A problem that teachers everywhere are facing is born solely out of the parents’ failing to teach their children to respect adults and not caring enough to check their internet activity. Sad. For all the provisions we put in place to protect kids, there are none to protect the adults that commit their life to educating today’s children.
April 9, 2014 Edmonton teacher harassed, cyberbullied by student Grade 8 teacher complains francophone school board did little to protect her CBC News
An Edmonton teacher who said she was harassed and bullied by a Grade 8 student for more than one and a half years says the francophone school board did not do enough to protect her.
“I’m hoping that this will open the eyes to other teachers, other members of the community … about the seriousness of cyberbullying,” said junior-high teacher Vienna Malko-Monterrosa.
The female student became obsessed with Malko-Monterrosa in 2007, making prank phone calls to her home, followed by threatening emails and Facebook messages saying things such as, “I know where you live,” and, “Life would be a lot better if you just died.”
“It was unbearable,” Malko-Monterossa said. “There were times I felt it was too difficult to go to school and keep myself composed in front of the students,” she said.
The student was eventually expelled — sent to another Edmonton school operated by the same board — but the cyberbullying did not end there, the hearing heard. [READ FULL STORY]
Here are a few more reasons you could benefit from using PC Pandora to monitor your child’s Facebook activity…
A win for the mom and a complete FAIL for the kids who actually posted credible threats on Facebook…
April 7th 2014 Mom Reads Son’s Facebook Page, Thwarts Shooting: Police By M. Alex Johnson
Two Utah teenagers were in custody on multiple charges Monday after a concerned mother alerted authorities that they had threatened on Facebook to kill her son near his school, police told NBC News.
Salt Lake City police Detective Greg Wilking said the threat appeared to be gang-related. He wouldn’t identify the suspects because they are juveniles, but he said they faced multiple gun and marijuana possession charges and possible charges of making threats.
The alleged target’s mother was reading her son’s Facebook account Friday when she ran across the threats, Wilking said. She told police detectives serving as school resource officers at West High School, who found the boys, ages 16 and 17, in a car in a nearby parking lot where they were waiting to confront the boy, he said. [READ FULL STORY]
Moral arguments aside on corporal punishment – WHY WOULD YOU POST THIS ON FACEBOOK?!
April 8, 2014 Facebook beating triggers arrests By WEYI-TV
FLINT, Michigan (WEYI) – Police in Flint, Michigan have made two arrests and two children are in protective custody after video of a brutal beating was posted on Facebook.
In the six-minute video an 11-year-old boy is smacked in the face and hit with a belt more than 50 times.
“I watched the video and I was disturbed by it,” says David Leyton, the Genesee County prosecutor.
At least three adults watch the lashings, saying on the video the boy is being punished for having false information on his Facebook page.[READ FULL STORY]
Go ahead and cry about this story if you will, but how would you feel if a teacher used Facebook to have an affair with a teenager… then I bet you would be SCREAMING for provisions to be put in place to stop that from happening… but because it’s a sweet old lady, we are supposed to ignore the rules… right?
April 8, 2014 Facebook flap sparks protest at New Hampshire high school CBS News
CLAREMONT, NH – At 79 years old, Carol Thebarge, a long-time substitute teacher, is out of work because of a flap over Facebook, reports CBS Boston.
“There’s a paranoia about the Internet and I think that we’re not realizing how valuable Facebook can be used properly,” Thebarge said.
Affectionately known as Mrs. T, Thebarge taught for nine years at Stevens High School in Claremont, New Hampshire.
She was friends with about 250 current students on her Facebook page but that is against school policy and she was told to ‘unfriend’ them.[READ FULL STORY]
Just a FAIL in general… if you didn’t see this coming, you don’t know how the world works…
April 9, 2014 Facebook Chooses Profits Over Not-For-Profits Daniel P. Malito, Huff Post
Recently, Facebook decided to change the way they populate user’s newsfeeds. Many of you have probably noticed items in your feed that you haven’t subscribed to or liked, and other things that used to show up in your homepage all the time now very rarely appear or never show up at all. Those of you who haven’t noticed, it’s time to come home from Farmville and complete the Candy Crush Saga already. Experts claim this is the first step in the move towards making Facebook “pay-to-play,” and this may be true. Unfortunately, while most companies may be able to afford this new model, there is one group that has relied on Facebook’s organic approach to homepage advertising for years to bring their message to the public without much expenditure. Some might claim that the messages espoused by this group may be some of the most important to maintaining our societal wellbeing and keeping our moral compass pointing straight and true. Of course, I’m referring to 501c charities and not-for-profit corporations, the people who are going to be especially hard hit by the new Facebook news feed algorithm.
