I hope no parent thinks cyberbullying is just “kid stuff.” Before we can really expect our children to put a stop to it, we adults will have to stop modeling social aggression ourselves! Case in point (no pun intended): “Two Florida lawyers who called each other a ‘retard’ and ‘scum sucking loser’ in escalating email insults [over six months] have been sanctioned by the state supreme court,” the ABA Journal reports. Kurt Mitchell in Palmetto, an accident lawyer, was suspended for 10 days and ordered to attend an anger management class, and Nicholas Mooney in Tampa got a public reprimand and was ordered to take a class on professionalism. The Florida Supreme Court’s sanctions came after two complaints by the state Bar Association. The St. Petersburg Times provides the details of their pathetic email fight (I won’t say “juvenile” because it would be disrespectful of the majority of teens who don’t engage in this kind of behavior).
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NetFamilyNews – by Anne Collier
- About our strange way of understanding teen sexting
- Zooming in on ‘screentime’ (this time with more precision)
- Protecting student privacy calls for student participation
- So-called Snapchat hack & the question of where to place trust
- Why defining ‘bullying’ is important for schools
- Does digital downtime fix FOMO?
- Powerful lessons for preventing bullying & cyberbullying
- Mobile rules in the US now too
Analysis & News – by Larry Magid
- Digital Trust Foundation seeking proposals regarding online privacy, safety and security
- Why cybersecurity is patriotic and humanistic
- National Cyber Security Month: Why cyber security matters to everyone
- High school kids show strong support for First Amendment
- UN bringing child rights into the digital age
- IGF attendees complain about censorship in Turkey while some advocate it for youth
- Internet Governance Forum topics include human rights, network neutrality and child protection
- Protecting children online needs to allow for their right to free speech