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Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Bully Stop

Bully Stop is a tool that can help you and your children stop bullies and predators from contacting them on their mobile (cell) phone.

Teens and Sexting | Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project


As texting has become a centerpiece in teen social life, parents, educators and advocates have grown increasingly concerned about the role of cell phones in the sexual lives of teens and young adults. A new survey from the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project found that 4% of cell-owning teens ages 12-17 say they have sent sexually suggestive nude or nearly nude images or videos of themselves to someone else via text messaging, a practice also known as “sexting”; 15% say they have received such images of someone they know via text message.

Download the full report:

Sunday, December 6, 2009

A Watch-dog Organization - Advocating for Bullied Children
& Reporting on State Anti Bullying Laws

Friday, December 4, 2009

New Survey on Parents and Online Safety | Yoursphere for Parents

As reported by U.S. News & World Report, parents have a variety of concerns when it comes to the safety of their kids while surfing the web. But there is some disparity between the percentages of concerned parents and percentage of those parents taking action to protect their kids. Read more:

Thursday, December 3, 2009

MTV's A Thin Line : About the Campaign

The Web and cell phones help us communicate, connect and learn in ways we never could before, but they've also forever changed how we interact with others. Things we used to share in person – and in private – can now be broadcast to thousands, instantly. Sometimes we type things we would never say to someone's face. As a result, new issues like forced sexting, textual harassment and cyberbullyiing have emerged, which now affect a majority of young people in the U.S.

MTV's A Thin Line campaign was developed to empower you to identify, respond to, and stop the spread of digital abuse in your life and amongst your peers. The campaign is built on the understanding that there's a "thin line" between what may begin as a harmless joke and something that could end up having a serious impact on you or someone else. We know no generation has ever had to deal with this, so we want to partner with you to help figure it out. On-air, online and on your cell, we hope to spark a conversation and deliver information that helps you draw your own digital line.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

The FearNot! software - ECIRCUS

VICTEC (Virtual ICT with Empathic Characters), a European framework V project was carried out between 2002-2005. The project considered the application of 3D animated synthetic characters and emergent narrative to create improvised dramas to address bullying problems for children aged 8-12 in the UK, Germany and Portugal. One of the main aims of the project was to develop synthetic characters that could, through their appearances, behaviours and features allow the user to build empathic relations with them. The project’s pedagogical objectives were met through the design and implementation of interactive, episodic and emergent virtual dramas where children were exposed to bullying scenarios in a safe school-based Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). The FearNot! application software (Fun with Empathic Agents to Achieve Novel Outcomes in Teaching) developed during the project aimed to enable children to explore physical and relational bullying issues and coping strategies through empathic interactions with synthetic characters. In order to achieve these objectives, FearNot! provides children with various scenarios about bullying behaviour, that promote engagement and believability with synthetic characters in a social interaction [Figure 1].
Extensive evaluations of the FearNot application with over 1,000 children were carried out to consider children’s engagement with the synthetic agents, and their empathic responses to the characters and the scenarios. Individual interaction styles in relation to bullying behaviour, and children’s Theory of Mind abilities were also explored.  

Top 8 ways students are cheating today

Parental Controls - Safely Restrict Your Kids' Computer Access [Mac]

Cyber-Bully Mom Off the Hook in MySpace Suicide Case

It looks like cyber-bully mom Lori Drew has a lot to be thankful for this Thanksgiving.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

KidZui :: Add-ons for Firefox

KidZui turns Firefox into fun, kid-safe browser and online playground for kids 3-12 with over a million kids games, YouTube videos, and websites.

Bully Bust 2009

Bully Bust 2009, CSEE's awareness campaign designed to reduce bullying in our schools. Before you do anything else, please sign the STAND UP Pledge to join the collection of students and adults committed to reducing bullying. Then, dig into the information, activities and resources to start making a difference!


BullyBust provides critical resources and supports to create a school-wide effort against bullying.

Google lets parents lock in SafeSearch

Google lets parents lock in SafeSearch

Google has long allowed parents a SafeSearch filtering setting that keeps kids from using the search engine to find inappropriate sites like those with explicit sexual images or text. The problem was that kids could easily change those settings. Starting Wednesday, however, the company is allowing parents to lock those settings to make it harder (though not impossible) for kids to bypass the settings.