The first question that I have before we even begin to dissect the mechanics of how not-for-profits are getting the royal screw job, there is a question I have to ask: Why am I the only one who has raised this question? For many years, Facebook has been a very important tool for getting the message out about disease, poverty, tragedy, natural disaster, and has become an invaluable resource for allowing people to turn their desire to assist into actual, factual help. Be it financial donations, volunteering time, or simply helping to share stories and information about illnesses and events that help others cope with their personal tragedies every single day, the organic nature of “The Social Network” has been a boon for anyone asking for help. Without any request for remuneration or compensation, “The Facebook” has allowed their services to be used by every not-for-profit advocacy group and charity out there who can find someone tech-savvy enough to create a simple page, and it didn’t take much Internet acumen to do to so — so, really, anyone who needed to could make their own Facebook page where users could click “like,” and add the posts of that particular organization to their home page newsfeed. [READ FULL STORY]
They say the current harassment law is enough… is it? Every state should have a cyberbullying law on the books to protect kids, teachers and everyone else. Use PC Pandora monitoring software to know if your child is a cyberbully…
April 10, 2014 Colorado Cyberbullying Bill Shelved This Year
DENVER (AP) – A Colorado proposal cracking down on bullies who harass young people through text messages and social media has failed, shocking the bill’s sponsor and prompting her supporters to say they will try again next year.
“I am extremely disappointed and stunned, because it came out of the House with such strong support,” Rep. Rhonda Fields, D-Aurora, said Thursday.
Her bill sailed through the House last month on a 54-10 vote. It would have made it a misdemeanor to inflict “serious emotional distress on a minor” with texts or posts on websites such as Twitter or Facebook.
A Senate committee voted Wednesday to shelve the proposal amid concerns of infringing on free speech and subjecting young offenders to harsh penalties. But the bill sponsors in that chamber said they’re requesting the issue be studied by the Colorado Commission on Criminal and Juvenile Justice to have recommendations for another proposal next year. [READ FULL STORY]
TLC EXPLORES WEB PREDATORS AND DIGITAL CON ARTISTS IN TWO SPECIALS
‘Cyber Stalkers’ premieres on Wednesday, April 9 at 10/9c and ‘Web of Deceit’ airs Wednesday, April 16 at 10/9c
New York, NY – More than 110 million Americans use social media today and nearly one million relationships this year will begin online, but internet predators and false online identities are also at an all-time high. TLC explores the dark side of this phenomenon in two specials – CYBER STALKERS and WEB OF DECEIT, both premiering in April.
CYBER STALKERS, premiering Wednesday, April 9 at 10/9c, is a one-hour dramatic reenactment based on true stories of online connections gone wrong. After moving back to her hometown to focus on the next steps to getting her daughter back, Jeanette turned to social media for support and helpful connections, but she quickly learned that every favor comes with a price. The second storyline follows Jeremy and Brittany, a couple who found love online, but things took a turn for the worse when one of them was not entirely honest about the past.
The following week on Wednesday, April 16 at 10/9c, WEB OF DECEIT follows Sandy’s digital saga gone terribly awry. Her romantic relationship with Keith began online, but after several setbacks and unsettling conversations, she hired renowned private investigators, Dawn Ricci and Tony DeLorenzo, to look into her story and set the record straight.
Online at TLC.com, get preview clips from each special and advice from the experts on how to avoid online scammers. Follow the Twitter conversations using #WebOfDeceit and #CyberStalkers.
CYBER STALKERS is produced by Megalomedia Inc. for TLC
WEB OF DECEIT is produced by Cineflix Productions for TLC.
