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Saturday, March 21, 2015

Friday, March 20, 2015

Monica Lewinsky: The price of shame

In 1998, says Monica Lewinsky, “I was Patient Zero of losing a personal reputation on a global scale almost instantaneously.” Today, the kind of online public shaming she went through has become a constant. In a brave talk, she takes a look at our “culture of humiliation,” in which online shame equals dollar signs — and demands a different way.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Georgia > Cyberbully Bill Approved by House

georgia-capitol-governmentATLANTA — As one of 32 states that does not have laws against the use of computers and social media to bully, state lawmakers have aims on correcting that situation.
The Georgia House approved a bill making threats on computers on other electronic devices part of the state’s existing bullying law.  The vote was 140 to 26 on Friday.  The Senate will now consider action.
The bill was sponsored by Pam Dickinson, a Democrat from Conyers.  She noted in interviews that the bill would also apply to electronic threats directed toward students or schools staff, even if they are sent from outside the school campus.
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Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Suicide Safe Is Now Available for Download!

Suicide Safe Is Now Available for Download!
Today at the National Press Club, SAMHSA Administrator Pamela S. Hyde, J.D., unveiled Suicide Safe, the latest mobile app from SAMHSA.
The app, based on the nationally recognized Suicide Assessment Five-Step Evaluation and Triage (SAFE-T) card, is designed to help primary care and behavioral health providers integrate suicide prevention strategies into their practices and address suicide risk among their patients.
Suicide Safe is now available for free on iOS® and Android™ mobile devices. Be among the first to try this new suicide prevention learning tool—optimized for tablets.

Join SAMHSA for a live demo of the app today at 3:30 p.m. Eastern Time.
Videos of the launch event at the National Press Club and the app demonstration will be available on SAMHSA's YouTube channel at a later date. Stay tuned for email notification when both recordings become available.
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Friday, March 6, 2015

New bill in Colorado could penalize technology-based harassment

New bill in Colorado could penalize technology-based harassment

By Tommy Simmons
On March 1, 2015

Breelyn Bowe | The Mirror
Individuals who partake in cyberbullying may get penalized with fines or jail time as a result of a new bill that would update Colorado’s harassment code.
In a train of events that has become all too familiar to a generation of young Americans, Douglas County cheerleader Kiana Arellano attempted to take her own life in 2013. 
She did so in response to wave after wave of cruel, hateful comments received from her peers via social media and text. Arellano was reached in time for her life to be saved, but every year, many teenagers and young adults are not.

Monday, March 2, 2015

Toddler victim of cyber bullying

(WCBD) Mariah Anderson has been fighting for her life since she was born, and now her family is having to fend off internet bullies. Born with a rare condition called Chromosome Two Duplication Syndrome that impairs her learning and motor skills, Mariah turned 2-years-old last Saturday.

Her mother Kyra posted a photo of her daughter to celebrate the special day, but the web had other intentions for the birthday girl. The photo of Mariah became an internet sensation, shared by thousands, but not because of Mariah's smile.

Facebook users made various comments on the original post poking fun at Mariah's appearance. Kyra Pringle, Mariah's mother, was horrified at some of things people said.

"The smile that you guys think is funny or the smile that you guys are comparing to a leprechaun," said Kyra Pringle, "the things you guys are saying about my child, she's not a monster, she's real."

Read more: WBBH News for Fort Myers, Cape Coral

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