Thursday, December 11, 2014

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" and Bullying


While holiday shopping, I saw many items featuring my favorite Christmas character, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. Amid the nostalgia I was feeling for good old Rudolph, I was reminded of a conference I attended at the beginning of the calendar year.  One of the speakers mentioned using popular art and media to teach classroom lessons.  The speaker mentioned that Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer could be used to teach lessons about bullying. 


Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Reporting Online Abuse On Twitter Just Got Easier - ReadWrite

Reporting Online Abuse On Twitter Just Got Easier - ReadWrite:

Twitter has opened up its reporting tool so anyone can flag offending behavior, shortened the steps and made it “mobile-friendly,” letting users file complaints more easily from their phones.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Flipped Counseling Bully Awareness Presentation

Free Ride During Thanksgiving Weekend



What's one of the big reasons people drive drunk? They're at a bar and don't want to call a cab or get driven home because the next morning, they will have to go back and get their car. So they take a chance and hope for the best.
Well, that problem is gone. No more excuses for drinking and driving this Thanksgiving Weekend.
The good folks at Budweiser and AAA have teamed up once again to keep everyone safe between November 26th till 6 a.m. on November  30th .
AAA's Tow To Go program provides FREE towing for you AND your car if you are too drunk to drive. All you have to do is call 1-855-2-TOW-2-GO.
You DO NOT have to be a member of AAA. Just call 1-855-2-TOW-2-GO. It's 100% confidential.
This really is a great program designed to keep everyone safe. Please pass it along.

More info: http://autoclubsouth.aaa.com/safety/tow_to_go.aspx

Friday, October 24, 2014

Legal Sector Guide Available on Commercial Sexual Exploitation and Sex Trafficking

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Legal SectorThe Institute of Medicine and the National Research Council have released a guide to the report Confronting Commercial Sexual Exploitation and Sex Trafficking of Minors in the United States. This OJJDP-funded guide is designed for law enforcement professionals, attorneys, and judges who interact with victims, survivors, and perpetrators of commercial sexual exploitation and sex trafficking of minors. The guide includes key terms, risk factors and consequences, current practices, and recommendations.
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Learn more about OJJDP's programs and resources addressing commercial sexual exploitation of children.



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Monday, October 20, 2014

Webinar: The Relationship Between Bullying and Suicide: What We Know and What it Means for Schools

The Relationship Between Bullying and Suicide: What We Know and What it Means for SchoolsOctober 27th1:30-3 p.m. EST
Too often, tragic stories of young people dying by suicide headline the news.  Often the media link these suicide deaths directly to bullying behaviors.  The deaths of these young people devastate families, schools, and communities.  As school staff in daily contact with these youth, you are uniquely affected by these events and may feel pressure to help prevent them in the future.  There are positive steps schools can take to create safe and supportive environments for all students.
The purpose of this webinar is to (1) help you better understand the relationship between bullying and suicide; (2) discuss how different groups, such as sexual minority youth, are differentially affected by bullying and suicide;  and (3) identify concrete strategies, based on the latest science, to improve the ability of schools to prevent and respond to bullying and suicide.


Sunday, October 19, 2014

Webinar To Discuss Internet Safety and Cyberbullying

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Federal Partners in Bullying Prevention stopbullying.gov LogoOn October 30, 2014, from 2 to 3 p.m. ET, the Federal Partners in Bullying Prevention will present "Internet Safety and Cyberbullying: Keeping Kids Safe" in recognition of October as both National Bullying Prevention Month and National Cyber Security Awareness Month. OJJDP will host this two-part Webinar series, which is a collaborative effort by the U.S. Departments of Justice, Education, and Agriculture; the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force Program. During this first Webinar, the FTC will discuss the principles of good digital citizenship, Internet safety on the go, and aspects of socializing online. Representatives from the ICAC Task Force Program will explore apps that enable predators to prey on children, share recent criminal cases, educate audience members about tools to keep children safe online, and highlight the consequences of cyberbullying.
Resources:
Register for this free Webinar.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Gulf Middle School: Cybersafety Training for Parents and Students


Teens on social media: 'Like' and 'FOMO' anxiety - CNN.com

(CNN) -- Ask any teen whether he or she suffers from social media anxiety, and the answer will probably be no.
That's what happened when six teens and adolescents -- five from New York and one from Los Angeles -- got together recently for a unique weeklong workshop at the offices of SheKnows.com, a leading women's lifestyle media platform.Read more:

