Student Keys to Success
As a parent or guardian you can help your middle schooler get off on the right foot by supporting the following behaviors:
- Attend school every day unless ill, and get there on time.
- Get 8-10 hours of sleep each night.
- Eat a healthy breakfast in the morning.
- Pay attention in class.
- Write down assignments for each subject.
- Start projects when assigned.
- Complete homework on time.
Read for pleasure each day.
How can I protect my middle schooler from cyberbullying?
Cyberbullying occurs when someone sends hurtful messages online or by cell phone. It can take many forms, such as writing rude comments, spreading rumors, and posting embarrassing pictures.
Your child can discourage cyberbullying by giving personal information (name, email address, cell phone number) only to friends. If she receives nasty emails or text messages, she/he should not respond. Explain that replying just gives the person the satisfaction of having upset her/him. A good thing to do is simply to log off the computer or turn off the cell phone.
Let your child know that they should tell an adult if he/she experienced cyberbullying. You can report problems to your internet provider, police, and school authorities.