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Tuesday, June 28, 2016

A Practitioner's Resource Guide: Helping Families to Support Their LGBT Children

Offers information and resources to help practitioners throughout health and social service systems implement best practices in engaging and helping families and caregivers to support their lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) children.

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Sextortion has Painful Aftermath and Limited Resources for Support

A survey of more than 1,600 victims of sextortion highlights how threats to expose sexual images can spark life-altering crises in the lives of young people, according to new research by the Crimes against Children Research Center in partnership with Thorn. 

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Dumping your ex from your social media timeline

Just how easy is it to get over a relationship in the era of social media? When Calvin Harris and Taylor Swift broke up, he unfollowed her from Twitter and she removed posts of herself with him from Instagram.

Social media etiquette after a break-up can be a minefield, especially if you're one of those people who has documented every intricate moment of your time together.

From status updates and check-ins to photos and videos, erasing every trace of your relationship history can be a painful but necessary way of dealing with the heartache.

And if you do but they don't do the same, does this mean you have accepted it's over but they haven't?

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Saturday, June 25, 2016

A disturbing look inside the world of online sextortion

"He was choking a cat [on a video chat site] and told me if I didn't do as he said, he would kill the cat," a 17-year-old victim recalls.

His demand: show him her breast. She did it.

Then he showed her the video he had taken of her breast and said if she left the site, he'd post it to her Facebook page.

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Here's an idea: Kindness meters

Do we make it easy for kids to be kind in schools? The internationally growing trend of kindness meters might have the power to promote the spread of kindness in schools. What would that be like?

Thursday, June 16, 2016

One Thing Snapchat Desperately Needs To Copy From Facebook And Twitter

Facebook unveiled expanded suicide prevention tools Tuesday — and Snapchat has some catching up to do.
Snapchat, despite its popularity with young people, is lagging behind rivals when it comes to suicide prevention tools.
Facebook on Tuesday debuted expanded self-harm reporting tools on every version of its service. Anyone who sees a post that signals a friend may be having trouble can now go through a series of steps to report that content as “suicidal.” The social network will suggest you reach out to the person. And the individual who posted that content will then receive resources from the Facebook team to help them get help. Twitter has similar features.

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Webinar: Are we "addicted" to our devices?

Are we "addicted" to our devices? Common Sense Media reviews its latest research and a new poll of over 1,200 parents and teens to find out how cell phones and other mobile devices affect our families and relationships. Watch director of research Michael Robb, Ph.D., and senior parenting editor Caroline Knorr discuss the findings, give recommendations, and answer parents' questions about how to find a healthy digital lifestyle so you can maximize the benefits of technology for your family while minimizing the risks.

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Thursday, June 9, 2016

Consent: It's Simple as Tea

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Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Father outraged after his daughter is allegedly targeted online by 35-year-old man

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - A Baton Rouge father is sounding the alarm after he says his 8-year-old daughter was allegedly targeted online by a 35-year-old man.

They are troubling to hear, just some of the inappropriate messages Robert Smith said he discovered on his daughter’s iPod this week.

"It was like ‘how are you, sweetie… oh, you’re so sweet… thank you sweet girl’," Smith said. "Very inappropriate stuff... If he could come hang out, if he could do this and that and ‘I love watching your dances so much and do you like me and do you think I'm cute’."

Smith said the messages were all sent through an app called ""

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12 Resources for Teaching Digital Citizenship - Best of 2015-16 School Year

As we head into the new school year and think about all of the new apps and sites we want to use with students, it's a good time to think about teaching digital citizenship. Whether our students are in Kindergarten or high school before we send them out on the web we should be teaching them digital citizenship.

Sunday, June 5, 2016

Growing Up in the Age of Likes and LOLs

Without a doubt, technology has changed what it's like to come of age in America. Washington Post reporter Jessica Contrera goes inside the life of a Virginia 13-year-old to try to pin down some of what has changed. Snapchat. Instagram. Facebook. Sociologists, advertisers, and educators want to understand what it's like to grow up in a generation that's glued to their screens. One insight from the teen subject: "I don't feel like a child anymore. I'm not doing anything childish. At the end of sixth grade, I just stopped doing everything I normally did. Playing games at recess, playing with toys, all of it, done." 

Friday, June 3, 2016

Who Will You Be?

Stephen Ko of East Hanover, NJ, who's video Who You Will Be demonstrates the endless possibilities of what you can do and who you can be online. As Ko points out, "we make the Internet" and what you can find online is as good, or as bad, as what people are posting.

This video is the 2016 Trend Micro’s What’s Your Story video contest Grand prize winner!

What Does Getting Bullied Feel Like?


Operation Respect was founded in 1999 by Peter Yarrow of the legendary folk trio Peter, Paul, and Mary. The mission of Operation Respect is to create respectful, safe, and compassionate climates of learning, free of bullying, ridicule, and violence. The lyrics of “Don’t Laugh at Me” inspired Operation Respect's curriculum and lessons and set in motion an effort and movement that truly speaks to the remarkable way music has the power to energize, reach people’s hearts, and catalyze change. Learn more at

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