Life online in the late-nineteen-nineties was fluid. I could be anyone, i could talk to anyone, argue any point of view. They called it the "information superhighway" then and I was working with 'street kids'. My frustration as a youth worker then was that the only people youth seemed to meet online were predators or or pedophiles. The people who care most about youth where NOT the early adopters of the Internet.
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.
In case anyone missed it, a letter from a father to his teenage son went pretty viral recently, and is worth a read. The backstory: while trying to fix his son's virus-ridden computer, a father noticed his son's browsing history on Chrome contained a lot of porn.
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.
Well, here's an interesting new angle to the whole topic of cyberbullying and online harassment. The state of North Carolina has passed a law, the School Violence Protection Law of 2012, that criminalizes the online "intimidation" or "torment" of teachers.
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…
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…