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Friday, April 30, 2010

Important Information For Young People About Computer Activities

Investigator shares safety tips for cyber world

By Julia Sampson
Olean Times Herald

PORTVILLE - For nine young girls in Massachusetts there is no do-over, no undo, no delete button.

These young females not only verbally and physically tormented another, but also posted what some may deem as “teenage folly” on various online social networks, even after the young lady’s demise. The nine students will forever live with the knowledge that they contributed to another human being taking her own life.

Fifteen-year-old Phoebe Prince, a new freshman at South Hadley High School was driven to suicide recently after being bullied by these nine other students in person and on social-networking sites like Facebook and Twitter. The nine students were indicted Monday on charges that include statutory rape, violation of civil rights with bodily injury, criminal harassment and stalking.

Nineteen percent of teens report being harassed or bullied online. Twenty-three percent of teens ages 16 to 17 report being harassed or bullied online, a report from the Attorney General’s office states. More...


Anonymous said...


You are parents. You have the right to sit there and watch your kids use the internet to make sure they aren't using it inappropriately. If they don't like it, TOO BAD! Too many kids these days feel so entitled because their parents don't step up and put their foot down. They just treat them as equals and friends and ignore their actions because it's easier for lazy parents. The lack of respect stems from the home and lack of rigor and discipline.

Now the teachers in America are getting blamed for students' low scores on standardized tests and behavior in and out of school. The government wants to pay teachers according to their student's test scores. How about we pay parents based on their kid's test scores. It might light a fire under some of their asses to actually sit down and help with school work. I'm so tired of teachers getting blamed for conditions that they have no way of fixing. The best teachers in the world can't make a parent care about their child's grades, show up for parent-teacher conferences, or check online to make sure they are doing homework.

Obviously their are great parents out there and this doesn't apply to them, but there seems to be a growing number of parents that are REALLY good at pointing fingers at other people such as other kids, society in general, and teachers.

Anonymous said...

This is the parent's responsibility.

In my opinion there is absolutely NO reason why any of these children's parents did not know what was happening online.


Stop looking to the government to control our every action and dictate how we live.

Come on people, we as a nation are better than that!

One of the biggest problems in our society today is that parents do not do their jobs.

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Anonymous said...

More of it goes on than you know. I have witnessed the little innuendos directed at particular persons without directly coming out with the persons name. But, the person knows the comments are directed at them, singling them out.A lot of parents just say, "teenagers", its just a phase. It's NOT. A group of Teenagers WILL " gang" up on one student and bully them. This needs to stop. It's going on in EVERY school.