Educational Technology

October 28, 2011

Vulnerable teens still at risk in cyberspace

Filed under: Educational Technology — admin @ 12:36 am

By Sandra Tan, Buffalo News

Social network used by Jamey monitors anonymous posts, shuts down abusers. The kind of online hatred and harassment Jamey Rodemeyer experienced when he was in middle school was far from unusual. Danielle Mazziotti said she sees it all the time, particularly on the Web pages of friends who are homosexual or overweight. “I have lots of friends — everything that’s on their page, every time I see it, it’s all insults,” said the 15- year-old Clarence High School student. Those friends have accounts on Formspring, one of the newer social networking sites that has grown rapidly in the past two years amid the proliferation of social media on the Web. Formspring is the site where much of the cyberbullying directed toward Jamey occurred, but by no means does it have that market cornered. School counselors say they’ve seen cases of cyberbullying on other sites as well, including Facebook, which remains the most popular social networking site in the world.

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