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    You and the Internet

    Can I get in trouble for hacking into the school computer?


    “Hacking” is the act of breaking into someone’s computer system without permission. There are state and federal laws against hacking with penalties that include probation, jail or prison time. Cases of students hacking the school computer and gaining unauthorized access to the school’s system are uncommon, …

    Can you get in trouble for sexting?


    The quick answer is yes, you can get in trouble for sexting, but sexting can also have unforeseen consequences beyond legal troubles that can be devastating like Jessica Logan’s story. Legislatures across the country are dealing with this issue and many are attempting to pass …

    Do you have free speech rights online?

    Photo by D. Sharon Pruitt

    You know that some blogs, message boards, and chatrooms are full of negative comments and trashtalk.  If you are the victim of a blogger, can you do anything to the writer?  Or can the writer remain anonymous with no accountability to the injured person?  Courts have …

    Will my Facebook posts hurt me later on?

    Stacy Snyder MySpace

    Katie Evans is a college freshman in Florida. In 2007, when she was an 18-year-old high school senior in Florida, she wrote a critical note about her English teacher and posted it on Facebook. Her entire comment was: “Ms. Sarah Phelps is the worst teacher I’ve …

    State legislatures tackle cyber-bullying


    In the United States and around the world, cyberbullying is a growing problem. As use of the Internet increases, so does cyber-abuse through every imaginable method of communication.  Web-pages, email hit-lists, online journals and even threatening icons have landed some kids in trouble at home, …

    Staying Safe Online: A Young Person’s Contract


    1.  I will ALWAYS tell a parent or another adult immediately if something is confusing or seems scary or threatening. 2.  I will Never give out my full name, real address, telephone number, school name or location, schedule, password, or other identifying information when I’m …

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