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Sunday, April 22, 2012

How Many Teens are Actually Involved in Cyberbullying?

How Many Teens are Actually Involved in Cyberbullying?: Estimates of the number of teens who have experienced cyberbullying are all over the map. I can point you to a paper published in a peer-reviewed academic journal that says that 72% of students have been cyberbullied while another published study puts the number at 5.5%. The numbers are similarly varied when it comes to [...]

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Positive Peer-based Approaches to Address Cyberbullying

Embracing Digital Youth is please to announce its Webinar series. Through these Webinars, Embracing Digital Youth Network will seek to help educators, mental health professionals, and law enforcement engage in prevention and intervention activities that ground in research insight, focus on influencing positive behavior and implementing restorative practices, and encourage effective evaluation.

These Webinars will be available for later viewing in our archive. An Issue Brief for each Webinar will provide insight and recommendations for practice.

Positive Peer-based Approaches to Address Cyberbullying 

This webinar takes place on April 26th at 7:00 P.M. Eastern Time

Schools are struggling to address a new challenge–the hurtful behavior of students when using digital technologies. Addressing this new challenge is difficult because much of this hurtful behavior occurs in digital environments where adults are generally not present. Hurtful interactions frequently occur when students are off-campus, with the damaging impact occurring at school.
How can educators ensure the development of a positive school climate and support positive actions by peers that will be necessary for prevention and early intervention? These three professionals are working on innovative new approaches to enhance these positive peer-based approaches.
  • Patricia Agatston, Ph.D. Licensed Professional Counselor with the Prevention/Intervention Center, a student assistance program in the Cobb County School District, Georgia. Co-Director of CyberbullyHelp: Preventing Bullying in the Digital Age
    . Co-author of Cyber Bullying: Bullying in the Digital Age. Patti has been pioneering a peer-based prevention approach that includes utilizing peer leaders to facilitate class lessons on cyberbullying as well as utilizing peer leaders from the Sources of Strength suicide prevention program to develop anti-bullying messages.
  • Nancy Willard, M.S., J.D. Director of the Center for Safe and Responsible Internet Use/Embracing Digital Youth. Author of Cyberbullying and Cyberthreats: Responding to the Challenge of Online Social Cruelty, Threats, and Distress, Cyber Safe Kids, Cyber Savvy Teens: Helping Young People Learn to Use the Internet in a Safe and Responsible Manner, Cyber Savvy: Embracing Digital Safety and Civility. Nancy is developing a new program called Be a Friend ~ Lend a Hand
  • Karen Siris, Ed.D. Professor at Adelphi University, Garden City, NY
    Principal at OceansideElementary, NY. Currently serving on the New York State Education Task Force charged with designing and implementing the new Dignity for All Students Act, anti-bullying legislation. Karen has demonstrated significant success in creating a caring majority
     of “upstanding students” in her Long Island school.
  • Torin Hovander is a senior at Sandia High School in Albuquerque, N.M. who established a very successful bullying prevention club
    . This program has increased peer intervention and reporting to the school. It is now being spread to other high schools in the region.


Embracing Digital Youth Network would like to thank our early sponsors: Facebook and Cable in the Classroom.

Friday, April 13, 2012

Young Heroes Prevent Bullying


Young Heroes Prevent Bullying


Friday, April 6, 2012

How Often Are Teens Arrested for Sexting?

Findings from the study include the following: during 2008 and 2009, there were approximately 3,477 youth sexting cases handled by law enforcement agencies across the country; an adult was involved in 36 percent of the sexting cases investigated by police, while in 31 percent of the cases a minor engaged in malicious, non-consensual, or abusive behavior; police made an arrest in 62 percent of the cases in which an adult was involved, in 36 percent of youth-only cases involving abusive behavior, and in 18 percent of cases experimental cases in which only youth were involved and there were no aggravating or abusive behaviors; and 63 percent of the images created in sexting cases were distributed by cell phone only and never reached the Internet. This study examined characteristics of police-investigated cases of youth sexting and the police response to these cases. Data for the study were obtained from a national survey of 2,712 law enforcement agencies with detailed questions about sexting cases handled by police during 2008 and 2009 (n=675). The cases investigated by the police involved “youth-produced sexual images” that were considered child pornography under relevant State statutes. The cases were divided into two categories: aggravated cases that involved additional criminal or abusive elements to the images, and experimental cases that did not involve adults or contain any intent to harm or reckless misuse. The findings indicate that youth sexting is a diverse phenomenon in which some cases involve adults and serious criminal dynamics while other cases are better characterized as adolescent sexual experimentation and attention-seeking. Many of the cases investigated by the police included aggravating circumstances that led to arrest and prosecution for the offenders. Policy issues of concern to law enforcement are discussed. Figures, tables, appendix, and references

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

NetSmartz Workshop eBook: Delivery for Webster

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What happens when Webster types his name and address into a pop-up? Find out in the first ever e-book from NetSmartz Workshop - Delivery for Webster.
NetSmartzKids e-books offer an exciting, new way for children ages 5-10 to learn important Internet safety lessons. In this first offering, Webster learns why it's important to ask a trusted adult before sharing his information online.
Delivery for Webster has animated pictures and "read-to-me" narration for early readers. Parents and educators can also utilize the accompanying discussion guide to start a conversation about pop-ups and personal information with children.
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Tuesday, April 3, 2012

The Philosopher Whose Fingerprints Are All Over the FTC's New Approach to Privacy - Alexis Madrigal - Technology - The Atlantic

The Philosopher Whose Fingerprints Are All Over the FTC's New Approach to Privacy - Alexis Madrigal - Technology - The Atlantic

The brilliant New York University philosopher Helen Nissenbaum has put her approach to privacy at the center of the national agenda.

PALO ALTO -- A mile or two away from Facebook's headquarters in Silicon Valley, Helen Nissenbaum of New York University was standing in a basement on Stanford's campus explaining that the entire way that we've thought about privacy on the Internet is wrong.

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Online Oversharing Can be Dangerous | PCWorld

Online Oversharing Can be Dangerous | PCWorld: Online oversharing can be downright unsafe, as an app making headlines for being creepy and undermining the privacy of women shows. A geo-location based app called Girls Around Me shows users a radar overlaid on top of a Google Map, “out of which throbs numerous holographic women posing like pole dancers in a perpetual state of undress,” Cult of Mac reports. Read more ...

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