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Wednesday, June 12, 2013
Once considered a childhood rite of passage, bullying lingers well into adulthood. Bullies and victims alike are at risk for psychiatric problems such as anxiety, depression, substance abuse, and suicide when they become adults, reported a study partially funded by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) that was published in the April issue of JAMA Psychiatry.
For the full story, see: Bullying Exerts Psychiatric Effects Into Adulthood
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Evaluation of Internet Child Safety Materials Used by ICAC Task Forces in School and Community Settings
|Through the National Criminal Justice Reference Service, NIJ has made available the following final technical report (this report is the result of an NIJ-funded project but was not published by the U.S. Department of Justice):|
Title: Evaluation of Internet Child Safety Materials Used by ICAC Task Forces in School and Community Settings
Authors: Lisa M. Jones, Ph.D., Crimes Against Children Research Center (CCRC); Kimberly J. Mitchell, Ph.D., CCRC; Wendy A. Walsh, Ph.D., CCRC
Excerpt from the Authors' Abstract:
This project involves content and process evaluations of current internet safety education (ISE) program materials and their use by law enforcement presenters and schools. Despite a proliferation of internet safety programs over the last decade, there is little information that can guide law enforcement, policy makers or the public in determining which materials or delivery methods are most likely to increase children’s online safety.
ISE content and process evaluation results indicated that the educational approach and messages of current ISE fail to incorporate critical elements of effective prevention education, including: 1) research-based messages; 2) skill-based learning objectives; 3) opportunities for youth to practice new skills; and 4) sufficient time for learning. Our analyses indicate that the ISE field has been slow to include research-based information on internet predators and online harassment and there is no research to support the assumption that many of the popular educational slogans/messages around privacy and digital reputation concerns (e.g., “Think Before You Click”) will lead to improved youth online behavior.
The failure to define research-supported program logic means that most ISE is a highly speculative and experimental undertaking, whose success cannot be assumed. Recommendations are made for re-conceptualizing ISE and developing a more effective approach to helping protect youth.
Monday, June 10, 2013
Net Literacy has a summer program that produces high school student-created 60-120 second videos to be used as safety training resources at schools and other youth-serving organizations.
We are seeking video topic suggestions from the members of this sage group so that we can increase the quality of the videos we produce. We'll also do our best to appropriately communicate the desired learning outcomes that you suggest in a way that is enaging to teens. A link to your blog or article that provides additional information will help us develop the video. If there are a couple most important points for the middle school and high school viewers to understand, we would appreciate you listing them. Please let us know how you would like us to credit you and site your work. E-rate related topics are especially appreciated.
Net Literacy (www.netliteracy.org) is a student-founded digital literacy/inclusion and nonprofit where 50% of the board of directors are students, and students are responsible for all of the service learning. The videos are part of our Safe Connects outreach (www.safeconnects.org).
Here are links to a few of last year's safety videos to give you an idea of their look and feel:
Monday, June 3, 2013
Students Experience Less Bullying, Fear at School, New Data Show
Middle school students aren't hurling names and epithets like they used to or being targeted by hate-related graffiti at school as much as in the past. And they are less afraid of being attacked or harmed at school and less likely to avoid certain places within their schools for fear of an attack than they have been in the past, new data from the National Center on Education Statistics show.
Sunday, June 2, 2013
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