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Ohio Judge Cyberstalked and Threatened - 0 views

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    An Ohio man allegedly set fire to a car belonging to City Court Judge Christopher Anderson and for two months harassed Anderson and a woman described as the Ohio man's estranged wife, federal court records state. A federal indictment filed last week against Thomas Slapnicker, 26, of Mentor, Ohio, states Slapnicker posted bogus Internet pages posing as Anderson and the woman.
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Mean girls: mother speaks out on Ascham bullying - 0 views

  • THE mother of a former student at the prestigious Sydney girls' school embroiled in a cyber-bullying scandal has spoken out about the claimed culture of intimidation at Ascham.

    The woman said yesterday, on condition of anonymity, that her daughter had been forced to leave the school after becoming the target of bullies.

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    THE mother of a former student at the prestigious Sydney girls' school embroiled in a cyber-bullying scandal has spoken out about the claimed culture of intimidation at Ascham. The woman said yesterday, on condition of anonymity, that her daughter had been forced to leave the school after becoming the target of bullies."There is a culture of bullying at the school which has been going on for years," she said. "These days it is cyber bullying, when my daughter was there it was text messages."
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Apple May Offer Age Controls for iPhone Apps - 0 views

  • Apple May Offer Age Controls for iPhone Apps
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    Now comes new details about the parental control system coming to the App Store. All iPhone applications will be rated in one of four age categories: 4+, 9+, 12+, or 17+. When Apple announced the coming 3.0 release of its iPhone software, it referred to parental controls for apps.
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Lesson Plan: Virtual vs. Physical Worlds - 0 views

  • Understanding Cyber Bullying - Virtual vs. Physical Worlds
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Yahoo Could Be Liable For Lewd and Libelous Profile - 0 views

  • When Oregon resident Cecilia Barnes broke up with her boyfriend, he responded by posting a fake profile of her on Yahoo -- and a particularly nasty one at that. He included nude photos of Barnes as well as her name, address and phone number.
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    In a ruling that could have significant ramifications for Web publishers, a federal appellate court has held that Yahoo could face liability for breach of contract for failing to delete a post that was meant to harrass a former girl friend.
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Texas Lawmakers Crack Down On Fake Profiles - 0 views

  • In a move aimed at cracking down on cyerbullying, Texas lawmakers passed a new bill that makes it a crime to impersonate people online.

    The new "online harassment" statute makes it a felony to create phony profiles on social networking sites with the intent to "harm, defraud, intimidate, or threaten" others. The statute defines commercial social networking sites broadly, saying they include any sites that allow people to register to communicate with others or create Web pages or profiles. (Email programs and message boards are excluded from the definition.)

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    A new "online harrassment" statute makes it a felony to create phony profiles on social networking sites with intent to "harm, defraud, intimidate or threaten" others.
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Facebook case helps fight cybercrime - 0 views

  • School resource officers from across Alabama and the nation fielded complaints about an Internet extortionist badgering girls for nude pic­tures. Victims even created a Facebook page warning fe­males not to talk to the per­son with the username Meta­scape.

    Metascape turned out to be Jonathan Vance, an Alabama man who made lewd cyber re­quests of 206 girls and young women and attempted to hack into and gain control of their e-mail, Facebook and MySpace accounts, federal authorities say. He was suc­cessful in at least 53 cases.

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    School resource officers from across Alabama and the nation fielded complaints about an Internet extortionist badgering girls for nude pictures. Victims even created a Facebook page warning females not to talk to the person with the user name Metascape.
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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.
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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.
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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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    (EDUCAUSE Review
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New Media Literacies Community Site - 0 views

  • Our first Teachers' Strategy Guide: Reading in a Participatory Culture, offers strategies for integrating the tools, approaches, and methods of Comparative Media Studies into the English and Language Arts classroom. The guide provides a set of lesson plans using Herman Melville's Moby-Dick as the sample text and a theater adaptation by Ricardo Pitts-Wiley entitled Moby-Dick: Then and Now as an example of a contemporary adaptation. The guide is intended to demonstrate techniques which could be applied to the study of authorship in relation to a range of other literary works, pushing us to reflect more deeply on how authors build upon the materials of their culture and in turn inspire others who follow to see the world in new ways.
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    Materials from Learning Library, Teachers' Strategy Guides & Ethics Casebook
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Police find difficulties investigating Internet harassment - 0 views

  • A local woman believes her story illustrates just how frustrating it can sometimes be fighting Internet harassment.

      Tina Austin claims someone harassed her by posting information on the popular trading website, craigslist.org, last February.

      The postings gave Austin’s name and work cell phone number.

      The three separate postings claimed Austin was giving away a diamond necklace, a Chevy Suburban, and another which was, let’s just say an “R” rated request.

      “I ended up getting [the most phone calls for the diamond necklace],“ Austin said Wednesday.  “[I didn’t get] quite as much for the Suburban.“

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    Story of a woman who was harrassed through repeated CraigsList postings and fake ads directing people to her phone number.
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Cybersmart Detectives [Game] - 0 views

  • Cybersmart Detectives is an innovative online game that teaches children key internet safety messages in a safe environment.