Teens on social media: 'Like' and 'FOMO' anxiety - CNN.com


Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Students Break the System of Bullying in English Class

In November 2012, a crying student burst into my classroom during lunch. Through sniffles, she talked about how her group of girlfriends suddenly excommunicated her, and were going to great lengths to make it known during their lunch period. It was a story I knew too well, both from watching students experience it year after year, and from my own experiences in middle school. I promised myself when I became a teacher that I would do more to stop bullying, but I had not figured out how.
Read more and watch the video: Students Break the System of Bullying in English Class


Saturday, October 4, 2014

Reach out and be a friend

Being bullied, teased or picked-on happens every day in schools. But that doesn’t mean it’s okay or can’t be changed. In this video, high school student Aidan McDaniel talks about how he and his friends are working to create a positive and accepting environment in his school and how it helps reduce bullying and negative behaviors. Show this video to your students to demonstrate how even a small act can make a big difference.


Thursday, October 2, 2014

October is National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month

October is Bullying Prevention Awareness Month

October is National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month. In recognition of the efforts to improve school climate and reduce rates of bullying nationwide, the Federal Partners in Bullying Prevention (FPBP) are proud to release a variety of resources aimed at informing youth, those who work with youth, members of the media, parents, and schools. These resources and more may be found at StopBullying.gov.
Here are several of the exciting efforts being highlighted this month:
  • #StopBullying365 – All month long, the FPBP will be using the hashtag #StopBullying365 to collect stories of how individuals and communities are taking action in bullying prevention. Join StopBullying.gov on Facebook
    and Twitter
     to learn more. 
  • The FPBP are pleased to announce the start of a year-long relationship with NASA’s Scott Kelly, who will make bullying prevention a priority during his time in space. Watch Astronaut Kelly’s video
    .
  • KnowBullying
    . The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) new mobile app provides parents, caretakers, and teachers with important bullying prevention information, and can help get the conversation started between parents/caregivers and children about bullying in as little as 15 minutes a day.
  • Internet Safety Two-Part Webinar Series – On October 30, the U.S. Department of Justice’s (DOJ) Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention National Training and Technical Assistance Center will host the first of a two-part webinar series. The first webinar will focus on internet safety and cyberbullying. Stay tuned to StopBullying.gov for more information!
  • Media Guidelines for Bullying Prevention
    . This guidance offers help to journalists, bloggers, the entertainment creative community, and others who are developing content about bullying to engage in responsible reporting on this important topic.
With all of these new resources and attention, it’s a great time to consider how you can help raise awareness about bullying and take action to stop it. Teens can find inspiration by visiting our Tumblr
 site. Tell us what you are going to do by engaging on Facebook
 and Twitter
 using #StopBullying365.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Be a Friend ~ Lend a Hand


The Situation: 

The majority of young people, especially at the secondary level, do not report bullying or harassment to adults. This is likely because they want to be able to resolve these situations on their own or they do not trust adults to make things better. The majority of these hurtful situations occur in the presence of other young people, not adults. This is especially true when young people use digital technologies. We need to help young people learn effective skills.

The majority of young people think that those who engage in bullying are “popular.” This is an assessment of the social status of these young people in the eyes of other young people. But young people do not personally like to see bullying behavior and do not admire those who are hurtful. Thus, there is a significant misperception of the actual norms. When young people recognize the accurate norms, bullying will decrease and positive peer intervention will increase.

Many young people would like to help when they see someone being hurtful. When young people do intervene, they are often successful in getting the hurtful situations to stop. Bullied young people who have supportive friends experience less distress. Young people highly admire those who step in to help. But when bullying situations do occur, most young people do not step in to help. We often tell young people they should speak up to stop bullying. Publicly confronting someone engaged in bullying presents major risks of retaliation or humiliation. To increase positive peer intervention requires helping young people gain safe and effective skills and emphasizing their peer's admiration of those who step in to help.

Many young people engage in bullying to gain social status, by demonstrating their power over those who are "different." Other young people are lashing back because they have been treated badly. These young people need assistance in stopping & making things right.

Young people who are bullied, especially chronically, often present themselves as lacking self-confidence and personal power. These young people can suffer long term emotional harms. When these young people have connections with supportive others, focus on positive activities and future opportunities, and gain self-confidence in presenting themselves and responding to hurtful situations, they can become positive and powerful.

