Blogging for Social Good

When looking through various websites with charitable goals I was attracted to two of them very much: SHARE in Africa and Tuesday is No Makeup Day. I thought that these were good websites because they both have very different intentions, but are both I believe in. it is important to extend our generosity to places that are not in our nearby area and reach out to those who truly need help and are less fortunate than us. I also believe that girl need to be comfortable in their own skin before they should get in the habit of painting on loads of makeup everyday. I think people need a break to show their natural skin and feel accepted in it too. I like how SHARE in Africa has videos and pictures of celebrities because when looking at it at a glance it draws people in who are automatically attracted to celebrity appearances. The videos are also really interesting and fun to watch! Both websites are introduced with movies and I think that is an effective idea because it compels people to look closely at the site. A weakness of Tuesday is No Makeup Day site is that the site isn’t very organized and it appear to have accessible links to other parts of the site, which is important. On the other hand SHARE in Africa has a bar table at the top which is very accessible and is easy to navigate around.

Keys Points on Copyright and Fair Use

I am reading Copyright and Web 2.0 and here are some key points students should remember:

1) One’s work does not have to be registered by the U.S. Copyright office for it to be considered copyrighted material  BUT if one’s work is damaged, then registration is required to act against infringers.

2) There are two myths as to whether something has copyright protection:

a. completing the registration for copyright

b. the copyright label on the media product

3) Registration for copyright has become optional for work published on or after March 1, 1989.

4) Material on youtube is protected from copyright even if the authors or creators didn’t put the copyright symbol next to their work.

Questions to Ask Mr. Palfrey

1) On the topic of cyberbullying, you mention that this is the “mean” generation because there is more cyberbullying than previous generations. Are there steps we can take to try to amend that negative title? What can we do to try to become a “nicer” generation?

2) What are options that kids have to make a difference over the internet or utilizing the internet?

3) What are the obvious signs of a website that one can use to deduce whether the website is legal or illegal?

Copyright Articles

Copyright protects the first five amendments and it was built for emphasizing that the sharing of information leads to new knowledge. Everything created an advertised should be copyrighted to protect the authorization and rights of the creation. I thought the email conversation between Jason Robert Brown and the teenager was very interesting because they both had valid points of view that can be argued extensively. Considering the teenagers point of view, she has a reason to not want sheet music to be copyrighted because some people can’t afford to download it. That is an understandable issue. The teenager also has the right to question the identity of Jason Robert Brown, because this man over email could easily be someone wanting to take credit for Brown’s music. On the other hand, Jason Robert Brown has valid points as well: it is his music and he has the right to protect it and take credit for it. He is very positive and friendly to her and simply states the legal option for downloading music to her, he does not threaten her and this is a efficient way to win someone over; by offering a simple suggestion. He also makes an obvious point that personally (to him) he finds it obnoxious that people take advantage and “trade” other people’s work online illegally.

Section 37. Massachusetts State Law

In this law is it stated that no person shall attempt t o injure, threaten, attack, intimidate, or oppress anyone purposefully. I think this is a valid law to have in affect because people who are being bullied or cyberbullyed need to be protected by a law. The well being and safety of a person needs to be protected and supported with a law. People should feel comfortable in society and know that there is a law to support and protect them if ever threatened physically, or emotionally. I agree with this law that any person who violates this law should be punished, more specifically fined or imprisoned. There are many arguments against this and I can understand why. Bullying takes place in all schools and areas in many forms, some more harsh than others. Some people guilty of bullying should be punished in accordance to how severe the bullying was and how is affected the victim. I ENTIRELY agree that if anyone inflicts harm or pain on one while bullying, or even causes one to commit suicide that they should be punished. Like the law said, the punishment should definitely be a large some of money or imprisonment. It is important to make sure that bullies who severely harm someone should be address in an appropriate way. Overall, I think that the Massachusetts State Law is a good law that makes sure that people are protected from bullies, but I also think that the level of bullying should be considered and taken into account because some forms of bullying should not be punished because some may be coming from young students who are not jeopardizing the health and safety of another student. This is not to say that some bullies should not be punished. I think that in any case of bullying, the person inflicting the harsh comments or suggestions should be approached and stopped, but not by state law if they are not severely bullying another person.

