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COVENTRY â If thereâs no getting away from ways to hurt someone using technology, then parents and educators need to make it a priority to continually educate themselves on the realities of cyber bullying and become just as cyber savy as kids are.
This was the main message Detective Kevin Harris and Officer Jason Burlingame, of the Coventry Police Department, wanted to convey at the anti-bully program âWhatâs Behind the Screen,â Wednesday at Alan Shawn Feinstein Middle School.
The program was no-nonsense information that every parent, teacher and administrator can use to help prevent every form of cyber bullying, mainly through the use of social media.
Harris began his presentation by explaining a few simple ideas such as what an IP address is and what smart phones can do.
âAn IP address is just a serial number that is a cyber address for your home,â he said. âFrom there, the connection splits off to however many devices you have in your home that can connect wirelessly. Smart phones are mini computers, make no mistake about that. They have every capability a computer has.â
Itâs known that bullying can happen through email and texts but it happens more through Facebook and other social media.
âMore people use Facebook than Google,â said Harris, who also works closely with the Rhode Island State Police. âAnd another way for someone to bully another is through on line gaming.â
He strongly recommended parents buying themselves a headset and listening in to what their child is hearing and who theyâre talking to.
âAnyone could be on the other end of that, they could be in a chat room with 30 other people,â he said.
âIf you think ânot my kid,â think again. I promise you theyâve looked at things you swear they havenât,â said the Detective.
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