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VIDEO: Jessi Slaughter Speaks Out on 'GMA'

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The 11-year-old who has become an Internet sensation and cyberbullying target after posting foul-mouthed YouTube videos speaks out on this morning's "GMA."


Internet safety expert Perry Aftab, who runs StopCyberbullying.org, says that if your kids are the victims of cyberbullying, this is what they should do:

Stop -- Stop. Do not answer back. Don't reply. Don't post anything online.
Block -- Block the person or message.
Tell -- Tell a trusted adult.

Aftab also advises parents and other adult caregivers to "take five": Put down the mouse for five minutes and do something that will help you regain balance and perspective.

She says that if there are threats, parents need to report that to the site or to law enforcement. Don't try to take it into your own hands.

Family therapist Terry Real says that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Take a look at the kids' history on the computer and talk to them about it. Unplug the computer if you have to!


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4 comments so far | Post a comment now
Lisa R. July 22, 2010, 10:48 AM

This is one of the saddest things I’ve ever seen. It seems clear, at least to me, that this girl receives very little supervision or direction from her parents. She does what she wants; they don’t watch her or even know what she’s doing; then when she gets into trouble, like this, they blame everyone else for the problem & refuse to see that their 11-yr-old daughter is the catalyst in all of this. She’s 11!! For hell’s sake, if my daughter behaved like that I wouldn’t be going online & screaming & cussing & threatening the cyberworld. She wouldn’t have computer anymore; at least, she wouldn’t have one in the privacy of her own room. In the living room where everyone hangs out, I don’t think that girl would have been posting those profanity-laced videos. Maybe PAY ATTENTION TO YOUR KID, & things like this are less likely to happen. They’re giving the girl counseling—which I believe she needs—but what about her parents? They need counseling & parenting classes. Pronto.

KenS July 22, 2010, 11:19 AM

This is what happens when parents aren’t actively watching and monitoring how their young, immature, CHILDREN are using the web. This could have been avoided. The rhetoric from the “expert” is falling on deaf ears. Parents need a concrete solution: PC Pandora.

MaddieD July 23, 2010, 12:55 AM

This never fails to make me laugh! I love how she’s being called a Youtube “sensation” I’d never heard of her until the reaction video came out. I watched one of her videos and raged. To be honest…children like this should be aborted…

M00t July 23, 2010, 11:56 AM

lulz


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