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Lodi Unified School District enacts new social media policy to curb cyber-bullying

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Posted: Friday, March 22, 2013 12:00 am

Lodi Unified School District officials say that making disparaging remarks on Twitter and Facebook about students, teachers and other schools is a problem that needs to be addressed.

However, a sampling of Lodi High students say it's an issue that students can address on their own without adult interference.

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  • John Carr posted at 4:59 pm on Fri, Mar 29, 2013.

    rigpapooh Posts: 1

    Piombo - if teens can handle cyberbullying on their own, explain why that did not happen for many teens who tried or succeeded in committing suicide due at least in part to cyberbullying. You have proved that teens do not yet have a fully developed frontal cortex, which is involved in make logical, thoughtful decisions.
    You say teens are just joking when they ridicule another teen, and adults can't see that "it's harmless." First, like so many teens you underestimate the wisdom of parents until you become a parent. Second, students with autism and Asperger's have difficulty understanding what is factual/literal and what is "a joke." And it is these students who are often bullied and "the butt of the joke." Teens who are or are suspected of being gay are also targeted for daily bullying that leads to suicide.
    This is not to single out Piombo - she happened to be quoted by the newspaper and surely represents the thinking of many teens in Lodi and the nation. Many teens today are far less respectful of and polite to others

    I praise Lodi officials for defending those who are bullied. Lodi has always been on the forefront of educational progress.

  • Sandra White posted at 7:15 pm on Fri, Mar 22, 2013.

    no2bullying Posts: 1

    I am happy that they really are making their own way of stopping bullying. Teenagers are too immature and most of them want to get extra attention thru social networking sites. I have a daughter who uses facebook for communicating with her friends. But, there are these people who really enjoy bullying. It is hard for me as a parent to see my daughter affected by this kind of bullying. And it’s hard to monitor her social networking sites without invading her privacy and I am also busy at work. I then started to look around for a way to know what is going on with my daughter and found a couple of solutions. There is software that you can install called NetNanny(www.netnanny,com) and it filters what your kids are doing online but when it comes to facebook, it will only filter what your kid is watching and cannot “see” things that your kid is not accessing. Also, if your kid accesses facebook from a smartphone or a different device, you will not know about that. There’s also a service that requires no installs or downloads that monitors your child’s facebook all the time regardless of what they use to access which I thought was great and I am using. It is called pgguard(www.pgguard.com). I just want to let other parents know what I found, because with this new trend of bullying, parents should be the one to act first.



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