Monday, April 11, 2011

Government Creates Anti-Bullying Site

WASHINGTON - MARCH 10:  U.S. President Barack ...Image by Getty Images via @daylifeMichelle Obama has called for a conference to discuss the problem of bullying in our country. "The conference was an outgrowth of an effort among six cabinet agencies that began last August with a session at the Education Department to promote cooperation between government and nongovernment players, including the National PTA and MTV" stated by NYTimes article.


The conference included parents of two youngsters who committed suicide because of bullying. This website, StopBullying.gov was a direct outcome of the discussions that occurred during the conference. Offering a place to find information for parents teachers and students is at least a start of helping those who have become targets for bullying. There are articles on cyberbullying, advice for stepping in as a teen or adult to assist victims, and other helpful hints.

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Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Glee's Jane Lynch Promotes Online Safety

Nov 23Image by rmom352 via FlickrThe electronics company LG and Jane Lynch from Glee have teamed up to promote safe texting. The website offers some helpful hints for teens and safe use of texting, for parents to manage their teens texting account, and ideas for general use. There are some short stories about different situations along with suggestions for dealing with problems.

Image from AT&T ad in Philadelphia Airport.
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Saturday, November 06, 2010

Is GPS Tracking Your Kids?


Today's cell phones have many great options for your family's use, but one maybe causing your kids some trouble, GPS. If you have intentionally turned on the GPS for your child's phone, then be sure you have set it to the most strict settings so only you can reveal where they are located. Some teens have set their status to coordinate with their GPS cell phone location as in the app FourSquare to tell their friends where they are currently located. That might be fine for family use, but not for non-family use. Read this site, Common Sense Media to learn more about GPS tracking and cell phones.




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Saturday, July 17, 2010

What Would You Do If...

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Common Sense Media has some wonderful resources for parents about movies, media and this month an article about online safety. I would recommend that you bookmark or subscribe to this site to get current information about mainstream media and how if can connect to your kids.
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Monday, May 10, 2010

Formspring

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You can now leave an anonymous post on someone's FaceBook page by using a new third party tool called Formspring. Read here about how Formspring works. It is my understanding that a person must know your Formspring name in order to leave comments. However, if your settings are set to "allow anonymous comments" you should change it right away.

More information can be found here.
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Pennsylvania Legislature Links

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Here is a link to the legislature's documents for their support of anti-bullying laws and declarations for the state of Pennsylvania.
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PA Aniti-Bullying Law

In a recent article review I noticed that the group bullying police.com followed the progress of each state's ability to pass an anit-bullying law.


The Center for Safe Schools offers parents, teachers and others many resources for anti-bullying programs or suggestions for helping a teen who has been a victim.

Bullying and Cyber-Bullying Featured in Latest Issue of The Challenge Newsletter

The U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools dedicated its most recent edition of The Challenge Newsletter to bullying and cyber-bullying, including the following topic areas: The School Bully in Cyberspace; Dr. Susan Limber Discusses Bullying in The Digital Age; What Can Schools Do About Cyber Bullying?; Empowering Students to Speak Up About Cyber Bullying; and Lawmakers Help Educators Take Aim at Cyber Bullying. The newsletter is found online and is available for download at: http://www.thechallenge.org/index.htm. (This text is from the website in it's entirety).

Over 500 Pennsylvania law enforcement officers have received certification as PKO instructors. To determine an officer’s availability to present this program in your school or community, visit www.safeschools.info or www.center-school.org/pko. For more information about the Protecting Kids Online initiative contact Don Smith, Safe Schools Coordinator at 717-763-1661, ext. 103 or at: dsmith@csc.csiu.org

Background Check Yourself

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A friend emailed me very concerned about this site: spokeo.com. If you type in your name, you can find some simple demographic information. Upon further review I noticed that I could purchase additional information for a small fee, $2.95 being the lowest cost. So go ahead search for your information, or a family member, or even the Vice-President, Joe Biden!
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Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Facebook Privacy Settings

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This recent article in the NYTimes explains Facebook's new privacy settings and recommends how you should proceed. It is worth the read if you don't want your information distributed to third party vendors.
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Friday, April 23, 2010

New Report About Teen Texting

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The Pew Internet & American Life Project released results of their research about the habits of teens texting. The statistics are staggering. Just ask any parent of a teen who has racked up a texting or cell phone bill of over $400 in the first month. That's because parents fail to pay the additional $5 for the unlimited texting service. It is worth the cash outlay to keep your blood pressure down when that first teen cell phone bill arrives.
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