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Each week, Today Not Tomorrow, Inc., will look for current news articles about online safety and cyber bullying and post links here.  Students love to see when things we talk about in school represent important issues of the day. 

We will try to keep these links reasonably current so that educators and families can show youth why it is important to maintain a dialog about online safety and cyberbullying.

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November 15 - December 10, 2010

5 Apps That Could Help to Stop Cyberbullying.  The Daring Librarian By Sara Bernard Okay, no app is really going to “stop” cyberbullying, but a few are trying.  Please click HERE for more.

Path to teen bullying begins at an early age.  The wave of suicides among adolescents and young adults who have been mercilessly bullied on the Internet is a national tragedy. The roots of bullying begin much earlier, at age 4 and 5, when children become aware of their differences and comment on them openly as they work to understand them.  Please click HERE for more.

As bullies go digital, parents play catch-up.  Ninth grade was supposed to be a fresh start for Marie’s son: new school, new children. Yet by last October, he had become withdrawn. Marie prodded. And prodded again. Finally, he told her.  Please click HERE for more.

Cyberbullying hard to catch, but must be stopped.  Assistant professor of educational psychology Amber Esping compared cyberbullying to the way packs of hyenas hunt their prey in the wild. She discussed with students how hyena hunting paralleled human bullying and what can be done to change it.  Please click HERE for more.

Cyber bullying 'a 24/7 issue'.  As cyber bullying makes national headlines, area school districts are taking steps to prevent intimidation and harassment among students. "Cyber bullying is such a big thing; it's a 24/7 issue nowadays," said Cape Henlopen School Board member Camilla Conlon.  Please click HERE for more.

Tips for safe online shopping.  WAUSAU (WAOW) -- Experts are calling the Monday after Thanksgiving "cyber-Monday." The Wisconsin Better Business Bureau says it's the most popular day to shop online for the holidays.  Please click HERE for more.

Technology brings bullying home.  Say the word "bullying" and the image that likely springs to mind is an oversized bruiser who delights in knocking down the books carried by a 98-pound weakling, or extorting lunch money.  Please click HERE for more.

Going After the CyberbullySchools and prosecutors are grappling with the legal issues raised when harassment over the Internet leads to suicide. Earlier this month, a 14-year old boy from Middleburg, Pennsylvania threw himself in front of a tractor-trailer after leaving a suicide note that said he was tired of being called a “faggot” and a “sissy” at school.  Please click HERE for more.

Cyberbullying on the Rise.  With the advent of social networking and social media sites, staying connected online has become a major part of people's lives. This is especially true for teenagers. Statistics indicate that over 95 percent of teenagers have an email account and 97 percent of teens report using the Internet at home for personal or school purposes.  Please click HERE for more.

Official: Schools can’t tackle bullies on their ownSchools can’t tackle bullying alone was the message at a new community forum Monday. “For so long we have heard that we have a problem with bullying. We really want to get to the next step and see what we can do about it,” said Celine Provini, director of program planning and development for the Governor’s Prevention Partnership.  Please click HERE for more.

Cyber-bullying is online social cruelty.  Cyber-bullying or electronic bullying is online social cruelty, and it’s apparently breached the security of East Noble Middle School. These aggressive, intentional acts using online communications like texting and online forums like Facebook are inciting students at the school into physical altercations, according to principal Travis Heavin. Police charged seven East Noble Middle School students with disorderly conduct after recent fights at the school.  Please click HERE for more.

November 8-14, 2010

Promoting a culture of bullying.  The deaths of bullying victims across the country have brought attention to a topic that has been on the minds of students, teachers and parents for years. We know now that bullying is a dangerous and persistent threat to a young person's emotional, physical and intellectual well-being vs. a rite of passage a child must endure. We are left to grapple with how much does the negativism and lack of civility in the public sphere exacerbates the problem for our future generation.  Please click HERE for more.

Students, teachers get tips on anti-bullying strategies (Waukesha, WI).  During the 2007-'08 school year, a seventh-grade girl at Pilgrim Park Middle School in Elm Grove was punched, cursed at, hit with tree branches and beaten with spiked shoes by other students at a track meet.  Early in 2009, Waukesha West High School confronted one of the first "sexting" cases in the area, when a student sent a nude photo to her boyfriend, who forwarded it to other students using his cell phone after the two had broken up.  Please click HERE for more.

Parents Concerned About Cyber-bullying.  A lot of bullying is now done through text message, e-mail and facebook, they're calling it silent bullying and there aren't many ideas as to how to stop it. Tina Erker from Rogers, North Dakota, south of Cooperstown, is working to start the "stomp out bullying" campaign. Her daughter was one of Cassidy's best friends. Please click HERE for more.

Is your child a victim of cyberbullying?  Fearing for her safety, the mother of a 13-year-old Bluffton girl called authorities last month when she found comments threatening her daughter on the teen's Facebook page. The threats were made by a group of students at H.E. McCracken Middle School in Bluffton, according to a Beaufort County Sheriff's Office report. The girl's mother told deputies Oct. 18 it wasn't the first time her daughter had received such threats. Please click HERE for more.

Is cyberbullying out of control?  Rutgers University made a simple request of students when they returned for classes this fall: Be civil. Like other schools, Rutgers officials sensed an erosion of tolerance and charitability. Rutgers also was trying to reign in the abusive use of social media, like Twitter and Facebook, and such fast growing technologies as smartphones.  Please click HERE for more.

Social networking kids out of the safety zone.  Social networking has become the bon mot of our times, a phrase that oozes affability, cleverness and connectedness in an online age. Kind of like old-fashioned social inclusion, social justice, social capital, social responsibility, and social so on, social networking has an air of something good. Think again. Or even better, look again. Social networking is just another clever marketing tag. Parts of it are benign. And other parts are repugnant. If more parents spent more time looking a little closer at what their children are doing online, they will discover that social networking often hides a darker, not so friendly, reality.  Please click HERE for more.

Online bullying: Proving to be a serious matter Having your head shoved into a toilet or being pushed down at recess is never fun, but bullying is no longer just a schoolyard problem; it has moved online, making it easier for bullies to attack their victims from the comfort and safety of their own homes. Please click HERE for more.

Babyproofing the Digital World: Wee Web Advises Parents on how to Protect Their Children Online.   Wee Wee (www.wee-web.com) released a comprehensive set of guidelines today to advise parents on safely sharing information about their children online. According to the October 6, 2010 study by security company AVG, the vast majority of parents share information about their children online with family and friends. However, parents often don’t consider the implications on their children’s privacy and safety.  Please click HERE for more.