Today's story about the Abbotsford teen charged with child luring, extortion, making child pornography and sexual interference, brought several reporters to my office for my views on the situation. Our interviews were brief and to the point, but I would like to more fully express some of my ideas and concerns. First, with this story and many others, I feel we have a confusion of definition. This incident will be called 'cyberbullying' by some. It wasn't. As the criminal charges [...]
This has long been the approach of Safe Online where we appraoch the Internet and Internet Safety from a place of possibility and positivity rather than negativity and scare tactics. Heres a great article from the Independant.ie that delves a little deeper. Parents should try to encourage conversations about what sites and apps their children access and who they're connecting with. This dialogue is essential to keeping our kids safe online. We need a more balanced and less fear-based approach to [...]
According to Jim Gibson of the Victoria Times, cyber-bullying is in deed on the rise. In a recent article Jim sites the New York's Mediamark Research and Intelligence (media-mark.com) which reported cellphone use by children has increased by 68 per cent since 2005. An estimated 36.1 per cent of 10-and 11-year-olds have cellphones. Most use them for basic communication tasks, such as calling parents (88.1 per cent), calling friends (68.1 per cent), emergency purposes (55.7 per cent) and text messaging [...]
Savvy web users have known the addictive popularity of reaction videos for quite some time, not always in the name of constructive causes, but in the wake of the Amanda Todd tragedy, the Fine Brothers decided to put this knowledge to good use by filming a reaction video of their own.
And right on cue after that last post, here's another reason to be concerned about this recent trend of outing bad behaviour online, this time right here in Canada. Turns out some teens are mad at their teachers. Um, this is news? Apparently, yes.
In the sobering wake of Amanda Todd's tragic story, it's unsurprising and yet every bit as disturbing that kids are still taunting their peers online in some pretty destructive and brutal ways.
Since this could be the last blog post for the foreseeable future, I thought it might be a place to drop those smaller stories about Facebook that pop up now and again, stories which on their own are not quite deep enough for a full blog post, but might be interesting to readers presented as a kind of odds and ends thing.
All too often, stories about kids on Facebook tend toward the gloomy and the disapproving. And that's all well and good when, for example, we hear stories about a single 6th Grader being harassed by 57 classmates via the social network. So, that's 58 kids interacting on a platform they're not allowed to sign up for. Hmmmm.
More from the UK. This time: pornography. Something we haven't actually talked about a great deal in this blog. And we don't mean child porn, here, but the regular internet porn that makes up a certain unknown percentage of the internet (fluctuating extremely wildly somewhere between 4% and 80%, with some observers believing many of the figures to have been inflated by web filtering companies and conservative groups with political agendas). Whatever the numbers, though, it's a fact that porn, [...]
SOLOS has always had a focus on youth, and given their particular vulnerability in the face of technology we've barely had time to assimilate, rightly so. But another group who struggle mightily in a digital world also need the occasional helping hand. No, not parents—seniors and the elderly. If parents are sometimes all at sea without a lifeboat when it comes to staying current, this group is often clinging to a piece of driftwood. And there are numerous ways in [...]