We really need more articles like this one, don’t we?
“Within schools, social networking sites like MySpace put schools at risk from the legal liabilities of kids posting threatening or defamatory information about their classmates or their teachers,” said Paul Henry, vice president, Strategic Accounts for Secure Computing. “These networking sites have allowed kids to take threatening behavior to the next level — basically allowing kids to become cyberbullies from the comfort of their own home or from a computer in the school lab.”
But wait! There actually is some good news! Look at this column by Roy Mark on Internet.com. Seems things might not be as bad as the election year politicians and for profit businesses are making it out to be. A new Harris poll shows 80% of parents actually monitor their kids’ use of the Internet, even though a minority don’t feel fully up to the task. And over half of parents think Congress should keep out of the issue.
Even better, look at this:
And now for the second report out this week: The number of youths sexually solicited online is actually declining.
Moreover, most solicitation incidents — almost 80 percent — happen on home computers. And fewer than 10 percent happen on a school or library computer.
Funded by the federal government and researched and written by the University of New Hampshire’s Crimes Against Children Research Center, the Online Victimization of Children report states that in 2001, 19percent of children reported unwanted sexual solicitations over the Internet.
Five years later, the number fell to 13 percent.
“Despite the decline in the proportion of youth who received solicitations, however, the number of youth receiving the most dangerous sexual overtures, aggressive solicitations that move, or threaten to move, beyond the Internet into real life, has not declined,” the report states.
Nor has it increased over five years, suggesting the problem is being badly blown out of proportion by vote-hungry lawmakers.
I’m still amazed at how little coverage this has gotten. Still nothing in the major papers about DOPA, and it’s literally on no one’s radar. Oy.
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