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Spring Break Safety

Posted on March 16, 2010 at 12:38pm 0 Comments

Spring Break is right around the corner (some have already began their

mid-season vacations) and Kiwi put together a list of tips and faux pas

for both students and parents to consider during their holiday. A simple

Google search on 'Spring Break' will provide a myriad of pictures

displaying both young guys and girls, half naked and doing things that I

am sure most teachers and parents would not approve of. Of course not

all kids and teens will engage in the… Continue

Ontario, Canada Launches Online Homework Help

Posted on March 10, 2010 at 12:30pm 0 Comments

The Ministry of Education in Ontario, Canada has recently launched a a

very interesting system in which students can seek homework help online.

The program is specifically designed for grade 7 to 10 math students

and users can log into the website (

where they can chat with the online tutors who are available form

5:30pm to 9:30pm from Sunday through Thrusday.… Continue

School Uses Webcams to Spy on Students - Is This Ethical?

Posted on February 26, 2010 at 1:30pm 1 Comment

A school district in Pennsylvania is in a bit of trouble after allegedly using webcams on school laptops to monitor their students in and outside of school using spy software. The students and parents were uninformed about the use of this software and discovered it only after one student was called to his principal's office for bad behavior in his home. The principal then used a picture taken with the spy software to prove his case.

While the school district… Continue

Cyber Bullying vs. Freedom of Speech

Posted on February 22, 2010 at 7:00am 1 Comment

I've just come across yet another case that calls into question just how

involved a school should be when it comes to disciplining cyber

bullying. A student in Florida is suing her former principal after she

was suspended back in 2007 for creating a Facebook criticizing one of

her teachers. The page, which was up only for a few days, had current

and past students commenting on the teacher's abilities, some for and

some against.

Two months later, the… Continue

Pheobe Prince Commits Suicide Because of Cyber Bullying - Who is to Blame?

Posted on February 18, 2010 at 7:30am 0 Comments

In the last few weeks, I have come across a slew of cyber bullying cases, each becoming more serious than the last. But it was the story of a young girl named Phoebe Prince that really hit home.

Phoebe Prince, 15, committed suicide due to what reports are saying was a case of cyber bullying. The young teen was victim to harassing Internet and text messages from alleged older…


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