Friday, May 22, 2009

School districts tightening up on student cyberbullying on the Web, social networking, and cell phones

NBC Washington offers a video from the Prince Georges County school system about efforts to deal with cyberbullying, both on the Internet (in social networking sites) and with cell phones, May 14, 2009.

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On Friday May 22, NBC Washington briefly reported a serious incident (in Seattle) of a YouTube video made to “threaten” a particular kid, as a “joke”. The link for the story about the incident has not been posted yet. Presumably law enforcement was contacted. The details are disturbing and don’t need to be reprinted, but I’ll provide the hyperlink as soon as one is available. Obviously YouTube would have taken it down as a TOS violation. A CNN report Saturday May 23 indicated that six girls perpetrated the act, which involved a cartoon. On comment on CNN said that this issue might lead to the government's regulating "what can be said on the Internet". Oh, well, look at COPA. The King 5 report by Tonya Mosley says that "Cyberbully expert says parents must be vigilant", link here.

It’s clear that there are still many problems of judgment as to what immature people put up on videos. Will it be necessary to restrict posting by minors more seriously? Right now you have to be 13 to create an account (reference). I hope we don’t see all those arguments from COPA coming back to haunt us.

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