TLC is a global brand that celebrates extraordinary people and relatable life moments through innovative nonfiction programming. A top 10 cable network in key female demos, TLC has built successful consumer brands around series including Cake Boss, and has transformed Fridays into “BrideDay” with a lineup of wedding-themed programming anchored by the Say Yes to the Dress franchise. In 2013, TLC had 32 series averaging 1 million P2+ viewers or more, including seven series that averaged 2 million P2+ viewers or more, the most ever in a year: Here Comes Honey Boo Boo, Sister Wives, Long Island Medium, The Little Couple, Who Do You Think You Are?, Breaking Amish: Brave New World, and Breaking Amish: LA.
TLC is available in nearly 99 million homes in the US and 329 million households in 167 markets internationally. A destination online, TLC.com offers in-depth fan sites, exclusive video content, and original editorial covering style, home, food, and more. Fans can also interact with TLC via On Demand services, on mobile platforms, and through social media such as Facebook or @TLC on Twitter. TLC is part of Discovery Communications (NASDAQ: DISCA,DISCB, DISCK), the world’s number one nonfiction media company reaching more than two billion cumulative subscribers in 224 countries and territories.
Here are a few more reasons you could benefit from using PC Pandora to monitor your child’s Facebook activity…
A 22-year-old woman on probation for drunken driving got herself in trouble because of a dumb Facebook post.
March 27, 2014 Woman’s Facebook post ousts her probation violation 22-year-old woman was on probation for drunken driving, social media post gets her in trouble By Will Jones, Local 4 Reporter
WESTLAND, Mich. – It was the day after St. Patrick’s Day when Colleen Cudney was called in for a random breathalyzer test.
The 22-year-old was put on probation for a drunken driving conviction in 2012. After Cudney took the test at the probation office in Westland, she logged on to Facebook and counted her blessings.
Investigators say she posted this: “Buzz killer for me, I had to breathalyze (sic) this morning and I drank yesterday but I passed thank god lol my dumba@@.”[READ FULL STORY]
Again, people, this is why you do not post your vacation plans on Facebook for all your “friends” to see!
March 31, 2014 Facebook ‘Friend’ Robs Home Of Vacationing Family: Cops By David Moye, The Huffington Post
This story won’t get many “likes.”
A woman on vacation in Las Vegas had her house burglarized by a trio that allegedly included one of her Facebook “friends.”
Stacey Grant of Fontana, Calif., was so excited about her family’s spring break trip to Sin City that she posted lots of social media updates about her whereabouts.
One of her Facebook friends apparently really “liked” those updates.
Investigators say Michael Batson, 21, used Grant’ Facebook posts to case her home and, with the help of two other men, ransack it last Tuesday. [READ FULL STORY]
It’s a fail… ask and ye shall receive the answer you dread…
March 31, 2014 Ted Cruz asks his Facebook friends about Obamacare, gets an earful By Michael Hiltzik, LA Times
The Olympiad of officials and institutions reaching out to the public via social media and not hearing what they expected has a new champion: Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas).
Back on March 24, Cruz posted an informal survey on his verified senatorial Facebook page. It read: “Quick poll: Obamacare was signed into law four years ago yesterday. Are you better off now than you were then? Comment with YES or NO!”
It’s probably fair to say that he didn’t expect the tsunami of “YES” votes that have shown up on the page among the 47,000 that Facebook says have been posted.
Respondents have listed, among other things, their newfound ability to obtain coverage despite preexisting medical conditions, the right of young adults to stay on their parents’ policies to age 26, lower premiums and the end of lifetime benefit limits. [READ FULL STORY]
Facebook fight videos get people arrested…
April 1, 2014 Facebook fight video prompts three Kingsport arrests By Rain Smith, Times News
KINGSPORT — A Kingsport woman’s decision to post a Facebook video of her fighting a juvenile has prompted her own arrest, along with two additional adults who didn’t immediately intervene and appeared to encourage the confrontation.
Robbie Bowlin, 41, and Rebecca Bowlin, 38, both of 423 Sequoyah Drive, Kingsport, are charged with contributing to the delinquency of a child. Rebecca Bowlin is additionally charged with disorderly conduct, as is the woman who arrived at their home and allegedly spurred the incident, Brandi E. Pishner, 25, of 3860 Rocky Hill Lane. [READ FULL STORY]
I wasn’t going to post this story before, because it seems to just contribute to the cyberbullying… but it turns out that the person that did it is an assistant principal at a high school!