    Children work online in real time liaising with community professionals to solve an internet-themed problem. The activity is based in the school environment, and brings together a number of agencies with an interest in promoting online safety for young people, including State and Federal Police, internet industry representatives and child welfare advocates.

    In the scenario, children play the role of a school Deputy Principal concerned about the welfare of a new student, who may be being bullied by someone they have met in an internet chat room. Guided by a series of clues, children work collaboratively in teams to solve the mystery of what is worrying the student, and why. 'Cybersmart Guides' respond to the questions and theories posed by the students, and guide the teams through each of the 'clues'. As the scenario unfolds, the children discuss the risks of certain online and offline behaviours, and ways of managing those risks. Although the scenario presented in the activity is simulated, the sense of urgency that excites a class of children taking part is very real. By the end of the activity children will have learned some valuable lessons about some of the risks associated with internet use, especially useful tips for chatting safely online. More importantly, the issues that lie behind the story will have been discussed with professionals who deal with similar issues on a daily basis.

    Cybersmart Detectives was initially developed by UK-based child advocacy agency Childnet International, and until 2005, operated under the name of Net Detectives. The activity is now independently operated by E-ngagelive. The Australian Communications and Media Authority ( ACMA ), by agreement with E-ngagelive , has adapted the activity for use in Australian schools under the name Cybersmart Detectives.

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    Another example of emerging norms focussed on empowerment of children, this game is played online and accessible only to students in the United Kingdom.
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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.
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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.
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Software That Monitors Children's Virtual Playgrounds - 0 views

  • NetModerator, a software tool built by Crisp Thinking, a private company based in Leeds, England, can monitor online chat “for intent as well as content,” says Andrew Lintell, the company’s chief executive. To build the tool, he says, Crisp Thinking analyzed roughly 700 million lines of chat traffic, some from conversations between children and some, like conversations between children and sexual predators, provided by law enforcement groups.
  • Sexual predators are always a concern, she says, though she described the likelihood of a child being targeted by an adult with malicious intent as “statistically low.”
  • “Imagine a thousand children, 95 percent of whom have excellent typing skills, all typing at the same time,” she says. “Now try to monitor those conversations as they scroll past you on a screen.”
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    Software That Guards Virtual Playgrounds
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    The last "highlight" is particularly telling.
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Facebook friend saves suicidal teen on other side of the Atlantic - 0 views

  • A schoolboy who announced his imminent suicide on Facebook was saved when a friend across the Atlantic in America read his threat and raised the alarm.

    The 16-year-old, from Oxford, sent a late-night message on the social networking website to a girl sitting 3,400 miles away at her computer in Maryland.

    The teenager had been speculating about taking his life and shortly before 11.30pm on Wednesday wrote: ‘I’m going away to do something I’ve been thinking about for a while then everyone will find out.’

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    A schoolboy who announced his imminent suicide on Facebook was saved when a friend across the Atlantic in America read his threat and raised the alarm. The 16-year-old, from Oxford, sent a late-night message on the social networking website to a girl sitting 3,400 miles away at her computer in Maryland.
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Oh, what a tangled Web print we leave - 0 views

  • Remember that time you got hammered, dressed up in drag, vomited on your shoes then passed out at the bar only to wake up with marker all over your face?

    No?

    Pity the Internet doesn't forget so easily.

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    Deleting embarrassing skeletons from the Net could keep employers from turning you away
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Social site warning for teenagers - 0 views

  • TEENAGERS should think twice before posting personal information and photos on the internet, as they might come back to haunt them, privacy experts warn.

    Young people risked losing jobs or being embarrassed by teachers and relatives viewing party pictures or sexually explicit images uploaded on social networking websites, Victoria's Privacy Commissioner Helen Versey said.

    Ms Versey and privacy commissioners from the Asia-Pacific region and Canada will today launch "Think before you upload", an animated, online video warning young people of the dangers of documenting their life on the internet.

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    TEENAGERS should think twice before posting personal information and photos on the internet, as they might come back to haunt them, privacy experts warn. Young people risked losing jobs or being embarrassed by teachers and relatives viewing party pictures or sexually explicit images uploaded on social networking websites.
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What's the rule on mobile phones in your local school? - 0 views

  • Chances are they're banned - to stop students texting their friends all the time, or worse still, cyber-bullying. But are schools missing a trick?

    Most teenagers now carry a mini-computer in their pockets, capable of taking photos, videos, podcasts and even surfing the web. Could their mobiles actually be used to enhance their education?

    Alex and Charlotte from Westhoughton High School in Bolton wanted to investigate this issue. They interviewed one boy who'd experienced cyber-bullying - getting abusive and threatening text messages on his mobile phone.

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    Chances are they're banned - to stop students texting their friends all the time, or worse still, cyber-bullying. But are schools missing a trick?
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