Guidance and Counseling

Tracy Hebenton
School Counselor

Hello, my name is Tracy Hebenton and I will be your child’s school counselor. This year, I will be offering individual counseling, small group counseling and classroom guidance lessons such as bullying, character education, social skills, test taking skills and study skills. I welcome the opportunity to speak with parents and students. Please call me with any questions or concerns. I look forward to a wonderful and successful school year!

 

Mrs. Tracy Hebenton, School Guidance Counselor
Ed.S. Teaching & Learning, Liberty University
M.S. School Counseling, Fitchburg State College
B.S. Early Childhood Education, University of Georgia

 

Parent Tips for Cyberbullying & Internet Safety

 

What is Cyberbullying? It is bullying that takes place over digital devices and includes sending, posting, or sharing negative, harmful, false, or mean content about someone. It may include information that causes embarrassment or humiliation, and at times, can be unlawful.

 

Internet Safety:

  • Create open and honest communication opportunities with your children, including regular conversations about online safety.
  • Emphasize the concept of credibility to children and teens- not everything they see on the Internet is true and people on the internet may not be who they appear to be.
  • Also, emphasize that whatever they choose to post online can be there forever or seen by anyone.
  • Watch for changes in behavior.
  • Review your security and privacy settings on your home computers and phones.
  • Listen for comments from your child that may indicate they are communicating with someone they only know online (gaming, social media, messaging). This is a huge red flag!

How Can Parents Stop Cyberbullying?

  • Keep computers in a common area of the home or make a point to check on what sites your children are visiting while online, including online gaming.
  • Be familiar with various social media apps (Tik-Tok, Instagram, Snapchat, etc.) If your child has accounts, “follow” or “friend” them or frequently ask to view their pages.
  • Tell your child to not respond to any threats or comments online. Instead of deleting immediately, they should tell an adult. Inappropriate messages or posts may need to be printed.
  • Don’t overreact by blaming your child. Engage in conversation about what is going on, how long it has been happening, etc...Let your child know they are not to blame.
  • Stay calm. Know that if you blow up and become angry, your child may choose to become more secretive.
  • Talk to your child’s school counselor so they can keep an eye out for bullying during the school day.
  • If content of cyberbullying includes threats of violence, are sexual in nature, or if the bullying escalates, contact local law enforcement.

 

Helpful Resources:

www.stopbullying.gov/cyberbullying/what-is-it                       

www.cisa.gov/publication/stopthinkconnect-parent-and-educator-resources

www.parents.com/kids/problems/bullying/18-tips-to-stop-cyberbullying/