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Anne Bubnic

SecretBuilders: Virtual World for Young Children - 5 views

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    SecretBuilders is a virtual world for children 5 to 14 years old powered by a web 2.0 community of children, parents, educators, writers, artists and game developers. On SecretBuilders, kids explore virtual lands, undertake quests, play games, maintain a home, nurture a pet, and interact with their friends.
Anne Bubnic

Facebook in classroom, bad idea? - 0 views

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    Social networking sites are extremely popular among students, but there appear to be two competing trends for social media in school classrooms and on university campuses. Some teachers and lecturers are embracing Facebook and Twitter as new ways of communicating with students, and some universities and school boards are banning access to social networking tools entirely, citing security concerns.
Anne Bubnic

A Parent's Guide to Social Networking [pdf] - 1 views

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    Free 27-page guide from McAfee. Includes five lessons to keep your kids safe when they socialize online.
Anne Bubnic

McAfee Family Internet Safety Center - 0 views

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    Family Internet Safety Information and articles. Includes a parent's guide to social networking sites.
Anne Bubnic

Tips for Keeping Kids Safe Online - 0 views

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    " Social networking has all the rage among teenagers even preteens but how can you make sure that what your kids are doing online doesn't turn into outrage. Robin Raskin of Living in Digital Times provides tips for keeping kids safe online.
Anne Bubnic

Texting While Driving [PSA] - 0 views

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    A rather frightening PSA targeting teens and the dangers of texting while driving.
adina sullivan

The Top 100 Search Terms Queried by Kids - 0 views

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    Security firm Symantec has identified the top 100 searches conducted by children online. Popular items in the list include some expected entries like YouTube, Facebook, and MySpace as well as queries for popular pop idols like Michael Jackson and Miley Cyrus. However, what's surprising about the children's list is how similar it looks to that of any other online adult - something which seems to imply that our online activities aren't all that age dependent after all.
adina sullivan

Survey: Teens 'sext' and post personal info - 0 views

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    An Internet safety study (PDF) just released by Cox Communications shows that teens may be a bit more safety conscious than previously thought. The survey, which was done by Harris Interactive, asked 655 13- to 18-year-olds about their online and cell phone behavior, specifically addressing issues of cyberbullying and sexting. The study was in partnership with the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children and "America's Most Wanted Host" John Walsh.
Anne Bubnic

Internet Safety Tips for Parents - 0 views

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    Millions of students head to the nearest computer to conduct school research online. With the Internet's help, they can create everything from detailed projects on rainforests to slide presentations about how a hurricane forms without setting foot in a library."There's a wealth of information on the Internet, and it's a great tool," says Ross Ellis, founder and CEO of Love our Children USA, a child abuse prevention organization that is active in Internet safety. "You can't keep kids off the Internet." Yet the Internet is not the place for an all-access pass. Kids of all ages need parental supervision. A few common-sense tips can help keep your child safe online.
Anne Bubnic

Study: Enforcement spurs rise in Web sex arrests - 0 views

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    More people have been arrested in recent years for sexually soliciting youths online, but the sharp increase comes from better enforcement, and the Internet remains a relatively safe social environment, researchers said in a new study.
JOSEPH SAVIRIMUTHU

BEYOND BYRON - 0 views

  • The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) is organising on 5 May 2009 (pm) a public presentation on protecting children from harmful content and conduct online. The issue of child protection in regards to online technologies is of major and continuing concern to policy- and law-makers, the wider ICT industry and its end-users. In spring 2008, the EESC unanimously adopted its most recent of several opinions on this topic
  • This is a follow up to the post on the Meeting on 5th May here.The Opinion of the European Economic and Social Committee on the Proposal for a Decision of the European Parliament and of the Council establishing a multiannual Community programme on protecting children using the Internet and other communication technologies represents the latest in a series of initiatives introduced by the European Parliament and Council to promote children’s safety and well-being in the information society.
JOSEPH SAVIRIMUTHU

IWF reports global decrease in child sexual abuse websites - 0 views

  • The Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) today published its Annual Report 2008 revealing a fall of nearly 10% in the number of international websites with child sexual abuse content. The report warns against complacency, pointing to the serious nature of the images which are often carried on commercial websites.   The report also highlights the fact that 74% of child sexual abuse domains traced by IWF are commercial operations selling indecent images of children, and 75% of the these (some 850 unique domains) are registered with just 10 domain name registries. This underlines the importance of recent international efforts with domain name registries to get the site names delisted, and will remain a focus of IWF attention going forward.
Anne Bubnic

