Thursday, March 27, 2008

Poll From March 27 Program

Here are the results from our program:
Do your kids know more about the Internet than you do?

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Totally Wired

Totally Wired: What Teens and Tweens are Really Doing Online is a book by Anastasia Goodstein. The reviews are complimentary about the information she offers for parents.
Available through Amazon and other book outlets.

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

March 27, 2008 Evening Program

Growth of the Internet
Statistics, Growth Charts, Pew American Life Research

What our kids are doing
Pew Foundation study on Teens and Social Media

What should we do?
From the Office of the Lt.Governor of PA Tom Corbett

What is ahead in the future?, Virtual Worlds (Club Penguin, Whyville, SecondLife, Habo Hotel, CokeMusic)

Links to our Internet Safety page at CFPMS. This link includes a copy of the presentation given on March 27, 2008 along with many links for parents and students to become more educated about safety and Internet issues. I also included the PPT presentation that is used with 6th grade students in our school.

Can You Believe This One?

"Video game glorifies bullying, say critics "
By Ben Leapman and Jasper Copping

Last Updated: 12:01am GMT 20/01/2008

A violent new video game which is set in a school and encourages players to act out assaults on pupils and teachers has been condemned by anti-bullying campaigners and teaching unions. The game, called Bully, features a shaven-headed pupil who torments fellow students and teachers at his school.

Players gain extra points by terrorizing other pupils with a range of physical and psychological abuse, including dunking children's heads in lavatories and firing catapults at teachers.

Critics said the game was "glorifying" school bullying and called for it to be banned."

An article titled "Violent video games feed unhealthy ideas to young kids" in the News in Tacoma Washington author Jack Thompson states:
"On CBS’ “60 Minutes,” Microsoft’s Bill Gates recently observed, “The cool thing about these games is that they transport you to a world you think is real.” Yet Gates, Time magazine’s 2005 Man of the Year, has allowed Microsoft to contract with Take-Two/Rockstar for release of the Xbox version of Bully – this after the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation funded a study that has identified “bullying” as a growing problem in our schools."

REMEMBER: In the USA you vote with your dollars! Where are you spending it in the world of electronic gaming?

Monday, March 17, 2008

College Site: JuicyCampus Gets a Subpoena

This college level gossip site has caused a lot of controversy and has been on the news all week. This site is full of hate, racial, sexual and malicious comments without regard to the effect of others. Quote from the eSchool News article: "JuicyCampus, a web site that publishes anonymous, often malicious gossip about college students, has come under fire from student groups at several colleges and universities who say it is ruining reputations. Now, state prosecutors in New Jersey have subpoenaed records from JuicyCampus in an investigation into whether the site is committing consumer fraud."

This is a case to watch in the news. Will anonymous bullying be allowed under the guise of free speech, or will it be shut down for libelous conversations? The best part of this is the fact that the students are the ones who want this shut down!