SPECIAL REPORT: Weapons in the Hands of Children

Written by Susan Dunn, MA, Personal and Professional Development Coach

New technology brings new ways to stay in touch and guard your child's safety but it also brings new ways to steal, cheat, bully, act irresponsibly, and harm others.

1. Bullying via camera cell phones andrepparttar Internet is an international problem.

A January 2004 article in Canada’s Globe and Mail says cyber bullying is already “common” in North America, and gives examples from Europe,repparttar 132452 UK and Japan, as they anticipaterepparttar 132453 problems to come fromrepparttar 132454 huge number of Internet-connected camera cell phones given to teens and preteens overrepparttar 132455 holidays.

The London Free Press subtitled an article, “Educators describe cell phones asrepparttar 132456 fastest-growing method of tormenting children.”

One in six workers inrepparttar 132457 UK reports having been bullied via e-mail.

2. Misuse starts younger than you can imagine.

BBC News reports that one in nine five to nine year olds has a mobile phone and predicts this will rise to 20% by 2006, making thisrepparttar 132458 fastest growing group of mobile phone users.

A British survey found that more than a third of primary school children with mobile phones have received name-calling text messages, and 10% have received serious levels of threats which could be classified as “bullying”. Here is how an obscene message to a 4th grader was handled - http://www.gsn.org each/articles/email.ballad.html .

3. Preteens and teens use cell phone cameras to photograph peers and humiliate them overrepparttar 132459 Internet.

For instance, photographing a student naked inrepparttar 132460 locker room and then sending it into cyberspace. Text messages are also being used for harassment, and for cheating on exams.

4. The ability to distribute photos onrepparttar 132461 Internet adds a new level of threat.

Using cameras for surreptitious photographs is not new, according to Douglas Thomas, associate professor of communication atrepparttar 132462 University of Southern California in Los Angeles, who says a camera that fits inrepparttar 132463 button of a shirt and costs only $35 has been available for years. What’s new isrepparttar 132464 cyber possibilities. [Christian Science Monitor, fall 2003]

5. Teach your children that with privilege comes responsibility. One middle-schooler given her grandmother’s hand-me-down cell phone for two months quickly racked up a bill over $1,500.

6. Legislation is starting aboutrepparttar 132465 privacy aspects of such photography, beginning with restrictions on federally-owned lands.

Twenty-three Percent of African Americans Live in Poverty

Written by Drahcir Semaj

Twenty-three percent of African Americans live in poverty inrepparttar US, according to a report released byrepparttar 132451 Commerce Department. The report, "The Black Population inrepparttar 132452 United States: 2002", was released byrepparttar 132453 Commerce Department inrepparttar 132454 Spring of 2003 and wasrepparttar 132455 first time thatrepparttar 132456 Census Bureau looked atrepparttar 132457 state of African Americans inrepparttar 132458 US sincerepparttar 132459 2000 census.

Ofrepparttar 132460 estimated 32.9 million people living in poverty inrepparttar 132461 US, 8.1 million were African Americans and African American children, underrepparttar 132462 age of six-teen, were three times more likely to live in poverty than white children. African American seniors were also three times more likely to live in poverty than white seniors.

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