April 1, 2014 Teacher Leaves Position After Alleged Cyber Bullying myfoxphilly.com
OCONEE, SC – A South Carolina teacher resigned from his position after an alleged case of cyber-bullying involving an unsuspecting 6-year-old girl.
A photo allegedly taken by Walhalla High School Assistant Principal Charlie Fowler is at the center of the controversy.
The photo is of young girl while she shopped with her family at Wal-Mart. Afterwards the child’s picture was posted on Facebook comparing her to reality TV star “Honey Boo Boo”.
News of the photo reached the child’s family and they are outraged. As a protection for the child, FOX 29 has chosen to not display the full image.
Community members say the educator often lectures students about bullying and the photo could already have a negative impact on the child. The photo upset the community so much that an online petition was started calling for Fowler’s resignation. [READ FULL STORY]
Nice try, dude… but FAIL for you!
April 2, 2014 Facebook ownership: Case closed on N.Y. man’s claim From the Associated Press
BUFFALO, N.Y. — A federal judge has officially closed the book on a New York man’s multibillion-dollar lawsuit claiming half-ownership of Facebook.
Judge Richard Arcara has granted Facebook and founder Mark Zuckerberg’s motion to dismiss Paul Ceglia’s lawsuit.
Last week’s ruling affirms a magistrate judge’s recommendation from a year ago saying the lawsuit should be thrown out because the contract Ceglia based it on was faked. [READ FULL STORY]
Beware: if you are going to have a public Facebook profile, with photos of yourself, it may be possible for cops to track you down after you choke and punch a woman in the face…
April 2, 2014 Facebook profile leads to arrest of Salem assault suspect By James A. Kimble, Union Leader
SALEM — A Lowell, Mass., man who allegedly choked and punched a woman in the face at a Salem hotel last week then sped away at 120 mph on Interstate 93 may have escaped from getting arrested that night, but his Facebook profile ultimately caught up with him.
Police said that Tuesday’s arrest of Gerald Fraize, 38, by U.S. Marshals and Derry police came about only after they were able to identify him through a Facebook profile in which he apparently used a different last name.
Fraize was ordered held on $25,000 cash bail following his arraignment in 10th Circuit Court, Salem Division, on Wednesday. [READ FULL STORY]
Another story of threats on Facebook getting the person that made them in trouble…
Stories like this are plentiful, but I still like sharing and highlighting the efforts of local law enforcement to keep your kids safe online… of course, you can be your own internet predator detective with PC Pandora computer monitoring software…
April 2, 2014 Bozeman police: Sexual predators utilize social media By Jordan Moore, KTVM
BOZEMAN, Mont. – Busting suspected child predators takes the cooperation of many agencies from the FBI down to local police and sheriff’s departments. It can often be a sophisticated game of cat and mouse to catch suspects, because as technology evolves, so do predators’ tactics.
We met with Dana McNeil on Wednesday afternoon. He is a detective with the Bozeman Police Department and is also a computer forensics expert. He investigates cases where suspected predators may be looking to take advantage of children online. Related
He has been doing this for five years and has seen firsthand how predators adopt social media to lure children. On average McNeil says he could be juggling anywhere from three to six cases at once.
“It is getting easier and easier to send videos to large content files and I think people are probably more bold than they were 6, 10, 15 years ago,” said McNeil. [READ FULL STORY]
20 more reasons to use PC Pandora to know who your kids are talking to online… 19 guys arrested in a Wisconsin predator sting and 1 arrested right here in my town!
March 31, 2014 19 arrested in sting targeting sexual predators; Suspects include city of Wausau employee, other locals By Doug Schneider, Gannett Wisconsin Media
GREEN BAY — Nineteen men, including several from central Wisconsin, one of whom works for the city of Wausau, were arrested in a three-day police sting that targeted adults who used the Internet to prey on children.
The 19 were picked up Thursday, Friday and Saturday in a crackdown on sex predators by 11 police agencies. They dubbed the sting, run from the Brown County Sheriff’s Office, Operation Vanguard.
