Protecting Children From Online Defamation, Libel, or Threats

Posted by admin | Uncategorized | Monday 28 June 2010 1:24 pm

This article at the New York Times is an excellent example of the sort of problems that are occurring these days because of the rise of the Internet and, particularly, the rise of social networking sites. This is not the fault of the Internet, of course, it is simply due to the fact that we have not yet encountered these problems and thus have no idea how to handle them.

Schools these days are confronted with complex questions on whether and how to deal with cyberbullying, an imprecise label for online activities ranging from barrages of teasing texts to sexually harassing group sites. The extent of the phenomenon is hard to quantify. But one 2010 study by the Cyberbullying Research Center, an organization founded by two criminologists who defined bullying as “willful and repeated harm” inflicted through phones and computers, said one in five middle-school students had been affected.

Affronted by cyberspace’s escalation of adolescent viciousness, many parents are looking to schools for justice, protection, even revenge. But many educators feel unprepared or unwilling to be prosecutors and judges.

Often, school district discipline codes say little about educators’ authority over student cellphones, home computers and off-campus speech. Reluctant to assert an authority they are not sure they have, educators can appear indifferent to parents frantic with worry, alarmed by recent adolescent suicides linked to bullying.

Whether resolving such conflicts should be the responsibility of the family, the police or the schools remains an open question, evolving along with definitions of cyberbullying itself.

Nonetheless, administrators who decide they should help their cornered students often face daunting pragmatic and legal constraints.

The entire article is well worth a read. It brings up some very good questions in regards to how the law should or should not be changing and evolving in order to meet the new challenge of the Internet.

Unwanted publicity can be like a virus on the Internet. There are firms such as Reputation Hawk that specialize in cleaning it up.

Do You Jaiku?

Posted by admin | Uncategorized | Wednesday 16 June 2010 3:50 pm

On the face of it, Jaiku is really a pretty basic Twitter type social networking website. It offers micro-blogging like Twitter does except it does have its differences and the fact that Google bough the site a few years ago means that any changes are likely to be done in order to further benefit the community. It offers users the chance to post slightly shorter micro-posts than offered on Twitter’s platform but each post is given its own page that includes any discussion that has started around that post as well.

The appearance of Jaiku is a little more web 2.0 still and signing up is easy enough. It also features ome pretty nifty location based features but only if you have a compatible mobile phone. With all of that said, it isn’t likely to really hold a candle to Twitter in terms of the number of users or the amount of coverage that it gets but if you like all things Google and you want another avenue to post content on the wek then this could be it.

One of the better features of Jaiku is that you are basically given a micro-blog rather than a single home page. Not only does each post receive its own page and its own URL but you can also add RSS feeds of posts and comments taken from your main blog and integrate other social networking and social media features on your Jaiku page. As it doesn’t require all that much commitment to post a micro-blog every few days it could be worth a try if you have a little extra time on social networking hands.

Cleaning up your search results is possible through firms that specialize in Internet Reputation Management. Reputation Hawk has offered this service since early 2007 when the industry first began.

BP’s Major AdWords Campaign

Posted by admin | Uncategorized | Friday 11 June 2010 1:00 pm

News broke amongst the online reputation management industry yesterday that British Petroleum, the oil company that is currently dealing with a major media fiasco because of an oil spill off the coast of Louisiana, has begun buying up search words through Google AdWords. Every news article guesses that the ad-campaign they are waging is quite large and quite expensive, but few people have ventured a guess as to how expensive it could be. Over at SearchEngineWatch, one of the best blogs for information about the industry, there is an article which attempts to estimate the costs of the campaign.

They lay out the math really well and have obviously done their homework. They estimate that BP has spent around $1 million on ads through Google AdWords and Youtube thus far, a fairly hefty amount and probably one of the largest buys this year. Industry experts suggest that down the line British Petroleum will likely be paying big money for an extensive Internet Reputation Management campaign too, though certainly not yet.

Online Reputation Management Services have been provided by Reputation Hawk since early 2007.