Related News: The dangers of sexting: decoding your teens’ texts

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Teenagers are attached to their cell phones today like no other piece of technology in history.

Smartphones can do almost anything, from social media to shopping, calling and texting.

But when texting turns nasty, that’s when problems start. Texting becomes ‘sexting’ when the text becomes sexual in nature.

When Mike and Rebecca Ellis found out their son Cole, a straight-A student athlete, was involved in a sexting situation, they’ll be the first to admit they overreacted.

“First it was calm, then it got to be where it got aggressive in questioning, how did this all come about? I think in my role as leader of the household, I overstepped my boundaries as it relates to embarrassing Cole, his moral fiber and what he stood for; that was not my intention. If I could replay that day, that day would never have occurred,” said Mike Ellis.

Rebecca was shocked to learn Cole had been deleting sexts, hoping the messages and pictures would go away.

Source: WSFA

Related News: Wearable users tracked with Raspberry Pi

One new article link has been added to our Related News page. BBC News published an article titled Wearable users tracked with Raspberry Pi.

The work, carried out by security firm Symantec, used a Raspberry Pi computer to grab data broadcast by the gadgets.

The snooping Pi was taken to parks and sporting events where it was able to pick out individuals in the crowds.

Symantec said makers of wearables need to do a better job of protecting privacy and handling data they gather.

Source: BBC News

Related News: Are we too quick to cry ‘bully’?

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Actual bullying, many educators and social scientists say, is intentional, repetitive abuse by a powerful person toward a less powerful target.

But not everyone defines it the same way: Although most states have bullying laws on the books, according to the Education Commission of the States, it’s handled differently around the country. New Hampshire’s law specifies that an act need occur only once — not multiple times — to be bullying. Nebraska’s law calls on local districts to create bullying policies. Several states recently added provisions to cover cyberbullying — bullying or harassment through technology. Laws in Massachusetts and New Jersey detail how educators should prevent, report and investigate bullying.

Say the word in almost any school these days, and it will get a quick reaction. In many cases, advocates said, that’s helpful. But sometimes, when it’s not really bullying, kids miss out on a chance to learn to cope with minor conflicts on their own.

Source: CNN