Archive for March, 2011


Parents sue over Facebook photos of dead daughter

The parents of a murder victim are suing Facebook after a paramedic pleaded guilty to photographing their daughter’s corpse and posting the image to the social networking site, according to court documents.

The couple is suing Facebook in an effort to force the company to turn over the image, identify who may have downloaded the photograph and prevent the image from being further disseminated, according to the couple’s attorney Ravi Batra.

But the social networking site could be protected by the 1996 Communications Decency Act, which says “no provider or user of an interactive computer service shall be treated as the publisher or speaker of any information provided by another information content provider.”

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Sexting: Case of 14-Year-Old Girl Provides Cautionary Tale to Share With Teens

In a word: “sexting.”

It’s a hard problem to tackle. As The Times points out, kids have pitifully easy access to all sorts of technology and are growing up in the wake of the sexual revolution where you can’t pass a magazine stand without seeing all-but-naked women displayed as pieces of meat for hungry wolves.

Besides, until things go horribly wrong, teens think sexting is cool.

“Having a naked picture of your significant other on your cellphone is an advertisement that you’re sexually active to a degree that gives you status,” Rick Peters, a senior deputy prosecuting attorney for Thurston County in Washington state, tells the newspaper. “It’s an electronic hickey.”

Naturally, things have an uncanny knack for going horribly wrong.

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Facebook booting ‘20,000’ underage users per day

According to a study by the Pew Internet & American Life Project, nearly half of all 12-year-olds in the U.S. are using social network sites, despite not meeting the minimum age requirements for sites like Facebook.

Facebook has set up a Facebook Public Policy and Online Safety team that looks to identify false information by users’ false, but verifying a minor’s age seems  close to impossible. A member of the team tells the News Observer that parent participation is really the key to the problem of underage users on the site.But what if the parents aren’t opposed to their children being on Facebook? Talking about safe Internet practices with kids might be the next best responsible thing to do, along with monitoring your children’s online activity.

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White House conference tackles bullying

President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama hosted the first-ever White House Conference on Bullying Prevention Thursday.

“If there is one goal of this conference, it is to dispel the myth that bullying is just a harmless rite of passage or an inevitable part of growing up,” Obama said in a speech at the conference.

The conference, put on in coordination with the Department of Education and the Department of Health and Human Services, includes discussions about the effects of bullying on young people, preventing bullying and harassment in schools and the community, and cyberbullying.

President Obama and the first lady met with students and parents from the Conference on Bullying Prevention in the Oval Office on Thursday, prior to delivering remarks in the East Room.

At midday, there will be a Facebook video chat about internet safety.

The Department of Education hosted the first-ever National Bullying Summit in August 2010, and a websit, has been created.

In the administration’s 2012 fiscal budget, Obama has designated $132 million to combat violence and the bullying of children, providing grants to state and local governments under the Education department’s “Successful, Safe, and Healthy Students” program.

Anti-bullying legislation, called the Safe Schools Improvement Act, was introduced this week by Democratic Sen. Bob Casey from Pennsylvania and Republican Sen. Mark Kirk from Illinois.

The bipartisan legislation would require schools and districts receiving designated federal funds to adopt codes of conduct specifically prohibiting bullying and harassment. The act would ensure that schools and districts implement effective prevention programs, and would require states to report data on bullying and harassment to the Department of Education.

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Best Guide To Facebook Privacy Settings

Privacy on Facebook has been a headache for years. At times, Facebook appeared far more intent on separating you from your privacy than protecting it. Among the biggest issues was the fact that the site had an “opt-out” policy when it came to sharing your information, which meant your data was automatically shared unless you went through the more than 170 privacy control options on Facebook to protect it.

Click here to follow the step-by-step privacy recommendations

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