Facebook launches safety tips as part of anti-bullying week

The Guardian
The theme of this year’s National Anti-Bullying-Week, which starts today, is cyber-bullying. In fact, after name calling cyber-bullying is the most common type of bullying, as a recent study for the Department for Children, Schools and Families revealed. It is an issue has to be taken seriously: 47% of 14-year-olds in the survey reported bullying. Its impact continues as kids get older: 41% of 15-year-olds and 29% of 16-year-olds report facing the problem.
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Half of teens are bullied; most tormented on computer, mobile phone

LONDONG, ENGLAND — Nearly half of 14-year-olds nationwide have been the victim of bullying, research found today.

‘Cyberbullying’ – where children face taunts, threats and insults via the internet and mobile phones – is now the most common form, along with name calling, the study of 10,000 teenagers showed.
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Study: 47% of 14-year-olds ‘are bullied’; boys more so

Nearly half of 14-year-olds in England have experienced some sort of bullying, a study of 10,000 teenagers for the government suggests.

Name calling and cyberbullying – where the victim faces threats and insults via mobile phones and the internet – were the most common forms.
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Cassia Co., Idaho schools crack down on cyber-bullying

Times News
Twin Fallas, Idaho — CHEERS: To the Cassia County School District for its enlightened new policy on sexual harassment and cyber-bullying.

The new rules proscribe bullying someone over sexual orientation and crack down on “sexting,” the transmission of sexually explicit messages or photos electronically – primarily between cell phones.
Students and staff at Cassia County schools who engage in these behaviors could find themselves expelled from school or fired.
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Kevin Kaneta: Cerebral Palsy made vulnerable to bullying

By Jane Slater
Denver 7NEWS
FORT COLLINS, Colo. — Kevin Kaneta, 15, said walking is hard enough but school is a nightmare.

Kaneta, who was born with cerebral palsy, said he has been the target of bullying since third grade and each year, it gets worse. When asked, “Why?” Kaneta said it had to do with his disability.

“They go after me because they see me as a vulnerable target,” said Kaneta.
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Troy, Mo. student disciplined for website bullying

By Jessica Bock
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
A ninth grade girl in the Troy, Mo., school district has been disciplined after authorities said she created a website to bully another girl.

School officials would not comment on what kind of discipline she received, but under the district’s bullying policy it could range from loss of privileges to expulsion.
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Google fights to keep 4 execs out of prison over video clip

By Lucy Bannerman
London Times Online
An Italian court is to decide whether four senior Google executives should face prison, over the broadcast of a video clip showing a boy with Down’s Syndrome being bullied by his classmates.

The long-running trial, which centres around a three-minute clip showing four schoolboys making fun of the teenager and hitting him over the head at their school in Turin, in 2006, is being seen as a test case for the control of content on the internet.
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