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Help your students stand up to cyberbullying from Common Sense Educators on Vimeo.
Sunday, September 25, 2011
'via Blog this'
Friday, September 23, 2011
Tuesday, September 20, 2011
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Thursday, September 15, 2011
Wednesday, September 14, 2011
|September 14, 2011|
|Majority of Parents Use Tools, Rules to Protect Their Kids Online|
Survey shows positive outlook, high awareness of controls on children's Internet use
WASHINGTON, D.C. - A survey released today by the Family Online Safety Institute (FOSI) shows that most parents (87 percent) are aware of parental controls and more than half of parents (53 percent) say they have used parental controls for their children's Internet use. The nationwide telephone survey polled 702 parents of children ages 8-17 who access the Internet and was conducted by Hart Research Associates, an independent research company.
Key survey findings include:
"We're encouraged to see how many parents already have rules and tools in place to keep their kids safe online," said Stephen Balkam, CEO of FOSI. "Of course, more needs to be done and we will continue to work with government, industry and non-profit groups to spread the word and encourage safe and responsible online use."
The survey has been made possible with the support of AT&T, Google, Microsoft and Verizon. To view the entire survey, visit www.fosi.org/research.html.
The Family Online Safety Institute (FOSI) works to make the online world safer for kids and their families by identifying and promoting best practices, tools and methods that also respect free speech. FOSI is a trusted, international convener, bringing together leaders in government, industry and the nonprofit sectors to collaborate and innovate new solutions in child safety in a Web 2.0 world. FOSI's members include: AOL, AT&T, BT Retail, Comcast, Disney, Entertainment Software Association, Facebook, France Telecom, Google, GSM Association, Microsoft, Motion Picture Association of America, NCTA, Nominum, Optenet, RuleSpace, Sprint, StreamShield, Symantec, Time Warner Cable, Telefónica, TELMEX, USTelecom, The Wireless Foundation, Verizon and Yahoo!. For more information, visit www.fosi.org.
About Hart Research Associates
Founded in 1971, Hart Research Associates is one of the leading survey research firms in the United States and has been at the cutting edge of change in the field of public opinion for more than three decades. In that time, Hart Research Associates has conducted well over 5,000 public opinion surveys and have administered and analyzed interviews among more than three million individuals. Hart Research Associates has also undertaken more than 5,000 focus group sessions. To learn more, please visit the Hart Research Associates website.
Friday, September 9, 2011
New Orleans Will Host Gathering of International Bullying Prevention Experts
Conference Set for November 6-8, 2011
Michael Kimmel is among the leading researchers and writers on men and masculinity in the world today. The author or editor of more than twenty volumes, he wrote the 1996 classic Manhood in America: A Cultural History, which was hailed as “the most wide-ranging, clear-sighted, accessible book available on the mixed fortunes of masculinity in the United States.” His most recent book, Guyland: The Perilous World Where Boys Become Men, is a best-selling investigation of young people’s lives today, based on interviews with more than 400 young men, ages 16-26. Feminist pioneer Gloria Steinem found Guyland so insightful that she believes it “could save the humanity of many young men – and the sanity of their friends and parents.”
Anne Collier is a nationally known authority on youth and the Internet. As co-chair of the Obama administration's Online Safety & Technology Working Group, she helped direct and develop the 2010 report to Congress, "Youth Safety on a Living Internet." She is founder and executive director of Net Family News, Inc.; co-director of ConnectSafely.org; and co-author of A Parents' Guide to Facebook and MySpace Unraveled: A Parent's Guide to Teen Social Networking.
All three keynote speakers will address this year’s conference theme: “Bullying and Intolerance: From Risk to Resiliency,” with Ms. Collier facilitating a panel presentation on Digital Citizenship.
The conference will also include nearly forty workshop sessions, featuring leading authorities on bullying prevention such as Alice Cahn, Richard Chatham, Anne Collier, Stan Davis, Mia Docies, James Krause, Dr. Sue Limber, Larry Magid, Dr. Clarisse Nixon, Dr. Marlene Snyder, Lee Mun Wah, Nancy Willard, and Dr. Patti Agatston. Dr. Dan Olweus, a well-known and respected researcher considered by many to be the pioneer of modern bullying research, will also lead workshops and discussions.
In addition, the event will include “Bullying Prevention 101,” a day-long workshop where participants will learn specific techniques and strategies that will help them develop a great understanding of offline and online bullying behavior and learn practical ways to ensure that their schools have peaceful learning environments where positive and respectful behaviors are practiced.
The conference will take place at the Marriott New Orleans in New Orleans, Louisiana, November 6-8, 2011. For more information about the conference, please visit the conference website at http://stopbullyingworld.org/index.php/conference/2011-conference-information.
Saturday, September 3, 2011
Resources for Youth in Crisishttp://www.safekids.com/resources-for-youth-in-crisis/
In case of an immediate threat or danger, call 911 from the U.S. or theemergency number for your country.
Suicide Prevention Lifeline 800 273-TALK (8255) – Call anytime if you’re feeling desperate, alone or hopeless. This number will route you to the crisis center nearest you.
Mental health support (which can include bullying, cyberbullying, suicidal thoughts and everything below)
Boys Town National Hotline (serves girls too) – The Boys Town National Hotline is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and staffed by specially trained counselors. Parents, teens and families can find help with a range of issues including abuse, anger, depression, school issues, bullying etc.
Covenant House — Nineline – A support service and 24-hour helpline for homeless youth. Deals with a wide range of issues, including bullying, suicide, basic needs, health, sex, drugs & alcohol and sex.
ReachOut – Site where teens and young adults can find the information they need, reach out, tell their stories, and voice their opinions “without fear of being judged or being different.”
Dating abuse & domestic violence
Love is Respect National Dating Abuse Helpline – 24-hour helpline for teens, parents, friends and family, peer advocates. All communication is confidential and anonymous.
National Domestic Violence Hotline 800 799-SAFE (7233) – Text TELLNOW to 85944 – A 24-hour hotline for any type of domestic abuse, including dating abuse
Drug and alcohol issues
Substance Abuse Treatment Facility Locator (SAMHSA) – Searchable directory of drug and alcohol treatment programs shows the location of facilities around the country that treat alcoholism, alcohol abuse and drug abuse problems.
LGBT & questioning youth
The Trevor Project – Provides crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning youth.
Any mental health resource center can help in urgent cases.
HelpGuide.org – More of a resource center than an emergency response service but good information on all sorts of self-harm issue.s
Sexual exploitation (offline or online), abuse or missing teens/kids
National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) – 24-hour response line for children who are missing or victims of sexual exploitation
Rape Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN) – 800 656-HOPE More than 1,100 trained volunteers are on duty and available to help victims at RAINN-affiliated crisis centers across the country.
National Runaway Switchboard (800 RUNAWAY) – The mission of the National Runaway Switchboard (NRS) is to help keep America’s runaway, homeless and at-risk youth safe and off the streets.
National Child Abuse Hotline 800 4-A-Child or text CHILDHELP to 847411 – Operates a 24/7 hotline with professional crisis counselors who, through interpreters, can provide assistance in 170 languages.
Click here to suggest additional resources for this directory.
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