MySpace Being Held Accountable for Member Safety

A site created by adults, for adults…this is what happens when children participate in such communities: Myspace Being Sued by Parents. More pain for families, more sexual assaults, more trouble for MySpace. Hasn’t this gone on long enough? As reported…

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Creative Kids Spreading Awareness for Internet Safety

In honor of National Cyber Security Awareness Month, as declared by the President (http://www.whitehouse.gov/the_press_office/Presidential-Proclamation-National-Cybersecurity-Awareness-Month/), I thought I’d share some of the creative ways students are spreading awareness of internet safety issues and cyberbullying:        

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Mom Sues Kids for Attacking Son Online

Parents, Here’s another example why eliminating anonymity and holding members accountable for their actions is so important; another reason why parental consent should be required for kids and teens participating on social networking sites. As reported by the Chicago Tribune,…

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Kids Labeled as Sex Offenders

 I recently read this article in the Houston Chronicle: Kids as young as age 10 can be registered as sex offenders, a label lasting a decade. The article tells the story of a mother, Samantha Potwood, who has spent 12…

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Wrapping Up The First Big Cyberbullying Case

I’m sure many of you have followed the tragic story of Megan Meier, which brought national attention to the then mostly unknown crime of cyberbullying. Lori Drew, the 50 year old mother of one of Megan’s former friends created a…

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Yikes! A Friend Request from Mom!?

It used to be that joining Facebook required a college email address. Then Facebook began allowing high school students to become members, which is interesting when they recently reported that their mission is to be a safe place for corporate…

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Sexting in the News

Institutions such as schools and local and state governments are beginning to tune in to the threat that sexting poses to America’s youth. As reported by Switched.com, one Vermont teenager will serve 90 days of a two year prison sentence…

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Understanding The Childrens Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA)

COPPA: http://www.ftc.gov/coppa/ The Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), passed by Congress in October 1998, requires the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to issue and enforce rules concerning children’s online privacy. The FTC issued the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Rule in…

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Meet Kajeet

When I find a company, a brand, an individual or cause that shares the same values for youth that we do at Yoursphere, I like to share. Meet Kajeet. Kajeet is a cell phone service made for kids, and the first…

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Facebooks Porn Cops – What This Means To Your Kids and Teens

“The Nipple Rule”. “The Fully Exposed Butt Rule”. “The Crack Rule”. Yes, those are Facebook’s semi-formal policies about images that are posted on their site. Yoursphere shared highlights of this story written by Newsweek in our parent newsletter. Since that inclusion, I’ve thought…

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