Read more:

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

New Report: Social Isolation and New Technology

Pew Internet & American Life Project


Pew Internet & American Life Project

New Report


Social Isolation and New Technology


By Keith Hampton, Lauren Sessions, Eun Ja Her, and Lee Rainie
November 4, 2009


Social Isolation and New TechnologyPeople who use modern information and communication technologies have larger and more diverse social networks, according to new national survey findings that for the first time explore how people use the internet and mobile phones to interact with key family and friends.
These new finding challenge fears that use of new technologies has contributed to a long-term increase in social isolation in the United States.
The new findings show that, on average, the size of people's discussion networks--those with whom people discuss important matters--is 12% larger amongst mobile phone users, 9% larger for those who share photos online, and 9% bigger for those who use instant messaging. The diversity of people's core networks--their closest and most significant confidants--tends to be 25% larger for mobile phone users, 15% larger for basic internet users, and even larger for frequent internet users, those who use instant messaging, and those who share digital photos online.
"All the evidence points in one direction," said Prof. Keith Hampton, lead author of the report. "People's social worlds are enhanced by new communication technologies. It is a mistake to believe that internet use and mobile phones plunge people into a spiral of isolation."


About the Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project

The Pew Internet Project is an initiative of the Pew Research Center, a nonprofit "fact tank"that provides information on the issues, attitudes and trends shaping America and the world. Pew Internet explores the impact of the internet on children, families, communities, the work place, schools, health care and civic/political life.  Support for the project is provided by The Pew Charitable Trusts.  The Project's website is:





Thursday, October 29, 2009

Can You Go to Jail for Cyberbullying?

Can You Go to Jail for Cyberbullying?

After retiring from Arizona’s superior court in 2008, former judge Tom Jacobs began a site called to help teens understand legal issues. Below, he applies his expertise to the issue of cyberbullying and its possible legal consequences.

Friday, October 16, 2009

Protecting your family on Mobiles and the Internet | Vodafone Parents' Guide

Do you know your Facebook from your YouTube? Your Nintendo Wii from your PSP? Getting involved with your child’s digital world is a key part of parenting in the 21st century.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Anti-bullying forces are targeting the bystanders - The Boston Globe

The anti-bullying forces tried to work with the bullies and the victims. Now they’re targeting the bystanders.

Read more:

18 and Under - Texting, Surfing, Studying? -

Certain subjects make self-righteous parents of us all: our children thinking they are doing homework when in reality the text messages are flying, the Internet browsers are open, the video is streaming, the loud rock music is blaring on the turntable — oh, wait, sorry, that last one was our parents complaining about us.

Read more:

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Students, experts link offline risks with Net safety | Safe and Secure - CNET News

Students, experts link offline risks with Net safety

by Larry Magid

WASHINGTON--When the Online Safety and Technology Working Group, established via the Protecting Children in the 21st Century Act, last week held a meeting at the U.S. Department of Commerce to discuss how to best protect kids online, members may not have been expecting to talk so much about offline behavior.

The 29-person panel, which includes representatives of Internet companies, academia, nonprofit organizations, and government agencies appointed in April by U.S. Department of Commerce's National Telecommunications and Information Administration, offered recommendations ranging from self-protection to cyberbullying prevention. The common themes: exhibiting the same self-awareness and outward sensitivity online as you would offline, and proactively counseling youth exhibiting risky offline behavior.

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Monday, September 28, 2009

4 Teens Sued for Obscene Fake Facebook Profile

4 Teens Sued for Obscene Fake Facebook Profile

Cyberbullying Research Center

Downloadable and Distributable Materials

The Challenge: A publication of the Office of Safe and Drug Free Schools

The School Bully in Cyberspace


Teens live highly digital and media-rich lives with more communications choices than ever before. The media explosion is influencing our youths in ways never imagined.


According to the 2007 Pew Internet & American Life Project report Teens and Social Media, by Amanda Lenhart, Mary Madden, Alexandra Rankin Macgill and Aaron Smith, most teens spend time online, and about 50 percent of those who use the Internet have at least one profile on at least one social networking Web site. Youths use such sites to stay in touch with friends and make new ones. The Pew findings note that 28 percent of teens using the Internet maintain a blog to write about their lives, ideas, goals and dreams; to post photos; and to create and share videos. In addition, the report states that 80 percent of teens own at least one form of what is defined as “new” media technology—a cell phone, personal data assistant, or computer with Internet access.


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Sunday, September 27, 2009

Cyberbullying | MVParents


Older children or teenagers may bully via text messaging, social networking sites, chat rooms, and other forms of digital or online communication. For the most part, cyberbullying is defined by the same characteristics as other bullying. There are some significant differences, though, that deserve mention.

