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Vicki Davis

How journalists can avoid getting fooled by fake Hurricane Sandy photos | Poynter. - 0 views

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    With so many sharing photos about the storm, here's an excellent article on how to make sure photos are real. This would be a great exercise to do with your students who are in school to talk about the veracity of pictures.
Julie Lindsay

The Teacher's Guide To Digital Citizenship | Edudemic - 1 views

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    "The Teacher's Guide To Digital Citizenship"
Haley M

Justin, Demi, Selena, Rihanna - and COPPA | BCP Business Center - 1 views

  • Justin, Demi, Selena, Rihanna - and COPPA

    • By Lesley Fair
    • October 4, 2012 - 1:29pm

    It's not likely we'll succumb to Bieber Fever.  We're of a generation more susceptible to the Rockin' Pneumonia and the Boogie Woogie Flu.  But a company that ran official fan websites for pop stars may be feeling the effects of an FTC law enforcement action alleging violations of the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act and COPPA Rule.

    The defendant, Artist Arena, operated authorized sites for Justin Bieber, Demi Lovato, Selena Gomez, and the mononymous recording artist Rihanna.  (It is, too, a word.  Ask Cher or Fabio.)  Visitors to BieberFever.com, DemiLovatoFanClub.net, SelenaGomez.com, or RihannaNow.com could join fan clubs and subscribe to online newsletters.  Fan club members also had access to social networking functions, like creating personal profiles, posting on walls, or "friending" other members.  Of course, to take advantage of those features, people had to provide personal information.

    The details of the registration process varied depending on the site, so you'll want to read the complaint for the specifics.  But the 25-words-or-less summary is that Artist Arena allegedly collected kids' names, addresses, email addresses, birthdates, gender and other info without properly notifying parents and getting their consent.  According to the complaint, the company violated COPPA by knowingly registering over 25,000 kids under 13 and collected and maintained personal information from almost 75,000 other kids under 13 who started the sign-up process, but didn't finish it.

    What about Artist Arena's promises that it wouldn't collect children's personal information or activate kids' registrations without parental consent?  The FTC challenged those claims as false.

    The settlement imposes a $1 million civil penalty, bars future COPPA violations, and requires the company  to delete the information collected illegally.

    Looking for specifics on COPPA compliance?  Visit the BCP Business Center's Children's Privacy page.

     

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    This Justin Beiber fan site has been penalized more than $100,000 for collecting emails of minors under 13 without parental permission. COPPA compliance is more important than ever. I find it ironic that kids under 13 aren't even supposed to be able to have emails in the first place on many websites.

    "The details of the registration process varied depending on the site, so you'll want to read the complaint for the specifics. But the 25-words-or-less summary is that Artist Arena allegedly collected kids' names, addresses, email addresses, birthdates, gender and other info without properly notifying parents and getting their consent. According to the complaint, the company violated COPPA by knowingly registering over 25,000 kids under 13 and collected and maintained personal information from almost 75,000 other kids under 13 who started the sign-up process, but didn't finish it."
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    This is important and why kids under 13 cannot get on most social media websites.
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    This article is about kids that obtain info for personal websites without properly notifying parents and getting their consent.
Vicki Davis

Regulators shut down global PC 'tech support' scam | Politics and Law - CNET News - 0 views

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    Scareware. Yes, it is a term. Scaring people into thinking they have a virus. Knowledge is power and it will also save you money. Being educated about computers pays over your life. It is time for all of us to be educated and savvy. I know someone taken by this scam.

    "English-speaking consumers in the United States, Canada, Australia, Ireland, New Zealand, and the U.K. were targeted in the global scam, regulators said. Most of the scammers were based in India, but some also came from the U.S. and U.K.
    The scam involved cold callers who claimed to work for major technology companies, such as Microsoft or Google, and who told consumers they had viruses on their PCs, according to regulators. The callers would attempt to dupe users into giving them remote access to their computers, locking the user out while attempting to "fix" the malware that the scammer claimed was on the machine."
 Lisa Durff

Hyperlinked Writing in the Classroom- From Theory to Practice | Langwitches Blog - 1 views

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    Why and How to hyperlink your wiki work !
Vicki Davis

Flickr Help Screencast Volume 1: Geotags & You - 1 views

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    An excellent screencast from Flickr about location based safety on Flickr.
Vicki Davis

Facebook Family Safety Center - 3 views

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    The Facebook family safety center has information on safety. I still feel it is very convoluted and very confusing but it does have some information for educators and parents on the site.
Vicki Davis

Facebook Increasingly Becomes a Helpful Tool for Employers in Job Interviews | Moneylan... - 6 views

