexa smart speakers. The good thing with this app is that it will notify you when your kid tries to install anything.

You can also see the most used apps and browsing history.


5: Parental Control App – OurPact

The last one on the list is OurPact parental control app that can help you control your kid’s iPhone remotely. It will allow you to block apps or unwanted text messages. You can also use it to locate your kid and schedule the screen time throughout the day or even week.

Parental Control Alerts

In the location feature, you can also set up Geofencing to prevent your kids from going to unwanted places. Is the kid installing something new? This app will notify you about the new application.

You can later allow or block it. The best part about it is the porn blocker feature. It will enable you to prevent all the adult stuff you don’t want the kid to access.

Whether you block websites outright or app installations with questionable content like YouTube, OurPact parental control is another great resource that is helping parents take better control of the internet for online safety.


Conclusion

There you have five applications that you can use to control your kids’ iPhones. Before you give your son or daughter a phone (or yours), make sure it has one of these apps. That way, you will know everything they are doing.

Kids are often more tech savvy than their parents when it comes to phone use. On the other hand, with an app like Spyic, you can also stay ahead. You will also know when to limit or restrict the unwanted activities.

About The Author:

Aqib Ijaz is a Digital Marketer, Link builder, Guest Post, and IT Professional. He loves to write on different topics. In free time, he likes to travel and explore the different parts of the world. You can follow him on eyesonsolution

Which States Are Doing the Most to Fight Cyberbullying?

Keeping kids safe online while learning

In many ways, the internet is a great learning tool and can be wonderful for connecting children with the rest of the world. Unfortunately, there is also plenty of inappropriate content, and online social networks can give other kids a forum for teasing and bullying.

Currently, there are only a few federal protections to keep minors safe online—the Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA) and the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) being the most prominent.

The good news is, states have the power to rein in bullying and inappropriate interactions that happen in the digital sphere—and several are going above and beyond to keep kids safe online. Here’s a closer look at which states are doing the most to keep their young residents protected while learning on the internet.

States Taking Action

Many states have implemented some combination of laws specifically addressing cyberbullying (at school and otherwise), online harassment, and texting inappropriate content (known as “sexting”). But nine states have doubled down on establishing protections for kids online:

  1. Arkansas
  2. Connecticut
  3. Florida
  4. Georgia
  5. Kansas
  6. Pennsylvania
  7. South Dakota
  8. Texas
  9. Utah

These states have taken clear legislative action against both cyberbullying—bullying, belittling, or harassment that occurs via digital means like social media or texting—and inappropriate texting with minors.

In Arkansas, schools are required to institute and enforce anti-bullying policies. Schools must also offer group conflict resolution services for students and training for teachers to learn how to recognize bullying.

Connecticut is a leader when it comes to cyber-bullying policies and resources for students and teachers. In addition to the laws put in place by Arkansas, Connecticut school districts also have strategies for including parents of both the student who was bullied and the student(s) doing the bullying to ensure the safety of everyone involved. Texas also has a strict policy that covers all these bases, though protections for specific classes aren’t clearly delineated.

The state of Florida includes a process for involving families in cyberbullying situations. It also requires districts to keep a list of programs that can offer training for school staff, parents, and students on how to identify and react to online harassment. Like Texas, specific groups aren’t called out in the laws, but state-funded schools are still held to federal anti-discrimination rules.

While the requirements in Georgia do not include training for school personnel, the state has implemented character education programs for all grade levels and includes off-campus cyberbullying directed toward students or school personnel in their laws and regulations.

Laws in Kansas don’t include off-campus incidents, but they do require training for educators and staff on navigating bullying situations. And Pennsylvania and Utah include everything except offering mental health support for students who have been bullied, even going so far as to require regular policy reviews and to involve families in policy creation, respectively.

South Dakota’s laws focus on responding to bullying as it happens, and while there aren’t plans in place for prevention or family involvement, the state does offer immunity for reporting bullying.

Additionally, all nine of these states have laws that directly address minors sending and receiving inappropriate content via text.

What Can Parents Do?

Regardless of what state you live in, there are some basic precautions you can take to keep kids safe online.

  1. Educate yourself on what dangers are out there and how to identify them.
  2. Figure out where your state stands on online privacy and safety for minors.
  3. Monitor your children when they’re using the internet, keep computers in common rooms, and set up restrictions to keep your kids off message boards, chat rooms, etc. until they’re old enough to engage responsibly.

Last but not least, have a conversation with your children about the importance of being careful with personal information and the potential risks of being online.

In many ways, the internet is a great learning tool and can be wonderful for connecting children with the rest of the world. Unfortunately, there is also plenty of inappropriate content, and online social networks can give other kids a forum for teasing and bullying.

Currently, there are only a few federal protections to keep minors safe online—the Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA) and the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) being the most prominent.

The good news is, states have the power to rein in bullying and inappropriate interactions that happen in the digital sphere—and several are going above and beyond to keep kids safe online. Here’s a closer look at which states are doing the most to keep their young residents protected while learning on the internet.

States Taking Action

Many states have implemented some combination of laws specifically addressing cyberbullying (at school and otherwise), online harassment, and texting inappropriate content (known as “sexting”). But nine states have doubled down on establishing protections for kids online:

  1. Arkansas
  2. Connecticut
  3. Florida
  4. Georgia
  5. Kansas
  6. Pennsylvania
  7. South Dakota
  8. Texas
  9. Utah

These states have taken clear legislative action against both cyberbullying—bullying, belittling, or harassment that occurs via digital means like social media or texting—and inappropriate texting with minors.

In Arkansas, schools are required to institute and enforce anti-bullying policies. Schools must also offer group conflict resolution services for students and training for teachers to learn how to recognize bullying.

Connecticut is a leader when it comes to cyber-bullying policies and resources for students and teachers. In addition to the laws put in place by Arkansas, Connecticut school districts also have strategies for including parents of both the student who was bullied and the student(s) doing the bullying to ensure the safety of everyone involved. Texas also has a strict policy that covers all these bases, though protections for specific classes aren’t clearly delineated.

The state of Florida includes a process for involving families in cyberbullying situations. It also requires districts to keep a list of programs that can offer training for school staff, parents, and students on how to identify and react to online harassment. Like Texas, specific groups aren’t called out in the laws, but state-funded schools are still held to federal anti-discrimination rules.

While the requirements in Georgia do not include training for school personnel, the state has implemented character education programs for all grade levels and includes off-campus cyberbullying directed toward students or school personnel in their laws and regulations.

Laws in Kansas don’t include off-campus incidents, but they do require training for educators and staff on navigating bullying situations. And Pennsylvania and Utah include everything except offering mental health support for students who have been bullied, even going so far as to require regular policy reviews and to involve families in policy creation, respectively.

South Dakota’s laws focus on responding to bullying as it happens, and while there aren’t plans in place for prevention or family involvement, the state does offer immunity for reporting bullying.

Additionally, all nine of these states have laws that directly address minors sending and receiving inappropriate content via text.

What Can Parents Do?

Regardless of what state you live in, there are some basic precautions you can take to keep kids safe online.

  1. Educate yourself on what dangers are out there and how to identify them.
  2. Figure out where your state stands on online privacy and safety for minors.
  3. Monitor your children when they’re using the internet, keep computers in common rooms, and set up restrictions to keep your kids off message boards, chat rooms, etc. until they’re old enough to engage responsibly.

Last but not least, have a conversation with your children about the importance of being careful with personal information and the potential risks of being online.