Revenge porn is a type of cyberbullying that is on the rise. Also known as non-consensual porn, this occurs when photos of an intimate nature are distributed without the subject’s consent.

Sometimes I’m asked about legal issues related to technology. There can be many struggles with technology, social media, and crime. I’ve posted a new resources about legal issues and technology.

Working in a middle school, I often speak to youth who report being “bullied.” School counselors spend time looking at the scenarios and helping youth understand the difference between being rude, mean, and bullying.

One of my roles is working with youth in local schools. I check in with the at-risk students and try to encourage, support, and guide them. I also help to identify unhealthy digital relationships.

I’m sure many of us are telling our kids not to send nudes, but are we telling them not to request them equally?

Standing in front of an audience was never a career goal for me. I had no intention to do public speaking. My last year of college, I took a mandatory public speaking course over the summer when I knew there would be only a few students in my class. So, when I was first asked to do an assembly for middle school students, I was petrified. I instantly put them to sleep.

I enjoy watching young people grow up and find their path; it’s wonderful seeing all of the good things that they accomplish. I’ve always liked recognizing youth that are trying to make the world a better place by their actions.

With every new challenge we take on in life, there is an expectation set before the venture begins. Elementary, middle, and high schools have a handbook to follow. There are expectations about attendance, academics, and behaviors.

Parents and educators need to know what the law is related to cyberbulling. Policy and legislation surrounding “cyberharassment” and cyber crimes, in my eyes, will have to be an ever evolving entity due to rapidly changing technology. I’ve linked an article at the bottom that highlights 5 of the key components in a new law, Act  26, in Pennsylvania that gives law enforcement more grounds to work from when dealing with “cyberharassment”. What I like about this new law, from the outline I have seen in this article, is that prevention work and educating youth is stressed over immediate punishment.

Enjoy the article. Be sure to download the resource guide on this site. It has links to great organizations such as the Cyberbullying Research Center.

In closing I think of this quote*.
“If a child doesn’t know how to read, we teach.
If a child doesn’t know how to swim, we teach.
If a child doesn’t know how to multiply, we teach.
If a child doesn’t know how to drive, we teach.
If a child doesn’t know how to behave,  we…   ?
Why can’t we finish the last sentence as automatically as we do the others?”

+ Cyberbullying of Children Becomes a Punishable Offense in PA

– Ryan

*This quote has been linked to various names: Rob Horner, Rob Herner, Tom Herner and John Herner. I was unable to trace to it’s true original source. Thank you for whoever came up with this quote.

Here is a great article about a new live streaming app, YouNow.