Bullying and Cybercrimes

Bullies have been around since time immemorial. However, we adults have a bad history of brushing off bullying as a normal part of growing up. We wouldn’t accept assault or harassment from our coworkers, but we expect our children to handle these things on their own – or worse, to ignore them. With the frightening and confusing new world of cyberbullying, it’s well past time to give this issue the seriousness it deserves.

These videos offer parental support and information on topics such as in-person bullying, cyberbullying, sextortion, along with actionable advice so you can help your child.

Detective Rich Wistocki
High Technology Crimes Unit
Naperville Police Department
1350 Aurora Avenue
Naperville, IL 60540
630.305.5384

What Should Parents Know About Social Media?

Before allowing your children on social media, a conversation needs to take place. Children must be told that you want access to social media and parents must have all screen names and passwords so they can enter the sites whenever they want to. It is important to have this conversation because predators are out there. It is up to you, as the parent, to monitor your child any time they are on the computer or cell phone.

The biggest misconception parents have is that “my children’s privacy is at stake”. There is no such thing as child and privacy. You are responsible for your children so it is incumbent upon you to monitor and make sure your children have a safe journey through the internet.

It is a matter of having communication with your children. If you say “Oh, my child would never do that”- when you start thinking this and start accepting that philosophy it is time to check.

You must grow up with your child through technology.Monitoring software is available for android phones. iPhones cannot be monitored. The biggest mistake parents make is to allow children to charge their devices in their room at night. Put them on the kitchen counter – do not let them take them to their room.

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