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Facebook: Students Are Going From Sexting...Sextortion?

On December we wrote about the good reasons of not becoming friends with your student in Facebook. Before, we've also asked how social networks such as Facebook can be used in Education?

We've also referred to the dual chances that social networks could be either, good or bad to making friends but also cyberbullying. What's wrong with fearless students and clueless parents?. Well, the answer is here:

For years, educators and parents focused on the perceived threat of Internet predators, coming into children's live via technology. After reading this two stories, its clear that the dangers are closer by.

New Berlin teen accused of using Facebook for sexual blackmail. Anthony R. Stancl, 18, posing as a female on Facebook, persuaded at least 31 boys to send him naked pictures of themselves and then blackmailed some of the boys into performing sex acts under the threat that the pictures would be released to the rest of the high school, according a criminal complaint.

Student Fights Record of ‘Cyberbullying’. A student who was suspended from high school for ranting against a teacher on Facebook is suing to have the blemish removed from her record.

But, who's keeping students safe online? Fewer than 25 percent of educators feel comfortable teaching students how to protect themselves from online predators, cyberbullies and identity thieves, says a new study from the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) and Educational Technology, Policy Research and Outreach (ET PRO).

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  1. The whole online sexual predator hysteria is overblown.


    * "The publicity about online 'predators' who prey on naive children using trickery and violence is largely inaccurate.
    Internet sex crimes involving adults and juveniles more often fit a model of statutory rape—adult offenders who
    meet, develop relationships with, and openly seduce underage teenagers—than a model of forcible sexual assault
    or pedophilic child molesting. This is a serious problem, but one that requires approaches different from those in
    current prevention messages emphasizing parental control and the dangers of divulging personal information"
    (Janis Wolak, David Finkelhor, Kimberly J. Mitchell, and Michele L. Ybarra. "Online 'Predators' and their victims."
    American Psychologist, Vol. 63 No. 2 February-March 2008)