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
- Millennials’ changing social media use: Survey
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- Dealing with the nasties online
- Leadership in bullying prevention and so much more
- Kindness really could be going viral! Just look…
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- A bit of videogaming is good for kids: Study
- Virginia teen sexting case: (Somewhat) reduced injustice
Analysis & News – by Larry Magid
- Internet Governance Forum topics include human rights, network neutrality and child protection
- Protecting children online needs to allow for their right to free speech
- It’s time for schools to upgrade both technology and pedagogy
- Why Google (and Facebook) should admit kids under 13
- As Ferguson struggles, Georgia teens create app to rate police departments
- Tech can make driving dangerous, but also safer
- IAC’s Ask.com buys Ask.fm and hires a safety officer to stem bullying
- Massive data breach shows skills of Russian hackers