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SchoolReach has launched the CyberBully Hotline, a tool that allows students to anonymously report bullying via text message or phone call.
The two-way tool also allows school representatives to reply with instructions or other support without compromising the anonymity of the reporting student.
As part of the program, each school is given a unique number for students to use. Messages sent to the number are forwarded to the mobile device or email inbox of designated school representatives, as well as the CyberBully Hotline Web site. For more info visit www.cyberbullyhotline.com
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Event at the Monterey County Office of Education
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In this presentation we take a look at the current state of teaching and learning with our 21st Century students and teachers. We see how technology play a large part in the communication choices many of our students make in the land of social media. We take a closer look at the benefits and the concerns educators and parents need to know before they continue to let their children connect to the world wide web.
Information and communications technologies (ICT) policies in schools have two dimensions. One is to ensure that students are protected from pernicious materials on the Internet. The other is to enable student access to the extensive resources on the Internet for learning and teaching. While these two dimensions are not intrinsically in conflict, in actuality, such can become the case.
There is a wide range of restrictiveness with regard to Internet access in school districts across the U.S. A critical concern is: How can we best assure that students will not be affected by pornography, hate sites, sexual or physical harassment, and other pernicious sites and situations that exist on the Internet? Some districts believe that the best way to do this is to rely on blocking and filtering to eliminate access to harmful sites. Other districts take a different policy stand. While they also use blocking and filtering that federal law requires, their policy is based on the premise that children need to learn how to be responsible users and that such cannot occur if the young person has no real choice. School personnel who take this stand contend that students need to acquire the skills and dispositions of responsible Internet usage and to be held accountable for their behavior. Moreover, those holding this position contend that restrictive school networks may provide more of an appearance of protection than reality since they can be bypassed by students. Schools with less restrictive environments often distinguish between the restrictiveness appropriate for older and younger students since young children may stumble across sites they ought not visit. Learn more...
If you're concerned about your child's online safety, you aren't unusual. Seventy-eight percent of respondents to a survey conducted by Yahoo had similar worries, and more than 70% of them took some action to manage their children's online and mobile activities.
"It's the Wild West; our children are now armed with six-shooters, and there is trouble that they don't even realize," explains online monitoring service SocialShield. This might be a bit of an exaggeration, but it is true that cyber bullying, online predators, and your child's reputation warrant some effort toward keeping track of what your child is doing online. These four services make it easy by alerting you when potentially damaging content involving your child is posted online. Learn More...
Policy Tool Generator for Social Media is is a policy generator that simplifies the process of creating guidelines that respect the rights of your employees while protecting your brand online. It's easy.The streamlined process simplyrequires you to answer a brief questionnaire and provides you with a complete Social Media Policy customized to your company.PolicyTool has been developed by rtraction in collaboration with Harrison Pensa lawyer David R. Canton, one of Canada's leading authorities in internet and technology related legal issues.
Draw Your Line is a part of MTV’s larger campaign, “A Thin Line,” which focuses on keeping kids safe in an
increasingly digital world, and was launched as a part of National Bullying Prevention Month and Domestic Violence Awareness Month with support from Blue Shield of California Foundation.
In essence, the tool is a kind of interactive map that lets kids post ways in which they are fighting abuse, find resources if they’re suffering from bullying, and see where and how others are doing their part. They can also suggest resources that might be missing from the map.
As kind of an incentive to take part, MTV has also announced that anyone who posts an action between now and 2011 can enter for a chance to win a trip for two to the MTV Video Music Awards.
Draw Your Line — which was designed by 24-year-old Michael Bastianelli as part of MTV’s “Redraw the Line” Challenge — isn’t the first digital tool in the network’s arsenal against abuse. Earlier this month, MTV launched an iPhone app called Over the Line?, which lets teens submit stories of abuse and harassment to be read and rated by their peers. Kids can weigh in on whether or not the bully in question went “over the line” in any given situation.
Cyber bullying has been a term that’s been bandied around quite a bit lately, especially in light of events such the abuse of college student Tyler Clementi, who killed himself after a roommate posted footage of his romantic life online.
In response to this suicide and other tragedies, the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) has teamed up with Facebook to fight abuse on the social networking site, and sex columnist Dan Savage has created a YouTube channel called “It Gets Better” to help and support gay teens (U.S. President Barack Obama even submitted a video).
Still, the issue isn’t just exclusive to gay teens — according to an MTV-Associated Press study, 50% of
14–24-year-olds claim to have been the victim of digital abuse.
How effective do you think campaigns like this are when it comes to fighting the dark side of the online realm? Are we doing enough? Head to the comments section to weigh in.