The Week in Online Safety, January 9, 2012
A weekly global roundup of online safety news, policy developments, research, and influence

News
U.S. - Tech Gets Tough on Bullies, T.H.E. Journal, Jan. 5, 2012 

U.S. - The Facebook despair of doomed Staten Island teen Amanda Cummings, Staten Island Advance, Jan. 3, 2012 

U.S. - Cyberbaiting On the Rise as Teacher Tantrums Posted to YouTube, ABC News Radio, Jan. 4, 2012 

U.S. - Kids and cellphones: Age is not always the issue, Chicago Tribune, Jan. 3, 2012 

U.S. - Parents and Video Games: Are You a Concerned Parent?, ABC News, Jan. 3, 2012 

Policy: Legislative, Regulatory, & Legal Developments
U.K. - Government tones down porn-blocking rhetoric, PR Pro, Jan. 5, 2012 

US – CA AB 1043 – Introduced in Senate, Jan. 5, 2012.    Would lessen penalties for teen "sexting." 

Research
U.S. - Blogging May Help Teens Dealing With Social Distress, American Psychological Association, Jan. 4, 2012 

Advocates
U.S. - Web Wise Kids Introduce Educational Social Networking Mobile App for Kids to the Android Market, Jan. 5, 2012 

U.S. - Shh! Listen to the librarian!,
Anne Collier, Jan. 3, 2012 

U.S. - Are You Smarter than your SmartPhone?, IKeepSafe, Jan. 3, 2012 

-- Compiled by David Burt, CISSP, CIPP