Wednesday, December 28, 2011

A year of too much work or too little - KansasCity.com

... A year of too much work or too little - KansasCity.com: Earlier this year, I dared to put the question out there: Can you control after-hours work demands without getting fired or losing a customer?

My favorite response came from Wayne A. Hochwarter, a professor of management at Florida State University. It's all about communication, he said. Maybe you're answering emails at 10 p.m., but your manager doesn't expect you to be on call at all hours. You may have inadvertently communicated the wrong message: that you don't mind the infringement on your personal time. It's possible to pull back - if you are clear about how you plan to handle their needs during the workday, he said.

Monday, December 19, 2011

Sexting game making 'Rounds' at local middle school - NBCActionNews.com - Kansas City

Sexting game making 'Rounds' at local middle school - NBCActionNews.com - Kansas City: LIBERTY, Mo. - There's a new game of chicken making the rounds in the halls of at least two local middle schools. It is growing in popularity and bringing sexting to a new, frightening level.

What chat slang is important for parents to know?

What chat slang is important for parents to know?

Suicide and Bullying BRIEF

This issue brief examines the relationship between suicide and bullying among children and adolescents, with special attention to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) youth. It also explores strategies for preventing these problems.

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Microsoft Online Safety Event Planning Guide

Microsoft Online Safety Event Planning Guide: A guide to planning an online safety event
This guide helps you organize and conduct an online safety event for consumers.

Safely | online monitoring for parents and children

Safely | online monitoring for parents and children: Social Monitor is a free service for parents with kids on Facebook

Media and Technology Resources for Educators | Common Sense Media

Media and Technology Resources for Educators | Common Sense Media

Standing up, Not Standing By: A Free Cyberbullying Toolkit for Educators

Use this kit from Commonsense Media to stop cyberbullies in their tracks. It has the materials you need to show students how to stand up when they see digital harassment happening and to help you create a positive school culture where kids can thrive – both online and off. It offers easy access to our two best lessons on cyberbullying for each grade level. You'll find engaging, turn-key instruction for your classroom.
http://www.commonsensemedia.org/educators

Netsmartz Tip Sheets

Tip Sheets: Cyberbullying. Sexting. Social Networking. NetSmartz Workshop introduces you to these and other important Internet safety topics through tip sheets for children and their trusted adults. Use them to educate yourself and others in your community about the main online risks, to accompany NetSmartz Internet safety presentations, and to engage children in discussions about appropriate online behavior.

Contract for Responsible Cell Phone Us

Contract for Responsible Cell Phone Us

BeSeen - a Free Mobile App about Social Networking for Educators and Families

BeSeen - a Free Mobile App about Social Networking for Educators and Families

BeSeen is provided by Carnegie Mellon University and Web Wise Kids to teach youth how to be responsible in social networks by securing their private and personal information, protecting their online reputation and defending their peers. This online safety mobile application is a single-player game that simulates a social networking website. The player creates a profile and starts earning “friend” characters and interacting with them. They learn about others through their posts and help them through challenges in order to win awards and make new friends.

In BeSeen, the ultimate quest is to make friends. At first, that is a matter of getting involved in school activities, but as more friends join a social circle, they bring their problems with them. To keep friends and make more, it’s important not only to be involved but to be a good friend. Who is up for the challenge?

Friday, December 16, 2011

Bullying in Schools

The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention has released Bullying in Schools: An Overview

This bulletin examines the connection between different types and frequencies of bullying, truancy, and student achievement, and whether students’ engagement in school mediates these factors. It discusses the results of three studies conducted in 2007 at the National Center for School Engagement, and compares these results with those from a Swedish study. The authors conclude that victimization in the form of bullying can distance students from learning. Schools can overcome this negative effect if they adopt strategies that engage students in their work, creating positive learning environments that produce academic achievement.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Online Safety FAQ

Online Safety FAQ

Mostly good news about kids online, study finds | Safe and Secure - CNET News

Mostly good news about kids online, study finds | Safe and Secure - CNET News: A report from the University of New Hampshire's Crimes against Children Research Center shows a significant decrease in "unwanted online sexual solicitation" as well as "unwanted exposure to pornography" in recent years among children ages 10 to 17 years old. There was a small increase in online harassment.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Report Suicidal Content on Facebook

In partnership with the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention, Facebook is announcing a new service that harnesses the power of social networking and crisis support to help prevent suicides across the Nation and Canada. The new service enables Facebook users to report a suicidal comment they see posted by a friend to Facebook using either the Report Suicidal Content link or the report links found throughout the site. The person who posted the suicidal comment will then immediately receive an email from Facebook encouraging them to call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or to click on a link to begin a confidential chat session with a crisis worker.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Christopher Ferguson: Video Games Don't Make Kids Violent | TIME Ideas | TIME.com

Christopher Ferguson: Video Games Don't Make Kids Violent | TIME Ideas | TIME.com: It’s the holiday season and that means that kids by the millions are asking Santa for the opportunity to blow away enemy soldiers and aliens on the Xbox or PlayStation. Should parents be worried about buying such gifts? Violent video games (VVG) are now an established part of our culture; recent releases of games such as Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 and Skyrim have been setting sales records for media releases (topping even blockbuster movies) and garnishing lavish reviews for their artistic merits. Ten years ago, scholars and politicians raised the possibility that such games might contribute to school shootings or other youth violence. What happened to these concerns?