Principal warns parents of preteens' use of Facebook - 0 views

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    Nolensville Elementary School Principal Beth Ferguson recently let parents know that many of their children are on social networking sites designed for teens and adults. While this is not a violation of any school policy, Ferguson was concerned enough to send letters and Internet tips to parents. Ferguson found at least 13 students from her K-5 school on Facebook, the popular networking site, and she knows there are probably more.
Anne Bubnic

NJ senator wants federal funds to teach teens about Web safety, fight 'sexting' - 0 views

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    U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez is proposing a federal grant program to research and educate children about Internet safety. Menedez, D-N.J., said he is hopeful that educating teenagers, teachers and parents will stop children from sending explicit photos of themselves over cell phones and the Internet. The grant proposal would authorize $25 million to $35 million each year for Internet safety programs. The grants would be awarded on a two-year basis and administered by the Department of Justice.
JOSEPH SAVIRIMUTHU

Know IT All for Primary Schools - 1 views

  • Childnet's Know IT All for Primary Schools has been especially designed for primary school staff to help them understand important E-safety issues and how to help young pupils get the most out of the internet
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    From Childcare International. Safey issues for kids.
JOSEPH SAVIRIMUTHU

Lawmakers Put Stop To 'Cyberstalking' - 0 views

  • “This cyber-safety bill is a critical step toward protecting Kentuckians from the very real threats that come with 21st century innovations and toward helping to prevent further abuses of these technologies,” said Beshear. “Kentucky families will be safer because of this bill.”HB 315, which was authored by Conway and primarily sponsored by Bell, makes it a Class D felony to solicit a minor for sexual activity through electronic communication. Through this legislation it is unlawful to “cyberstalk,” which is defined as intentionally alarming, annoying, intimidating or harassing a person with no legitimate purpose through electronic communication. This bill also includes tougher regulations for sex offenders when they use electronic communication.
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    HB 315, which was authored by Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway and primarily sponsored by Bell, makes it a Class D felony to solicit a minor for sexual activity through electronic communication.
Anne Bubnic

A kinder, gentler response to adolescent "sexting" - 0 views

  • My question is why we keep putting so much of this discussion in the context of crime and victimization?" asked Anne Collier of ConnectSafely.org. "The vast majority of the behavior we're talking about is adolescent behavior and risk taking. It's not criminal behavior."
  • For years we've been telling parents to put the computer in the living room, keep and eye on what your children are doing, go and hit the history button and review where they've been," Balkam explained. "Well all that advice holds true but it gets completely upended by mobile phones, PDAs, and anything that can walk around."
  • A recent survey indicates that as of last year, 71 percent of teens 12 to 17 own a mobile phone (that's up from 45% in 2004). Eighty-seven percent of 17-year-olds and over half of children 12-13 years of age have one.
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    They came from pretty much every sector-nonprofits, government, wireless executives, and think tanks-to a day-long conference in Washington D.C. on how to respond to the panic du jour over kids, mobile phones, and sex
Anne Bubnic

C-SAVE | STAYSAFEONLINE.org - 1 views

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    NCSA launched the Cyber Security Awareness Volunteer Education Project (C-SAVE) in April of 2009. The program will teach youngsters not just to be wary of online predators and bullies but alert to the tricks of data thieves and scam artists. Curriculum is customized for three grade levels: K-2, 3-5 and middle/high school. What makes this program unique is that they plan to use "tech pros" from the technology industry to deliver the curriculum in the classroom.
JOSEPH SAVIRIMUTHU

Fostering Learning in the Networked World - 1 views

  • Imagine a high school student in the year 2015. She has grown up in a world where learning is as accessible through technologies at home as it is in the classroom, and digital content is as real to her as paper, lab equipment, or textbooks. At school, she and her classmates engage in creative problem-solving activities by manipulating simulations in a virtual laboratory or by downloading and analyzing visualizations of real-time data from remote sensors. Away from the classroom, she has seamless access to school materials and homework assignments using inexpensive mobile technologies. She continues to collaborate with her classmates in virtual environments that allow not only social interaction with each other but also rich connections with a wealth of supplementary content. Her teacher can track her progress over the course of a lesson plan and compare her performance and aptitudes across a lifelong “digital portfolio,” making note of areas that need additional attention through personalized assignments and alerting parents to specific concerns. What makes this possible is cyberlearning, the use of networked computing and communications technologies to support learning. Cyberlearning has the potential to transform education throughout a lifetime, enabling customized interaction with diverse learning materials on any topic—from anthropology to biochemistry to civil engineering to zoology. Learning does not stop with K–12 or higher education; cyberlearning supports continuous education at any age.
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    The more one delves into the Net Generation - Cyber Safety Debate, the more one is inclined to think that one of the most difficult challenges facing educators and parents is to embrace the "cultural" shift.
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