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    It is legal for a prospective employer during a job interview to ask you to log into your facebook page and click through your friends only posts, photos, and messages. This is a very important topic for digital citizens to understand.
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    This is an important article. I'm going to discuss it with my Digiteen class this morning and have them comment here.
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    I don't think that is fair. The employer has no right to be a part of their personal life. Although, they need to know about what they say on the internet. I would not want someone i don't know looking at my profile page.
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    This is a good and a bad thing. It is a good thing because if someone is bad than you know not to hire them. it is a bad thing because people should not be judged on what their friends post. Just because their friends might post bad things does not mean that they are bad.
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    Well, for me the act of "shoulder surfing" is good as well bad. It is good because as an employer if I don't know the maybe future employee this would be good to base my opinion on whether or not to hire them. This also can be bad, as the future employee may have private conversation with his or her wife that they do not want anyone to see (this is just to give an example).
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    I guess i could understand why they have this. I personally like this idea in most ways, but not all. For example, its good for finding if the person your employing is a criminal, or someone bad. But its kind of bad because what if someone is not accepted because they were talking with a 'special someone' and the employers saw. That doesn't really seem fair to me, because that is your personal PERSONAL info, and no one else needs to see it besides you and who you are talking to. Unless of course its about something bad like planning something illegal. The main downside i see in this is maybe that person created a fake Facebook that looks all great and seems like they are a good person. Then a not-so-good person might have gotten a job that they wouldn't have gotten otherwise. I can't really decide if this is good or bad, but for now, I'm going to say it's bad.
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    Well i think it is 50/50, because you have to be careful of what you put out there. And i don't think they should go on your friends facebook account to look at there posts and not yours! I also don't think they should judge you by your friends!
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    I dont know exactly if this is fair or not. I can see where employers are coming from by wanting to see their possible employees facebook account, but i also think that a lot of the stuff that we may post may be completely personal while being completely innocent. everyone needs privacy and if they decide to do that through facebook then they have the right.
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    I think its a good video to watch because it definitely made me think. The video also scared me even thought i don't have a Facebook. I now know how to stay safe if i get one.
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    I think that the post is mean. I don't really like the post because it makes the person look bad.
Vicki Davis

ACLU Sues School For Punishing 12-Year-Old Over Facebook Comment - 2 views

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    You'll want to read this lawsuit as it lies on the cusp of what we will experience in schools in the future. In this case, a 12 year old girl (on Facebook, despite the fact she is technically too young to be) is suing a school district (via the ACLU) for punishment because of her use of Facebook. I think the school went too far when it required her to hand over her Facebook and email login to the school, but we'll see what the courts decide.

    The ACLU says this is a violation of free speech. Stay tuned and realize that students have a right to hate you, say unkind things about you, etc. There is a fine line in what is allowed and what isn't. Just because we CAN deal with issues relating to bullying of other children - that doesn't mean we can wear our own chips on our shoulders and require that kids pretend to like us. It is hurtful when children say unkind things and many don't realize everyone is watching. If students are not understanding the consequences of their actions, then I partially blame any school that doesn't step up and teach digital citizenship.
Julie Lindsay

"Overexposed" (GRAND PRIZE WINNER of the 2010 Trend Micro Internet Safety Video Competi... - 3 views

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    This is a video used by our Digiteen teachers to discuss the impact social media can have on your life (as in a job interview.)
Vicki Davis

danah boyd | apophenia » Born This Way Foundation: guided by research - 0 views

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    Five research papers about bullying and bullying prevention programs authored by some of the best in the business. This is in support of Lady Gaga's new "research based" foundation to promote grassroots student action to help students improve relations to each other.
Vicki Davis

- DDKPortraits DDK Portraits - 0 views

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    A lawyer / photographer shares about Pinterest's terms of service and the law.
Vicki Davis

Collusion - 0 views

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    Do you want to know who is tracking you and how? Install the Collusion Firefox add on and start understanding who is tracking you. I am going to use this with students for some education.
Vicki Davis

I'm Being Followed: How Google-and 104 Other Companies-Are Tracking Me on the Web - Ale... - 0 views

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    This incredible article from the Atlantic talks about who is tracking you and how to understand it. It is very balanced and informative and a great post to share with students as you discuss privacy.

    "As users, we move through our Internet experiences unaware of the churning subterranean machines powering our web pages with their cookies and pixels trackers, their tracking code and databases. We shop for wedding caterers and suddenly see ring ads appear on random web pages we're visiting. We sometimes think the ads following us around the Internet are "creepy." We sometimes feel watched. Does it matter? We don't really know what to think."
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