Cyber

11/13/2013

11/13/2013

Eighteen states have made cyberbullying a crime, and every state except Montana has passed anti-bullying legislation. Most schools have developed policies in line with those laws as about half of young people report having been harassed online, according to the Cyberbullying Research Center.

10/16/2013

10/16/2013

With October marking the 10th Annual National Cyber Security Awareness Month, the Consortium for School Networking is reminding K12 tech leaders of its resources aimed at helping to protect against threats to critical systems.

10/7/2013

10/7/2013

Facebook and Maryland's school systems will pilot an initiative next year that should help make it easier to have offensive or hurtful language on the social media site taken down.

9/30/2013

9/30/2013

The slim, black 9-millimeter handguns that the school superintendent David Hopkins selected for his teachers here weigh about a pound and slip easily into a pocket. Sixteen people, including the janitor and a kindergarten teacher, wear them to school every day.

9/16/2013

9/16/2013

A suburban Los Angeles school district is now looking at the public postings on social media by middle and high school students, searching for possible violence, drug use, bullying, truancy and suicidal threats.

9/4/2013

9/4/2013

With the need for safe and appropriate use of the internet—and specifically social networking sites—being front and center in recent weeks, it is essential that schools find interesting and engaging ways in which to deliver what can be repetitive but vital information to students of all ages.

8/14/2013

8/14/2013

A vendor contracted by the Boston Public School system to print student identification badges lost a flash drive with basic data for more than 21,000 middle and high school students, prompting the school system to redesign the badges to prevent the lost data from being misused, officials said.

7/31/2013

7/31/2013

For the past 10 years, New York University's Polytechnic Institute has run a competition called Cyber Security Awareness Week (CSAW). Students compete to find flaws in various websites' security measures, and exploit them to gain access to the sensitive information stored within. The National Security Agency and other government agencies have been known to recruit talent from among the competitors.

7/31/2013

If someone hacks into your credit file and steals your identity, you can change your PIN. But if your iris scan is stolen, you can’t change your eye. Bottom line: If your biometric information is taken, you have no protection, which means that using iris scans to track students is putting their identities at risk.

7/26/2013

7/26/2013

The Massachusetts Aggression Reduction Center sampled more than 11,700 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders three times over a year and a half. The results demonstrate the need for starting social-emotional learning and media literacy education in lower grades.

7/3/2013

7/3/2013

Richard Byrne discusses social media strategies for leaders of schools and organizations. Learn what happens when someone Googles your organization. Find out how Google Alerts can keep you informed about what is being said about your district.

6/20/2013

6/20/2013

But many parents were unaware of the lockdown and of a manhunt launched by authorities. Text and email alerts were sent, but most parents of the district’s 5,000 students were not signed up to receive them.

6/19/2013

6/19/2013

A computerized emergency system from CopSync lets teachers and administrators alert police and other emergency responders to a crisis without waiting to go through a dispatch center. The instant message can display room numbers on a school map and the teacher assigned to that room.

6/19/2013

Parents in the Polk County (Fla.) district received a letter stating a pilot program would track bus riders using each child’s iris. Parents could opt out, but by the time they learned about the program, the company charged with gathering the information had already captured images of about 750 children’s eyes.

6/6/2013

6/6/2013

If a gunman enters one of Plainfield District 202's 30 schools this fall, the principal could press the electronic pendant on the lanyard around her neck. Or an office worker will be able to tap the wireless panic button beneath his desk.

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