This is a catch-up blog post bookmarking real progress in the handling of teen sexting in the United States – and unusually good reporting on it from CNN. Thankfully, none of the reported hundreds of middle school and high school students in Cañon City, Col., who were accused of sexting will face criminal charges. That's important because Colorado is one of 30 states whose prosecutors have to rely … [Read more...] about A prosecutor’s good decision in teen sexting case
Apologies to email subscribers, who already received this. It got lost in the transition from one Web hosting service to another. I hope to have all these bugs screened out in the first couple of weeks of 2016! [Happy New Year, BTW!] Here's what I first posted a couple of weeks ago.... As I read through the first 12 or so paragraphs of Sam Slaughter's article in the New York Times Style section, … [Read more...] about A gazillion ways to communicate, socialize, etc.: Fun!
Susan Benesch, founder of The Dangerous Speech project, tells the story of how worried people in Kenya were in the run-up to their national election in 2013. Dangerous, inflammatory speech around the previous election in 2007 had led to widespread violence involving more than 1,000 deaths and hundreds of thousands of people being displaced, she said in a talk at Harvard’s Berkman Center, where she … [Read more...] about Counterspeech: New online safety tool with huge potential
If it's to have any real impact, “digital citizenship” needs to be clearly and simply defined. That’s what the US’s leading youth online risk researchers propose in the latest study on digital citizenship. In fact, the University of New Hampshire researchers made three recommendations: Separate it from digital literacy (Internet and technical skills) and cyberbullying prevention, which are … [Read more...] about Finally defining digital citizenship: Help from top researchers
I know this isn't parents' or educators' default thinking or we wouldn't be seeing excellent advice like this, but our children are very smart where social media's concerned. CNN made a big thing in the promotion around its documentary and study "Being 13" about a girl saying about her selfies, "don't judge [but], maybe 200 sometimes if I really can't get a right one." What professional … [Read more...] about About CNN’s ‘Being 13’: Let’s be fair