Monday, March 29, 2010

10 Cool Websites For Teenagers Who Want to Stand Out

There are all sorts of ways for teenagers to stand out these days. Back in the 80’s, we had big hair, jelly shoes, and horrible blue eyeshadow that never came off.

How do kid teens stand out in the digital age? What sort of cool websites for teenagers are out there that can help? For one, they are producers and creators. The tools they have at their fingertips can spread a viral message in a matter of seconds.

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Center on Media and Child Health: Research Toolbox: Text Messaging Tools


Research Toolbox: Text Messaging Tools

According to Nielsen, American teenagers are sending over 3,000 text messages a month and Short Message Service (SMS) texting has developed as a language suited to the need of sending short, quick messages.
Here are a few tools to help you understand this new language and its abbreviations:
This website offers a short guide understanding online chat acronyms, text messages & smiley faces.
A guide produced by Mathews County Public Schools to introduce some of the most common used abbreviations.
This website offers a neat translating tool and dictionary of text message abbreviations.
TextED.ca is an innovative and interactive website designed to teach teens to be safe, responsible and respectful users of texting technologies.
This website provides lots of unusual SMS abbreviations, including European slang.
This website offers a  short guide to understanding online chat acronyms, text messages & smiley faces.

Internet Safety News and Information: New Campaign: 'Be Smart. Be Fair. Be Safe.'

Internet Safety News and Information: New Campaign: 'Be Smart. Be Fair. Be Safe.'

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Arm Yourself Against Cyber Fraud

Arm Yourself Against Cyber Fraud
Industry experts forecast that banking fraud will continue to be a critical problem in 2010. This news comes from GovInfoSecurity.com's March 2010 handbook, which features an intriguing cover story entitled "10 Faces of Fraud: Old and New Schemes Target Banking Institutions and Their Customers."
http://docs.govinfosecurity.com/files/handbooks/RSA2010/BIS-EOY-RSA.pdf

Saturday, March 20, 2010

YouTube - Facebook Privacy Settings 2010

Be Web Aware - Excessive Internet use

Be Web Aware - Excessive Internet use: "Is there such a thing as Internet addiction?"

Summary of My Online Postings

Keeping Kids Out of High Tech Trouble. This blog supports Dr. Russell Sabella's work on educating children, parents, educators and other stake holders about the responsible use of technology. Included in these pages you will find helpful resources, lesson plans, links, and more. Russ's most recent book and workshops are primary resources for meeting this mission.

http://guardingkids.blogspot.com/

 

SchoolCounselor.com eNewsletter. The SchoolCounselor.com e-Newsletter is an electronic publication designed to advance counselors' level of technological literacy, application, and integration. You will find practical solutions and answers to technology related problems, especially as they apply to your job as counselor.

http://counselingtechnology.blogspot.com/

 

Must See Videos. When I see a video that would be useful, inspiring, enlightening among counselors, I post it here.

http://counselingvideos.blogspot.com/

 

Twitter. Postings about all thinks counseling, life, humor, and more.

http://twitter.com/rsabella

 

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

The Associated Press: Break the law and your new 'friend' may be the FBI

Break the law and your new 'friend' may be the FBI
By RICHARD LARDNER (AP) – 1 day ago
WASHINGTON — The Feds are on Facebook. And MySpace, LinkedIn and Twitter, too.
U.S. law enforcement agents are following the rest of the Internet world into popular social-networking services, going undercover with false online profiles to communicate with suspects and gather private information, according to an internal Justice Department document that offers a tantalizing glimpse of issues related to privacy and crime-fighting.

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The Associated Press: Break the law and your new 'friend' may be the FBI

Sunday, March 14, 2010

The (not-so) brave new world of bullies

The (not-so) brave new world of bullies: "The (not-so) brave new world of bullies

Online harassment is on the rise and it's just as serious as threats made at school"

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Futurity.org – Gay youth reluctant to report cyberbullying

Futurity.org – Gay youth reluctant to report cyberbullying

AT&T Takes on Mobile Safety: "Txting & Driving . . . It Can Wait"


AT&T Takes on Mobile Safety: "Txting & Driving . . . It Can Wait"

Posted: 09 Mar 2010 04:57 PM PST

Texting  Photo credit: Trebor Scholz via Flickr

Text Messages Can and Should Wait Until After Driving

Our friends at AT&T launched a powerful public awareness campaign yesterday called "Txting & Driving ... It can Wait."

The campaign raises awareness of the risks of texting while driving. AT&T's message is directed at all drivers, but especially to youth because they are just learning how to drive, and they are a very wired generation. A recent study by the Pew Internet Project reports that over 80 percent of teens ages 16 and 17 own a cell phone.

The campaign features print, TV and radio spots with real stories from real people who share the text messages they sent or received before a loved one's life was altered or ended because they were sending or reading a text while driving.

"We applaud AT&T for spreading this important message," said iKeepSafe president Marsali Hancock. "We encourage parents to share the video with their children to have a meaningful discussion about the consequences of texting while driving. Go with them to the 'It Can Wait" pledge on facebook and take the pledge together."

The following video is one of the campaign's TV spots:

Learn more about the "Txting & Driving" campaign by clicking here.

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Sunday, March 7, 2010

Turnitin for Admissions

Plagiarism Detection and Content Verification for Admissions

Turnitin for Admissions is developed to meet the needs of the Admissions Office Professional by utilizing patented, award-winning plagiarism software technology. Turnitin is used everyday throughout the world by educators. Now a new plagiarism detection service based on the same technology is used to help improve the process in the admissions office. The Admissions office of graduate and undergraduate programs receive mountains documents that need to be read and evaluated in a short amount of time. Turnitin for Admissions provides information to help make more informed choices in the enrollment process. Every document submitted will be verified to help discover plagiarism, recycled submissions, duplicate responses, purchased documents, and other seemingly transparent problems.

http://www.turnitinadmissions.com/

Center on Media and Child Health: Research Toolbox: Media Literacy Resources

Center on Media and Child Health: Research Toolbox: Media Literacy Resources: "Media literacy is the ability to understand how mass media works and media literacy education is the approach to protect children and adolescents from the unhealthy effects of media by giving them tools to think critically about messages in the media.

Here's a list of media literacy organizations and resources"

Center on Media and Child Health: Research Wrap-Up: Recently Published Studies- March 5

Center on Media and Child Health: Research Wrap-Up: Recently Published Studies- March 5:

Check out these recently published studies on children, media, and health which explore a range of topics:"

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