YouTube’s push to beat bullying

November 20, 2007

YouTube has set up an anti-bullying channel, the BBC reports. The channel "aims to revolutionise how young people access information on how to avoid being bullied and

What virtual worlds teach kids

November 19, 2007

Their effect is not entirely unlike hanging out at the shopping mall in the "real world," is my take-away from reading CNET on researchers' just-released study

UN to target Net predators

November 19, 2007

One of the outcomes of the United Nations' recent Internet governance conference in Rio de Janeiro was a call to protect young Net users from predation. "The

Extreme cyberbullying: US case

November 16, 2007

Unlike other extreme cyberbullying cases I've written about, this one occurred in the US and ended in a teenager's suicide. In this case, covered this week in a

Japan’s cyberbullying problem

November 16, 2007

Bullying can be 24/7 in Japan too, but there it's as much over the phone as on the Web in this country where 96% of high school students have mobile phones. Reuters cites

For videogamers’ parents

November 15, 2007

Less than half – 43% – of parents of kids who play video games play them with their children, the Associated Press reports, citing a just-released AOL/AP survey.

Videogames: Great teachers for good & bad

November 15, 2007

They are very effective teaching tools, a new study found, including for teaching aggression. "Students who played multiple violent video games actually learned through

Bebo’s part in differentiation trend

November 14, 2007

Bebo stands out as a great example of how social sites are differentiating themselves. It's moving from being purely about social networking to being a social-media

Sex-trafficking in Canada, US

November 14, 2007

This story about sex trafficking in the Edmonton Sun is not about teen social networkers, it's about adults. But I'm including it this week as an extreme example of

Clear-eyed look at Net risks

November 13, 2007

Rarely do we see balanced reporting on the subject of children's online safety. So it was good to see USATODAY's Janet Kornblum looking at both the real risks and the
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