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Thursday, July 22, 2010

Millennials will make online sharing in networks a lifelong habit | Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project

Millennials will make online sharing in networks a lifelong habit | Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project: "Tech experts generally believe that today’s tech-savvy young people – the ‘digital natives’ who are known for enthusiastically embracing social networking – will retain their willingness to share personal information online even as they get older and take on more responsibilities. Experts surveyed say that the advantages Millennials see in personal disclosure will outweigh their concerns about their privacy.

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Safety-driven software aims to block texting while driving -

Safety-driven software aims to block texting while driving -

Jessi Slaughter Talks Cyberbullying on Good Morning America

Jessi Slaughter Talks Cyberbullying on Good Morning America

Today, Good Morning America sat down with Jessi Slaughter, the 11 year-old victim of intense cyberbullying, and her parents. She talked about the content of her videos and how she's reacted to the firestorm that her videos touched off.

Jessi says that she understands how this could have pushed her to be suicidal but that she isn't. She is, however, getting some counseling, which seems like a really good idea.

Saturday, July 17, 2010

The Living Internet: Get ready to be “spoofed”; youth as co-creators | Cyberbullying News | Research, Reviews, Summaries & Expert Interviews for Educators & Researchers

The Living Internet: Get ready to be “spoofed”; youth as co-creators

Fri, Jul 16, 2010

Youth Voices

In reviewing clips for today’s “Friday’s Film Feature,” we became accutely aware that, as noted in the recent Youth Safety on a Living Internet, the “Internet, is, in effect, a ‘living thing,’” (p. 5), with its users, especially youth, being very much co-creators and co-interpreters of much of the content. What’s this got to do with the Friday film feature? Well, watch these clips and find out!

Monday, July 12, 2010

Parental Controls Follows Teens to the Car - Family and Child Online Safety Blog - SafetyClicks

Parental Controls Follows Teens to the Car

The 2010 Ford Focus has a new feature that is designed for the new teen driver. More specifically, the parent of the new teen driver.

The "MyKey Safety System" allows you to assign a key to individuals. The key has a chip that tells the car which driver is in the car and sets specific safety features such as a seat belt reminder, a reduced top volume for the audio system, and what is sure to be the parental favorite, a device that limits the top speed.

Would features such as these encourage you to buy a Ford Focus for your teen driver? What do you think about this kind of parental control?

7 things to stop doing on Facebook

7 things to stop doing on Facebook

YouTube - McGruff the Crime Dog in Samantha's Choice

YouTube - McGruff the Crime Dog in Samantha's Choice: "This five-minute video follows the story of a young girl who is afraid to go to ballet class, for fear of being bullied. This new animated short marks the third generation of children to receive advice from McGruff the Crime Dog. 'Stop, Talk & Walk' is the essential advice that McGruff doles out to a young girl in the story."

Parent Advice - 5 Ways to Unplug on Vacation - Common Sense Media

Parent Advice - 5 Ways to Unplug on Vacation - Common Sense Media

What's the biggest challenge facing families this summer? Cancelled flights? Rain delays? Try unplugging from our 24/7 media lives. For kids, that means notexting, no DS, no iPod, no computer. For parents, it means cutting the cord that keeps us connected to work (or Facebook, or our favorite podcast...).

Friday, July 9, 2010

Internet dependence and gambling addiction are not linked

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Mary Ann Liebert, Inc./Genetic Engineering News

Internet dependence and gambling addiction are not linked

Affected individuals have common psychological profiles

IMAGE: Cyberpsychology, Behavior and Social Networking is published 6 times a year in print and online.

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New Rochelle, NY, June 28, 2010—A study of university students found no overlap between those reporting excessive Internet use and those with problem gambling. However, both addictive behaviors are associated with psychological issues such as depression, anxiety, stress, and loneliness, according to a provocative Rapid Communication in Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking, a peer-reviewed journal published by Mary Ann Liebert, Inc. ( The article is available free online at

Both Internet dependence and problem gambling are typically viewed as behavioral addictions, and as such might be expected to affect the same individuals. But as N.A. Dowling, PhD, from the University of Melbourne, and M. Brown from Monash University, both in Australia, conclude in the article entitled, "Commonalities in the Psychological Factors Associated with Problem Gambling and Internet Dependence," these seem to be separate disorders that share common underlying psychological profiles, which has implications for their management.