The arrests announced Monday included that of Shawn M. Raasch, a 40-year-old Shawano man who told authorities he is a school bus driver in Shawano County, according to documents released by Brown County sheriff’s officials. They also included Dennis Rice, 58, of Merrill, a city of Wausau equipment operator who was arrested by the Marathon County Sheriff’s Department and Wausau Police Department as part of the investigation.[READ FULL STORY]
Hillside Arts teacher arrested on sexual predator charges By Rich Bockmann, Times Ledger Cops posing online as a teenage girl arrested a teacher who works at the Jamaica High School campus earlier this week on charges of being a sexual predator, the Queens district attorney said.
Police claim Monsur Khan, 30, allegedly showed up to meet “Sara” Wednesday after sending numerous explicit messages in February and March over the Internet to a person he believed to be a 14-year-old girl but who was actually an undercover vice detective, DA Richard Brown said.
“This case should once again serve as a reminder that sexual predators are cruising the Internet in search of vulnerable victims,” Brown said. “Despite numerous publicized arrests for exactly this type of alleged behavior, sexual predators continue to be relentless in searching the Internet for victims. Do not let your child become one of them. Parents must monitor their children’s online activities to ensure that they are not being lured into dangerous situations.”[READ FULL STORY]
March 25, 2014 App brings cyber bullying to a whole new level By Michael Clark, WMC TV
OXFORD, MS – (WMC-TV) – At least one Mid-South school district is having problems with a new app that brings cyber bullying to a whole new level.
Last week, the superintendent of Oxford School District sent a letter to the editor of the Oxford Eagle warning parents about Yik Yak.
Oxford School District Supt. Brian Harvey says the Yik Yak app allows students within a five-mile radius to send and post messages to the app anonymously. In doing so, he says kids are getting their feelings hurt.
“The app’s promise of being anonymous has opened up a Pandora’s box of trouble for our high school: malicious comments, hurtful statements, and untruths posted anonymously by our students and others in the community. These posts are vicious and hurtful, and there is no way to trace their source,” the letter to the editor said. Read the full letter here.
Action News 5 was told some of the messages were so hurtful in Oxford that many students were in tears at school. [READ FULL STORY]
Good article from the Huffington Post on how to keep your kids safe online… decent tips… but they’re missing the use of PC Pandora monitoring software!
March 31, 2014 5 Tips for Setting Limits on Kids’ Cyber Behaviors Deborah Schoeberlein, Huffington Post
Concern about Internet safety is pervasive among parents of young teens. We fear many things: exposure to pedophiles and predators; cyberbullying and taunts; an indelible record of immature decisions; and introduction to damaging content that desensitizes youth and models unhealthy relationships.
It’s scary out there, but being afraid isn’t helping any of us. So, here are a few key points to consider and some practical suggestions for parents of young teens. [READ FULL STORY]
Here are a few more ways Facebook can lead to a FAIL… use PC Pandora monitoring software to keep a close eye on what your kids are doing online and on Facebook!
March 21, 2014 Mother’s Facebook Lesson Takes Different Turn After 4Chan Finds Daughter’s Photo By Cavan Sieczkowski, The Huffington Post
A Colorado mother who attempted to teach her daughter a lesson about Facebook use wound up getting blasted by others.
In an effort to show her daughter how quickly something can spread online, Kira Hudson posted a public photo of the young girl and asked her Facebook friends to share it, WHNT reports. She had the girl pose with a sign that read, “3/18/14: Mom is trying to show me how many people can see a picture once it’s on the internet.”
In a screenshot of the post, obtained by the Daily Dot, Hudson explained, “My 12-year-old daughter doesn’t understand why she can’t have an Instagram or Facebook account… Please ‘like and Share’ … She just doesn’t get it!”[READ FULL STORY]
March 22, 2014 Nulty resigns over ‘inappropriate’ Facebook messages Dublin West TD admits sending social media messages to a 17-year-old girl while under the influence of alcohol By Harry McGee, Irish Times
The Dublin West TD Patrick Nulty has dramatically announced his resignation from the Dáil after admitting to sending inappropriate social media messages to a 17-year-old.
Mr Nulty announced his intention to resign in a statement released this evening. The surprise announcement comes ahead of an expected newspaper story about the incident tomorrow.
In his statement, Mr Nulty has admitted to sending “inappropriate messages via Facebook”.
