Parents urged for anti-bullying week: 'It's time to teach your kids internet manners'

Internet Matters suggest 12 rules to stick to when online


One third of secondary school pupils have admitted they regret things they have said online in new research conducted by the Family Kids and Youth research agency*.

This year's National Anti-Bullying Week, which starts on the 16th of November, aims to 'make some noise about bullying' and to support the campaign, Internet Matters is focusing on how parents can equip their kids with the tools they need to prevent cyber-bullying by suggesting handy tips for parents.

Carolyn Bunting, General Manager at Internet Matters, said: "When it comes to teaching good digital citizenship to children, it isn't as simple as 'please' and 'thank you'. With children spending more time than ever online, they need to learn to think critically about the content they are posting and sharing, and the impact it may have on others.

"Our guide helps parents start a conversation about this important issue, as less hurtful comments online means less cyberbullying victims. "

The guide, available here, features 12 Internet Manners:

1. Treat others how you would like to be treated
2. If you wouldn't say it to someone in person, don't say it online
3. People can't see your body language, facial expressions or hear the tone of your voice online so don't over-use icons and punctuation to convey meaning
4. Don't make a situation worse by provoking people even more
5. Don't start rumours or spread gossip about someone online
6. Don't make fun of someone in an online chat
7. Post things that will inspire and motivate people in a positive way
8. Make sure you don't create a negative environment in an online world or game through name-calling
9. Include people in online games and social forums and don't intentionally leave people out
10. You can't retrieve material once it's sent or posted online, so if it might embarrass you or someone else don't put it online
11. Respect other people's privacy
12. Respect your friends' time online by not bombarding them with information

To find out more about Internet Matters and Anti-Bullying Week 2015 click here or comment below to share your opinion about internet manners.

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* The research was commissioned by Techknowledge for Schools and done with Family Kids and Youth research agency. They interviewed 7,444 pupils (6,565 secondary pupils and 879 primary school pupils) in 30 mobile device-using schools for the survey.