Internet Safety 05/10/2009 (a.m.)

Posted in Uncategorized by coda on May 10, 2009
  • Parents
    can help kids avoid being victims by encouraging them not to post personal information online “that allows other people to see how vulnerable they are” to teasing, Willard says, and by asking them to communicate with friends, and friends of friends, only. Having the computer in a family room or other well-trafficked area allows Mom and Dad to better observe a child’s reactions and gauge whether something is wrong.

    Tags: ad4dcss, cyberbullying, parents

  • While Facebook is adding users, MySpace is losing them. Many user profile pages on MySpace are either cluttered or neglected, resembling a strip mall with pockets of empty storefronts. The users who remain tend to be younger and poorer, putting a drag on advertising revenue from blue-chip clients.

    Tags: ad4dcss, myspace, social_networking

  • If you were walking down the street and saw someone harassing a child, would you just walk by and look the other way? If that person was telling the child the world would be better off if they just killed themselves, would you ignore it? This is what is happening on the internet except it is more painful, and can be more abusive because of the faceless anonymity the web provides. Bullies are using technology in ways we could not have imagined only years ago, and studies show that outdated and erroneous beliefs that bullying is “harmless” downplay its true seriousness.

    Tags: no_tag

    • Yesterday, Rep. Sanchez defended her bill on this subject in an item here on the Huffington Post. Unfortunately, the response doesn’t quote or link to the bill, which in relevant part reads:

      Whoever transmits in interstate or foreign commerce any communication, with the intent to coerce, intimidate, harass, or cause substantial emotional distress to a person, using electronic means to support severe, repeated, and hostile behavior, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than two years, or both….

  • The special cellphone, set on vibrate, begins to whir. Throughout North Carolina, anonymous teenagers are texting questions to it about sex.

    Tags: ad4dcss, digital_youth, digital_communication

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