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Anne Bubnic

'Video-Gaming' Child Predators Offering Points For Nude Photos - 0 views

  • Maurer is warning parents to take precautions when it comes to gaming consoles because most are hooked to the Internet and anyone can be chatting with children during game play. IBSYS.ad.AdManager.registerPosition({ "iframe": false, "addlSz": "", "element": "ad_N6C0061.2D12", "interstitials": false, "beginDate": "", "endDate": "", "getSect": "", "name": "square", "qString": "", "width": "300", "height": "250", "section": "", "useId": "16995600", "interactive": false, "useSameCategory": false, "topic": "", "swSectionRoot": "", "useZone": "", "type": "DOM" }); "My theory on it is that predators are going to go where kids are, and kids are playing video games so it's a perfect place for them to be," Maurer said.
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    Child predators offering game points in exchange for nude images through Internet-connected video games have prompted a warning for parents. "Kids are playing games, and they are being asked to take photos of themselves naked in order to get game points," state attorney Cybercrime Detective Lt. David Maurer said. "There is not only the chatting version of the games but also a webcam involved."
Anne Bubnic

Video Games as Learning Tools? - 0 views

  • One study even looked at whether playing "World of Warcraft," the world's biggest multiplayer online game, can improve scientific thinking. The conclusion? Certain types of video games can have benefits beyond the virtual thrills of blowing up demons or shooting aliens.
  • In one study, 122 fifth-, sixth- and seventh-grade students were asked to think out loud for 20 minutes while playing a game they had never seen before. Researchers studied the statements the children made to see if playing the game improved cognitive and perceptual skills. While older children seemed more interested in just playing the game, younger children showed more of an interest in setting up a series of short-term goals needed to help them learn the game.
  • "The younger kids are focusing more on their planning and problem solving while they are actually playing the game, while adolescents are focusing less on their planning and strategizing and more on the here and now," said researcher and Fordham University psychologist Fran Blumberg. "They're thinking less strategically than the younger kids."
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  • Another study compared surgeons who play video games to those who don't. Even after taking into account differences in age, years of medical training and the number of laparoscopic surgeries performed, researchers found an edge for gamer surgeons. "The single best predictor of their skills is how much they had played video games in the past and how much they played now," said Iowa State University psychologist Douglas Gentile. "Those were better predictors of surgical skills than years of training and number of surgeries performed," Gentile said. "So the first question you might ask your surgeon is how many of these [surgeries] have you done and the second question is, 'Are you a gamer?'"
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    Researchers gathering in Boston for the American Psychological Association convention detailed a series of studies suggesting that video games can be powerful learning tools - from increasing the problem solving potential of younger students to improving the suturing skills of laparoscopic surgeons.
Anne Bubnic

Libraries booking young video gamers - 0 views

  • The American Library Association has announced a new project funded with a $1 million grant from the Verizon Foundation, the charitable branch of Verizon Communications.
  • Libraries that already have mature gaming systems in place will be studied to gauge how electronic games improve players' literacy skills. Then, a dozen leading national gaming experts, including a Tucson librarian, will build a tool kit that libraries across the country can use to develop gaming programs.
  • There's growing evidence that games in general, from the traditional board versions to electronic and online ones, support literacy and 21st-century learning skills, she said, though libraries have been slow to capitalize on them.
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  • for the first time ever this year, the American Library Association's annual conference had a gaming pavilion, showcasing efforts to reach a demographic — tweens, teens and 20-somethings — that's tough to pull into the library.
  • Then there's just the overall focus on puzzle-solving, Danforth noted. Unlike books, games often have multiple story lines, depending on decisions that gamers make along the way. In the overall scheme of things, deploying a warrior for one job and a wizard for another isn't that much different from a boss sending an engineer out for one task and a public relations professional for another.
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    If you made a list of sounds you might hear at your local library, the rumbling of explosions and the loud hum of race-car engines probably wouldn't rank high on it. But in a darkened room at the Quincie Douglas Branch Library, about 20 preteens and teens gather around two screens. It's a mostly soundproof room, to make sure their efforts to rack up points on Nintendo's Wii and PlayStation 2 don't bother the consumers of decidedly more static media. It's a sight that could become more frequent at a library near you.
Anne Bubnic

Griefers: Cyberbullying in the online gaming world - 0 views

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    A griefer is a player who plays an online game simply to aggravate and harass other players. Griefers find fun in embarrassing and pushing others around in the online gaming world. They may use tools such as stalking, hurling insults, and exploiting unintended game mechanics.Griefers scam, cheat and abuse, often victimizing the weakest and newest players.
Anne Bubnic

Privacy Playground: The First Adventure of the Three CyberPigs - 0 views

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    Privacy Playground: The First Adventure of the Three Little CyberPigs was developed by the Media Awareness Network. In this game, designed for ages 8-10, the CyberPigs play on their favourite Web site and encounter marketing ploys, spam and a close encounter with a not-too-friendly wolf. The purpose of the game is to teach kids how to spot online marketing strategies, protect their personal information and avoid online predators. The accompanying Teacher's Guide explains how to play the game, gives background information on the issues of online marketing, spam and children's privacy and provides activities and handouts for classroom use.
Anne Bubnic

10 tips for dealing with game cyberbullies and griefers - 0 views

  • Griefers are the Internet equivalent of playground bullies, who find fun in embarrassing and pushing around others.
  • Typical griefer behavior includes: taunting others, especially beginners; thwarting fellow teammates in the game; using inappropriate language; cheating; forming roving gangs with other griefers; blocking entryways; luring monsters toward unsuspecting players; or otherwise using the game merely to annoy a convenient target or to harass a particular player who has reacted to their ill will.
  • , griefers have some gaming companies concerned about losing subscribers. As a result, many game sites and providers are becoming less tolerant of griefers and are employing new methods to police for them and otherwise limit their impact.
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    Known as griefers, snerts, cheese players, twinks, or just plain cyberbullies, chances are one of these ne'er-do-wells has bothered a kid near you at least once while playing online multiplayer video games such as Halo 2, EverQuest, The Sims Online, SOCOM, and Star Wars Galaxies.
Anne Bubnic

