Parents

Parent Resources

AM Students is partnering with Ministry to Parents to provide monthly resources and encouragement for parents of teens.

 

Parent Resource: Cyberbullying

Dear Parent,

This month we are bringing you another Online Parenting Class focused on a disturbing subject with teens: Cyberbullying.

Bullying has been around forever. It’s even in Scripture! Think of the story of David and Goliath. Now, think back to when you were a teenager; bullying was alive and well then, too. You might even have experienced being bullied as a teenager. It’s no fun to feel powerless at the hands of someone who seems to be hurting you regularly just for the sport of it.

Although bullying has been around for a long time, there has been a development in recent years that has taken it to a whole new level. The Internet/social media have changed the world including the ushering in of a new age of what is called, “cyberbullying.” Cyberbullying is bullying that takes place using electronic technology such as cell phones, computers, and tablets as well as communication tools including social media sites, text messages, chat, and websites.

It’s one thing for a bully to stand in the school hallway and call a person names, but it’s a whole other situation for the bully to say those things on a YouTube video posted online for the world to see. Cyberbullying can take place twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. Cyberbullying messages can be posted anonymously and can be distributed quickly to a very wide audience.

Today’s teens are facing a whole new threat that this generation of parents has never experienced. It’s important to be aware of this type of bullying. If you need to take a few hours to learn about it, do so. Be aware of this possibility occurring to your own teen. Talk frequently with them about their social media usage, and note any odd behavior changes. If your teen suddenly seems down, quiet or withdrawn, if their grades suddenly dip or if they begin to have health problems, don’t be afraid to probe. He or she may be the unfortunate recipient of cyberbullying.

Don’t ignore this possibility. It can result in serious issues. Being proactive and aware is paramount.

Walking this road with you,

AMS Student Ministry Staff (via Ministry to Parents)

Parent Events

The Alpharetta Methodist Students team believes that not only are we here for students, but for their parents as well. We know the challenges of parenting middle and high school students and understand that sometimes you feel unequipped. That’s why we will host an event twice a year to better help equip parents for the difficult and joyous job of parenting. At each event we will bring all parents together for a meal, a few songs, and have an expert guide our discussion on parenting. If you have questions, contact Student Ministry Director Lucas Pruett.