Introducing:

Be a Friend ~ Lend a Hand is a thoroughly research-grounded, youth-led program for pre-teens and teens, promotes positive norms and teaches effective skills to increase positive peer intervention, restoration of hurtful incidents, and resiliency. Young people are taught to:
  • Reach Out. Reach out to be kind to a person being hurt or help friends resolve conflict.
  • Say, “Stop.” Safely tell a person being hurtful to stop in private or publicly.
  • Report Concerns. Tell an adult who can help about situations that are serious.
  • Stop & Make Things Right. Stop yourself from being hurtful and make things right if you were.
  • Be Positive & Powerful. Reduce the potential others will be hurtful to you and respond effectively if someone is.
The program has been designed to be used in schools and a wide range of youth organizations, including after-school programs, youth clubs, religious organizations, and summer camps.

This program includes:
  • A reproducible booklet, optional survey, and slideshow and other resources for students that covers the five Be a Friend ~ Lend a Hand relationship skills. These resources are designed to foster student empowerment and leadership.
  • An Implementation Guide for educators that provides insight on how to implement the program and outlines the research upon which this program is based.
The Introductory Price for this program $1.00/number of young people typically within the school or organization. Primary program resources can be previewed prior to purchase.

This document provides a brief outline of the approach taken in Be a Friend ~ Lend a Hand.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

How Young People Can Powerfully Promote Positive Relations


Be a Friend ~ Lend a Hand:
How Young People Can Powerfully Promote Positive Relations

More information and preview of resources at: http://www.embracecivility.org/be-a-friend-lend-a-hand/

 


Embrace Civility in the Digital Age’s research-grounded, youth-led program, Be a Friend ~ Lend a Hand, promotes positive norms and teaches effective skills that encourages young people:

  • To positively intervene when they witness bullying or other hurtful situations.
  • Not to be hurtful and to make things better if they have been.
  • To demonstrate self-confidence and resilience if someone is hurtful.
Be a Friend ~ Lend a Hand incorporates strategies that focus on reinforcing positive peer norms and imparting effective skills. This program is appropriate for middle and high school aged young people. An important additional component is professional development resources for adults that provide current research-grounded insight into bullying and other hurtful behavior along with initial intervention strategies that support youth acquisition of positive norms and effective skills. The program has been designed to be used in schools and also a wide range of youth organizations, including after-school programs, youth organizations, religious organizations, and summer camps.

Key Lessons Taught:



The Be a Friend ~ Lend a Hand program includes the following components. You may freely preview these components on the web site. 

  • A reproducible Booklet for students that addresses hurtful behavior, being a helpful ally, reaching out to be kind, saying “stop,” reporting concerns, not being hurtful and remedying the harm, and a positive action plan to become more self-confident.
  • A Survey that can be used to identify young people’s norms, skills, and current incident rates.
  • A Slideshow for young people.
  • A Statement of Personal Values document for young people to complete.
  • A Youth Objectives document that is to be used in conjunction with the Survey, where the young people note current data and set forth positive objectives.
  • A Be a Friend ~ Lend a Hand set of recommended Activities that can be used in organizations that allow members to earn pins or badges.
  • A Be a Friend ~ Lend a Hand AWESOME! design that can be used for paper awards, pins, or badges.
  • A reproducible Adult Guide that provides the research basis for this program and sets forth recommendations for initial intervention approaches by adults directly working with youth.
  • A 45 minute narrated slideshow video that covers the information provided in the Adult Guide that can be used for professional development. 
The Introductory Price for this entire program is $1.00/typical number of young people in the school or organization. (Group discounts are also available for schools or organizations with over 1,500 young people.) This is a one time fee that will provide ongoing access to, and use of, the materials, including any revisions.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

“Send this Instead” app empowers kids

The “Send this Instead” app empowers kids giving them a voice when they are under pressure to send intimate images of themselves online. http://sendthisinstead.com/?page_id=76






Monday, July 7, 2014

Study finds 'sexting' linked to sex in middle school | Detroit Free Press | freep.com

'Sexting' refers to sexually explicit messages sent via computer or cellphone -- in this case with or without images.Middle school students who send sexually explicit text messages and photos to one another are more likely to have sex than those who don’t “sext,” a new study finds
A survey of young teens in Los Angeles found that 40% who’d sent explicit messages or photos said they’d been sexually active compared to just 5% of other kids with cellphones that could display text messages
“The surprise is that for younger kids -- 11- to 13-year-olds -- sexting is not an alternative to real-life sexual activity. It’s actually a part of it,” said study author Eric Rice, an assistant professor at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles.
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Thursday, July 3, 2014

Moral Combat: Do Violent Video Games Make Us Reflect On Morality?