Get Game Smart - 3 views

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    Software giant Microsoft has launched its own site - www.getgamesmart.com - to help address the problem of cyberbullying in online games, as well as assist parents in using the ESRB Rating System to determine what games their children should be playing - and what games they should not.
Anne Bubnic

Classroom Support Materials/Cybersecurity Game - 4 views

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    Classroom support materials for the MySecurityCyberspace Game. The Teacher's Companion gives educators an introduction to The MySecureCyberspace Game and Academy Web site and 13 lesson starters to help them get started with the game in the classroom.
Anne Bubnic

China to Limit Web Access During Olympic Games - NYTimes.com - 0 views

  • Since the Olympic Village press center opened Friday, reporters have been unable to access scores of Web pages — among them those that discuss Tibetan issues, Taiwanese independence, the violent crackdown on the protests in Tiananmen Square and the Web sites of Amnesty International, the BBC’s Chinese-language news, Radio Free Asia and several Hong Kong newspapers known for their freewheeling political discourse.
  • The restrictions, which closely resemble the blocks that China places on the Internet for its citizens, undermine sweeping claims by Jacques Rogge, the International Olympic Committee president, that China had agreed to provide full Web access for foreign news media during the Games. Mr. Rogge has long argued that one of the main benefits of awarding the Games to Beijing was that the event would make China more open.
  • But a high-ranking Olympic committee official said Wednesday that the panel was aware that China would continue to censor Web sites carrying content that the Chinese propaganda authorities deemed harmful to national security and social stability.
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  • In its negotiations with the Chinese over Internet controls, the Olympic committee official said, the panel insisted only that China provide unregulated access to sites containing information useful to sports reporters covering athletic competitions, not to a broader array of sites that the Chinese and the Olympic committee negotiators determined had little relevance to sports. The official said he now believed that the Chinese defined their national security needs more broadly than the Olympic committee had anticipated, denying reporters access to some information they might need to cover the events and the host country fully. This week, foreign news media in China were unable to gain direct access to an Amnesty International report detailing what it called a deterioration in China’s human rights record in the prelude to the Games.
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    The International Olympic Committee failed to press China to allow fully unfettered access to the Internet for the thousands of journalists arriving here to cover the Olympics, despite promising repeatedly that the foreign news media could "report freely" during the Games, Olympic officials acknowledged Wednesday.
Anne Bubnic

Predators use gaming consoles to 'get foot in the door' - 0 views

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    Sexual predators are using gaming consoles such as the Wii, PlayStation and Xbox to meet children online. "Child predators are migrating from traditional methods to alternate media," says Detective Lt. Thomas Kish of the Michigan State Police. "They are going to places where children are." Predators view games that allow kids to access the Internet and text message other players as a "foot in the door," he says.
Anne Bubnic

How Social Gaming Is Improving Education - 2 views

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    Enter social video games as a solution - immersive environments that simulate real-world problems. Today, technologically eager schools are replacing textbook learning with social video games, and improving learning outcomes in the process. Here's how they're doing it.
Anne Bubnic

Privacy Playground - 1 views

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    In this game, designed for ages 8-10, the CyberPigs play on their favourite Web site and encounter marketing ploys, spam and a close encounter with a not-too-friendly wolf. The purpose of the game is to teach kids how to spot online marketing strategies, protect their personal information and avoid online predators.
Anne Bubnic

Sexting, Cyberbullying - It's Your Call [Game] - 0 views

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    This Web Wise Kids cell phone safety program for middle school children is titled It's Your Call. Based on true stories, it is an interactive game that allows users to play out difficult situations in the safety of cyberspace before they live them out in real life. The game offers teens guidance about responsible cell phone behaviors and how to use these devices to enhance their personal safety. Players become a live action character in an interactive movie and are presented with a series of difficult decisions in a slice-of-life context. The teens must make tough decisions and view the consequences of their actions in the video.
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Anne Bubnic

Anti-Phishing Phil: Phishing Awareness Education - 2 views

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    Anti-Phishing Phil™ is an engaging online game that teaches students and adults how to identify phishing URLs. The game was developed at Carnegie Mellon (in partnership with Wombat Security Technologies). Scientific evaluation has shown that Phil is more engaging than traditional training solutions and significantly more effective in terms of how well people are later able to detect phishing attacks and how long they remember what they have learned.
Anne Bubnic

Smokescreen game guides teenagers through dangers of social networking - 1 views

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    A free-to-play "alternate reality game" from the UK commissioned by Channel 4 Education that is intended to give teenage players a personal encounter with everything from identity theft to cyber stalking. Kids (age 14-16) explore websites, search for clues, receive phone calls, chat on IM, and tackle puzzles and mini-games. Through thirteen challenges, (each lasting 10-20 minutes) and a dramatic storyline, they find out who they can trust and who they can't.
Anne Bubnic

Debt Ski | InDebtEd - 0 views

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    Indebted is a campaign funded by the Peterson Foundation for college students that raises awareness about the dangers of excessive personal and government debt, and promotes action to help stop the fiscal crisis in the U.S. DEBT SKI was developed as a fun game for learning about personal finance. The object of the game is to accumulate as much savings and as little debt as possible. This could be used in a high school digital
Anne Bubnic

Griefer - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia - 0 views

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    A griefer is a player who plays a computer game in order to irritate and harass other players, rather than in pursuit of game objectives.
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