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Protect Your Kids from Bullies

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Cyberbullying in many ways isn't that different from traditional bullying, says Hemanshu (Hemu) Nigam, SafetyWeb.com adviser and co-chair of President Obama's Online Safety and Technology Working Group. "Kids are so connected to their peers through technology that what happens online is real life," says Nigam. But there are key distinctions between the two. In the digital age a kid can't just ditch his problems at school. Through cell phones, computers and social networking sites, the bullying may follow him home to his bedroom, says Nigam. Pay attention to your kid's demeanor after he spends time on the computer or texts his friends. If he seems sad or upset, ask him what's up.