Response to Cyberbullying Articles

Recently, I saw a video that Ellen DeGeneres recorded, talking about the affects of cyberbullying on young children, especially gays/lesbians. This was obviously a very important subject matter to her and I respect her for wanting to speak out and make herself known to kids who are trying to figure themselves out. I feel like she got the message across to the audience and made a very good decision in broadcasting this. She mentioned that on her website she has links to places where kids can seek support if needed, which is so considerate of her. I love how she made this and wanted people to see it because you can tell it is a prominent concern to right now, as well as the entire country. At the bottom of this post is the link to the video. I also came across this article by John Merrow called Who Will Rescue Our Kids from Bullies? In this article he talks about how some schools have a school handbook, or rules of conduct that is mandatory from students and parents to sign and are expected to commit to. He says that some public schools do not have these rules of conducts that families should stick by, but there is nothing stopping them from creating one. I think it is important to have a code of ethics of rules of conducts book because it makes sure that everyone is on the same page in terms of actions. Maybe it should be mandatory?

Ellen Degeneres’ Video:   http://youtu.be/Br7nbQSIyhg

While reading the article Cyberbullying safety: Boca Raton Conference Targets Cyberbullying Threats I found out that cyberbullying has casted affects on 10-90 percent of high school and middle school students and on many occasions the results have deadly affects. Something that made a big impression me though, was the fact that more than 100 parents, teachers and community leaders have joined forces to stop these horrible suicides due to cyberbullying. They came together at the Safe Schools Institute and orated ways adults can connect the distinct digital divide and impede on menacing messages delivered to students and adults through the many social networks online. I’m glad to hear that some people are making a conscious effort to stop the threatening messages through the internet harm there children. One little group may not make a HUGE difference, but once this trend starts spreading… then i think we will see a change!

Room For Debate

Treston made some very good points in his article called “We Need To Change the Culture” on cyberbullying. He says that laws are necessary to have because they act as an incentive for people to obey laws and act appropriately. I agree with him here because it is important that there be a KNOWN law that everyone can abide by. People need to be aware of the consquences of their actions. THere are many laws preventing certain actions such as robbery, harassment etc. so how does cyberbullying which is a type of harassment differ from the other actions? Treston also says that it is crucial that all schools develop ways of teaching kids about cyberbullying and the consequences. He believes that everyone in schools should be trained to teach “mechanisms for prevention and response to be established”. I agree with him because one way to change the culture and have the public become aware of the results of cyberbullying is to institute a program or curriculum in schools to prevent tragic incidents.

Did You Know Video 4.0

That video was very interesting and enlightening. Although, I wasn’t totally surprised to hear many of those facts about the average number of texts a teen sends a day or that the percentage of cell phone and computer usage and advertising has increased substantially while the usage of newspapers, televisions, radios or magazines to advertise have decreased. We all know that the world is rapidly advancing into a technology-centered world. It was interesting to learn that there was a significantly larger number in online visitors to Youtube, Facebook, Myspace etc, than viewers on ABC, NBC etc. Watching this video was very informative,but made me wonder what the world will be like in ten to twenty years, how advanced will out technology be? What will be the new forms of transportation? Will there be a smaller and faster device used for communication? How will all these advancements affect our daily lives or the way  children learn?

Cyberbullying

In an interview with John Palfrey, a Harvard-Law Professor, he states that cyberbullying is very widespread and can travel fast throughout the internet. When asked about whether people are worried more about the people who HAVE seen the rumor that was spread, or the people who COULD see it, he said it was a mix of both. I agree with that statement, I think if someone was subject to a cruel statement online, those two questions would definitely be a few of the many running through their  head. He believes that there should be more classes on distinguishing what is credible and what isn’t, because he has interviewed very sophisticated kids, and then very gullible kids as well. It is important that kids don’t just believe everything that they read on the internet and actually take into account that these facts or this rumor may be false. A specific example of cyberbullying is the Phoebe Prince case which is a tragic story of a 15 year old girl who committed suicide because of being bullied and cyberbullied. Due to this case there has been efforts for an “anti-bullying” legislation called “Phoebes Law.” The students accused of bullying Phoebe have reportedly been expelled, but there was never any statement confirming the fact. You would think they would certainly be expelled for causing a student to committ suicide! The parents of Phoebe claim to have alerted the school and administrators of Phoebe’s bullying, but yet actions were not taken on the schools part to stop this form happening. It seems to me that the public has responded more appropriately than the actually school community, to this situation.