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
- Zooming in on social norms (sidebar)
- Beginning of the end of #purge, revenge porn or social cruelty?
- For our kids & ourselves: Presence in a digital age
- Manage Net risk but focus more on opportunities: Researchers
- Proposed ‘rightful’ framework for Internet safety
- Social media in Saudi schools … sort of
- Textbook case of what NOT to do in teen sexting cases
- Breadth of videogames’ benefits to kids may surprise
Analysis & News – by Larry Magid
- Safety, security and privacy risks of fitness tracking and ‘quantified self’
- Don’t let stalkers or abusers and creeps track your phone’s location
- Let’s stop persecuting ‘Auschwitz selfie girl’ for smiling at a camera
- EFF launches free Privacy Badger for Firefox and Chrome to block hidden trackers
- Privacy and security tips for newly-minted college students
- Google to stop labeling apps with in-app purchases as ‘free’
- Home automation and ‘Internet of things’ is great — but think about privacy and security
- Time for public to weigh in on ‘net neutrality’