The website at the centre of controversy following the death of a teenage girl who killed herself after apparently enduring months of online bullying has promised to introduce a "bullying/harassment" button and to investigate any reports of abusive behaviour within 24 hours. Read more.
Young People News
An interesting article on the emotional pressure of 'being connected.'
(Teens)'..dislike the increasing number of adults on the site, get annoyed when their Facebook friends share inane details, and are drained by the "drama" that they described as happening frequently on the site.
The stress of needing to manage their reputation on Facebook also contributes to the lack of enthusiasm. Nevertheless, the site is still where a large amount of socializing takes place, and teens feel they need to stay on Facebook in order to not miss out.' Read the full article here.
A teenager was found hanged at her home after suffering months of bullying by anonymous 'trolls' on a notorious website. Read more here.
Michele Catalano was looking for information online about pressure cookers. Her husband, in the same time frame, was Googling backpacks. Wednesday morning, six men from a joint terrorism task force showed up at their house to see if they were terrorists. Which prompts the question: How'd the government know what they were Googling? More here
Fleetstreet Fox offers a thoughtful insight into appropriate standards of decency and respect online.
'Drones have a lot of uses, but spreading peace and distributing drugs are typically not among them. Imagine then, if all of a sudden an unmanned flying vehicle appeared above your head, its goofy clown face smiling down at you as it unloads a cloud of Oxycontin. You'd feel pretty confused, right? You'd also probably feel very very good, which is the whole point behind Axel Brechensbuaer's Peace Drone, a conceptual machine that the industrial designer created as an anti-violence alternative to predator drones. "This is an art object that strives to underline the insanity of killing," Brechensbuaer explains, "and to raise questions about the morality of using deadly force without trial."' More