Idaho’s Hartgen to try again on cyber-bullying bill

By Jared S. Hopkins
Times-News writer
Rep. Stephen Hartgen, R-Twin Falls, says he plans to re-introduce legislation at the 2010 Legislature targeted at prohibiting harassment on the Internet, including social networking sites.

Hartgen, a former newspaper publisher, still wants to expand harassment laws so they apply to online communication including e-mails, text messages and posted comments on personal blogs and related Web sites. Hartgen has cited the 2006 case in Missouri in which a 13-year-old girl committed suicide after receiving online taunts from a woman posing as a teenager on MySpace. The incident prompted that state to update its laws.
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Kids need bully-free sites like

By Kelly Combs
Is your child safe on the Internet? Friday I shared some ways to protect your child on the Internet, with the number one way to be with your child while they’re on-line. Brenda Preston contacted me after that article ran.

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Teen accused of seizing MySpace, Facebook pages

Associated Press
PORTLAND, Ore — Oregon State Police say two female college students report being locked out of their social networking sites by a hacker who demanded nude photographs.

A 16-year-old Clackamas, Ore., youth is accused in the case. The Oregonian says the high school student is expected to face computer crime and theft by extortion charges in Clackamas County Juvenile Court.

One of the 18-year-old women attends Oregon State University, the other Washington State University. State police say the 16-year-old boy grew up within blocks of the two women.

Senior Trooper Randy Westbrook says the boy admitted hacking into the MySpace and Facebook pages when he was confronted by police, saying it was a prank. Full story.

Dr. Phil confronts cyber-bullying head on
Bullies love an audience, and there’s no bigger playground than the World Wide Web. Cyber bullies create vulgar MySpace posts to taunt others, or send harassing text messages and threatening e-mails.

Dr. Phil tackles this topic head on with his son, Jay, whose new book, Jay McGraw’s Life Strategies for Dealing with Bullies, offers action-oriented plans. Jay recently sat down with a group of teens to get their perspective on cyber bullying — and they didn’t hold back!
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