Based on their assessment of a small group of university students in Australia, the authors report that similar vulnerabilities, attributable to feelings of anxiety, stress, depression, loneliness, and social isolation, appear to contribute to excesses in Internet use and gambling behavior. Effective treatments would likely integrate multiple types of interventions that target the specific problem behavior and the general tendency to addiction.

"It is clear that effectively evaluating and treating these disorders requires a clear understanding of the individual symptomatology and internal conflicts particular to each patient," says Brenda K. Wiederhold, PhD, MBA, BCIA, Editor-in-Chief of Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking, from the Interactive Media Institute, San Diego, CA.


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Who is likely to become a bully, victim or both?

Who is likely to become a bully, victim or both?

Contact: Pam Willenz
American Psychological Association

Who is likely to become a bully, victim or both?

New research shows poor problem-solving increases risk for all

WASHINGTON – Children and adolescents who lack social problem-solving skills are more at risk of becoming bullies, victims or both than those who don't have these difficulties, says new research published by the American Psychological Association. But those who are also having academic troubles are even likelier to become bullies.

"This is the first time we've overviewed the research to see what individual and environmental characteristics predict the likelihood of becoming a bully, victim or both," said lead author Clayton R. Cook, PhD, of Louisiana State University. "These groups share certain characteristics, but they also have unique traits. We hope this knowledge will help us better understand the conditions under which bullying occurs and the consequences it may have for individuals and the other people in the same settings. Ultimately, we want to develop better prevention and intervention strategies to stop the cycle before it begins."

Cook and co-authors from the University of California at Riverside examined 153 studies from the last 30 years. They found that boys bully more than girls, and bullies and victims both have poor social problem-solving skills. More than anything else, poor academic performance predicts those who will bully.

"A typical bully has trouble resolving problems with others and also has trouble academically," said Cook. "He or she usually has negative attitudes and beliefs about others, feels negatively toward himself/herself, comes from a family environment characterized by conflict and poor parenting, perceives school as negative and is negatively influenced by peers."

"A typical victim is likely to be aggressive, lack social skills, think negative thoughts, experience difficulties in solving social problems, come from negative family, school and community environments and be noticeably rejected and isolated by peers," said Cook.

The typical bully-victim (someone who bullies and is bullied) also has negative attitudes and beliefs about himself or herself and others, the study found. He or she has trouble with social interaction, does not have good social problem-solving skills, performs poorly academically and is not only rejected and isolated by peers but is also negatively influenced by the peers with whom he or she interacts, according to the study.

Sample sizes for the studies examined ranged from 44 to 26,430. Ages ranged from 3 to 18 years old. The participants were from the United States and Europe. Researchers used self-, peer, teacher and parent reports to measure the extent of bullying, aggression and victimization; externalizing behavior (defiant, aggressive or disruptive responses); internalizing behaviors (withdrawal, depression, anxious and avoidant responses); social competence; beliefs, feelings and thoughts; academic performance; family and home environment; school environment; community life; peer status and influence.

The authors found that age played a role in how much bullies and victims acted out their aggressions or internalized their feelings. Younger bullies were more defiant, aggressive and disruptive, whereas older bullies were more withdrawn, depressed and anxious. Younger bullies were not as bothered by rejection and being unpopular as were older bullies. And older victims suffered from depression and anxiousness more than younger victims.

According to the authors, most programs use strategies to prevent bullying that favor removing the bully from the environment, such as enforced anti-bullying rules and peer-reporting of bullying incidents in schools. The more promising interventions target the behaviors and the environments that are putting these young people at risk of becoming bullies and/or victims.

"Intervene with the parents, peers and schools simultaneously," said Cook. "Behavioral parent training could be used in the home while building good peer relationship and problem-solving skills could be offered in the schools, along with academic help for those having troubling in this area."


Article: "Predictors of Bullying and Victimization in Childhood and Adolescence: A Meta-analytic Investigation," Clayton R. Cook, PhD, Louisiana State University; Kirk R. William, PhD, Nancy G. Guerra, EdD, Tia E. Kim, PhD, and Shelly Sadek, MA, University of California, Riverside; School Psychology Quarterly, Vol. 25, No.2.

