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Tuesday, April 29, 2008

What Exactly Is Cyberbullying?

What Exactly Is Cyberbullying?

from Digital Smarts Blog by Power to Learn

As we've watched how kids interact online, we've found that behavior online is much like kids' behavior in school and in the community. They try out words they consider "bad", tease friends, make sexual jokes and references, ignore some kids, and make fun of other kids. Those who've been in education a long time, remember the sadness brought about by slam books (books where kids wrote nasty reviews of others in a class). We also know that kids exclude others from lunch tables, parties, and friendship groups. Although none of this could be considered nice or kind, it's what some kids do. As teachers and parents, we try our best to stop it, but much of it happens when it's impossible for us to notice. It's the same with online communication. So how can we tell the difference between normal kid behavior that is inappropriate and bullying or cyberbullying?  Bullying and cyberbullying are when the teasing, "bad" words, etc. isn't among friends who are just having fun trying out inappropriate behaviors. It's inappropriate behavior that continues and sometimes escalates into threatening behavior. It's using the anonymity of the Web to hurt others by posting unattractive or revealing images/video and/or inappropriate and/or inaccurate comments. It's not normal kid behavior that parents and teachers must deal with and correct. It's much more. But be careful that you know the difference - overreacting can be as bad as not reacting at all. Another dilemma of parenting in the digital age.


Social Networking Sites: Growing Use Among Tweens and Teens, but a Growing Threat as Well?

Social networking websites are assuming a new role - they're not just the place to meet, greet, post and poke, but are emerging as important content and media channels. Now more than ever, youth are putting their lives online - updating their status, tagging photos and posting videos on sites like MySpace, Facebook or Bebo. In this edition of Trends & Tudes, we explore who these new users are and draw on recent research to investigate some of the risks often associated with online social networking.
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Tuesday, April 22, 2008

A Parents Guide to Video Games, Parental Controls and Online Safety

"A Parents Guide to Video Games, Parental Controls and Online Safety," provides step-by-step information about setting up parental controls on the latest game consoles and numerous tips to help manage your child’s online game play.

Saturday, April 12, 2008

Good practice guidance for the providers of social networking

Good practice guidance for the providers of social networking and other user interactive services 2008

The first UK Social Networking Guidance provides advice for industry, parents and children about how to stay safe online. This has been developed by a taskforce of representatives from industry, charity and law enforcement agencies including Vodafone, the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP) and the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC).

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