23. June 2013

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Great new website for the Cyberbullying Research Center

You must check out the new website for the Cyberbullying Research Center. The site was good to begin with, but now it’s great! Still full of relevant, research-based, up-to-date information, the website is now even easier to use than it was before. It has easy-to-access resources for parents, educators, and teens, up-to-date information about state cyberbullying laws and policies, current research, and much more. If you have only limited time and are looking for a one-stop-shop website on cyberbullying, then this is the site to visit. It is also a great starting point to use to inform yourself about cyberbullying before looking for other websites and information.

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27. January 2013

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Bullying prevention training: New resource from stopbullying.gov

Are you looking to raise awareness in your community about bullying prevention and need some research-based resources? Then check out the Community Action Planning link on the excellent stopbullying.gov website. Here you will find an informative presentation with suggested talking points. The presentation covers many important issues: [...]

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5. January 2013

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A Platform for Good: An interactive site helping parents, teachers, and teens to connect, share, and do good online

We’re all in favor of helping adults and teens connect in positive ways, especially when using technology. This website (a project of the highly regarded Family Online Safety Institute) is filled with great ideas for parents, teachers, and teens to do just that. Parents can check out the Teach Parents Tech video series, while teens can print out coupons for their parents to redeem for some “tech-savvy” time, and teachers can browse the list of technology tools and tricks for use in the classroom. And that’s just the beginning! Take a few minutes to explore A Platform for Good, and we assure you that you will find informative and useful resources to help adults and teens connect in meaningful and engaging ways.

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15. September 2012

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Cyberslammed: A useful new resource for adults and young people alike

Cyberbullying is a complex and complicated issue. It is vital, therefore, that any work in this field is grounded in research and avoids the myths and scare tactics that we know tend to alienate young people who then believe that adults really “do not get it.” While the jury is still out on just how pervasive a challenge cyberbullying is, it is important that we all share our knowledge and work together as we try and craft solutions that are timely and effective. Dealing with cyberbullying really does “take a village.” The authors of Cyberslammed: Understand, Prevent, Combat, Transform the Most Common Cyberbullying Tactics clearly understand this and the very real challenges that we all are facing as we learn how to communicate in safe and respectful ways in our blended online/offline worlds. [...]

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15. October 2011

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Sesame Street Launches Anti-Bullying Program with “The Good Bird’s Club”

Sesame Street does it again with brilliance!  Big Bird is invited to join the “Good Birds Club” and is very excited. However, a pigeon with an attitude [...]

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3. September 2011

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Facebook, YouTube, Texting: Rules of the Road for Kids

Here is a short video clip from Common Sense Media to help young people make smarter decisions online.  The clip is only 3.21 minutes long, and features a group of young people helping other young people stay safe online.  They provide 10 simple rules to “keep us safe and smart when we are online or using our cell phones.”  The video is engaging, informative, visually appealing, and to the point.  We love it!  What a great example of adults and youth working together to create an online world where young people “feel safe from being embarrassed or humiliated.”  Common Sense Media has also provided a short video clip of “Rules of the Road for Parents in a Digital Age.”  We suggest you watch both these video clips with the young people in your lives; they make a great conversation starter around the topic of our digital lives.

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18. August 2011

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Stopping digital abuse: MTV’s new resource for grown ups

We have featured MTV’s A Thin Line campaign before on this blog (see here).  Now MTV has produced a new resource to help grown ups (parents and educators) use A Thin Line to “open up a conversation on digital abuse, test awareness, and help encourage action on the issue at home or in school.”  Let’s check it out … [...]

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13. August 2011

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Help for youth in crisis: Safekids.com provides a directory of resources

Do you know a young person who is in crisis, perhaps someone who is struggling with suicidal thoughts, dating abuse, domestic violence, or bullying?  Or are you that person?  Do you need help, but are not sure where to look?    [...]

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20. July 2011

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Is Facebook good or bad for teenagers? Here’s your chance to weigh in

Nowadays, almost everyone you ask seems to have an opinion on whether or not Facebook is a positive or negative feature of young people’s lives.  Teens, parents, grandparents, educators, school administrators, and more all weigh in with different perspectives.  But what do YOU think?  Is Facebook a “force for good or ill in kids’ lives?”  Here’s a great opportunity for your voice to be heard.  [...]

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13. July 2011

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Your high school students can be great digital citizens: Commonsense Media provides the tools

We have previously lauded the terrific online safety/digital citizenship resources provided by Commonsense Media, and we are going to do it again!  Commonsense Media has just brought out a FREE, five-part curriculum for high school students to complement the materials already available for elementary and middle school students.  [...]

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5. July 2011

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Define the Line website: Clarifying the blurred lines between cyberbullying and socially responsible digital citizenship

Dr. Shaheen Shariff and her team at McGill University have launched a critical new website on cyberbullying called ”Define the Line“ which has already received wide press by Stanford University College of Law, YouTube and Twitter.  The site does not attempt to provide any ”quick fixes” for cyberbullying (as we know there aren’t any), but instead [...]

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28. June 2011

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Internet Safety Education for Teens: Getting it Right

Following on from last week’s blog, we want to share with you another useful Factsheet produced by the Crimes Against Children Research Center (CACRC).  This time, it’s a factsheet on Internet Safety Education for Teens: Getting it Right which provides research-based content in a useful “Don’t Say” and ”Do Say” format.  It’s so important that we get our message right when we speak to young people and adults about internet safety, and this factsheet helps us do just that.  Thanks to CACRC for helping us get it right.

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21. June 2011

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The True Prevalence of “Sexting”: A Useful Factsheet

Are you confused about sexting – what it is, who’s doing it, and how often?  Are you trying to make sense of the various studies and work out what information is accurate when the results often vary widely?  Then look no further … [...]

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1. June 2011

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Confronting Cyberbullying: What the experts say

This short, but informative article – Confronting Cyberbullying - by Peter Levy for The Journal: Transforming Education Through Technology, contains sage advice from some of the leading experts in the field: Patti Agatston (co-founder of www.Cyberbullyhelp.com), Larry Magid (co-director of www.ConnectSafely.org), and Linda Burch (Chief Education and Strategy Officer for Common Sense Media).  [...]

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