Scholars have long debated whether playing violent video games can produce antisocial behaviors in players. Evidence has been mixed, at best, and often controversial. And youth violence has been steadily declining for decades in the United States despite the widespread proliferation of video games. A new study may help us understand why we're not seeing antisocial behaviors in-game translate to the real world. Rather than making players consider aggressive acts, such games may actually nudge them to think more morally.

Read more here.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Will work for internet access: What do you think?

What do you think about this. Will kids find another way around getting access? Will they resent the system? Or, will this replace money as an allowance and help kids to stay focused on their responsibilities? Could it also be that internet access is a basic necessity these days like food, water, and shelter, and should not be used as a reward? Comment below:





Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Bullying Prevention: Students Share Dos and Don'ts | Edutopia

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Stan Davis has devoted a long career to the well-being of youth, in particular their empowerment through voice and their safety and dignity through bullying prevention. With Charisse L. Nixon, Davis recently published a study of 13,177 students in fifth through twelfth grades from 31 schools and in 12 states, focusing on giving students a chance to speak about school connection, peer mistreatment, and student and adult actions.

The Findings

Writing in the report of their work, Youth Voice Project: Student Insights into Bullying and Peer Mistreatment, they state:
Read the article:
Bullying Prevention: Students Share Dos and Don'ts | Edutopia

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Be a Friend ~ Lend a Hand

Be a Friend

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Be a Friend ~ Lend a Hand is Embrace Civility in the Digital Age’s research-based youth-led, positive norms program that:
  • Encourages young people to positively intervene when they witness bullying or other hurtful situations.
  • Encourages young people not to be hurtful and to remedy the harm if they have been.
  • Provides insight on positive strategies young people can use to become more self-confident.
Be a Friend ~ Lend a Hand (Version 2) incorporates strategies that focus on reinforcing positive peer norms and impart effective skills. This program is appropriate for intermediate, middle, and high school aged young people. The program has been designed to be used in schools and also a wide range of youth organizations, including after-school programs, youth organizations, religious organizations, and summer camps.
Learn more and access some resources:
http://www.embracecivility.org/be-a-friend-lend-a-hand/

Friday, April 18, 2014

A positive, insightful new book for schools on bullying










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http://www.netfamilynews.org/positive-insightful-new-book-schools-bullying

In the preface to her new book, Positive Relations @School (& Elsewhere), author and risk-prevention educator Nancy Willard tells of a conversation with a very smart 5th grader in a dance class waiting room . She was explaining to another parent why a "rules and punishment" approach to dealing with bullying wasn't working for schools, when this other person in the waiting room piped up.

"Of course it's not working," Willard quotes the 5th grader as saying. "They tell you bullying is against the rules, but kids bully when adults aren't watching. And they tell you to tell an adult. But if you do, the other kids will consider you a loser and the bully will get back at you." 

A 5th-grader nails it

Willard was struck by how ably this elementary school student had summed the situation up, so she decided to conduct a one-kid focus group and asked the girl some questions:

* Why kids get bullied: Targeted kids "are usually a bit different," the 5th-grader said, "but it is more than that. They are more scared and don't know how to stand up for themselves'," she explained. Listen to this, people, it's pretty much what the academic research is showing.

* Why kids bully: "Sometimes they are doing this because they want to prove they are cool and all that," she responded. "But other times they are kids who have lots of other problems, like they have a hard time learning and concentrating. They are angry kids."

* About being an upstander: "Do you ever try to help kids who are being bullied?" Willard asked. "Well, I want to," she said. "But it is dangerous. Cool kids will just get with a bunch of their friends and spread nasty rumors about you. The angry kids could get into a fight with you. So usually I try to be friendly to the kid being picked on some other time. But I don't say anything to the bully, even thought I want."

* About reporting the problem: "Would you ever tell an adult if you saw someone being bullied?" "Not usually," [the 5th-grader] responded. "Adults just make things worse."

This 11-year-old is smart but certainly not alone. "There are brilliant, kind, and caring young people in every school who can explain to school leadership and staff what is and isn’t working to reduce bullying and limit its harmful effects in their schools," Willard writes.

Enlisting students' help

That was certainly true of the high school student leaders from Michigan, Illinois, West Virginia and the Washington, D.C., area ConnectSafely.org brought to Washington for Safer Internet Day two months ago. See their conversation about their experiences with bullying and harassment – and helping their peers deal with these challenges – during a panel discussion here  (starting under the subhead "What advice would you give to someone who was harassed?"). Willard argues in her blog that schools need students to help them "better create a culture of kindness and respect" . 

