Media Health Matters

October 2016

Help stop the spread of cyberbullying

Since 2013, cyberbullying (being threatened, harassed or humiliated by someone through electronic technology, such as social media and texting) has increased, and now 1 in 4 youths have experienced aggression online. 

To help reduce the risk of your child being affected by cyberbullying, as the victim or the bully, be sure to talk to them about what cyberbullying is, how to recognize it, and how to stop it. To help you have this important talk, be sure to check out:
  • Cyberbullying facts from
  • CMCH’s webpage on Cyberbullying
  • Parental controls – There are many programs designed to help prevent cyberbullying, such as ReThink and others. Explore your options, read reviews, and choose methods that work best for your family. 

Ask the Mediatrician

Should I let my tween use the Kik messenger app? 

Media Moment
Gina Sheesley shares how she explains
screen time limits to her 9-year-old son. 

The Mediatrician Speaks
The Mediatrician talks about
scary video games and how playing them can affect children. 



The Beginning of the End of the Screen Time Wars, Dr. Rich is recognized for his thoughts on screen time.