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How to Stop Cyberbullying

Cyberbullying is an issue, but it's one that can be stopped. There are many online resources to help both parents and children cope with cyberbullying and prevent it.

What teens can do......if they are a target of cyberbullying:
  • Don't blame yourself for the unfair treatment you are receiving. Bullies have often been the victims of bullying themselves and they treat you poorly so that they can feel control and power.
  • Don't retaliate with more cyberbullying, it's best to just ignore a cyberbully if you can. You can block them on social media and block texts from them if you don't want to see it. Bullies are looking for a reaction when they attack a person, if you turn the other cheek they go away.
  • If the cyberbullying is getting out of hand and it feels like it is too much for you to handle talk to a trusted adult and ask for advice.
  • Keep a record of the cyberbullying in case you decide to report the cyberbullying to authorities. With the proof of cyberbullying directly on your phone and computer it can be easy to prove that you are being threatened and attacked by a cyberbully.
  • Report offensive social media posts to the company. If you don't like what is being posted about you report it. If you are being harassed by text by anonymous numbers you can screenshot the text, block the number, and look it up in a reverse phone lookup app, like CallerSmart. In our app you can also report a harassing number by leaving your feedback so that others will know to also block the number.
...if they see cyberbullying:
  • Don't become a part of cyberbullying by sharing posts, texts, images, or videos which hurt others. Take a stand against cyberbullies.
  • Support the person who is being bullied, take the time to listen to them and let them know that it's not their fault. Even if you aren't friends with the person being bullied, reach out and let them know that it's not their fault and that how they are being treated is not right.
  • Report the offensive behavior. Most social media sites, like Facebook and Instagram, have made it easy to report posts that are inappropriate.
...to protect themselves from cyberbullying:
  • Be careful with what you share online about yourself. If you share overly personal information publicly and even privately via text or private message a person could use it against you in the future.
  • Don't let other people use your smartphone since it contains personal information and people can access your social media accounts from it.

Pre-teens and teens usually won't share what is happening to them with their parents so it's important for parents to pay attention to any changes in their child's attitude and talk about the effects of bullying and what to do. Even if you don't think your child is a victim, they could be seeing cyberbullying everyday.

What parents can do......if your child is being cyberbullied:
  • Tell your child that you love them and make them feel safe and supported in their home life. Talk with them and listen to what's happening to them. Encourage them to ignore and block the cyberbully and not to retaliate.
  • If the problem continues help your child collect evidence and discuss reporting the cyberbully to school authorities. Go over setting up stronger privacy settings in social media accounts and make sure they know how to report posts that they find hurtful and cruel.
  • Don't let your emotions get the better of you. Hearing that your child is being tormented can inspire a range of emotional reactions, one of them being anger. Make sure to be thoughtful and a good listener, don't react quickly. This will only create more confrontation and problems.
...if their child is a cyberbully:
  • Your child may be a cyberbully because they were at one time bullied, either in person or over the internet. Talk to them about what they are doing and how they are hurting other people, make sure that they understand the severity of their actions.
  • Talk to them about why they are doing what they are doing and listen to them, don't react out of anger.
  • Monitor their online and phone behavior to make sure that they are not continuing this type of behavior.
  • If the problem persists and it doesn't seem like an isolated offense involve your school authorities in order to show your child that this is a major problem. You may want to seek professional counseling to help your child overcome their problem.
...to prevent cyberbullying from happening:
  • Keep the family computer in a public area where you spend a good deal of time.
  • Encourage "offline time" with your family. Try to have everyone disconnect for an extended period of time every evening, this could include having family dinner or practicing some shared hobbies together.
  • Have open conversations about bullying and cyberbullying, discuss why it's wrong and what your child should do if they see it.
  • Make sure your child knows how to maintain their "digital reputation" and knows not to share personal information that they wouldn't want made public with anyone. Discuss how to use privacy settings and talk about how to block unwanted content and texts. Teens can report offensive posts, images, and videos to the social media company, they can report and block harassing phone numbers in a community phone book.

For more information on preventing cyberbullying and what to do if you're experiencing cyberbullying ConnectSafely.org and the Cyberbullying Research Center has many resources for teens, parents and educators.

Jason Taylor
Universal Studios Hollywood is a theme park and the largest working movie studio in the world. This is a theme park for movie lovers off all ages and the attractions provide a behind-the-scenes look at movie making, immersing guests in 3D and 4D effects. Built on two levels on a wooded hillside, Universal Studios has full views of Los Angeles and Tinsel town. While adults will recognize more of the movies featured in the rides and studio tour than children, young guests will still be entranced by the action-packed special effects rides. Get Front of Line passes for no waiting or feel like a star on the VIP Experience private guided tour.

(credit: Kristi Marcelle)

(credit: Kristi Marcelle)

Studio Tour

 
The 45-minute studio tour narrated by Jimmy Fallon is a good place to start your Universal Studios visit. It provides an introduction to the movie history of Universal Studios and is a prelude to the special effects you’ll see in the shows and rides. This isn’t a run-of-the-mill studio tour — it’s filled with action and varies depending on what is currently filming. Plan to see a cameo by Norman Bates, get a visit from King Kong and drive down Wisteria Lane where “Desperate Housewives” was filmed.

