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Yik Yak banned as schools grapple with toxic anonymous social chat

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Some Chicago schools have banned the location-based mobile app, causing the developers to turn it off throughout the city as they seek a way to keep it off of school grounds. Yik Yak has lead to multiple school lockdowns in the wake of bomb threats, as well as a new way to perpetrate cyberbullying.

UK woman jailed for trolling herself, trying to pin it on family

UK woman jailed for trolling herself, trying to pin it on family, image courtesy of SWNS

Michelle Chapman, thought to be the first person in the UK to have been prosecuted for such a crime, confessed to taking out fake profiles in family members' names and sending herself hundreds of abusive messages, often of a "very unpleasant sexual nature".

Cyber-bullying is on the rise, but so is cyber-counselling, says report

Cyber-bullying is on the rise, but so is cyber-counselling, says report

In a report released today, the UK service Childline reports an 87% increase over last year in children and young people seeking help after suffering cyber-bullying. It also reports that, for the first time ever, more counselling took place online (59%) than by telephone (41%).

Five minute fix: Keeping your kids safe online with parental controls

Keeping your kids safe online with parental controls

We've compiled easy-to-follow instructions for setting up the parental control features on Windows 7 and 8, OS X, iOS and Android, so you can increase your kids' chances of staying safe and emotionally secure online.

Twitter ditches watered-down block feature after outcry

Twitter screws up, sends deluge of password-reset messages

User outrage has forced the company to do an about-face on a blocking policy change that allowed blocked users to continue to follow their targets, interact with their Tweets, receive their updates in their timeline and let their friends harass the victim.

Proposed Canadian cyber law - anti-bullying or pro-snooping?

Proposed Canadian cyber law - anti-bullying or pro-snooping?

Proposed legislation referred to as the "Protecting Canadians from Online Crime Act" is said to be aimed at preventing cyber-bullying, but does this law go too far?

Anti-Bullying Week 2013: Understanding cyber-bullying

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In this first of two articles to support Anti-Bullying Week, national coordinator, Luke Roberts, explains how teasing becomes cyber-bullying, why it’s so prolific and how we should tackle it.

Facebook to put Report Abuse button at fingertips of bullying victims

Facebook to put Report Abuse button at fingertips of bullying victims

The Report button is just one tool in Facebook's new Bullying Prevention Hub. It will put help at victims' fingertips at the moment they need it most. Let's hope that the move helps to curb the horrible tide of bullying.

Death threats sent to woman who dressed as Boston Marathon bombing victim for Halloween

Death threats sent to woman who dressed as Boston Marathon bombing victim for Halloween

The 22-year-old US woman from Michigan tweeted and Instagrammed a photo of herself at work, dressed as a blood-covered runner. The backlash has been brutal, including getting fired and receiving death threats long after she apologized.

Facebook ban sought for 15-year-old who ambushed and beat autistic child

Facebook ban sought for 15-year-old who ambushed and beat autistic child

A 15-year-old Canadian girl from Nova Scotia has pleaded guilty to a vicious, planned attack on a female, autistic student, and an attorney is seeking to ban her from social media as part of her sentencing.

Two girls arrested after one allegedly brags on Facebook about cyber bullying suicide victim

Two girls arrested after one allegedly brags on Facebook about cyber bullying suicide victim

Two girls - ages 12 and 14 - have been arrested in connection with the bullying of Florida teen, Rebecca Ann Sedwick, after the 14-year-old allegedly bragged on Facebook about her part in Rebecca's death, signing the post with a little red heart.

Two Canadian men charged in connection with suicide victim's alleged cyber-bullying

Two Canadian men charged in connection with suicide victim's alleged cyber-bullying

The two 18-year-olds were arrested on Thursday and have been charged with child abuse imagery crimes over the alleged cyber-bullying of Rehtaeh Parsons.

Police are asking people not to reveal the accused's identities, which the alleged rapists' own family and friend had previously done via an open Facebook group in support of the boys.

Facebook launches privacy campaign to protect teens

Facebook launches privacy campaign to protect teens

Facebook, under pressure to educate teenagers on staying safe on the site, has teamed up with 19 US attorneys general to launch a privacy public awareness campaign. But can these resources actually help?

The FBI's "Cyber Surf Island" game aims to promote internet safety amongst students

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The FBI is taking its lead from popular online games like World of Warcraft with a new online safety education program for school age children that's light on content, but heavy on scrolls and whacky, animated characters.