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Sharon Kennedy Wynne, Tracey Henry and Suzannah DiMarzio

Facebook bullying: What should be done?

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December

Some kids at Thurgood Marshall Fundamental Middle School created a Facebook page called "Thurgood Hoes" and proceeded to post pictures of girls in school and write nasty and profane comments about them. What should the response to this be?

As our colleague Luis Perez reports here, the police were called in, the principal addressed the students and he made a robo call to all the parents about the now-disbanded Facebook page. He encouraged them to cooperate in their effort to find the culprits and urged them to talk to their kids about online behavior and bullying.

What I find interesting is the many comments on that story from people saying the police have better things to do, that this is an issue parents should be dealing with, not the school if it didn't happen during the school day.

What do you think? How should a school or parent react to online misbehavior?

I have written before about my own struggle with letting my kid have a Facebook account. In the end we decided to wait until he's 13, which is the Facebook policy, but to have a lot controls on the situation and use it as a tool to teach him about online life. That will be a lot of work on our part, but here are some tips on how to make it manageable.

If you need some guidances on privacy settings and how to manage your child's account, don't miss this great overview of Facebook Safety Tips from our Gadget Guy, Jack Rowland.

Living online is the new reality, and it's one more skill kids need to learn from us.

--Sharon Kennedy Wynne

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