"The problem is that the 20th-century adult-control approach to bullying [and cyberbullying] prevention which includes rules against bullying, increased supervision, telling students to tell an adult, and punishing the 'bully,' will never be effective," Willard writes in her book's Introduction, because "most bullying is motivated by a desire to achieve social dominance among peers," schools don't make the rules for environments for student interaction such as Web sites and apps, "school staff are not present in [those] environments," students "often fail to report digital abuse, and punishment can lead to anonymous, widespread digital retaliation involving participants outside of the authority of the school." 

She adds that "there is also no agreement on what bullying is," citing four views on that: those of researchers, school administrators, state laws/lawmakers and students. "Academics say bullying is repeated intentional hurtful behavior where there is an imbalance of power," she writes. "Educators are taught the academic definition, but principals have to enforce the statutory definition, while surveys measure something else…. Then there are the 49 different state statutory definitions." As for students, "most surveys just ask students if someone was hurtful to them."

U.S. government on involving students

Students' perspective must be part of developing policy and actions for bullying prevention. Willard cites a March 2012 consent decree that the U.S. Departments of Education and Justice entered into with Minnesota's largest school district, Anoka-Hennepin, to resolve a lawsuit over gender-based harassment. Student participation and leadership was an important part of it.

In their press release, the two departments wrote that they "are especially grateful to the courageous students who came forward in this case and provided invaluable insights that strengthened the Decree. It explicitly provides opportunities for student participation [and leadership] in the District’s ongoing anti-harassment efforts" . Willard details the student participation requirements in her blog post.
 
Positive Relations @ School (& Elsewhere) offers schools (and parents) valuable legal and historical context on bullying, laws addressing it, free speech, off-campus speech – as well as a myriad supporting resources and, in Appendix B, a detailed action plan for reducing "all forms of peer aggression." The book also proposes a needed shift of focus away from punishing "bullies" to involving all members of a school community in co-creating a positive, respectful school climate. 

Related links

* That was for schools. This is Nancy Willard's 26-page downloadable PDF "Empowerment Guide" for parents and kids dealing with bullying . See also ConnectSafely.org's "Parents Guide to Cyberbullying" .
* Leading cyberbullying researcher and criminology professor Justin Patchin's latest blog post on cyberbullying, "Ban school, open Facebook"  and his and Prof. Sameer Hinduja's books School Climate 2.0  and Words Wound (for students)  
* "Stop using the word 'bullying' in school, researchers say" 
* "Reflexive responses to digital bullying and self-harm not helpful" – and why it's not helpful for parents to just seize control 
* "Cyberbullying in grades 3-5: Important study"  – and so much more on the subject at NetFamilyNews 

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Vulger "Cape Whoral" Twitter account raises concerns

Vulger "Cape Whoral" Twitter account raises concerns: The most recent account, "Cape Whoral," promises to call out "the dirt" on different Cape Coral girls. Tweets tell you to direct message the account with your gossip. Posts mentioned Island Coast, Mariner and Cape Coral high schools.
 

Friday, March 28, 2014

UNH Research: National Study Finds Children Helped by Quality Violence Prevention Programs

UNH Research: National Study Finds Children Helped by Quality Violence Prevention Programs
DURHAM, N.H. -- A new national study conducted by the University of New Hampshire finds that two-thirds of school-age children in the United States have received some formal bullying or violence prevention program, and it has made a measureable difference for some of them.
The researchers found children ages 5 to 9 who had received higher quality prevention education had lower levels of both peer victimization and perpetration. Education was also associated with more disclosure to authorities.
“The good news in these findings is that we see some of the safety improvements that the programs are intended to produce,” said David Finkelhor, director of the UNH Crimes against Children Research Center, professor of sociology, and lead author of the study. Finkelhor noted that various national surveys have shown declining rates of peer victimization over the last decade.
The research results are reported in the article “Youth exposure to violence prevention programs in a national sample” in the journal Child Abuse and Neglect. In addition, to Finkelhor, the study is authored by UNH Crimes against Children Research Center researchers Jennifer Vanderminden, Heather Turner, and Anne Shattuck, and Sherry Hamby with Sewanee the University of the South.
The study failed to find reduced victimization and perpetration among the youth ages 10 to 17 who had higher quality education. Nonetheless, these older youth did make more disclosures about victimization to parents and authorities, suggesting that they had learned something of value.
The study suggested there was ample room to improve the programming that young people are receiving. The majority of the programs child received in schools and elsewhere were just a single day presentation with no opportunity to practice. Research has shown that, to be effective, programs need multiple presentations, information to take home, and opportunities to practice, hallmarks of the kind of programs that were associated with improved safety in the present study.
Many programs to prevent violence have multiplied in schools, churches and other environments over the last two decades. These programs cover a multitude of topics from kidnapping to Internet safety.  The new study found that programs targeted at bullying are the most common at the present moment.
“Schools are struggling with resources these days,” said Finkelhor, “but this study suggests that violence prevention has some pay off for students that is worth preserving.”
The study, the National Survey of Children Exposed to Violence, was funded by the U.S. Department of Justice, and conducted interviews with a representative sample of parents and children in 4500 families nationwide.