Read more:

Saturday, September 26, 2009

RU kidding? Research finds that chatspeak has no impact on children's spelling ability

Public release date: 21-Sep-2009

Contact: Jamie Hanlon
University of Alberta

RU kidding? Research finds that chatspeak has no impact on children's spelling ability

Parents, get ready to say OMG and watch your teens roflol.

This will prolly comes as a bit of a shock to UR system, but findings from a group of University of Alberta researchers show that language commonly used in instant messaging has no effect on your child's spelling abilities. If anything, says study author Connie Varnhagen, using language variations commonly used in instant messaging and texting is actually a good sign.

Varnhagen's findings come from a class-based study that was recently published in Reading and Writing. A group of third-year psychology students proposed and designed a study to test whether new Simple Messaging Service, or SMS, language—also known as chatspeak—which refers to the abbreviations and slang commonly used when texting, emailing or chatting online, had an influence on students' spelling habits. The group surveyed roughly 40 students from ages 12 to 17. The participants were asked to save their instant messages for a week. At the end of the study, the participants completed a standardized spelling test.

Students' use of chatspeak is only one shared concern between parents and educators about children's spelling abilities. But, with a growing usage of connected resources such as Skype, Facebook and Twitter, understanding the relationship between this virtual dialect and use of the Queen's English is of significant importance.

While the researchers expected there to be some correlation between poor spelling and chatspeak, Varnhagen said they were pleasantly surprised by the results.

"Kids who are good spellers [academically] are good spellers in instant messaging," she said. "And kids who are poor spellers in English class are poor spellers in instant messaging."

What was surprising, though, was how chatspeak use and spelling played in the battle of the sexes. Girls used more chatspeak than boys, who preferred to express themselves through repeated use of punctuation. However, the study found that boys who used chatspeak and abbreviations more frequently were poorer spellers. Conversely, girls who used more abbreviations were better spellers than girls who did not use many abbreviations in their messages.

Nicole Pugh, a student researcher and one of the study's co-authors, was amazed at the complexity and volume of chatspeak that the students were using.

"Going through the participant conversations, it was interesting to note how many new words that children are using online," said Pugh. "We would have to decipher the meaning of the language with online dictionaries or by asking younger siblings."

Varnhagen and Pugh both agree that the results of their study should ease some concerns and even open up discussion on how this language can be perhaps be embraced within an educational or academic context.

"If you want students to think very precisely and concisely and be able to express themselves, it might be interesting to have them create instant messages with ideas, maybe allow them opportunities to use more of this new dialect in brief reports or fun activities," said Varnhagen. "Using a new type of language does require concentration and translating it to standard English does require concentration and attention. It's a little brain workout."


Study finds intervention program increases kids' healthy eating, reduces screen time

Public release date: 25-Sep-2009

Contact: Mike Ferlazzo
Iowa State University

Study finds intervention program increases kids' healthy eating, reduces screen time

AMES, Iowa -- A new Iowa State University study found that a family, school and community intervention program helps children live healthier lives and could be a new tool in the fight against the nation's childhood obesity epidemic.

In the study, children who participated in The Switch® program -- a program developed by the Minneapolis-based National Institute on Media and the Family (NIMF) -- watched an average of two fewer hours of television and also consumed two more servings of fruits and vegetables per week than those who weren't in the program. Program participants also walked 300 more steps per day.

"The successes in this study were modest, which is what one would expect," said Iowa State Assistant Professor of Psychology Douglas Gentile, the lead researcher and director of research for NIMF. "People usually make incremental changes, but those add up over time."

In addition to Gentile, the 10-member research team included ISU researchers Greg Welk, an associate professor of kinesiology; and Dan Russell, a professor of human development and family studies; as well as former Iowa State kinesiology professor Joey Eisenmann. The research team authored a paper on their results, which has been posted online in BMC Medicine Evaluation, a professional journal in the United Kingdom.

The researchers evaluated the eight-month intervention program in a group of 1,323 students (third, fourth and fifth graders) and their parents from 10 schools -- split between Lakeville, Minn., and Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Measures of the key behaviors were collected three times from the children -- prior to administering the program, immediately after it was completed, and six months following its completion.

The Switch® program encourages children to "Switch what they Do, View and Chew™" and features three components: community, school and family. The community component promotes awareness of the importance of healthy lifestyles using paid advertising, such as billboards; and unpaid media, including editorials. The school component reinforces the Switch messages by providing teachers with materials and methods to integrate key health concepts into the school day. And in the family component, participating families receive monthly packets containing behavioral tools to assist them in altering their health behaviors.

