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Virtual Presentation: Internet Safety 2.0

One of our good friends and fellow Internet Safety advocates Anne Collier (co-author of MySpace Unraveled) recently did a presentation on Second Life.  By that, I don’t mean the topic was Second Life (an online virtual reality world in which people interact with each other via avatars), but she, through her avatar, gave a presentation…

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The response of private and public schools to cyberbullying

One of the questions we field sometimes involves how private schools differ from public schools in their response to instances of cyberbullying and student misuse of technology.  A case from a private Michigan college illustrates the general distinction that we’ve seen.  In this situation, a 19-year-old male was placed on six-month probation after being accused…

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Filtering software for iPod Touch and iPhone web browsing

One of my colleagues, Forrest Collier, over at InternetSafety.com, has just released a sweet new app for the iPhone and iPod Touch that helps parents protect their children from objectionable and problematic content on their mobile device.  The program is called “Safe Eyes Mobile” and works just like the built-in iPhone browser with pinch and…

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Facebook’s Terms of Service controversy

As you may know, Facebook recently altered its Terms of Service, essentially stating that they own all of the content that you (the user) upload to their site.  This includes content that you’ve uploaded but then later removed, and your content after you have chosen to delete your account.  The Terms of Service in other…

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Anti-cyberbullying curriculum for schools

Our colleague Mike Donlin, over at the Seattle Public Schools District, recently headed up a comprehensive project to create an initial set of Internet safety curriculum materials focusing specifically on cyberbullying.  His state of Washington has been very progressive in creating and promoting anti-cyberbullying legislation (see RCW 28A.300.285 for more information), and has realized that…

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When Does Free Speech Become Cyberbullying?

There was an article published in the New York Times last week which discussed the case of Katherine Evans.  Katherine was displeased with her high school English teacher and posted about this displeasure on Facebook: “To those select students who have had the displeasure of having Ms. Sarah Phelps, or simply knowing her and her…

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JuicyCampus Shut Down

After a year and a half operating as an unregulated college gossip site, juicycampus is calling it quits.  This is a victory for cyberbullying advocates because we received a number of complaints about this site from those who had been victimized through it.  You can find a press release here, posted by juicycampus discussing the…

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Student cell phone confiscation and searches

According to this article, one Texas school district is now allowing for the confiscation of cell phones from students who display or use them at school, and is considering levying a retrieval fee.  I had mentioned in a comment to a previous post by Justin that other districts are definitely requiring a fee of either…

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Information Disclosure on Social Networking Web Sites

As many of you know, we became interested in social networking web sites (MySpace and Facebook) several years ago when we had heard examples of cyberbullying occurring in those environments.  Since then, we have done quite a bit of research looking at the kinds of information adolescents post on their public profiles.  We published one…

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Information Disclosure on Social Networking Web Sites

As many of you know, we became interested in social networking web sites (MySpace and Facebook) several years ago when we had heard examples of cyberbullying occurring in those environments.  Since then, we have done quite a bit of research looking at the kinds of information adolescents post on their public profiles.  We published one…

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The concept of “power” in cyberbullying

We’ve been chatting with other Internet safety professionals about different conceptions of “cyberbullying.” I’d like to talk a bit about the concept of power, and get some thoughts from readers of this blog. Traditional bullying (in the schoolyard, lunchroom, on the bus, etc.) typically involves a clear power differential. I always think of Biff and…