There’s a show on The Style Network called “Too Fat For Fifteen Fighting Back” in which teens that are dealing with morbid obesity have chosen to live healthy lifestyles. What does this have to do with security, you may ask? Well, on a recent episode, many of the counselors and teens talked about how they had been bullied and a bullying expert discussed ways to stand-up to bullies.
However, with the high adoption of technology by the younger generation, bullying has left the playground and entered the cyber world. Today it is common for children to be bullied 24-hours a day, 7 days a week! Cyber-bullying is different to traditional harassment because humiliating rumors, threats and vicious taunts can be viewed by millions and can be devastating to youth and their families. How are children and adults expected to fight now?
How to prevent cyber-bullying is a hot topic, not only with education, but the government. On March 10th the White House held its first Conference on Bullying Prevention to address best ways to prevent cyber-bullying. However, though facts about cyber-bullying and prevention may be a hot topic, many schools still don’t teach kids how to handle cyber-bullying incidents. According to a survey released by the National Cyber Security Alliance and Microsoft, it was revealed that only 26 percent of K-12 teachers taught kids how to handle incidents of cyber-bullying, while only 15 percent spoke to students about online “hate speech.”
There is good news. Today schools can stop cyber-bullying before it happens. With the advancement in technology, network security has become more and more important not just for keeping hackers out, but for also protecting students.
How does WatchGuard stop cyber-bullying in its tracks?
Easily. WatchGuard Extensible Content Security (XCS) features the ability to block or flag cyber-bullying, slander and comments related to depression and suicide through traditional email, webmail (such as Gmail) and Internet sites including Facebook. This means that attempted posts to Facebook can be blocked due to the nature of the words used in the post. The user only sees an error message, and would believe that either Facebook has blocked the post, or Facebook is currently down.