Recent Bullying and Victimization Research

The Prevention Researcher Blog � Blog Archive � Recent Bullying and Victimization Research: In the past several weeks, numerous reports and bulletins about teenage bullying and victimization have crossed my desk and bounced into my inbox. Given that the topic of teen bullying is on our production schedule in 2012, I have been especially interested in these reports. While each report could be the basis for numerous blog posts, I’d like to share a highlight or two from each.

Education World: Bullying and Cyberbullying: Six Things Teachers Can Do

Thanks to its partnership with publisher Eye on Education, EducationWorld is pleased to present these tips, adapted from Dropout Prevention Fieldbook: Best Practices from the Field and 152 Ways to Keep Students in School: Effective, Easy-to-Implement Tips for Teachers, by Franklin Schargel.

Bullying is an ever-present problem in our schools, and can include physical threats, teasing, and harassment (National Association of School Psychologists). It is estimated that between 15 % and 30% of all students are either bullies or victims. Cyberbullying occurs when a child, preteen, or teen is bullied by another child, preteen, or teen using the Internet, or any interactive digital technology (www.stopcyberbullying.org).

Education World: Bullying and Cyberbullying: Six Things Teachers Can Do

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Once Posted You Lose it

Pause Before You Post™ on Facebook

Pause Before You Post™ on Facebook

Pledge to Pause Before You Post: I believe in making smart decisions when I share information online and want to spread the word to my friends, family and community about taking time to Pause Before You Post. Before I make a post, I pledge to ask myself: Who will be able to see what I post? Will anyone be embarrassed or hurt by it? Am I proud of what I'm posting? How I would feel if someone posted it about me? Pause Before You Post is a public service program from Jostens encouraging everyone to make smart decisions about personal publishing.

U.S. Education Department Releases Analysis of State Bullying Laws and Policies | U.S. Department of Education

U.S. Education Department Releases Analysis of State Bullying Laws and Policies | U.S. Department of Education: The U.S. Department of Education released today Analysis of State Bullying Laws and Policies, a new report summarizing current approaches in the 46 states with anti-bullying laws and the 41 states that have created anti-bullying policies as models for schools.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Dot-XXX Domains Go Live, Escalating Battle for Smutty URLs | PCWorld

Dot-XXX Domains Go Live, Escalating Battle for Smutty URLs | PCWorld: More than 100,000 porn websites sporting the .XXX domain went live today. The public launch of the .XXX domain is a culmination of years of struggle between the adult entertainment industry, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names & Numbers and ICM Registry, now the official registry of the new domain.

What Don't you See?


Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson went on a camping trip. Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson went on a camping trip.
As they lay down for the night,
Holmes said: "Watson, look up into the sky and tell me what you see."
Watson said: "I see millions and millions of stars."

Holmes: "And what does that tell you?"
Watson: "Astronomically, it tells me that there are millions of galaxies and potentially billions of planets. Theologically it tells me that God is great and that we are small and insignificant. Meteorologically it tells me that we will have a beautiful day tomorrow. What does it tell you?"
Holmes: "Somebody stole our tent."

Lesson: It is always easier to see what is in front of us than to notice that which is missing. All of the physical attractions of the world are "dangled" in front of our eyes. We see the new cars on the roads, we see the latest fashions on others, we see all of the advertisements. What don't we see? What we don't see is what is missing - solutions and exceptions.

Monday, December 5, 2011

Sexting far less prevalent than previously reported | Safe and Secure - CNET News

Sexting far less prevalent than previously reported | Safe and Secure - CNET News

A study published in the January, 2012 issue of Pediatrics asked teens whether they had sent or received sexually suggestive, nude or nearly nude images of themselves--a practice commonly known as "sexting."
What they found is that 2.5 percent of the 10- to 17-year-olds in the survey said they had appeared in or created images that depicted themselves nude or nearly nude. But, when the researchers asked if the images "showed breasts, genitals or someone's bottom," only 1.3 percent said they had appeared in or created such images. The "nude or nearly nude" category included youth wearing underwear or bathing suits or even fully clothed but in sexy poses.

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