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EdTech Data Breaches: What You Need to Know Cybertraps 125

Show notes News Item: – On December 28, 2021, Illuminate Education was hacked. The intrusion, which lasted until January 8, 2022, compromised the private data of nearly one million students in New York State (and maybe more) – The breach affected at least 24 school districts and 18 charter schools, along with one Board of…

Should You Use Tech to Track Your Child’s Movements? Cybertraps 124

Show Notes Starting Place Companies are constantly releasing new tools for tracking the physical movements of children. Should parents use them? Child monitoring apps and devices are rapidly becoming a multi-billion market By #2012, more than 20 million people were already using Life360 – just five years after the iPhone was released – #2019 UK…

The Metaverse: Virtual World, Real Dangers Cybertraps 123

New Item: British Journalist Yinka Bokinni led production of a documentary, “Inside the Metaverse: Are You Safe?”, which is airing on UK Channel 4 later today https://www.channel4.com/programmes/inside-the-metaverse-are-you-safe-dispatches She posed as both a 22-year-old woman and a 13-year-old girl The interactions horrified her What Is the Metaverse? Portmanteau of “meta” (“after” or “beyond”) and “universe” –…

Can We Stop Cyberbullying and Electronic Harassment? Cybertraps 122

News Item: Colorado Supreme Court Strikes Down Electronic Harassment Ban Three Speech-Related Crimes: Cyberbullying Using electronic communication tools to bully someone Cyber- or Electronic Harassment Online harassment (suggests a pattern of behavior more extensive than cyberbullying) Cyberstalking Harassment using electronic communications that creates fear of physical harm or injury Thanks to social media, these behaviors…

How the Chicopee Superintendent Got Burned Cybertraps 121

Lynn Clark, the Superintendent of the Chicopee Public Schools, is arrested for lying to the FBI over harassing texts See our interview with Quentin Dale about investigations. – Relevant Facts – Chicopee is a town of about 55,000, just north of Springfield, Mass. in the western part of the state – The Chicopee Public School…

April 2022 is National Child Abuse Prevention Month CYbertraps 120

White House Proclamation Goals Condemn and combat child abuse – physical, emotional, sexual, and online sexual exploitation Heighten awareness of risk factors Highlight importance of supporting families Child abuse occurs at all socioeconomic and educational levels, and in all religious, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds Key tool for fighting child abuse is prevention Child Abuse Statists…

Ransomware in Schools Cybertraps 119

Ransomware is a growing problem for organizations, including schools What is it? How does it happen? Why does it happen? $$$ – $7bn in 2021 Who’s doing it? We are all on the front lines now Problems for Schools Down time for school personnel, distraction from mission Inability to access data; closure of schools Loss…

The Pandemic, Technology, and the Mental Well-Being of Children Cybertraps 118

https://www.cybertraps.com/additional-resources Increased Use of Technology   A Global Issue   Explosion in the Use of Technology for Remote Learning   General Increase in Screen Time   Algorithmic Rabbit Holes Scope of the Problem   90% of Kids Are Regular Social Media Users Impact of Pandemic on Mental Well-Being of Children in General — Almost Certainly…

How to Be A Transformative Principal Cybertraps Live 117

Show notes https://jethrojones.com/how2be About the book Over 500 episodes of Transformative Principal 9 key dispositions and skills ![[how2be 1.jpg]] Self-care The fallacious idea that you should take care of yourself so you have enough in the tank to take care of others is one of the worst lies in education. Take care of yourself because…

Skills Unlock the Future with Al Kingsley Cybertraps 116

Al Kingsley is CEO of NetSupport and also serves as the Chair of two Multi Academy Trusts and a local School Governors’ Leadership Group in the UK. Al is a sought-after speaker and popular podcaster (NetSupport Radio). His book My Secret #EdTech Diary is not only a walk through his 30 year history in education,…