The Week in Online Safety, October 31, 2011
A weekly global roundup of online safety news, policy developments, research, and influence

News
U.S. – Has the Internet made kids meaner than ever?, Take Part, Oct. 24, 2011

U.S. - Anti-Bullying Effort Should Start At Home, Experts Say, Daily Press, Oct. 25, 2011 

U.S. - When School Web Filtering Comes Home, PBS, Oct. 25, 2011

U.S. - Predators Targeting Online Gaming Systems, ABC News, Oct. 27, 2011 

Policy: Legislative, Regulatory, & Legal Developments
U.S. - Judge weighs injunction request against Missouri school district over access to gay websites, The Republic, Oct. 27, 2011 

U.S. - NY AB 8688, Referred to Comm. Oct. 27, 2011 (Requires websites to  remove anonymous comments on request) 

U.S. – MO SB 1, Signed into law, Oct. 21, 2011.  (Repeals portions of ban on teacher/student social network contact.) 

U.S. – FL SB 622, Introduced, Oct. 20, 2011.  (Would require schools to enact and enforce cyberbullying policies.) 

U.S. – CA AB 1156, Signed into law, Oct. 9, 2011.  (Encourages school districts to adopt cyberbullying plans.) 

Research
U.K. - Children and parents: media use and attitudes report, OFcom, Oct. 2011 

Germany - Research: Aggressive Children Enjoy Violent Games, Game Politics, Oct. 24, 2011 

Advocates
U.S. - Cyberbullying: The view from behind a kids’ Web site, Anne Collier, Oct. 27, 2011

U.S. - Social norms research: Exaggerating bullying could increase bullying, Larry Magid, Oct. 25, 2011 

E.U. – InSafe Annual Report 2011 

-- Compiled by David Burt, CISSP, CIPP