(credit: Universal Studios Hollywood)

(credit: Universal Studios Hollywood)

Rides and Attractions

 
The rides at Universal Studios are motion-based so expect to get rocked and jostled in 3D and 4D as you evade Autobots and zoom around impossibly steep roller coasters on The Simpson’s Ride. Revenge of the Mummy, the only roller coaster at Universal Studios, is very short but packs a punch forward and backwards. If you need to cool off, take a tour on Jurassic Park but if you don’t want wet pants for the rest of the day, sit in the middle.

(credit: Kristi Marcelle)

(credit: Kristi Marcelle)

Shows

 
While shows are an afterthought at other theme parks, at Universal Studios, they are a main attraction. The movie-making process is in explosive mode at WaterWorld and the Special Effects Stage includes audience participation with a green screen. If you have animal lovers in the group don’t miss Universal’s Animal Actors.

(credit: Universal Studios Hollywood)

(credit: Universal Studios Hollywood)

VIP Experience Tour

 
The VIP Experience’s privately-guided, behind-the-scenes tour is not just for movie buffs. VIP guests see the studios close up and the theme park with no lines; they have unlimited Front of Line access to rides and seating at shows. However, what will surprise you most is how good the food is at your VIP lunch; made by Universal executive chefs, the buffet-style lunch is fine dining with a kid-twist – the make-your-own hot chocolate, and coffee for adults, is mesmerizing for kids and a highlight.

(credit: Kristi Marcelle)

(credit: Kristi Marcelle)

Relaxing Eats

 
If you want to get away from the hustle and bustle of the theme park crowds and the deep fried food try the International Café behind Mel’s Diner. This area of the park is not as crowded and the healthy selection of salad, sandwiches, soups and fruit is refreshing.

(credit: Kristi Marcelle)

(credit: Kristi Marcelle)

Play in CityWalk

 
Universal CityWalk is three blocks of shopping, dining and entertainment. With movie theaters, a comedy club, bowling, and indoor skydiving, CityWalk is a destination that entertains adults, teenagers and families. Even if you don’t plan to stay, it’s worth a walk through to see King Kong clinging to a building and the New York-style neon signs.

Where to Stay(credit: Kristi Marcelle)

(credit: Kristi Marcelle)

Loews Hollywood

1755 North Highland Avenue
Hollywood, CA 90028
(323) 856-1200
www.loewshotels.com

A stay at Loews Hollywood gives a Hollywood visitor the best of both worlds; easy access to Universal Studios by car or a quick stop on the Metro Red Line and front door access to the Hollywood Walk of Fame and Hollywood’s most famous tourist attractions. The proximity, especially if traveling with kids, means that you can get up early before the crowds arrive and snap photos of your favorite star on the Walk of Fame or play a solo on the piano stairs at Hollywood and Highland with no interruptions. The hotel is adjacent to the Hollywood and Highland entertainment complex, which has endless shopping and dining and is also home to the Dolby Theater (formerly Kodak Theater).

Universal Studios Hollywood

100 Universal City Plaza
Universal City, CA 91608
(800) 864-8377
www.universalstudioshollywood.com

Kristi Marcelle is a travel writer and regular contributor at Ciao Bambino and CBS Los Angeles. She loves planning travel adventures with her family, a good glass of wine at the whining hour and the Green Bay Packers. Follow her on

Jason Taylor


Ask an Italian where in the world they would most like to live, and the odds are that they will say “right here”. Indeed, most people – not just Italians – have raved about Italy since tourism began, and to be honest the country really does have it all: one of the most diverse and beautiful landscapes in Europe; the world’s greatest hoard of art treasures (many on display in fittingly spectacular cities and buildings); a climate that is on the whole benign; and, most important of all for many, a delicious and authentic national cuisine.

 The country is not perfect – its historic cities have often been marred by development, and beyond the showpiece sights the infrastructure is visibly straining – but for its places to visit, many of the old clichés still ring true; once you’ve visited, you may never want to travel anywhere else.

Italy might be the world’s most celebrated tourist destination, but it only became a unified state in 1861, and as a result Italians often feel more loyalty to their region than to the nation as a whole – something manifest in its different cuisines, dialects, landscapes and often varying standards of living. However, if there is a single national Italian characteristic, it’s to embrace life to the full – in the hundreds of local festivals taking place across the country on any given day to celebrate a saint or the local harvest; in the importance placed on good food; in the obsession with clothes and image; and in the daily ritual of the collective evening stroll or passeggiata – a sociable affair celebrated by young and old alike in every town and village across the country.

There is also the country’s enormous cultural legacy: Tuscany alone has more classified historical monuments than any country in the world; there are considerable remnants of the Roman Empire all over the country, notably in Rome itself; and every region retains its own relics of an artistic tradition generally acknowledged to be among the world’s richest. Yet if all you want to do is chill out, there’s no reason to be put off. There are any number of places to just lie on a beach, from the resorts filled with regimented rows of sunbeds and umbrellas favoured by the Italians themselves, to secluded and less developed spots. And if you’re looking for an active holiday, there’s no better place: mountains run the country’s length – from the Alps and Dolomites in the north right along the Apennines, which form the spine of the peninsula; skiing and other winter sports are practised avidly; and wildlife of all sorts thrives in the country’s national

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