This series of marketing tips will conclude with the “guest blog.” Bloggers often want and need content so they turn to others to provide it for them. Some ask you to pay for this, but often it’s free. They see the advantage of having fresh and interesting content without taking the time and effort of writing it themselves, and you as the guest blogger can draw attention to yourself or something you’re trying to promote.
Because October is National Bullying Prevention Month in the US, and my novel, Saving Phoebe Murrow, (released last fall in the US and UK), revolves around a cyberbullying incident, it was a natural for me to reach out to parent or “mommy” bloggers. I sent out an email to numerous such bloggers and sparked the interest of a couple, including Bekah, of Motherhood Moment.
I wrote a guest blog about cyberbullying and made some suggestions for parents about steps to take to protect their children relative to cyberbullying and social media. The guest blog is reprinted in full here. It was published on Motherhood Moment on September 25, 2017.
Parenting Pointers: Cyberbullying Prevention
Cyber-bullying is no joke. Join the author of Saving Phoebe Murrow during National Bullying Prevention Month to protect your children from online/social media (cyber-)bullying:
Let’s say this at the outset: I would suggest that with the advent of the Internet and social media, the job of parenting has grown exponentially more difficult, and you are not alone. It was hard enough navigating children through those tricky teen years, dealing with teens’ raging hormones, peer pressure, and shaky self-image, but adding the Internet and social media to the mix has compounded teen problems and therefore your job as a parent. With the Internet, access to every form of information has expanded (in ways good and bad), and with social media the potential dangers and risks to teens have grown as well.
When tackling the issue of children and social media, we’re really dealing with a nine-tentacled octopus, so to speak. By that I mean there are so many forms of social media these days, and different ones target children of various ages. For example, teens are using everything from SnapChat and Kik Messenger to Instagram and Tinder (a dating site). Younger kids might use Facebook, SnapChat and video game sites. So is it actually possible to protect them?
A few tips:
Current statistics suggest that a large percentage of teens have suffered one or more cyber-bullying incidents. Two excellent sources of information on cyber-bullying and prevention: www.cyberbullying.organd www.meganmeierfoundation.organd online safety: Family Online Safety Institute: www.fosi.org
My novel, Saving Phoebe Murrow, was inspired by a cyber-bullying event in Missouri which sent a teen to suicide. Feel free to contact me if you’re interested in learning more or having me appear at your book group. www.hertafeely.com
To see the blog post on Motherhood Moment: