We care and I'm determined to do something about it!!!
nowadays kids are given cell phones at a young age, in most case as young as 3rd and 4th grade. I understand that we as parent like the idea of staying connected with our kids or simply just in case of emergencies. I got a cell phone (old style flip phone with no internet) for my daughters when they were in 4th grade (they are now in 8th & 9th grade) however, they were not that interested in the phone and it's functions, it was only used when they went to sleepovers or going on a playdate. It was not until late 5th grade when they started raising interest in having a smart phone (iphone) because most of their friends had them and were using social media sites like FB and they wanted to be a part hype like posting pics and above all seeing what their friends were up to. To this day I check my DD's phone every evening. I make them charge their phone in my room which is when i have the opportunity to go through them and see what all they have been up to as well as their friends. This is something every parent should be doing, why it's not happening, i don't know. Just recently i found a kik message where a boy (which my DD has gone to school with since kinder) was asking my DD for nude pictures, I was glad to see that my DD's response was NO despite this boy nagging for the pic. I discussed this with my DD, began by telling her that i was very proud that she said no to the request and that she stood firm but also explained that this is very risky and it could ruin her teenage/college/adult life. Cyberspace is vast and more powerful than her and it's hard to make anything of this magnitude disappear - including a bad reputation. Lately these requests from boys have been continued (not just to my DD but other friends) and i have decided to do something about it. I am planning to have a parent meeting to raise awareness about the things that are happening with our kids and what these kids are being faced with. I got in touch with my local PD and was put in touch with the resource office who handles issues like this and works at the high school full time during the school year. I felt alot of support coming from the officer especially when he mentioned that he was very impressed and commended me for my action in wanting to take on such event. He agreed to help me in any way possible. As a result he agreed to come speak at my parent meeting about the consequences of what these kids are doing in detail and how parents can help keep their kids from possibly regreating a bad move and be more proactive. I have also reached out to the local college in hopes to get in touch with a physcology professor who will hopefuly assist me by recommending a student who is working on their child psychology masters/major who will be willing to come speck to the parents as well.
I looking for more advise pertaining to my mission. I need ideas for the "invite" flyer that i'll be sending out. I want the wording to attract parents to the meeting so they want to come and even sound so interesting that they want they want to tell other parents about the meeting. Although i know a good number of parents i'm hoping word of mouth get around about my event and provides a good turnout. I understand some parents may not be able to make due to prior engagements for some and other may just not care sadly but i'll be thankful for whoever show up and express interest for their childs future and safety. Your suggestions are greatly appreciated.
in addition i'm also open to suggestions about resourses to any guest speakers or material. the thought of the following really breaks my heart but i would love to find someone who has lost a teenage child due to cyber bulling or similar issue who would agree to come talk about her story, or even a young adult who agree to share their storys of highschool peer presure and bulling they experienced growing up. I think these true stories would really hit home to where parents will understand the importance of what's going on and how these things can hurt so bad, both their child and their families. any information on where i can find help like this would be awesome.
Thanks for reading, your comments and support are greatly appreciated.