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Ali Lohan Taunted by Mean Girls

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According to People, Ali Lohan was bullied by classmates who posted a video on YouTube ridiculing her.

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Lindsay's little sis calls her cyber bullies "disgusting kids." The students were suspended, and now the eighth grader is being home-schooled to "accommodate her work schedule." Her E! reality show, Living Lohan, premieres on Memorial Day. She also said her situation is no different from girls who don't have a famous sister. "I think it happens to all the other girls out there, because girls are just mean."

Cyber-bullying is an unfortunate reality in our Web-savvy world. For tips on protecting our children, we consulted Ross Ellis, president and CEO of the non-profit organization Love Our Children USA.

"First, parents should keep kids' computers out in the open," she advises. "Monitor your kids' online activity. Know what sites they frequent, along with their user names and passwords. That way, if something objectionable is going on, you will be aware and can respond quickly."

If you fear your child is being cyber-bullied like Ali, Ellis recommends taking the following steps:
• Keep the lines of communication open between you and your child. Your child needs to know you are there for her now.
• File a complaint with the Web site in question.
• Alert school officials to the situation. Encourage them to institute a school-wide no-bullying policy.
• File a police report, or even a civil suit, against the cyber-bullies.
• Watch for warning signs of depression. If your child becomes quiet or withdrawn, or doesn't want to go to school or to after-school activities, talk to a guidance counselor or school psychologist immediately.

For additional information about cyber-bullying and how to prevent it, visit Love Our Children USA.


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Anonymous May 21, 2008, 11:07 AM

Boo Hoo. Cry me a river.

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