"The program is designed to be a more comprehensive approach to childhood obesity prevention," Gentile said. "It results from several lessons we learned, while creating interventions over the past 15 years. One is that focusing on kids can work, but unless the family's on board, you're not going to get much movement. So the ideal program would be to work at multiple ecological levels all at once so that people are getting repeated, parallel, overlapping messages at the individual, family and community levels."

Gentile reports that the positive effects on children remained significant at the six-month follow-up evaluation, indicating maintenance of these differences over time. In fact, they increased slightly following the intervention, which may contribute to reduced weight risks in the future.

"To me, the strongest finding is that we found stronger results in the six-month follow-up than at the end of the intervention -- and that's unique," said ISU's Welk, who studies exercise and health. "That would imply that the lessons took hold after the intervention and families have had time to apply them to their lives."

The ISU researchers are planning further analysis of the data gathered in this research for future studies, including one that will explore a "booster" component of The Switch® program.


Sunday, September 20, 2009

The Top 50 Acronyms Every Parent Needs to Know

Top 50 Internet Acronyms Parents Need to Know:

1.     8 - Oral sex

2.     1337 - Elite -or- leet -or- L337

3.     143 - I love you

4.     182 - I hate you

5.     1174 - Nude club

6.     420 - Marijuana

7.     459 - I love you

8.     ADR - Address

9.     AEAP - As Early As Possible

10.  ALAP - As Late As Possible

11.  ASL - Age/Sex/Location

12.  CD9 - Code 9 - it means parents are around

13.  C-P - Sleepy

14.  F2F - Face-to-Face

15.  GNOC - Get Naked On Cam

16.  GYPO - Get Your Pants Off

17.  HAK - Hugs And Kisses

18.  ILU - I Love You

19.  IWSN - I Want Sex Now

20.  J/O - Jerking Off

21.  KOTL - Kiss On The Lips

22.  KFY -or- K4Y - Kiss For You

23.  KPC - Keeping Parents Clueless

24.  LMIRL - Let's Meet In Real Life

25.  MOOS - Member Of The Opposite Sex

26.  MOSS - Member(s) Of The Same Sex

27.  MorF - Male or Female

28.  MOS - Mom Over Shoulder

29.  MPFB - My Personal F*** Buddy

30.  NALOPKT - Not A Lot Of People Know That

31.  NIFOC - Nude In Front Of The Computer

32.  NMU - Not Much, You?

33.  P911 - Parent Alert

34.  PAL - Parents Are Listening

35.  PAW - Parents Are Watching

36.  PIR - Parent In Room

37.  POS - Parent Over Shoulder -or- Piece Of Sh**

38.  pron - porn

39.  Q2C - Quick To Cum

40.  RU/18 - Are You Over 18?

41.  RUMORF - Are You Male OR Female?

42.  RUH - Are You Horny?

43.  S2R - Send To Receive

44.  SorG - Straight or Gay

45.  TDTM - Talk Dirty To Me

46.  WTF - What The F***

47.  WUF - Where You From

48.  WYCM - Will You Call Me?

49.  WYRN - What's Your Real Name?

50.  zerg - To gang up on someone


Friday, September 18, 2009

Coach sued for requesting Facebook logins

Coach sued for requesting Facebook logins At issue: Do school leaders have a right to snoop into students' private online accounts?


Prediction from one of my lawyer friends: school will lose.


Sunday, September 13, 2009

The Internet as a Diversion | Pew Internet & American Life Project

Three-quarters of online economic users--those Americans who use the internet to keep up with news about the economic recession or their own personal finances--go online to relax and take their minds off of the recession, according to an April 2009 survey by the Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project.

Listening to music and watching online videos are among the most common of the activities we evaluated; roughly half of all online economic users have done each of these activities to relax. Approximately one-third of online economic users have played online games or chatted with friends (on a social networking site, listserv or other online group), while an additional 22% have taken their minds off of their economic or financial circumstances by creating or posting content online.

Young Americans in particular go online in great numbers to relax by watching videos, listening to music, playing games or chatting with friends.

iKeepSafe - C3 Matrix

The iKeepSafe Digital Citizenship C3 Matrix is provided here to assist educators in integrating the essentials of cyber-safety, cyber-security, and cyber-ethics (C3 concepts) into existing technology and literacy standards and curricula. Based on the C3 Framework created by education and technology expert Davina Pruitt-Mentle, the iKeepSafe Digital Citizenship C3 Matrix takes a holistic and comprehensive approach to preparing students for 21st century digital communication. The Matrix outlines competency levels for C3 concepts divided into three levels: basic, intermediate, and proficient.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Shocking stats, video on texting while driving

A new and controversial video about Texting while driving is getting a great deal of exposure right now. I wonder about its effectiveness? On one hand, it dramatically demonstrates the potential problem of this type of distraction which could “bring home” the message to teens that texting (or other distractions) while driving can be very dangerous. On the other hand, some research shows that this type of message only has a very short term effect if any.