He said the messages “included inadvertently sending one to a 17-year-old woman. To the best of my knowledge I have never met this woman and the message was sent while under the influence of alcohol”.[READ FULL STORY]
March 23, 2014 Doctor fired after Facebook post sues health system From Crain’s
An emergency room doctor has sued Grand Rapids-based Spectrum Health, saying her position was eliminated and she was wrongfully accused of violating the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act over a comment she posted on Facebook, MLive.com reported.
Catherine Puetz, a former associate medical director of emergency services, filed the lawsuit this month in U.S. District Court against Spectrum and two executives. The lawsuit involves a Facebook post Puetz made in August 2013 in response to seeing a picture posted by an emergency department nurse that showed the backside of a woman. Thinking she recognized the woman, Puetz posted a comment: “OMG. Is that TB?”[READ FULL STORY]
Some people are just pathetic. This girl decided to cyberbully a classmate on Twitter… she did it from her own account. Well, it caught up with her and now she has a record. Know if your child is a cyberbully with PC Pandora computer monitoring software…
March 21, 2014 Teen sentenced to probation, community service for cyberbullying By Tenikka Smith, WSOC-TV Channel 9
UNION COUNTY, N.C. — The verdict is in for a Union County teen accused of cyberbullying a classmate a Weddington High.
Kaylan Ashrafi will be on probation for the next few months as a part of her sentence.
Dana Milford has waited for months for the cyberbullying case to go to trial.
“Today to me is like the end of a nightmare,” she said.
Ashrafi was arrested last September, accused of harrasing Milford’s daughter. Union County deputies said Ashrafi used her own Twitter page to post negative and lewd messages about the victim who has since left Weddington High.
A judge found Ashrafi guilty Friday and subject to deferred judiciary prosecution. [READ FULL STORY]
Here are a few more reasons you should know who your child is talking to online, including a rarity for the blog: a female predator! Yep, a 23-year-old woman told a 13-year-old boy she was just 14-going-on-15 and met him in real life and had sex with him and gave him an STD. she was approaching other boys online too… a clear case of need for PC Pandora monitoring software!
March 18, 2014 14 men arrested in underground porn website By Katie Lange, WDAY
Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) – While online safety is nothing new – it may surprise you how easy it is for criminals or even your children, to hide their tracks on the world wide web.
Tuesday, police arrested 14 men in an underground online child porn ring involving 251 children – 12 of the boys from North Dakota.
Officials from the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement say some of the men, most of them now charged in Louisiana, pretended to be women in popular social networks in order to connect with the boys, ranging from three to 17 years old.
They’d convince the victims to share nude images through an underground, hidden website known as the TOR Network.
The case broke open because someone used the postal service to send a package to a child’s home.
Tor Network (also known as The Onion Router) is a not-for-profit, volunteer project kick started by a group of people a few years ago – to provide online privacy. But some people are abusing it. [READ FULL STORY]
March 21, 2014 Police warn of online predators after woman allegedly poses as teen for sex By Erika Flores, azfamily.com
Glendale — Police are encouraging parents to communicate with their children and monitor their Internet activity after a 23-year-old woman allegedly posed as a teen online to lure minors for sex.
Anna Rose Areola-Hernandez was arrested after a 13-year-old boy’s mother reported to police that the woman had sex with her son.
She told police the woman had given her son a sexually transmitted disease and claimed to be pregnant with his child.
Police say Areola-Hernandez posed as a 15-year-old online and used several social media and texting applications to contact minors.
“We see these types of things more and more,” said Glendale police spokesman Officer Tracey Breeden. “Predators are using social media platforms to reach out and communicate with young people.”[READ FULL STORY]
A 17-year-old posted a nude photo of a 15-year-old female classmate. Yes, she is not that smart for taking the photo in the first place, and then sending it to her boyfriend… but now the 17-year-old has a record and this will follow him forever. I hope the girl sues for civil damages.
You have some kids admitting to cyberbullying, though not every kid is being truthful (certainly not)… but in the same story you have the expert in the story downplaying the issue saying it’s not that serious… but then it’s followed-up with this:
Johnson says many kids don’t associate their unkind behaviour with so-called cyberbullying and instead think it’s just normal and a part of the “drama of teen life.”
“What might be happening in a lot of cases is that it seems like just joking around to the person who’s doing it and it doesn’t necessarily seem that way to the person who’s experiencing it,” he says.
So, why are you trying to downplay and dismiss it?
