Archive for March, 2010
There’s been a ton of criticism about YouTube’s inappropriate content and its accessibility to children. In response, YouTube added parental controls to its website last month, giving them the ability to block videos that are flagged as unsuitable for young teens and children. The categorizing process will be challenging, and YouTube is relying on its [...]
The latest trend involving the exchange of sexually charged photos and text messages among teenagers has become a growing concern by school districts nationwide. School Officials in Allegany County, Maryland organized a meeting this month to brief parents about the dangers of “sexting,” but only a small group attended. According to an MTV/Associated Press poll, [...]
The recent trend of criminals using online information to commit crimes has grown exponentially. Users of social networking websites like Facebook and Twitter who post their whereabouts on the Internet are practically asking to be burglarized, according to insurance agencies overseas. Sophisticated criminals are able to combine information using social networking websites and location-based tools [...]
Three Google executives in Milan, Italy were convicted of violating the country’s privacy code over a video posted on Google that showed four high school boys teasing an autistic classmate. Although Google removed the video from the search platform, the executives were still sentenced to 6-months suspended jail terms. In essence, the Italian courts are [...]
Looks like law enforcement officials are catching on to tech-savvy criminals. The Associated Press reports that more agents are using social media websites like Facebook, MySpace and Twitter to collect information believed to be useful for active criminal cases. As a result, some websites have developed guidelines for law enforcement officials designed to explain how [...]
With the increase of coworkers and employers connecting on social networks like Facebook and MySpace, protecting one’s online reputation has become a real challenge. In many cases, employers see blog rants written by disgruntled employees who are unhappy at their jobs. This creates trust issues and can even lead to disciplinary action by the employer. [...]
Thanks to the availability of personal information on social networking sites like Facebook and MySpace, privacy has all but disappeared for Internet users. This fact, according to recent studies, has become a reality mainly due to online friends posting an individual’s information without his/her consent. As a result, identity thieves can find everything from social [...]
New MTV app offers information on the dangers of sexting, cyber-bullying, and other forms of digital disrespect along with helpful solutions
Several non-profit agencies and schools across the country are offering seminars and workshops for parents about modern parenting challenges.
Pennsylvania’s House Judiciary Committee passed a bill this week that would classify teen sexting as a misdemeanor of the second degree.