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posted by on Cyberbullying, Digital citizenship, Internet Privacy, Online harassment, Online reputation, Parenting, Parenting Teens

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What is sexting? According to Merriam-Webster, sexting is “The sending of sexually explicit messages or images by cell phone.” However, that definition can easily be expanded today. Cell phones aren’t the only medium for sexting. On the contrary, all forms of social media can be used for this purpose. In the digital world — where our […]

posted by on Civility, Cybersafety, Digital citizenship, Internet Privacy, Internet Safety, Online Privacy, Online Security, Oversharing

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Life is full of potential addictions; you don’t have to look too far to find them. When teens consider the concept of addiction, they likely think about cigarettes and substance abuse, but oversharing on social media doesn’t always register as a cause for concern. Oversharing is difficult to self-diagnose, so it takes support from friends […]

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April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month – Help Put a Stop to Smartphone Distractions Behind the Wheel Distracted driving is NEVER OK. You’re never alone on the road, even when you’re alone in your car. That’s the simple message behind AT&T’s IT CAN WAIT campaign against distracted driving. Research by AT&T shows smartphone distractions behind the […]

posted by on Bullying, Cyberbullying, Online bullying, Social media, Social Networking

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Almost half of 1,089 11 to 25-year-olds questioned for the Safety Net report had experienced threatening or nasty social media messages, emails or texts. Two-thirds said they would not tell their parents if they experienced something upsetting online. In the last 2017 PEW Researchsurvey, 66 percent of adults witnessed online harassment, while 41 percent of us have been […]

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Students and industry come together to celebrate student voice and digital leadership in social media. (San Francisco, CA – March 12, 2018) – On Monday, September 17, 2018, #ICANHELP will host the second annual #Digital4Good event in San Francisco, CA and it will be live streamed to a global audience. #Digital4Good will be a major gathering […]

posted by on Cyberbullying, Online bullying, Online harassment, Online Shaming

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Celebrities—males and especially females—are perhaps the biggest targets for online shaming. Generations of stars have endured the sniping and scrutiny of gossip rags, from that of Louella Parsons (America’s first Hollywood gossip columnist) to modern versions like PerezHilton.com and TMZ. But today’s online epidemic of hate has left them directly exposed to their millions of […]

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In a recent PEW Research survey, Facebook and YouTube landed in the top spots as the most popular social media sites. The young people (18-24 years-old) are more likely to use Snapchat, Instagram and Twitter as well as make more frequent visits per day compared to older adults. Facebook continues to grow with 68% of […]

posted by on Bullying, Bullying prevention, Cyberbullying, cyberbullying prevention, Uncategorized

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It’s a sea of sadness when we read headlines of peer cruelty, youth dying and the rise of incivility in our country today. Whether it’s offline, as in the school cafeteria or online, in the palm of your child’s hand, hate is hate and it’s killing our society. Dr. Michele Borba is a leading bullying […]

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It’s been over a decade since I received my online Scarlet Letter that nearly destroyed my career and emotional well-being. Until you become a victim of online harassment or abuse, it’s difficult to understand the darkness, loneliness and fear that you can feel. Being humiliated to death is not a joke — it’s sadly a […]

posted by on Internet Privacy, Internet Safety, Online Privacy, Online reputation, Online Safety

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Since 2004 we’ve been recognizing Safer Internet Day as an initiative of the European Union. The 2018 theme, “Create, connect and share respect: A better internet starts with you” is a call to action for every stakeholder to play their part in creating a better internet for everyone, in particular the youngest users out there. In my latest […]