When your child sets up a cruel social networking site

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When your child sets up a cruel social networking site

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If your child sets up a social networking site or some sort of Formspring site, or does anything that seems really cruel, and actually like cyber-bullying, you should ask them to take it down right away, if not, order them to. As you do it, talk to them about the other child's perspective; really try to engage them on perspective-taking - that's a core component of empathy. Teach them, "If someone did that about you, how would you feel?" The golden rule. Think about who is looking at this, they may not even be thinking that friends all over the school would be looking at it. Make sure that they understand that this behavior has real consequences - real life human consequences, and don't tolerate it.

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Yalda T. Uhls, MBA, PhD

Regional Director, Common Sense Media

Yalda T. Uhls, MBA, PhD, is the Regional Director of Common Sense Media, the leading non-profit dedicated to improving the lives of kids and families by providing the trustworthy information, education, and independent voice they need to thrive in a world of media and technology. Yalda's own research with the Children's Digital Media at UCLA was written about in the New York Times, CNN, Time Magazine, The Huffington Post, and more. As an expert on media’s effects on children, Yalda has been featured on the BBC News, KPCC, the LA Times and many other news outlets. Her awards include UCLA's Psychology in Action Award for excellence in communicating psychological research to audiences beyond academia as well as honorable mention for the National Science Foundation's GSRF. Yalda's former career as a Senior VP at MGM, in film production, informs her perspective that media content has great power to socialize children, to inspire and teach as well as to be used inappropriately. In her talks, she brings her deep knowledge of the latest research about how children ages eight to 18 use media, as well as a realistic understanding of how digital natives use media from her experiences with her two children, ages 10 and 13.  Her newest book, Media Moms & Digital Dads: A Fact-Not-Fear Approach to Parenting in the Digital Age will be published in Fall 2015. 

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