26. May 2011

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Best Defenses Against Cyber Bullies: Good parenting and self-control can help

Check out this short article by Abigail Baird for Scientific American which refers to a study by Carter Hay and Ryan Meldrum at the College of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Florida State University.  In a study of 426 adolescents (average age 15), Hay and Meldrum found that [...]

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21. April 2011

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New Resource on Suicide and Bullying from SPRC

The Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC) has published a new 8-page Issue Brief on Suicide and Bullying.  As the SPRC website  notes, this publication examines [...]

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19. April 2011

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The Pitfalls and Promises of Facebook, Social Media and Kids: Helpful info from Mindshift.kqed.org

We understand and appreciate that many adults worry about young people’s use of Facebook and other social media, and may be at a loss to know what, if anything, they need to do in this regard.  Should adults intervene?  If so, how and to what degree? [...]

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12. April 2011

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Sexting: A Typology – A “Must Read” for law enforcement, school officials, parents and others

If you are one of the many among us trying to understand the “complicated phenomenon” of sexting, then you would do well to read this latest 11-page bulletin by two of the top researchers in this field – Janis Wolak and David Finkelhor of the Crimes Against Children Research Center (University of New Hampshire). [...]

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29. March 2011

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White House & HHS Launch Stopbullying.gov

In conjunction with the recent White House summit on bullying, the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services launched an excellent resource site called www.stopbullying.gov . The site is very well organized and navigable, with an attractive color scheme and quick link buttons for kids, teens, young adults, parents, educators and community members — following on the President’s emphasis that all stakeholders need to be involved or bullying will not be resolved. The site has video clips, research based articles, prevention tips and other tools. We were impressed that it not only provides parents and educators with tools about detecting victimization, but also gives helpful hints for teens, parents and educators to help the student who is engaging in the bullying behavior. [...]

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25. March 2011

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Evidence-based alternatives to zero tolerance discipline policies

We often hear the words “zero tolerance” in discussions about school discipline policies, perhaps especially nowadays in connection with bullying and cyberbullying.  Before you make decisions about whether or not zero tolerance is the right approach for your school, however, we suggest that you check out this March 2011 informative Research-to-Results Brief from Child Trends which makes a persuasive case for considering evidence-based alternatives to zero tolerance. [...]

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10. March 2011

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White House Conference on Bullying Prevention – March 10, 2011

Today (Thursday, March 10, 2011), the President convened a conference on bullying prevention at which some of nation’s leading experts and practitioners on bullying prevention spoke (Justin W. Patchin, Ph.D., Susan M. Swearer, Ph.D., Rosalind WisemanCatherine Bradshaw, Ph.D, and others).  The conference is available for review for a limited time at http://www.whitehouse.gov/live, and/or check out the event at the White House Facebook page.  There is also an excellent set of materials that you can access at www.stopbullying.gov.  We would urge you to take in the entire several hours of the nation’s-highest-level-summit on this issue, but here are some of the “high points” if you cannot: [...]

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8. March 2011

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Acceptable Use Policies: Balancing Access and Choice

If you are wanting to update your school’s Acceptable (Responsible) Use Policy, perhaps with a view to integrating new cloud-based and mobile technologies, then we suggest that you first read A “Responsible” Approach to School Usage Policies on Internet Safety [...]

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1. March 2011

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Looking for useful resources on cyberbullying: Try Education.com

Education.com, a website which “provides expert advice, features, columns, thousands of reference articles, and a community for parents of pre-school to high-school students,” has a very useful Special Edition section on cyberbullying (and also one on bullying).  Why do we recommend this site?  [...]

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24. February 2011

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Free Kindle app: What’s next? Free Smart Phones? The effect of free technology on youth?

Just before the Holidays, Kindle dropped its prices, and now Amazon is offering the Kindle PC app for free.  In many places around the world, we see technology being offered for “free,” but it’s not really “free.”  The marketplace appears to be finding “other people to pay for it” as it learns who receives an economic benefit from the technology being “free” to the user. For example, if more people have a free Kindle app on their PC, is Amazon more likely to sell an online book?  Of course.  If free wireless is offered in coffee shops, are people more likely to buy a cup of coffee?  Of course.  How does this apply to youth?  … [...]

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15. February 2011

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GRID: A new Internet safety resource from the Family Online Safety Institute

We have reported before on the important work of the Family Online Safety Institute (“FOSI”) – see Cyberbullying Prevention, Cyberbullying Conferences and Events, and Cyberbullying: How can we be a part of the solution? - and now we are delighted to feature their latest very impressive resource which is designed ”for governments, industry, lawyers, academics, educationalists and all those dedicated to making the Internet a safer, better place.”  Their new  resource is called GRID – Global Resource and Information Directory.  It’s easy to access and use and full of relevant, timely, and helpful information.  Let’s check it out. [...]

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8. February 2011

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Safer Internet Day 2011: It’s more than a game, it’s your life

Today is being marked as Safer Internet Day in “more than 70 countries, from Canada to South Korea and Russia to Kenya, including all 27 countries of the European Union.”  As noted by Neelie Kroes, patron of Safer Internet Day, and European Digital Agenda Commissioner, “[f]or children and young people especially, [Safer Internet Day]is both a celebration of the wonderful opportunities the online world offers, and a reminder that they need to be responsible citizens in the digital world.” [...]

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4. February 2011

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Useful Advice about How Effective Parents Communicate with a School about Bullying

Here is some useful, first-hand advice from Brian Gatens, a Principal of Harrington Park School, Harrington Park, NJ.  As a guest blogger on Rachel Simmons’ website, Brian shares the “best practices” of parents he has worked with over the last eighteen years.  He suggests that “when parents practice the principles below, it very often leads to appropriate and satisfying resolutions to the family’s problem.”   That sounds like something we all want.  Let’s check out what he has to say. [...]

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