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When Online Behavior Crosses The Line – The Law On Threats, Libel And Just Being Rude

A frequent question we get is what can we do about the online posting about me? Often times, the answer is not much. Lawyers can only help when the online conduct crosses the line into a cognizable cause of action. Figuring...more

How Lessons Learned From “Yik Yak” Can Help You Address The Next Novel Social Media Bullying Trend

The big news in education technology this week is Yik Yak, a free, anonymous social networking application that allows users to post comments that can be seen by others within a 5- to 10-mile radius. The app was intended for...more

Back From The Land Of Trial Mode: January Quicklinks

There has not been much activity on the blog because we have been engaged in a long copyright and misappropriation of trade secrets trial. So, we share with you some of the articles we have been reading, but just haven’t had...more

2014 Brings New School Safety Laws

After seeing a flurry of school safety proposals in 2013, the year ended quietly, with only a handful of school safety bills enacted that will bring relatively modest change. Here is a summary of new school safety laws, which...more

Fight against Cyber bullying more successful after self-regulatory code?

Cyber bullying might be better prevented as a consequence of the self-regulatory code whose draft version is now subject to a consultation run by the Italian Ministry of the Economic Development....more

Intimate Images & Cyberbullying – Assessing The Canadian Response

Earlier this week, the Canadian government introduced Bill C-13, Protecting Canadians from Online Crime Act. The proposed legislation covers a lot of ground, including the introduction of a suite of new investigation powers...more

Cyberbullying In Florida: Cruel, Deadly And Illegal

Notwithstanding the convenience, improved communication and access to massive amounts of information the Internet has enabled, modern technology has also brought with it a number of negative consequences. Once relegated to...more

Hazing Spouses on the Internet: Constitutionally Protected or Bad Judgment…or Both?

A couple of years ago I posted a blog entitled, You Have the Right to Speak Your Mind About Your Spouse, But is It a Good Idea? The post addressed the constitutional rights of a divorced husband to create a website dedicated...more

California School District Enacts Social Media Surveillance To Counter Cyber Bullying

In response to a series of cyber bullying related teen suicides that took place in Los Angeles last year, the Southern California school district has decided to employ a social media monitoring service enabling the school to...more

Cyber-Bullies Charged With Distributing Child Pornography In Canada

In April 2013, Rehtaeh Parsons died after her parents took her off life support following a suicide attempt after months of enduring cyber bullying. The harassment was the result of a photo depicting Parsons allegedly being...more

Internet Threats of Violence Are Grounds for Student Discipline – Even if Off Campus

A Nevada high school student sent “instant messages” to his friends from his home computer that threatened mass shootings at his school. School officials suspended the student based on the threat to school safety and the...more

Trends in Social Media and the Workplace: Where Does Social Media Harassment Fit In?

How much do an employer’s obligations to prevent and remedy workplace harassment extend into the virtual world?...more

New Remedies For Cyberbullying In Nova Scotia

Provisions of the Nova Scotia Cyber-safety Act came into force today, as announced by the Minister of Justice of Nova Scotia....more

The Nasty Side of Social Media…And What Employers Can Learn From It

It spread, as these things tend to do today, like a virus around 10 p.m. last night. “None [sic] cares about you. Go kill yourself. Maybe you’ll succeed this time.”...more

Andrea Weckerle on CiviliNation [Video]

Andrea Weckerle founded and leads CiviliNation, a non-profit organization dedicated to reducing online hostility and character assassination. Andrea is also the author of Civility in the Digital Age: How Companies and People...more

Jams Dispute Resolution -- Spring 2013

In This Issue: Curbing the Bullying Epidemic with Mediation; ADR News & Case Updates; DOMESTIC FOCUS - How ADR Can Stem the “Trademarklawpocalypse”; GOOD WORKS - JAMS Foundation Extends Its International Mission — In...more

#Edchat Followup: Legal Issues For BYOD And 1:1 Programs In Schools

Each Tuesday the #Edchat hashtag brings together educators from across the globe to discuss education-related topics on Twitter. Last week one of the questions on #Edchat was “How do we train educators to teach in programs...more

When Do Social Media Comments Become Defamation On The Internet?

It was reported that a 14-year-old Georgia middle school student is suing two of her classmates for libel after they created a phony Facebook page for her. The page had her name and information, with her profile picture...more

The Fake Facebook Profile And The Veiled Victim

Originally published in Internet and E-Commerce Law in Canada - December 2012 Volume 13, No. 8. In A.B. v. Bragg Communications Inc., the Supreme Court of Canada determined that a 15-year-old can proceed anonymously...more

The Stakes Get Higher in Schoolyard Fights

An article in a South Florida newspaper reported that legal actions resulting from schoolyard fights are rare, quoting a school board official as saying that matters are usually resolved before things get that far. The date...more

The Fake Facebook Profile and the Veiled Victim

The Supreme Court of Canada determined yesterday, in A.B. v. Bragg Communications, that a 15-year old can proceed anonymously to pursue the identity of her Facebook cyberbully. ...more

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