Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Facebook case over student's comments settled - South Florida Sun-Sentinel.com

Facebook case over student's comments settled - South Florida Sun-Sentinel.com: "A former Pembroke Pines Charter High School student scored what her attorneys call a victory for the First Amendment last week with the end of her two-year legal battle over her Facebook comments about a teacher."

Technology Live: Latest Tech News and Gadgets - USATODAY.com

Technology Live: Latest Tech News and Gadgets - USATODAY.com: "In a proactive public relations move, AT&T is taking the lead on texting-and-driving prevention with an 11-minute documentary on the topic, intended to reach consumers before New Year's Eve.

The doc, called The Last Text, features stories about people whose lives were adversely affected by texting behind the wheel, including the parents of Mariah West, who died after texting 'Where u at?' to a friend."




Saturday, December 18, 2010

December 16, 2010: Letter to Governors and Chief State School Officers regarding bullying prevention

December 16, 2010: Letter to Governors and Chief State School Officers regarding bullying prevention

Youth Topics: Bullying

Youth Topics: Bullying

U.S. ED SECRETARY ARNE DUNCAN HIGHLIGHTS BEST PRACTICES OF BULLYING POLICIES—KEY EXAMPLES IN STATE LAWS ARE HIGHLIGHTED AS LEGISLATION THAT WORKS TO HELP PROTECT STUDENTS

In response to requests for assistance from state and local officials across the country following a rash of bullying-related suicides, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, on December 16, distributed a memo to state leaders outlining key components of strong state bullying laws and policies. The technical assistance memo is intended to serve as a reference for state and local officials developing or revising anti-bullying legislation or policies.

“We need the commitment from everyone at the federal, state and local level to put an end to bullying,” U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said. “I hope that highlighting these best practices will help policymakers as they work to keep our children safe and learning.”

The memo, which was sent to all governors, chief state school officers and state education boards, is part of the Obama Administration’s commitment to prevent bullying in schools. In the memo, the Department compiled key components of existing anti-bullying laws from 29 states. The laws were divided into 11 categories, which ranged from listing examples of bullying behavior to specifying procedures for investigating incidents.

Several states are leaders in their bullying policies. For example, Florida law specifically defines prohibited conduct, and Kansas law clearly covers “cyberbullying.” Washington state regulations require school officials and employees to tell certain personnel about any bullying they are aware of, and Georgia prohibits retaliation against those who report incidents. And in Massachusetts, the state policy includes a provision to provide training to an extensive list of staff members to help them prevent, identify and respond to bullying.

In addition to the memo, education officials are preparing a comprehensive summary of state anti-bullying laws and conducting a study of how those laws are implemented in the hopes that the data could further guide states in crafting effective regulations.

“We have all been told that bullying has been going on in our schools forever. But we can stop it now,” Duncan said. “Strong anti-bullying policies instill a climate that this behavior will not be tolerated.”

For more on the Education Department’s efforts around bullying prevention, visit http://www.bullyinginfo.org.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Power to Learn - Delete Cyberbullying

Power to Learn - Delete Cyberbullying

Delete Cyberbullying includes specific details and examples of how the school counseling program provides exemplary leadership, advocacy and collaboration resulting in systemic change for the benefit of students.

Delete Cyberbullying consists of:

  • Free online and print resources for parents, educators and students that provide tips, advice and suggestions on how to deal with this pressing social issue in a variety of contexts.

  • Regional "Town Hall" meetings at Boys & Girls Clubs in NYC, CT, NJ and Long Island at which parents and students will have the opportunity to speak to experts, address law enforcement and learn how to prevent and deal with this issue.

  • Delete Cyberbullying pledge, available online and in participating Boys & Girls Clubs, which encourages students throughout the NY Metropolitan area to publicly pledge to combat cyberbullying and speak up if they are witnesses to it.

  • Free family resource guide, which answers common questions related to digital media and cyberbullying.

  • Public service announcement campaign airing throughout Cablevision's service area and encouraging community members to combat cyberbullying in and out of school.

  • Public service announcement and poster contest for regional students, grades
    4-11, to create videos or posters with an anti-cyberbullying message.

  • Training events at schools and select community locations throughout the region.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Connect Safely |A Parents' Guide to Facebook | Safety Advice Articles

Connect Safely |A Parents' Guide to Facebook | Safety Advice Articles

Welcome to our guidebook for parents! It’s designed to help you understand what Facebook is and how to use it safely. With it, you will be better informed and able to communicate with young Facebook users in your life more effectively. That's important because 1) if something goes wrong, we want our children to come to us and 2) as the Internet becomes increasingly social and mobile, a parent’s guidance and support are ever more key to young people’s well-being in social media and technology. The guidebook is published in partnership with the iKeepSafe Coalition.

Monday, December 6, 2010

Stop Bullying Now! » Home Page

Stop Bullying Now! » Home Page: "This site supports HRSA's national campaign: 'Take a Stand. Lend a Hand. Stop Bullying Now.' Click here to visit the HRSA campaign."

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