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Danah Boyd "It's Complicated"

Technology and social media guru, Danah Boyd, discusses her book, It's Complicated," at Politics and Prose in Washington, D.C.

Founded by Carla Cohen and Barbara Meade in 1984, Politics & Prose Bookstore is Washington, D.C.'s premier independent bookstore and cultural hub, a gathering place for people interested in reading and discussing books. Politics & Prose offers superior service, unusual book choices, and a haven for book lovers in the store and online. Visit them on the web at http://www.politics-prose.com/

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Report Explores Unsolicited Online Experiences and Sexting

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Report Explores Unsolicited Online Experiences and Sexting

CCRC ReportThe Crimes Against Children Research Center (CCRC) has released “Trends in Unwanted Online Experiences and Sexting: Final Report.” This report, supported by funding from OJJDP, summarizes key findings from the Third Youth Internet Safety Survey. Topics include youth reports of unwanted sexual solicitations, online harassment, uninvited exposure to sexual material, and “sexting.”

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View or download the report and access additional CCRC publications on Internet crimes.
Learn more about the OJJDP-funded Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force program.


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Clean-Up Your Digital Footprint

Looking to improve your digital footprint? Here are seven easy tips that cover everything from checking your privacy settings to thinking before you post. Just download the list to get started on building a safer and more responsible online presence.

Click here to download [PDF].

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

A Framework for Safe and Successful Schools

Download here: http://www.nasponline.org/resources/framework-safe-and-successful-schools.aspx


Yik Yak app is wreaking havoc in schools: 11 things parents need to know


Yik Yak app is wreaking havoc in schools: 11 things parents need to know

Problematic apps that are popular with kids and full of inappropriate content keep popping up. It's like a game of whack-a-mole: just when you get a handle on one and smack it down, another one pops up. The latest offender: the app Yik Yak.

Read more: http://www.chicagonow.com/tween-us/2014/03/yik-yak-app-parents-need-to-know/

Ryan Dolan - Start Again [Official Music Video]

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DNS Angel helps to block pornography

The Internet is so vast and uncensored that it is capable of plaguing the young minds if the parents do not play their role in making sure that the bad websites are being filtered and blocked ,if you currently have no content filtering you can use DNS Angel, it will protect your family from inappropriate websites and will Block them Automatically (without Installing any Software) it is Freeware and Portable , Children Are Our Future , Please Protect them.

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Supported languages: English



Saturday, February 22, 2014

Trends in Unwanted Online Experiences and Sexting

There has been considerable and growing concern voiced by schools, parents and the public about what youth experience while using the Internet and other electronic technologies. The last decade saw significant and rapid changes in youth online activity: ... read the entire article here.

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Youth Involvement in Sexting

Several concerns have fueled the considerable attention to the problem of “youth sexting” among the media, parents, professionals, educators and law enforcement 1-3.(Sexting generally refers to sending sexual images and sometimes sexual texts via cell phone and ... click here to read the entire article


Monday, February 17, 2014

Couples, the Internet, and Social Media

Couples, the Internet, and Social Media

Couples, the Internet, and Social Media

How American couples use digital technology to manage life, logistics, and emotional intimacy within their relationships

Summary of Findings

The internet, cell phones, and social media have become key actors in the life of many American couples— the 66% of adults who are married or in committed relationships. Couples use technology in the little and large moments. They negotiate over when to use it and when to abstain. A portion of them quarrel over its use and have had hurtful experiences caused by tech use. At the same time, some couples find that digital tools facilitate communication and support. A majority of those in couples maintain their own separate email and social media accounts, though a smaller number report sharing accounts and calendars. And fully two-thirds of couples share passwords. 
Read more: http://www.pewinternet.org/2014/02/11/couples-the-internet-and-social-media/

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