Sheriff Tony Alerts Parents About Keeping Kids Safe from Bullying

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Sheriff Gregory Tony

A Message from Sheriff Gregory Tony:

Students will soon be back in school learning face to face, which may bring apprehension, excitement or a combination of both.

I never take education lightly, and I am grateful that, despite the struggles I have faced to get to where I am today, education kept me on that road to success.

Education shapes children’s lives, which is why it is vital to continue to ensure our children are safe and feel safe in their learning environment. Here are some essential safety tips to keep in mind as your children head back to in-person learning.

Bullying is an issue that needs to be addressed. According to the National Bullying Prevention Center, one out of every five students reports being bullied.

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Your children have or will come in contact with bullying, either by experiencing it or witnessing it. Before it happens, it is important to advise your children neither to ignore it nor encourage it. Whether or not your child is a victim or a witness, they must understand the importance of reporting it.

In the age of technology, cyberbullying is a new way to bully someone. Fifteen percent of students were bullied online or through text messages. It is essential to remind your children to think before they post, comment or share.

Advise them never to share inappropriate photos, videos or messages about themselves or other people. Keep your children safe by advising them to keep their accounts private and never give out personal information. Always keep close tabs on what your children are doing on their electronic devices and accounts.

An unsafe environment in or out of school can affect an individual in many ways. Be aware of warning signs:

  • a downward shift in grades
  • difficulty sleeping
  • self-destructive behavior
  • a change in eating habits
  • low self-esteem
  • unexplainable injuries

These could be signs that someone is being bullied. If you notice any changes, it is crucial to step in and help. Report every incident of bullying or suspicious behavior. 

Ensure your children are aware of these resources and feel safe talking to you or a teacher: 

  • The SAFERWATCH app allows individuals to report suspicious activity and/or threats. 
  • Call the crisis hotline for teens at 211 or 954-567-TEEN (8336) to report an incident.
  • In emergency situations, do not hesitate to call 911. 

The safety of your children, both physical and mental, is paramount to their future success. Make communicating with your children a priority. Create a safe place at home to talk to them about bullying either at school or online.

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Sheriff Gregory Tony

Certain Broward cities like Coconut Creek, Hallandale Beach, Pembroke Pines, Sunrise, Plantation, Davie, Margate, Miramar, Lauderhill, Lighthouse Point, and Coral Springs maintain their police departments; however, BSO does provide communications and dispatch services to the following cities: Central Broward, Cooper City, Dania Beach, Deerfield Beach, Ft Lauderdale-Hollywood Int’l Airport, Lauderdale-By-The-Sea, Lauderdale Lakes, North Lauderdale, Oakland Park, Parkland, Pembroke Park, West Park, Pompano Beach, Port Everglades, Tamarac, Weston and unincorporated West Broward.

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