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John Cena, John Dywer, and kids attending the Cricket Wireless Anti-Bullying Summit on August 19, 2017.
Take a Stand against Bullying (Just Like John Cena)

There is power in numbers, and together we can stop bullying. In August, we teamed up with WWE and Junior Achievement of New York to host a special Cricket Cares anti-bullying summit (held in conjunction with our sponsorship of SummerSlam) and give kids something to smile about!

 

During the event, the Junior Achievement kids got an exciting behind-the-scenes tour of the SummerSlam setup and met a few WWE Superstars along the way. Cricket Wireless president John Dwyer also shared real world stories of perseverance and advice on preventing and defending against bullying or inappropriate behavior online.

 

Before long, John Cena made a surprise appearance by (you guessed it) bursting through a wall! The WWE Superstar brought Dwyer's message home with his own personal story of facing bullying as a kid. See how much fun and important this event was by watching the video!

 

National Bullying Prevention Month

In recognition of October as National Bullying Prevention Month, it’s a great time for parents and teens to talk about mobile safety issues like cyberbullying and sexting. Parents can also learn how they can keep track of their children’s whereabouts and make sure their mobile device is programed correctly in case of an emergency.

 

Types of Cyberbullying

Arm yourself and your kids by knowing exactly what cyberbullying is and how it can impact your child’s life. Some common forms of cyberbullying include:

  • Degrading or insulting comments about someone shared online

  • Embarrassing pictures, videos or comments shared online to embarrass someone

  • Threatening comments directed toward someone online

  • Explicit or provocative pictures or videos of someone shared online without that person's consent

 

Block out The Haters

These apps and features can help children and others protect themselves from bullying online:

  • STOPit App: Allows students to securely and anonymously report cyberbullying, harassment and other types of harmful behavior

  • Facebook Bullying Prevention Hub:  A resource for teens, parents and educators seeking support and help for issues related to bullying and other conflicts

  • Instagram Comment Filter: Allows users to filter out abusive comments they don’t want to appear on their posts.

  • Sit With Us App: Helps you coordinate lunches with friends or post open lunch events on campus where everyone will be included

 

Mobile Device Tips

  • Pre-program all one-touch-dial emergency phone numbers in your child’s device for use during emergencies. These numbers should include parents, 911, grandparents, a trusted friend or neighbor.

  • Inform children not to respond or send personal information to numbers they don’t recognize.

  • If your child’s cell phone has access to the Internet, find out if your service provider offers a parental control feature to which you can subscribe.

     

    Mobile Phone Etiquette

  • We recommend sitting down with your student and discussing expectations and rules on what to do – and what not to do – with the phone

  • In addition to maintaining good grades and completing class work on time before enjoying a social life, remind them that homework comes first.

  • If your child is of driving age, explain how important it is to not use your phone while behind the wheel of a vehicle – even at a stop sign or red light.

  • Never text or share mean spirited or degrading comments and images about anyone.

  • After talking to your child about use and safety expectations, consider creating a pact between you and your child where the student agrees to “dos” and “don’ts” to keep the privilege of having a personal smartphone.


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