Monday, February 14, 2011

Taking on the cyber bully: Middletown schools battles social media networks

The Middletown Press (Middletown, CT) February 14, 2011

"While a series of incidents across the nation brought new attention to cyber bullying, Middletown school administrators have ramped up their efforts to crack down on such practices. Youth services director Justin Carbonella is well aware of the influence social media can have on society, as well as the impact online comments can have. So when students involved in a summer research program were asked to choose an issue, their topic was right up Carbonella’s alley.
'This year,' said Carbonella, 'the kids - appropriately enough - picked the issue of cyber bullying.' Six weeks of research later, including consultations with experts, Carbonella said the group came up with ideas, suggestions and data, all of which is available on the Middletown Public Schools Web site. Although the tendency to bully is no different, Carbonella said that the available avenues are much broader." Read More

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