Monday, July 27, 2009

Cyberbullying Topic On Paltalk


As August nears, parents and their children can already see a new school year just around the corner. In the past, kids used to be concerned with getting picked-on by bullies in the playground during recess or in the hallways in between classes. But child and adolescent mental health legal expert Carolyn Reinach Wolf sees a disturbing trend in teen violence going from face-to-face confrontations to aggressive attacks via the Internet.

And if schools do not address how to protect students from cyberbullying and parents do not demand that safeguards are put in place to keep their children out of harm’s way, the consequences can be deadly and schools may be liable.

In recent years there has been a rash of suicides as a direct result of cyberbullying.

Fifteen-year old Iain Steele of Western Springs, Illinois hanged himself with a belt after being assaulted by schoolmates in cyberspace, where students posted a video on Facebook making fun of his taste for heavy metal music. Thirteen-year-old Ryan Patrick Halligan of Essex Junction, Vermont hanged himself after he was repeatedly sent instant messages from middle school classmates accusing him of being gay. Thirteen-year-old Megan Meier of Dardenne Prairie, Missouri killed herself after she was taunted through social-networking website Myspace.

A recent study reveals 45 percent of preteens said they have been cyberbullied at school, and 30 percent of teens say they've had the same experience.

Wolf, founder of Campus Behavioral Health Risk Consultants says school policies are outdated and do not address how to monitor and prevent cyberbullying attacks on social networking sites like Facebook and Myspace or YouTube.

“Schools have failed to keep up with the newest types of bullying,” said Wolf, the mother of three. “And as a parent and lawyer, I would hold the schools accountable for anything that happens under its roof.”

According to Ms. Wolf, schools have a myriad of tools at their disposal to combat cyberbullying, but most are not using them, including monitoring computers, blocking social network sites from school computers and enforcing a no-text messaging rule while school is in session.

“Unfortunately, most schools are asleep at the wheel and are not taking proactive steps to prevent an attack,” Wolf said. “They prefer to say, ‘It won’t happen to us.'' Wolf says, before dropping your kids off on the first day of school you should talk to administrators about what they are doing to prevent online violence.

Wolf will be my guest, tomorrow, July 28 on News Talk Online on at 5 PM New York time.

1 comment:

kinkser007 said...

Paltalk, which is based in Jericho, N.Y., allows individuals to chat face-to-face either on a desktop computer or their mobile device.
The service, owned by A.V.M. Software,
also allows subscribers to video chat with up to 10 people for free and hosts thousands of free chat rooms

question 1,in this chat room nits and wits in paltalk, many people have comitted suicide. by hanging on camera by the room admins as they watched till death laughing. it correct that the nits fog you into watching people comitit murder on cam and gather data on family and loved ones to get them fired from thier jobs
and start lies to disable marriges and plot killings in the room and post info for cyber bulling
question 3, badges claims hes a retired police officer requesting cyber bullies to support these inapropiate behaviors and rewards them by giving them honor for credit of death
question4,john was a good guy untill these people egged him on in the room to hang himself and they loved watching it on live cam, is that nice
question5 i asked the room why they do cyberbulling egging people to comitt murder as on cam for years then they terminate me from chat cause they know they can do it. it illeagel to pre medicate peoples murder as said every day in this paltalk room and people lozing lives
question it healthy or legal to instruct people how to kill the peoples familys and friends and pre meditate murders as on my utube vidios what they do.
question8, its a retired cop goes by screen name badges thats instructing rules room owner with improper syber bulling .is that legal?
sucied instructions to egg them on as well as asking hackers and and info running on familys

question 9.its called a insult room they claim butcan be more cyberbulling in there 24/7 and deaths go up about this activity in this strainge behaivor is that legal
question 10. should this kind of room be open for more cyber attack abuse causing more deaths on cam and reteric and is that healthy for the internet.
Paltalk on this subject is a company that sells color names and has access to you computers as in the agreements so they can hack you like they did me 2 times
i dont use it MUTCH TO CHAT MUTCH but people are victoms on this type of abuse networking and hope the better business buro can stop this cyber crime actions as every day in play