Whatever happened to teaching your child to not be a jerk to others? Whatever happened to being aware of how your child acts in life… online or offline – doesn’t matter. If your child is being mean or cruel to others on the internet or in life you need to know. Fortunately, computer monitoring software like PC Pandora will let you know if your child is a cyberbully.
March 18, 2014 One-in-four Canadian kids admit to cyberbullying By Michael Oliveira, The Canadian Press
TORONTO – About one in four Canadian kids surveyed about cyberbullying admitted they have been “mean or cruel” to someone online, while more than one in three say they’ve been a victim, according to a newly released study.
But experts say cyberbullying is probably not as rampant or serious as some parents would believe.
Matthew Johnson is director of education for the non-profit organization MediaSmarts, which worked last year with schools in each province and territory to poll 5,436 students in grades 4 through 11 about online issues.
“There’s frequently a perception in the media and certainly held by schools and governments that there’s an epidemic of cyberbullying and a perception that some of the most extreme cases with the most tragic results are the norm,” says Johnson.
“What we see in fact is that it is much less common and much smaller numbers of students experience significant harm.”
Most commonly, students said the bullying act they committed was name calling (78 per cent), while very few students owned up to more serious bad behaviour. Just 12 per cent said they made fun of someone’s race or religion, seven per cent said they teased a peer about their sexual orientation, and four per cent said they sexually harassed someone. [READ FULL STORY]
Here are a few stories that illustrate how people can use Facebook to do very stupid things… Use PC Pandora monitoring software to make sure your child is not committing a Facebook Fail!
People that abuse defenseless animals should have the same abuse brought unto them…
February 27, 2014 Two juveniles arrested after Facebook dog abuse video goes viral By Joe Millitzer, Melanie Moon and Angie Mock
ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) –Two juveniles have been arrested after video of a teen abusing a dog was posted on Facebook.
A Facebook user posted the video on Tuesday. His post shows a teen abusing a dog. A person can be heard behind the camera laughing as a young man body slams the pet into the front yard. He then starts punching the animal, over and over. St. Louis police say that are investigating the incident.
Fox 2 caught up with the mother of one of the teens who was headed to go see her son at a juvenile facility.
“Yea I’m shocked about what happened because you know I didn’t think my son could do something like that, no way,” she stated.
The teen seen in the video and the teen shooting it have both been charged with animal abuse. The case is now being handled by the St. Louis County Family Court. [READ FULL STORY]
A father won a lawsuit against a school (wrongful termination – not related to his child), but then child talked about it on Facebook and now the school doesn’t have to pay the settlement… Dana Snay cost her dad $80,000!
March 1, 2014 Teen’s Facebook post costs dad $80K Kevin Spak, Newser USA Today
Usually, the worst an ill-advised Facebook post can do is embarrass you (assuming you haven’t committed a crime). But recent prep school grad Dana Snay cost her father $80,000 when she made the mistake of talking about her dad’s wrongful termination settlement with Gulliver Preparatory School, the Miami Herald reports.
Patrick Snay, 69, had sued the school for age discrimination and won $10,000 in back wages plus an $80,000 settlement. But there was one little condition: Snay had to keep the deal secret.
Technically that meant he couldn’t tell his daughter, but he says he “needed to tell her something”—the suit alleged that the school had retaliated against him through her, and he says she has “psychological scars.”
And telling her might have been fine, had Dana not gone on Facebook and written: “Mama and Papa Snay won the case against Gulliver. Gulliver is now officially paying for my vacation to Europe this summer. SUCK IT.”[READ FULL STORY]
Now, every once-in-a-while there is a GOOD story about facebook that is worthy of posting here because even though the outcome was good overall – the ‘bad guy’ in this situation was caught thanks for Facebook!
March 8, 2014 Facebook post, tip from hotel clerk led to rescue of missing Maryland girl Woman who summoned police not willing to take credit By Yvonne Wenger, The Baltimore Sun
FLORENCE, S.C. — It had been less than a day since Carol Gause ended a multi-state hunt for a man accused of aBaltimore County slaying and his 11-year-old daughter, but she was reluctant to take any credit.
