From the Frontline – Happy Holidays

Safe Netting with Joe Showker

User Group Network UGN Safenetting and Cybercrime report Happy Holidays – The holidays are always a welcome time to socialize, renew friendships and visit others. It’s also a time where kids have a lot of time on their hands and spend that time on social media. It’s a great time to have a discussion with you family about safe netting and over use of digital devices… (we’re talking about that “get a life” discussion when too much time is spent online, gaming or just peering at that small cellphone screen.)

Safe Netting with Joe Showker

This issue of the Frontline links to articles on cellphones, parenting, bullying, great resource links, a new and creepy page on youtube and the charges and changes at Facebook. Happy New Year!

From the Frontline – Internet Safety and Digital Ethics – News briefs for students, parents and professionals living, learning and teaching in the digital world.

Facebook Settles FTC Charges That It Deceived Consumers

The FTC’s eight-count complaint against Facebook is part of the agency’s ongoing effort to make sure companies live up to the privacy promises they make to American consumers. It charges that the claims that Facebook made were unfair and deceptive, and violated federal law.
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      and… Larry Magid’s “What this Means for You

Facebook tracking is under scrutiny

In recent weeks, Facebook has been wrangling with the Federal Trade Commission over whether the social media website is violating users’ privacy by making public too much of their personal information.
      Facebook officials are now acknowledging that the social media giant has been able to create a running log of the web pages that each of its 800 million or so members has visited during the previous 90 days.

‘Take This Lollipop’ Site Offers Warning

In a stunning display of interactivity, the site shows a creepy video, a couple of minutes long, showing a dirty, creepy man, his fingerstips caked with grime as he points his way to Facebook. There, he accesses – your profile.

How American teens navigate “digital citizenship

According to The Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project …
      Social media use has become so pervasive in the lives of American teens that having a presence on a social network site is almost synonymous with being online. Fully 95% of all teens ages 12-17 are now online and 80% of those online teens are users of social media sites. Many log on daily to their social network pages and these have become spaces where much of the social activity of teen life is echoed and amplified — in both good and bad ways.
READ THIS REPORT Full story : Pew Research Center

Cyberbaiting : Teachers’ newest online worry

11 percent of teachers know a friend who has been ‘cyberbaited,’ or taunted by a student hoping to record an outburst, according to a new survey
      A new report sheds light on an emerging trend known as ‘cyberbaiting,’ a phenomenon where students taunt their teachers to the point of outburst, then capture the teachers’ reactions via cell phone videos and post those videos online for all to see.

Free Educational Videos Page rocks with online safety videos

his site rocks. For example: There are 6 videos in 1 subcategory and 27 videos in this category.

Child proofing your Internet-enabled gadgets

CNet’s Marguerite Reardon writes :
      More and more parents are giving their kids tablets, game consoles, laptops, and other Internet-connected devices as special holiday gifts. But how do you keep Junior safe as he’s downloading apps, playing games online and exploring the World Wide Web?

Trevor Eckhart Outs Creepy, Hidden App On Smartphones

In a 17-minute video posted Monday on YouTube, Trevor Eckhart shows how the software – known as Carrier IQ – logs every text message, Google search and phone number typed on a wide variety of smart phones – including HTC, Blackberry, Nokia* and others – and reports them to the mobile phone carrier. . . it’s been viewed 1,873,562 times!

From the Frontline

… is a news brief with current news about all things Internet Safety and Digital Ethics. Feel free to share or forward this email to your contacts.
      Compiled by Instructional Technology Resource Teacher Joe Showker of Rockingham County Schools

Joe Showker is a National Advisory Board member at
See Joe’s up to the minute research and postings on internet safety issues.

RCPS schools are teaching students and parents about Internet Safety and Digital Ethics

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