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July 15, 2009

Miami-Dade Plans to Confront 'Sexting' Problem

The board for the Miami-Dade County school district approved a plan today to educate students about the legal and safety issues related to “sexting,” the recent craze among adolescents of sharing nude or sexually provocative photos over cellphones.

July 10, 2009

Administrator in Sexting Case Wins Legal Fees

A Virginia school administrator was awarded legal fees from his school board after child pornography charges were dropped against him following his investigation of a student sexting incident.

May 13, 2009

"'Sexting' is Stupid"

Within the past year or so, a new trend has cropped up called "sexting"—where teens send naked pictures of themselves through text messages, which has implications for educators, administrators, parents, and students.

April 20, 2009

'Sexting' Incident Raises Big-Picture Digital Safety Issues

It's getting increasingly complicated to keep students safe at school, especially as technology becomes more widely used in the classroom and for personal communication. Policies to keep students safe in the digital age are often crafted with painstaking detail to allow for a range of scenarios. Bu...

April 08, 2009

Brushing Up on Cyber Security

Turning the Internet into a safe space for students is a topic that permeates almost all the stories I write about ed-tech, especially when we talk about emerging technologies which make use of the collaborative nature of the Web. I had an interesting discussion yesterday with Rachel Smith, the vice...

March 06, 2009

Districts Taking Cyberbullying Seriously

Florida instituted new rules to prevent cyberbullying this school year, with clear procedures for reporting it, even anonymously, and detailed consequences for perpetrators, according to this article in the St. Petersburg Times. The article highlights the extra steps being taken in the Pinellas a...

December 29, 2008

Cracking Down on Cyberbullying

There's an interesting story up on The Sacramento Bee about a new law that will take effect on Jan. 1 in California that allows school districts to punish students for cyberbullying. Specifically, the law allows schools to suspend or expel students for bullying other students over the Internet, th...

October 23, 2008

Keeping Students Safe Online

NetTrekker d.i.—a company that provides an educational search engine for schools—recently released its list of top 100 school districts that keep students safest as they search. The title of the rankings is somewhat misleading, as the criterion for determining the safest school district was base...

October 03, 2008

A Better Grip on Online Access and Safety

A bill passed by Congress on Sept. 30 is likely to boost understanding of two crucial aspects of the vast online world that occupies a growing part of our lives: broadband access and child safety. Of most immediate concern for schools is the bill's second section, authorizing a nationwide program t...

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