Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Teen suspended for anti-bullying video with fake suicide

TODAY Moms . Parenting Advice, Stories and Mom News | TODAY.com Blogs - Teen suspended for anti-bullying video with fake suicide: When Jessica Barba, a freshman at a New York high school, created a Facebook account for a fictional 12-year-old, she was hoping to raise awareness about bullying. But did the school project go too far? NBC's Mara Schiavocampo reports and Barba and her parents speak with TODAY's Matt Lauer about assignment that caught the attention of police and resulted in her suspension.

 

Friday, May 11, 2012

Teens & Online Video | Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project

Teens & Online Video | Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project


OVERVIEW

In a survey of 799 teens conducted by the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project between April 19 and July 14, 2011, the teens were asked about a number of online behaviors. The results for video-oriented activities are reported here. Among the findings:
  • 37% of internet users ages 12-17 participate in video chats with others using applications such as Skype, Googletalk or iChat. Girls are more likely than boys to have such chats.
  • 27% of internet-using teens 12-17 record and upload video to the internet. One major difference between now and 2006 is that online girls are just as likely these days to upload video as online boys.
  • 13% of internet-using teens stream video live to the internet for other people to watch.
  • Social media users are much more likely than those who do not use social media to engage in all three video behaviors studied.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Coming Out: Audio, Photos and Stories of Gay Teens - Interactive Feature - NYTimes.com

Coming Out: Audio, Photos and Stories of Gay Teens - Interactive Feature - NYTimes.com: Bullying and suicides of gay and lesbian teenagers are in the headlines, the military's “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy has been repealed, and the debate over same-sex marriage continues to divide the country. Against this backdrop, many L.G.B.T. youth wonder how accepting society will be.

Facebook 'Likes' Could Get You Fired, and Legal Options are a Challenge | PCWorld

Facebook "likes" can possibly get you fired, and if you take your employer to court over the punishment you may have an uphill legal battle.
That's what several plaintiffs found when they took the matter to the U.S. District Court for Eastern Virginia.
In the case Bland v. Roberts, the plaintiffs, who had worked in the Hampton, Virginia, sheriff's office under B.J. Roberts, who was running for re-election against Jim Adams, asserted doing things to support their boss' opponent eventually got them fired once Roberts had secured his seat. Such activities included placing a pro-Adams bumper sticker on one of their cars, attending an Adams-sponsored cookout, and "liking" Adams' Facebook page.

Read more: Facebook 'Likes' Could Get You Fired, and Legal Options are a Challenge | PCWorld

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