December 9, 2011

The U.S. Department of Education provides policies on bullying

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Should schools be responsible for off campus bullying?
According to the Department of Education, it is the duty of a school to intervene in any situation that they believe to involve harassment or bullying, “a school is responsible for addressing harassment incidents about which it knows or reasonably should have known."

The Department of...

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November 30, 2011
Topics: Safety

Just use your credit card!

Thanksgiving is over and most of us have recovered from our turkey induced commas, this also means Christmas shopping is well underway. This is the time of year when most cyber thieves take advantage of distracted consumers who are making purchases in stores and online.

For any of you who have kids or remotely understand how their minds operate, you can appreciate this. I can’t count how many times I’ve been shopping with my daughter and she asks me to buy her something. On occasions I will tell her that I don’t have the money to...

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November 18, 2011

The tragedy of Ashlynn Conner

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As I prepared to leave the house today I caught something on The Today Show that was incredibly disheartening. There was a feature story about a 10-year-old little girl named Ashylynn Conner who decided to take her own life. It is believed to be the result of a two year bullying episode at her school. Ashylynn asked her mom if she could be homeschooled after being harassed on the playground and being called a “slut.” She had no idea what a “slut” was, according to her...

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November 18, 2011

The parent's responsibility

Years ago bullying was done in person and a child could connect a face to their tormenters. Today children are sexting and cyber-bullying which can be more detrimental since it can be done by anyone. Parents vilify social networks, video games, and the internet as the source of this new outlet of violence. In the defense of these revolutionary developments in our world I blame the parents. As a volunteer at multiple Middle schools and High schools I have seen students call their parents TERRIBLE names when the parent is five minutes late.

In my day I would have been disowned if...

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November 14, 2011
Topics: Get Involved

Is your teen a good “digital citizen”?

FOSI conference

Recently, Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project came out with a report about the types of experiences teens are having online and how they are addressing negative behavior they see or experience. In this report, Pew Internet tries to answer an important question concerning what makes a good or bad “digital citizen” in an increasingly technology-based world. According to the report, 95% of all teens ages 12-17 are...

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