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Saturday, November 29, 2008

Hazelden tackles bullying in schools through development of curriculum, new web site

Hazelden tackles bullying in schools through development of curriculum, new web site




As a provider of violence prevention teaching plans and related materials, it made sense that Hazelden Publishing, Center City, would be involved in distributing a curriculum designed to decrease cyber-bullying. The publishing arm announced it has developed a curriculum that addresses bully tactics that youth are being exposed to via computers, handheld devices, interactive gaming and other encounters with "cyber" bullies.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Teens' Online Safety Improved by Education, Research Shows

Teens' Online Safety Improved by Education, Research Shows


by Dian Schaffhauser


New research shows that teens' online safety is improved by education. Researchers from the University at Buffalo and University of Maryland surveyed 285 preteens and early teenagers, both male and female, to determine how important they thought it was to protect their privacy online and whether those beliefs affected what actions they took to protect that privacy.


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Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Cyber Bullying Hurts: How to Prevent & Respond


Topic:  Cyber Bullying Hurts: How to Prevent & Respond
Recording date:  Tuesday, August 12, 2008 2:00 pm   Central Daylight Time (GMT -05:00, Chicago)
Panelist Information:  Dr. Patricia W. Agatston

Duration:  58 mins


Description:  This web conference will address the following questions:
· What is cyber bullying and why should schools address it?
· How does cyber bullying affect students and their ability to learn?
· What can be done to prevent it?
· How do we intervene and help students who have been cyber bullied, or who have cyber bullied others?
· What are effective school-wide approaches?


Cyber Bullying Case Law is Limited, But Consider Civil and Criminal Laws

Cyber Bullying Case Law is Limited, But Consider Civil and Criminal Laws

Educators and administrators often ask us about case law regarding cyber bullying to help guide them in policy and procedure. As far as I know, and I research it daily, case law is limited. One law suit, now in progress, is slowly developing (read article: Evidence of Megan Meier's death will be permitted in Lori Drew's cyber-bullying trial)

Regardless of case law, school personnel need to respond if a student harasses or bullies another student(s) using the school computer/internet system. A school also needs to be involved even if the cyber bullying was initiated off campus, but interrupts learning on campus. This is referred to as an off-campus/on-campus nexus.

A real challenge for administrators and teachers is when one student bullies another student online, but there is no connection to school computer use or an on-campus/off-campus nexus. They struggle when confronted by a parent of a student who is being bullied by another student at the school. Simply put, a distressed parent does not want to hear “The bully didn’t use a school computer, there is no nexus and therefore there is nothing we can do or required to do.”

In such situations, we do have some recommendations. First, we believe all schools should be preemptive and should teach all students, staff and parents about the different types of bullying, how to address it as a target, bystander, or parent, and consequences of bullying. This won’t stop all bullying from occurring, but can limit its affects.

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An Interactive Way to Teach Kids About Bullying

An Interactive Way to Teach Kids About Bullying

The Stop Bullying Now website is one of the most sophisticated sites I have found for teaching kids new social skills. The website uses a variety of animated cartoons, games, and informational pages to teach kids how to stand up to bullies, what to do when they witness bullies, and recognize bullying behavior in themselves. This is a great resource for parents as well as teachers and counselors.


Thursday, November 13, 2008

Adina's Deck

Adina's Deck is the new, award winning DVD series about the fictional
detective club, "Adina's Deck" a group of friends who help solve
challenges current to today's young people. Currently, the DVD's are
being viewed internationally in Schools, Homes, and Organizations. In
addition, you can bring the Adina's Deck team to speak at venues Nationwide.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Department of Justice Unveils New PSAs To Combat Online Exploitation of Children

Department of Justice Unveils New PSAs To Combat Online Exploitation of Children

November 12, 2008

Know Where They Go PSA

On November 12, 2008, the U.S. Department of Justice issued the following press release:

Washington - The Department of Justice today unveiled an innovative national public service announcement (PSA) campaign to educate parents about the potential dangers that their children face online and, for the first time, warns potential online predators that exploiting a child online is a serious federal offense.

The four new PSAs were developed jointly by the U.S. Department of Justice's Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) and Project Safe Childhood partners INOBTR ("I Know Better"), iKeepSafe and the Hispanic Communications Network.

"One of our highest priorities at the Department of Justice is combating the sexual exploitation of children," said OJJDP Administrator J. Robert Flores. "Our message to parents is―know where your kids go on the Internet, and to would-be predators we say―your illegal activity will have lifelong consequences."

iKeepSafe developed one of the PSAs, entitled "Know Where They Go," to highlight the risks children face on the Internet. The PSA, illustrates how, in the digital world, children can travel anywhere and why it is important that parents monitor what sites their children visit and who they are talking to. Elements of this campaign include television, print, radio, and Web advertisements. For more on this PSA, please go to

INOBTR created a PSA entitled "Exploiting a Minor Is a Major Offense." This cutting-edge campaign is designed to warn potential online predators that exploiting a child online is a serious federal offense. Elements of this campaign include television, movie theaters, print, radio and Web banners. For more on this PSA, please go to

The Hispanic Communications Network (HCN) produced two separate series of Spanish-language PSAs for television, radio, print and the Web. The first targets parents, while the second targets potential predators. The potential predator PSA seeks to inform low-level offenders or individuals looking for child pornography images online or attempting communication with minors that law enforcement is actively pursuing them, and that their illegal activity could have lifetime consequences. Like the INOBTR ad, it gives a compelling message to stop and think about the consequences of this serious federal crime. The Spanish-language ads can be found on for the parent campaign and for the potential predator campaign. In addition, HCN produced an English-language short video for online distribution. The video, or Webisode, illustrates the dangers child! ren face online and urges parents to become informed and involved, and to supervise their children’s Internet and mobile phone activity.

Launched in May 2006, Project Safe Childhood is a nationwide initiative designed to protect children from online sexual exploitation and abuse. Led by U.S. Attorneys' Offices, the Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section of the Department's Criminal Division, and Internet Crimes Against Children task forces, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to better locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as identify and rescue victims.

For more information about Project Safe Childhood and the public service announcements, please visit


An overview of the campaign with links to PSAs and other resources is available at


Saturday, November 8, 2008

Craigslist to crack down on prostitution ads

Craigslist to crack down on prostitution ads


By PAT EATON-ROBB – 1 day ago


HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Under the watchful eye of law enforcement in 40 states, Craigslist pledged Thursday to crack down on ads for prostitution on its Web sites.


As part of Craigslist's agreement with attorneys general around the country, anyone who posts an "erotic services" ad will be required to provide a working phone number and pay a fee with a valid credit card. The Web site will provide that information to law enforcement if subpoenaed.


Jim Buckmaster, Craigslist's CEO, said the deal will allow legitimate escort services to continue advertising, while providing a strong disincentive to companies that are conducting illegal business.


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