Archive for October, 2010


Facebook rolls out new security tools, talks safety

Facebook users will be able to log off the site from their cell phone and get a temporary password to use on public computers under new security changes.

The updates, announced Tuesday on Facebook’s official blog, come as the social networking juggernaut observes National Cyber Security Awareness Month.

“From our standpoint, safety and security is a core part of Facebook and a core part of the user experience,” Joe Sullivan, Facebook’s chief security officer, told CNN in a telephone interview. “It’s a core part of the ways we innovate as a company.”

The “one-time passwords” will be available to users when they’re on computers at libraries, hotels or other public places where they feel their regular password might be compromised.

Users can now text “otp” to 32665 on their mobile phones. They’ll immediately get a password that can be used only once and expires in 20 minutes.

The feature is being rolled out gradually and should be available to all Facebook members in the next few weeks, according to the blog.

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Apple patents ‘anti-sexting’ technology

Apple has patented technology that could be used by parents to prevent their kids from sending sexually explicit text messages — or “sexting.”

The technology, which has not been commercialized, would let a phone’s administrator block an iPhone from sending or receiving texts with certain words.

Messages containing blocked material either would not be received or would have the objectionable content redacted. Unlike other text blockers, Apple’s version would also be able to filter content based on a child’s grade level and claims to filter abbreviated words that maybe missed by other programs.

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Signs your kid is being cyberbullied

Bullying is in our schools, and now it’s online. Why do kids do it? What can be done to put an end to it? Don’t miss an “AC360°” special report in collaboration with Cartoon Network: “Stop Bullying: Speak Up,” starting Monday night at 10 ET on CNN.

It’s possible that you won’t even know — studies show that only 5 percent of middle-schoolers tell their parents when they’re the victims of cyberbullying (a disturbing statistic, if we ever saw one).

Speak out on bullying in U.S. schools

Watch for these clues that something’s going on in your child’s online world, then get involved: Should schools punish cyberbullies?

1. Social withdrawal

Your tween stops playing games online or using the phone, and her comrades are mysteriously MIA.

“Most online attacks are launched by friends who know their passwords… and their secrets,” says cyber lawyer Parry Aftab, founder of 13 ways you can help your child stand up under social pressure

2. Fear of technology

Your child spends her evenings catching up on her reading (not that that’s a bad thing) instead of logging on, and appears nervous when text messages pop up. New AOL service tracks kids’ social media usage

3. Bad behavior

“Younger kids will misbehave when they’re tired, but when tweens act out, there’s a good chance it’s because someone is making their life miserable,” says Monica Vila of Social networking sites for kids

4. Ask around

Odds are your 12-year-old told her best pal about the cruel comments made about her weight in a chat room, then she told her mom. Check in with parents you trust. 4 fixes for tween school-anxiety

5. See for yourself

If all else fails, Internet parental controls and monitoring software — as well as regular, honest chats about your kid’s online life — can help you identify an elusive bully.

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Ellen DeGeneres Records Passionate Message For Teenage Bullying Victims

“One life lost in this senseless way is tragic. Four lives lost is a crisis. And these are just the stories we hear about. How many other teens have we lost? How many others are suffering in silence? Being a teenager and figuring out who you are is hard enough without someone attacking you.

My heart is breaking for their families, their friends and for a society that continues to let this happen. These kids needed us. We have an obligation to change this. There are messages everywhere that validate this kind of bullying and taunting and we have to make it stop. We can’t let intolerance and ignorance take another kid’s life.

I want anyone out there who feels different and alone to know that I know how you feel. There is help out there.” – Ellen DeGeneres

See Video Message from Ellen

National Center for Bullying Prevention

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