What do you think?

You can comment on the video by visiting

And you can take part in a poll at:


Also, I Interviewed for this story, short but good read: Shocking stats, video on texting while driving.



Friday, August 28, 2009

cyberbullying and online peer harassment

A list of the scholarly literature that we are aware of that examine issues relating to cyberbullying and online peer harassment among youth.

Gauging Your Distraction

Gauging Your Distraction - new game that measures how your reaction time is affected by external distractions  Interactive Feature - "Gauging Your Distraction"

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Connect Safely |Online Safety 3.0: Empowering and Protecting Youth

Both the Internet and the way young people use technology are constantly changing, but Internet safety messages change very slowly if at all. A few years ago, some of us in the Net safety community started talking about how to adjust our messaging for the much more interactive “Web 2.0.” And we did so, based on the latest research as it emerged. But even those messages are starting to get a bit stale….

Now it’s time for Internet Safety 3.0.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009



Dick Thornburgh and Herbert S. Lin, Editors

Committee to Study Tools and Strategies for ProtectingKids from Pornography and Their Applicability to Other Inappropriate Internet Content

Computer Science and Telecommunications Board
National Research Council

2101 Constitution Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20418

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Teens and Mobile Phones Over the Past Five Years: Pew Internet Looks Back

Teens and Mobile Phones Over the Past Five Years: Pew Internet Looks Back
Teenagers have previously lagged behind adults in their ownership of cell phones, but several years of survey data collected by the Pew Internet & American Life Project show that those ages 12-17 are closing the gap in cell phone ownership. The Project first began surveying teenagers about their mobile phones in its 2004 Teens and Parents project when a survey showed that 45% of teens had a cell phone. Since that time, mobile phone use has climbed steadily among teens ages 12 to 17 – to 63% in fall of 2006 to 71% in early 2008.

ResearchBuzz > Video Site Especially for Kids Launched

Friday, July 31, 2009

Online Youth Around the World

Online Youth Around the World
Children around the globe are online, accessing the World Wide Web and everything it holds at home, at school, at friend's houses, and by mobile device. Commissioned by Symantec, Harris Interactive conducted an international survey aimed at generating conversation and awareness centering on the activities of online youth. In this month's issue of Trends & Tudes, we take a look at some of the results of The Norton Online Living Report 2009, and the role the Internet plays in young people's lives, globally.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Digital Education: Administrator in Sexting Case Wins Legal Fees

Administrator in Sexting Case Wins Legal Fees

Ting-Yi Oei, who was initially charged for possession of child pornography in a sexting case at Freedom High School in Loudoun County, Va., where he is an administrator, called to update us on his situation. The charges against him were eventually dropped and the county school board voted last month to repay legal expenses—some $167,000—that Oei racked up throughout the ordeal. The charges came after he collected inappropriate cellphone images from a student.

Friday, July 3, 2009

New Bully Prevention Recommendations Released

New Bully Prevention Recommendations Released

By WINK News


Story Created: Jul 2, 2009 at 2:44 PM EDT


Story Updated: Jul 2, 2009 at 7:47 PM EDT

At a middle school in Wisconsin, students perform in front of a class - in what is called ‘social improvisation’. In the performance, one student is bullied, while others stand around and watch, or giggle…

Friday, June 26, 2009

Sexting, Cyberbullying, Online Predators...

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Monday, June 15, 2009

OJJDP Promotes Internet Safety


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OJJDP Promotes Internet Safety

Know Where They GoJune is National Internet Safety Month. The purpose of this observance is to raise awareness of the dangers to which children may be exposed on the Internet and ways in which they can be protected from them.

Online safety is everyone's responsibility. Parents need to be vigilant about their children's use of the computer and cell phone. Teachers need to promote responsible Internet usage by students. Internet safety organizations need to help youth develop the decision-making skills needed to use the Web safely. Only through such coordinated efforts can we maximize the benefits of the Internet, while minimizing its dangers.

The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) supports a number of programs and activities designed to raise awareness about the importance of online safety and to help protect children and youth from online exploitation and victimization.


To obtain further information about OJJDP supported initiatives to promote Internet safety, visit:

OJJDPThe Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention is a component of the Office of Justice Programs in the U.S. Department of Justice.

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