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Discussion in 'Tech, Gadgets & Science Forum' started by MziziMkavu, Feb 1, 2010.

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    Cyberbullying bad, but not that bad

    Posted: Wednesday, June 27 2007 at 05:00 pm CT by Bob Sullivan

    Cyberbullying may not be as widespread as feared, as most teenagers are more worried about old-fashioned pushing and shoving than online tormenters, according to a new study.
    Still, about one-third of all teenagers say they've been bullied through the Internet, complaining about a range of attacks that range from annoying to dangerous, according to research released Wednesday by the Pew Internet and American Life Project.
    While focus groups with teenagers conducted for the study unearthed plenty of horror stories, the research suggests that computer-based taunting among children may not be as widespread as some feared. Only 6 percent of participants said someone had posted an embarrassing picture of them online without permission, for example. And 13 percent said someone has spread rumors about them online.
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    MySpace and sex offenders: What's the problem?

    Posted: Tuesday, May 29 2007 at 05:00 am CT by Bob Sullivan

    In October, Wired News reporter Kevin Poulsen ran a simple experiment that produced some disturbing results. He wrote a computer program that matched databases of registered sex offenders with MySpace profiles and found hundreds of matches.
    On Poulsen's list: A thrice-convicted sex offender who had recently finished a nine-year jail term for sexually abusing two young boys. It turned out he was using MySpace to approach and proposition young boys. The offender was soon arrested again.
    Two months after Poulsen's story was published, MySpace announced it had hired an outside company, Sentinel Tech Holding Corp., to compare registered sex offenders rolls with MySpace profiles and root out sex criminals from the site. Until earlier this month, though, it appeared little progress had been made.
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    When kids get hurt, who's to blame?

    Posted: Friday, June 23 2006 at 03:00 am CT by Bob Sullivan

    Google video, YouTube and other online video sites host violent clips of children lighting themselves on fire and doing other dangerous, stupid things. MySpace is loaded with provocative photos of children and has become a playground for pedophiles. I think all these companies should be doing more to protect children, and I said so in two columns this week. Hundreds of readers have chastised me, saying that parents -- not companies -- are responsible for keeping their kids safe.
    They're right. And I'm right.
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    MySpace: Too little, too late?

    Posted: Wednesday, June 21 2006 at 12:35 pm CT by Bob Sullivan

    We’ve seen this all before.
    A young, brash Internet company with an edgy business plan pushes the edges of taste, laws and social standards, becomes the next big thing, gets a lot of attention and funding, begins to mature into a real business, and then finds it can’t be young and edgy anymore. Next come a few desperate attempts to rein in the very atmosphere that made the site big. And finally, the last step is a sad end to an Internet phenomenon.