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Just the Facts About Online Youth Victimization

This series of videos which appears on via Danah Boyd on apophenia is very interesting and provocative.

Youtube Playlist link.

In The Mainstream

The mainstream media can’t seem to get enough about Internet Safety, Facebook, and Cyberbullying.  I was recently quoted in the Globe and Mail on the topic of Internet safety, although there were some inaccuracies.

There is also an Omni2 television segment appearing tomorrow evening on the topic of Cyberbullying that I did with two other members of the Academic ICT team from the TCDSB at 6:00 to 7:00 and 11:00 to 12:00. I’m not sure what type of spin there will be on  the story, but from my other experiences with media they are looking for good quotes and hype rather than substance and strategy.  You never know though, I could be surprised.

If you do get a chance to see the video segment or something stands out in the article I would appreciate your thoughts and feedback.

Cyberbullying Law in Ontario

Ontario introduced a new legislation Tuesday to add cyber-bullying to the list of offences for which a student can be suspended or expelled from school.

see City News for full article

Internet Safety Training Event

A few points from the Cybercops Training Event that I attended today:

Powerpoints: CyberCops AirDogs Training Presentation and Kids Help Phone Presentation

Ontario Ministry of Education and OPP

One root causes that lead to bigger problems that the OPP officers who staff the infobus at mentioned were children giving away there passwords to their friends or having poor passwords that someone else could guess based on public information. Watched –

The other was the use of web cams by inexperienced children and problems that ensue. Watched –

Mentioned Dr. Shaheen Shariff and the paper Lord of the e-flies: Cyber-dilemmas and the policy vacuum for schools. (Still looking for an online copy – any help appreciated)

Watched YTV PSA on Cyberbullying (found it on with Others)

Kids Help Phone:

– Most effective way that they have found to deal with bullying is to have the Parents of the Bully and Bullied, as well as both children, and a third party come together, either school or the police. Also, plan to bring all groups back together at a later date in order to see progress.

– DO NOT DO – Adult of bullied child talks directly to the bully telling them to stop. They have found that the children who were getting bullied complain of it getting worse rather than better.

– Slide 17 of Kids Help Phone presentation – How Adults Can Help

Online Behaviour Explanation with regards to YouTube Posting Issues – “adolescents are impulsive, and don’t believe life is going to happen tomorrow.”

Splashcast (Build – reMix – Embed)

I have been playing with Splashcast to remix content from flickr and youtube into a seperate channel. The Splashcast interface is easy to work with and allows you to upload your own audio, video, photos or feeds from Flickr or Youtube. Of course every Spashcast Channel has it’s own rss feed.

I created this Splashcast channel in a few minutes. It contains several PSA’s that I can use for upcoming discussions on cyberbullying and internet safety.


I forgot to mention that you can upload PowerPoint and other Documents into as shows into your channel as well.


ToonDoo is a wacky way to get creative with comics. You can now create your own comic strips, share them or insert them in your blogs with just a few clicks and drag-n-drops!

I have talked about comic creators in the past, this one seems to take better advantage of the social web. The end product looks better, and it is really easy to embed and share with others.

Toondoo also has a contest:

We’ve all heard about global warming, icebergs breaking up and sea levels rising, just a wee bit, but definitely rising. What’s your take on all this? Create a ToonDoo and have your say!

Now that’s Media Literacy.

Here is one I did on cyberbullying. I was inspired by Andy Carvin’s Ning site on the same topic.

Web Censorship Traversal Tool

Psiphon was created by the Citizen Lab at the Munk Centre for International Studies at the University of Toronto as a censorship circumvention solution that allows users to access blocked web sites in countries where the Internet is censored.

Psiphon can turn a regular home computer into a personal, encrypted server capable of retrieving and displaying web pages anywhere.

Setting It Up:

If you have a router you will need to configure it, and you will also have to setup Psiphon.

1. Download and install the software at home.

2. If you have a router use port forwarding and allow Psiphon to access the internet through an open port. Let's use port 8081 as an example.

(Not sure how to do port forwarding – this guide shows you how to do it on many different routers.)

3. Run Psiphon and Select the "Setup" button. After you change the port and name your Psiphon click on "OK".

External IP: is your ip address on your computer. (Select
Update if it is blank)

Server: Is the server that you can use that gives Psiphon
your ip address. (There are a few choices here)

Port: is the port that you are forwarding on your router, in
our case 8081 (Select the test button to
see if port forwarding is working if you are using a router)

Name: just put a name for your Psiphon here.

4. Add a username and password by clicking on the "Add" button, and entering the information on the form.

    5. That's it. Click on "Start" and away you go. Just make sure to keep your computer on.

      The link at the top of the box is what you will email to yourself or a friend with the username and password.

      You can use any computer and when you put in that url you will get a page like this for your username and password. You will now have a secure web proxy connection to the computer running Psiphon and can go to any site though that secure connection.

      Cyberbullying the Principal

      This is an interesting story that appeared in the Toronto Star this morning – 11 Suspended for Cyberbullying.


      A group of students who were upset about a ban of personal electronic devices and the school dress code post comments to about their principal. 11-19 students (depending who you ask) have been suspended, some of who, it seems, simply posted to the facebook discussion.

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