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Articles, news reports

There are plenty of articles and news reports about cybersafety, with more being generated daily. Featured here are just a few that seemed particularly important in terms of expanding our inquiry into the nature of cybersafety, society and the law. Feel free to add your own.
  • J.W. v. Desoto County School District: Mississippi Cell Phone Case, (ACLU, 9/1/2009). From the article: "After receiving a text message from his father, 12-year-old Richard Wade, an African-American Southaven Middle School honor student, opened his phone to read the message during football class, a violation of school rules. Rather than simply confiscating the phone and turning it in to the school office as required by policy, several school officials searched through the private and personal pictures Richard had stored on the phone. The phone was subsequently turned over to police, who claimed that the pictures constituted "gang-related activity" and "indecent pictures" – in reality, the photos mainly depicted Richard dancing in the bathroom of his home. Richard was suspended for three days and was ultimately expelled."
  • NY attorney general warns teen social networking website, by Laura Dolan (CNN, 6/10/2010). From the article: "Parents, beware of, says New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo. Cuomo threatened Thursday to sue the teen-targeted site for exposing children to graphic images of child pornography if it doesn't develop a plan to change the way they monitor and respond to complaints of inappropriate conduct. "This is one of the worst social networking sites that we've encountered.," Cuomo said at a news conference in New York City."
  • Oh The Humanities: Teens fight for their right to sext, by Kristen Smith, National Post, June 5, 2010. From the article: "Are the explicit text messages of teenagers evidence of child abuse or should they be regarded as freedom of expression? That is the complicated ethical and legal dilemma considered by Amy Adele Hasinoff, in her paper, “No right to sext?” which considers a seminal case on the subject, where Pennsylvania district attorney George Skumanick was challenged over his threats of child pornography charges for high school students found with sexually explicit photos of their classmates...In Pennsylvania, 16-year-olds can legally have sex with each other, but creating a digital image for their own use is technically child pornography."

  • School used student laptop webcams to spy on them at school and home, by Cory Doctorow (Boing Boing, February 17, 2010). From the article: "According to the filings in Blake J Robbins v Lower Merion School District (PA) et al, the laptops issued to high-school students in the well-heeled Philly suburb have webcams that can be covertly activated by the schools' administrators, who have used this facility to spy on students and even their families. The issue came to light when the Robbins's child was disciplined for "improper behavior in his home" and the Vice Principal used a photo taken by the webcam as evidence. The suit is a class action, brought on behalf of all students issued with these machines."
  • 'Sexting' bill would bring positive changes, an editorial by the Editorial Board of The Daily Campus (2/23/2010). From the article: "State Reps. Rosa Rebimbas and David Labriola (R-Naugatuck), want to change “sexting” between consenting minors into a Class A misdemeanor. This updated bill would allow more flexibility and discretion with dealing with minors, hopefully educating, and not just indiscriminately punishing them...Right now, sexting, which is sending nude or sexual images via text message, is a felony for minors in Connecticut, as it constitutes child pornography. Children and young adults, if found guilty, would be forced to register as a sex offender. This would haunt them for the rest of their lives, and they would have live their future branded."
  • When schools can discipline off-campus behavior, by Larry Magid, February 25th, 2010. From the article: "When we explore the example of kids posting malicious content online on their own time, it’s happening outside the reach of school officials. But is it really outside their jurisdiction? Even though the behavior may be taking place away from school, it could be having an impact on campus. Even though students are creating the webpage away from school, others may be reading it as school. So what are school officials to do? Should they ignore the behavior, discipline the students involved, or look for an alternative way to deal with the problem? The answer isn’t obvious."
  • Two articles about the Italian government vs. Google
  • Policies Target Teacher-Student Cyber Talk, by Katie Ash (Education Week, June 3, 2010). From the article: "Teachers in Louisiana may soon think twice before sending a text message or e-mail to a student from a personal electronic device. A new state law requires all Louisiana districts to implement policies requiring documentation of every electronic interaction between teachers and students through a nonschool-issued device, such as a personal cellphone or e-mail account, by Nov.15. Parents also have the option of forbidding any communication between teachers and their child through personal electronic devices."
  • PTA joins with Facebook to promote Internet safety, Yahoo (6/10/2010). From the article: "The world's largest online social network and the National PTA will work together to build a program to provide information and support about such issues as cyberbullying, good online citizenship and Internet security."
  • Seoul to Combat Internet Addiction , By Kang Hyun-kyung (Korea Times, 3/15/2010). From the article: "From next year, gamers and other Internet addicts will be able to install free software programs into their laptops to limit their access time to the Internet, the Office of the Prime Minister said Monday. The plan was unveiled following the increase in addicts here, which, according to the government, has reached approximately 2 million. However, industry experts say the real figure is much higher."
  • 'Sexting' punishment doesn't fit the crime, by the Olympian (2/10/2010). From the article: "Three Chinook Middle School students have had felony charges filed against them for sharing via their cellular phones a photograph of a nude 14-year old student. The charge is a class C felony, carrying a maximum penalty of 30 days in juvenile detention. But anyone convicted of the offense is required to register as a sex offender."
  • Re: Free speech-
  • But, on the other hand: Court tightens definition of cyber-bullying, by Carol J. Williams (LA Times, 3/18/2010). From the website: "Appellate panel rules 2 to 1 that hostile comments left on a Harvard-Westlake School student's website aren't protected by the 1st Amendment."
  • When to Buy Your Child a Cellphone, by Stephanie Olsen (New York Times, 6/9/2010). From the article: "About 75 percent of 12- to 17-year-olds in the United States own a mobile phone, up from 45 percent in 2004, according to an April study by the Pew Internet and American Life Project, part of the Pew Research Center. And children are getting their phones at earlier ages, industry experts say. The Pew study, for example, found that 58 percent of 12-year-olds now had a cellphone, up from 18 percent in 2004."