The Week in Online Safety, August 29, 2011
A weekly global roundup of online safety news, policy developments,research, and influence

News
U.S. - What to Do If Your Child Is a Cyberbully, Security News, Aug. 25, 2011

U.S. - Playing video games together considered 'quality time' for children to bond, Daily Mail, Aug. 23, 2011

U.S. - Victim: Dating site sex-offender screening could 'save' other women, Los Angeles Times, Aug. 24, 2011 

U.S. - Apps to block texting & driving, Online Mom, Aug. 24 2011 

U.S. - New Ways to Protect Your Kids Online, Smart Money, Aug. 24, 2011

U.S. - News sites using Facebook Comments see higher quality discussion, Poynter, Aug. 18, 2011

Policy: Legislative, Regulatory, & Legal Developments
U.K. - Government backs down on plan to shut social media in crises, The Guardian, Aug. 25, 2011 

U.S. - Union Challenges Missouri Ban on Student-Teacher Online Communications, Wired, Aug. 22, 2011 

U.S. - Child Pornography Bill Makes Privacy Experts Skittish, NPR, Aug. 24, 2011 

Research
U.S. – Teens Regularly Using Social Networking Sites Likelier to Smoke, Drink, National Center on Addiction, Aug. 24, 2011 

U.S. - Parents say tech skills are a barrier to keeping kids cyber-safe, Telstra, Aug. 22, 2011

Advocates
U.S. - The Porn Identity, iKeepSafe, Aug. 24, 2011

U.S. - Do fear and exaggeration increase risk?, Larry Magid, Aug. 25, 2011

U.S. - Confiscating Cell Phones from Students at School, Cyberbullying Research Center, Aug. 24, 2011

U.S. - Statement on Facebook’s New Privacy Features, Common Sense Media, Aug. 24, 2011

U.S. - A fresh look at ‘Netiquette’, Anne Collier, Aug. 24, 2011