Teens get lesson in cyberbullying from John Walsh

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John-WalshSAN DIEGO – “America’s Most Wanted” host John Walsh spent time with teenagers in North County Sunday explaining the repercussions of cyberbullying.

Staying safe online and being aware of what is being posted were the main topics Walsh addressed at the “Girls World Expo” seminar at the Del Mar Fairgrounds.

Walsh asked a group of teen girls questions about their online activity and related-issues such as cyberbully.

The discussion was not only a learning experience for young girls, but for parents as well.

According to an online cyberbullying survey, 34% of tweens have lied to parents about what they’ve done online.

“Your job is not to be their best friend. Your job is to keep them safe,” Walsh told the room full of parents. “The number one thing you can do is sit down with that child and say ‘I’m opening lines of communication. If someone is making you uncomfortable and you don’t want to tell mom – go and tell your teacher.’”

For more tips on how to help create a safe online environment for children, take this safety survey to learn more.

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