Bullying: Amanda Todd's Death Inspires Change

Amanda Todd was just 15 years old. I say she was because on October 10th, 2012 she killed herself. Amanda was a victim of bullying....more

Back to School: Stop Bullying Before it Starts!

(Oringainally posted in the sgrouples blog.) “We’ve got to dispel the myth that bullying is just a normal rite of passage or an inevitable part of growing up.” - It Get’s Better, Barack Obama It’s back to school time again! We want so much for our kids as they return to classes – We want them to enjoy learning, pay attention to their teachers, make quality friends…and not get into any trouble.We also hope that they don’t hurt themselves or each other; physically, emotionally, or otherwise. According to Lori Tagger of St. Anthony’s Medical Center, “Bullying is not some harmless phase of childhood; it can do a lot of damage to the victim and have lifelong consequence.” My goal is always to prevent problems before they start.Here are some tips for parents and kids to help keep everyone feeling good and stop bullying from all sides....more

The Ripple Effect

Yesterday's post addressed cyber-bullying. Cyber-bullying also has a ripple effect that I think a lot of people haven't considered. There is a quote by Bishop Desmond Tutu that applies. Please read it carefully. "If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor. If an elephant has its foot on the tail of a mouse and you say that you are neutral, the mouse will not appreciate your neutrality." Now consider those words in regards to cyber-bullying. Have you thought about how your interaction with a bully might affect other friends?...more

Sued: A saga of being sued by a multi-million dollar corporation over online space

 I'm being sued by a large corporation who wants my domain.Not because it's theirs or that I've obtained it illegally, immortal or unjustly, but because they want it. Someone found my URL by some means - which I can only assume were they misspelled the word which they intended and accidently happened upon the domain in question....more

Jury Overruled! MySpace Mom Acquitted of All Charges

My MySpace profile lists my age as 90. I did this at some point in 2005 to avoid the amount of messages I was receiving from men using the site to find prospective dates. This is my choice, and one that worked very well for me, even if I was, in fact, in direct violation of MySpace's terms of service, which state that all users must submit “truthful and accurate” information about themselves. ...more

This is such an interesting topic to me....I was somewhat torn between each side.  I knew ...more

When the Hype about Cyber-Bullying Takes Our Eyes off Schools

While cyber-bullying has become an increasingly disturbing problem among both adults and children, conventional school bullying—from being ostracized to being gossiped about, to being teased, taunted, or physically pushed around—is still a major issue. ...more

"MySpace Mom" Lori Drew Indicted on Four Counts

Yesterday, federal prosecutors indicted Lori Drew (the "MySpace Mom") on four counts, including "one count of conspiracy and three counts of accessing protected computers without authorization to get information used to inflict emotional distress on the girl" (CNN):  ...more

its pretty cruel yes.  but she was 13, not 5.  she had her problems and if she was that ...more