Monitoring electronic use for bullying prevention

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Monitoring electronic use for bullying prevention

Parents should monitor their kids computer use and cell phone use for a number of different reasons. One, kids are in and are considered digital natives. This is where they are living. This is where they are interacting with their friends. This is also where they can get themselves in trouble. I think that parents need to recognize that their monitoring doesn't go away when the kids go up to their bedrooms onto their computer. We need to seriously think about the question: Would you drop your child off at an unlit park for two hours a night? Most parents would say, "Absolutely not." But they will allow their child free access to the computer and cell phone throughout the night. We know that parental monitoring is the number one predictor and protector of kids not getting involved in alcohol and drug use, teenage pregnancy, deviant behavior. Parental monitoring must transfer into the social media interactions that kids have everyday.

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Dorothy Espelage

Professor of Child Development

Dorothy L. Espelage, PhD, is a Professor of Child Development in the Department of Educational Psychology at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.  She is a University Scholar and has fellow status in Division 17 (Counseling Psychology) of the American Psychological Association.  She earned her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Indiana University in 1997. She has conducted research on bullying, homophobic teasing, sexual harassment, and dating violence for the last 18 years. As a result, she presents regularly at regional, national, and international conferences and is author on over 90 professional publications.  She is co-editor of four published books including Bullying in North American Schools: A Social-Ecological Perspective on Prevention and Intervention and International Handbook of Bullying published by Routledge. She is Associate Editor of the Journal of Counseling Psychology. She has presented thousands of workshops and in-service training seminars for teachers, administrators, counselors, and social workers across the U.S.  Her research focuses on translating empirical findings into prevention and intervention programming.  She is currently funded by the CDC for a randomized clinical trial of a bullying prevention program in 36 middle schools. She authored a 2011 White House Brief on bullying among LGBTQ youth and attended the White House Conference in 2011. She is also funded by National Science Foundation to develop better methods to assess bullying among adolescents and CDC and NIJ are funding a longitudinal study of predictors of bullying and dating violence among adolescents. Dr. Espelage has appeared on many television news and talk shows, including The Today Show; CNN; CBS Evening News; The Oprah Winfrey Show, Anderson, Anderson 360 and has been quoted in the national print press, including Time Magazine, USA Today, People, Boston Globe, and the Wall Street Journal. Her dedicated team of undergraduate and graduate students are committed to the dissemination of the research through various mechanisms.

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