Gause recounted the fortuitous Facebook post about an Amber Alert and her call to local police as she worked at the front desk of the Colonial Inn, an aging but well-kept motel on two acres near the heart of downtown. She and her husband, Jon, have owned the motel for 30 years, and it has been a second home. She raised her three children in the lobby, she says; their cribs and walkers were placed in the office, and she served countless customers with the babies on her hip. [READ FULL STORY]
March 11, 2014 New study says Cyber bullying increases rates in suicides By Damali Keith, Reporter, MyFoxHouston
HOUSTON (FOX 26) – We all know bullying can go beyond hurting someone’s feelings but a new study says kids who are bullied are more likely to consider suicide and technology makes the taunting even worse. The disturbing findings are published in the Journal of the American Medical Association for Pediatrics. According to this study kids who are victims of bullying are two and a half times more likely to actually try to kill themselves. Kids who are victims of cyber bullying are three times as likely to have suicidal thoughts.
There was a time when kids were taught sticks and stones can break bones but name calling can’t hurt you. This new study, however, says teasing, taunting and text messages are causing kids to contemplate suicide. “When you have a conversation with somebody and it doesn’t go well you forget it but when it’s in writing it’s out there floating in cyber space. It’s there for everybody to see,” says University of Houston Psychology professor Dr. John Vincent. Dr. Vincent says the JAMA for Pediatrics article is dead on. He says he isn’t surprised the study finds kids who are cyberbullied are more likely to think about killing themselves because when something is written down it has more power, not to mention when there’s a larger audience. [READ FULL STORY]
February 28, 2014 Agents say New Ken man hacks 15-year-old girl’s webcam for porn By Chuck Biedka, Valley News Dispatch
Prosecutors from the state’s child predator unit have added more charges against a New Kensington man accused of secretly “hacking” into a 15-year-old girl’s computer web camera to capture nude images of her.
Matthew Edward Bockhouse, 36, of 1040 North Bluff Drive, faces three more charges, in addition to the 15 filed Feb. 13. The case is being prosecuted by the state Attorney General’s child predator unit.
According to court papers, agents found 20 to 40 webcam videos of the girl in her bedroom and bathroom, including at least one showing nude images of her dressing and undressing. All were made without her knowledge.
Some of the child porn videos are less than 10 minutes long. One lasts more than nine hours.Bockhouse is accused of using a “P2P” or “peer to peer” file-sharing program to download child porn. One of the files was of the nude girl. [READ FULL STORY]
March 3, 2014 ECSO Task Force Patrols For Online Predators By Raquel Rodriguez, WSAV channel 3
EFFINGHAM COUNTY, GA -Two men in our area, expecting to meet underage girls they chatted with online, met the law instead.
63-year-old Douglas Shontz of Pooler and 24-year-old Kevin Horton of Springfield were arrested in an Effingham County Sheriff’s Office sting operation. Investigators said both men tried to meet up with and have sex with a girl who they believed was underage. Both men are charged with criminal attempt to commit child molestation and have posted bond.
The Effingham County Sheriff’s Office said Horton was a softball coach at the Effingham Co. Recreation and Parks Department and has been relieved of his duties.
The Effingham County Sheriff’s Office Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force is dedicated to patrolling the online world.
“In the beginning it kind of surprised me what people would say to what they believed to be a child,” said Deputy Sheriff Joe Heath.
Some sexual messages intended for a young boy or girl online are actually going to Effingham County Deputy Sheriff Joe Heath.
“We will work cases where we are online being anywhere from a ten-year-old to a 13-year-old,”said Heath. Deputy Heath goes online daily finding those who want to chat.[READ FULL STORY]
March 14, 2014 Mommy! Zuckerberg complains about NSA to Obama By Randell Suba, Tech Times
Facebook chief executive and cofounder Mark Zuckerberg may earn “Likes” while others may see his move as hypocritical as the founder of the biggest social network today disclosed that he has called U.S. President Barack Obama on Wednesday.
Zuckerberg shared through his official Facebook Page that he phoned Obama to express his worries about the safety and security of the Internet.
“The US government should be the champion for the internet, not a threat. They need to be much more transparent about what they’re doing, or otherwise people will believe the worst,” wroteZuckerberg.
“I’ve called President Obama to express my frustration over the damage the government is creating for all of our future. Unfortunately, it seems like it will take a very long time for true full reform,” he added. [READ FULL STORY]