(Full text of the article is available from the APA Public Affairs Office and at )

Contact Dr. Clayton R. Cook by e-mail at

Contact Dr. Nancy G. Guerra by e-mail at or by phone at (951) 827-6421 (work) or (949) 463-4659 (cell)

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Power to Learn - Are You Oversharing?

Power to Learn - Are You Oversharing?: "Technology continues to stimulate the coining of new terms and if you aren’t familiar with the term “oversharing,” it is likely that you soon will be. Oversharing means exactly what it sounds like - the sharing of way too much information about ourselves. Stuff that most people don’t need – and especially don’t want – to know about us. If you or your kids are active on social networking sites like Facebook, Twitter, Gowalla and Foursquare you may want to take a moment and consider the amount of oversharing you are doing online and what it could mean to your personal security." Click to read more

Television and Video Game Exposure and the Development of Attention Problems -- Swing et al., 10.1542/peds.2009-1508 -- Pediatrics

Television and Video Game Exposure and the Development of Attention Problems -- Swing et al., 10.1542/peds.2009-1508 -- Pediatrics: "Viewing television and playing video games each are associated with increased subsequent attention problems in childhood. It seems that a similar association among television, video games, and attention problems exists in late adolescence and early adulthood. Research on potential risk factors for attention problems should be expanded to include video games in addition to television."

Thursday, July 8, 2010

e-Ana and e-Mia: A Content Analysis of Pro-Eating ... [Am J Public Health. 2010] - PubMed result

e-Ana and e-Mia: A Content Analysis of Pro-Eating Disorder Web Sites.

Borzekowski DL, Schenk S, Wilson JL, Peebles R.

Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.


Objectives. The Internet offers Web sites that describe, endorse, and support eating disorders. We examined the features of pro-eating disorder Web sites and the messages to which users may be exposed. Methods. We conducted a systematic content analysis of 180 active Web sites, noting site logistics, site accessories, ''thinspiration'' material (images and prose intended to inspire weight loss), tips and tricks, recovery, themes, and perceived harm. Results. Practically all (91%) of the Web sites were open to the public, and most (79%) had interactive features. A large majority (84%) offered pro-anorexia content, and 64% provided pro-bulimia content. Few sites focused on eating disorders as a lifestyle choice. Thinspiration material appeared on 85% of the sites, and 83% provided overt suggestions on how to engage in eatingdisordered behaviors. Thirty-eight percent of the sites included recovery-oriented information or links. Common themes were success, control, perfection, and solidarity. Conclusions. Pro-eating disorder Web sites present graphic material to encourage, support, and motivate site users to continue their efforts with anorexia and bulimia. Continued monitoring will offer a valuable foundation to build a better understanding of the effects of these sites on their users.

PMID: 20558807 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Cyberspace Bullies

Cyberspace Bullies: "The schoolyard bully — not always the big kid with a bad home life who extorts lunch money — has slowly broadened his turf, reaching into your teen’s computer and cell phone. In addition to depression, stomach aches and failing grades, bullies lurking in virtual shadows of cyberspace at home and school are responsible for beatings, murders and suicides. And some experts say there’s little that can be done to stop them."

BragTag College Bound

BragTag College Bound: "bragTAG is a Facebook application that allows the high school – college bound student and/or athlete, the ability to tag and compile high school career events (bragTAGs) that will impress and pique the interest of college admissions advisors!"

Sunday, July 4, 2010

The future of social relations | Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project

The future of social relations | Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project

The social benefits of internet use will far outweigh the negatives over the next decade, according to experts who responded to a survey about the future of the internet. They say this is because email, social networks, and other online tools offer 'low-friction' opportunities to create, enhance, and rediscover social ties that make a difference in people's lives. The internet lowers traditional communications constraints of cost, geography, and time; and it supports the type of open information sharing that brings people together.

Friday, July 2, 2010

Bullying, cyberbullying & suicide: New study

Links between an increase in suicidal thoughts and bullying are well-established, so the emerging one between suicidal ideation and bullying online and on phones is not surprising but very important. A new study by cyberbullying experts, authors, and Profs. Sameer Hinduja and Justin Patchin is a vital step toward substantive help for the only age group (10-19) showing "an upward trend" in suicide (compared to the 28.5% decline in suicide for youth overall) , and despite a downward trend in traditional bullying .

How to block texting while driving


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