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Social Networks: Should Teachers “Friend” Students Online?(7)

October 22, 2010

It’s all over the news lately. Several school districts around the country are deciding whether to instill social networking policies, as teachers and students connect online on sites like Facebook, MySpace, and Twitter. After three teachers in New York City were fired for allegedly flirting with students online, the New York Post nicknamed the recent [...]

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Internet Safety: Tips to Keep Kids Safe on Skype

September 1st marked the first day of school for a 10-year-old girl in Lake Forest, Illinois. That evening, she used Skype, a free video chat and instant messaging service, to talk to her friends about their first day and discuss homework assignments. Everything was going great until an unfamiliar screen name popped up and requested [...]

Video Sites: Kids Emulate Deadly Game From YouTube

“The Choking Game” is a deadly trend in which a child or teen ties something around their neck in the hopes of stopping blood flow to their brain to reach a so-called “high.” The game can be played alone or with a group of people, and videos of kids playing the dangerous game can be [...]

Cyberbullying: StickyDrama and 4chan Are Bullying Playgrounds

As we blogged about a few days ago, Jessi Slaughter is an 11-year-old who endured extreme forms of cyberbullying as a result of YouTube videos that she posted online.  Here’s some more information about the two Web sites linked to the case: StickyDrama and 4chan. StickyDrama is a teen gossip site which Slaughter was frequently [...]


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