“YouNow” – Kids enjoy it but it could turn out to be Every Parent’s Nightmare!

20 Feb, 2015   | by:

YouNow is a website that went live in the US in 2011 and just came to Switzerland and the rest of the German-speaking world in 2014. It allows its users to broadcast themselves online via their webcam wherever they are and whenever they want. More…

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Suspect in Amanda Todd-case writes open letter claiming innocence

28 Jan, 2015   | by:

Dutch citizen Aydin C., who is accused of assaulting and blackmailing multiple girls, has written an open letter in English claiming that he is innocent and has become a target in an orchestrated hate campaign. Aydin C. sent his open letter to Dutch news network RTL Nieuws (Dutch language).

One of  Aydin C.’s alleged victims was Amanda Todd, who in 2012 committed suicide at the age of 15. Aydin C. is currently in detention and awaiting trial in the Netherlands. On Friday, February 13, his pre-trial detention will be subject of court proceedings (Dutch language).

Aydin C.’s lawyer Christian van Dijk has confirmed that the letter is indeed coming from Aydin C.:

Read Aydin C’s open letter (English).


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Controversy around Cyberbullying Law in Illinois

26 Jan, 2015   | by:

A by now much discussed piece of state legislation in the US has made it to European news. The Guardian reports that the new controversial law in Illinois would ask children to reveal their Facebook passwords if the school has reasonable cause to believe that a student has broken the school’s social media policy. Under the legislation the school has the right to this request even if an incident took place outside of school premises and after school hours. Some school officials report that the media has largely exaggerated the controversy around the law, as Illinois schools had some of these powers already. You can read more here and here.



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Parenting in The Digital Age

20 Nov, 2014   | by:

At its Annual Conference in Washington DC, Family Online Safety Institute (FOSI) presented findings of its research on digital parenting, which reveal how parents perceive potential benefits and harms of their children’s use of technology. You can find the main take-aways here. EU Kids Online also presented the results of their study on children’s online behavior. The goal of the Conference was to attempt to redefine online safety, which seems to be moving away from focus on harm only and towards understanding the contextualized nature of risks, based on research.

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A Less Discussed Take on Cyberbullying: Building the Culture of Empathy

31 Oct, 2014   | by:

October was the national bullying prevention month in the United States and the media paid significant attention to the issue, with even Monica Lewinsky joining the anti-bullying campaign in an effort to end the culture of humiliation. Some anti-bullying campaigners criticized her involvement saying it would set back their cause because of Lewinsky’s tainted background. The latest results of the Pew Research Study on online harassment indicate the pervasiveness of this phenomenon: 60% of internet users said they witnessed someone being called offensive names; 53% have seen efforts to purposefully embarrass someone; and 24% witnessed someone being harassed for a sustained period of time (“sustained” usually being one of the requirements for researchers to label behavior as bullying). More…


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Cyberbullying bill inches closer to law despite privacy concerns

14 Oct, 2014   | by:

On October 20th, the Canadian House of Commons will vote on the cyberbullying bill (C-13), which is widely seen as controversial because of its privacy implications. The C-13 makes it illegal to post an “intimate image” of another person without that person’s consent. It also gives the police easier access to metadata from online service providers and phone companies, the provision that Canada’s Privacy Commissioner was particularly concerned about. The Bill gives immunity to companies that hand over information. With the support from the majority Conservatives, the bill is expected to pass.

You can read more about it here: Cyberbullying bill inches closer to law despite privacy concerns – Politics – CBC News.


Photo of the Canadian Parliament Made By Maria Azzurra Mugnai

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MobileForceField: UK Startup Launches World’s First Child Cyberbullying Interception App

6 Oct, 2014   | by:

In search of tech solutions to behavioral problems, a group of fathers with an IT background from the UK developed an Android app that controls which apps children download on their smartphones, in an effort to prevent cyberbullying. Perhaps more controversially, the app filters out “inappropriate and offensive phrases” that a child might receive in text messages. Wondering about free speech and privacy implications? You can read more about it here.

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