NYT Sexting Story Offers Balanced Approach to Modern Tech Issue

Mar 20, 2010 by

I don't find myself agreeing with things in the New York Times very often, but today's article about sexting and legislative bodies around the country dealing with the penalties associated with teens sending nude photos of themselves or others to others or posting them on the Internet actually balanced out and leads me to think there is some merit to changing penalties for doing such.

Should a child who stupidly sends photos of their privates to another be labeled a sex offender?  Probably not.  Should the person who receives it and then sends it to others or charges others for the photo be guilty of something serious?   Probably.  But should they be labeled a sex offender?  Still, probably not.

The NYT story references a federal ruling last week on a Tunkhannock, PA sexting case where a local DA was stopped from requiring three girls to take a mandatory awareness program.  Now I'm not an attorney and I've not seen the court's opinion, but in reading what I've seen, this was less about stopping the DA from prosecuting cases of sexting than it was in how he was dealing with three girls who may not really have been doing what is typically described as such from being punished.

We all live in a Web 2.0 Family world.  The world is changing instantly with the developments in technology and it's natural that our traditional laws aren't keeping up.  And as parents, we clearly are into new territory that no generation of parents ever have had to deal with.  And our digital native children are facing the likes of which we never could have imagined when we were their ages. 

The key remains being active parents and being in touch with our kids.  We have to work with them to help them understand boundaries because we cannot be there for them every minute of their lives.  Part of growing up is making mistakes.  What we can all hope and pray for is that our kids don't make mistakes that the whole world will be able to see for years to come. 

Kudos to legislative bodies attempting to address these new issues.  As noted before here on DaddyClaxton.com, there are 14 states this year, and maybe three or four last year that began addressing the issue of sexting.  That leaves more than half still having done nothing to address this issue in their states.  Which means there are millions of parents out there who likely aren't addressing this issue at home either.  And that's when it gets frightening to think about.

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Are Google, Facebook legally responsible for the content others post?

Mar 9, 2010 by

An important issue in the discussion about life in a Web 2.0 Family, involves the legal ramifications to site hosts where millions of people come to post their own content, some of it objectionable, some of it meeting the definitions of cyberbullying and sexting. 

There is an interesting article posted today by Reuters about the "alleged" pressure being added to Google and Facebook over the content that's posted on these sites as others seek to find a deep-pocketed scapegoat for when something bad goes wrong.  I do not understand this way of thinking.  Google_logo[6]

I would suppose you should add YouTube to the mix as well.  After all, they're now said to be the second largest search engine on the Internet. 

Reuters posted: "Although Google, Facebook and their rivals have enjoyed a relatively 'safe harbor' from prosecution over user-generated content in the United States and Europe, they face a public that increasingly is more inclined to blame them for cyber-bullying and other online transgressions." Images-3

To me this feels like more like one of those media-generated theories instead of the focus on plain old common sense, but they do cite the ruling in Italy from Feb. 24 where executives from Google were convicted over a bullying video posted on the site.  Yes, what happened to an autistic boy over the Net was horrible, but was Google to blame for it?  Google has responded to the case by saying they are "deeply troubled" by the case, saying it "attacks the very principles of freedom on which the Internet is built."

In our discussion on BlogTalkRadio yesterday, we talked about whose responsibility it is to teach children about the dangers of sexting and cyberbullying.  You can listen to the show my jumping over to the front page of DaddyClaxton.com and clicking the BlogTalkRadio icon. 

To me, there is clearly the need for some sort of multi-national conventions when it comes to the Internet.  I'm not for censorship any more than most Americans, but we live in a world where other governments are all for it. And just like the Net Neutrality battle has raged here in the US and in the Congress, this will continue to be an issue for several years to come. 

We clearly are in a time period of the Internet's life where adjustments in law are needing consideration and in some cases revision.  The problem is there is likely never going to be a one-size fits all solution to the laws surrounding what happens on the Internet, and maybe there shouldn't be.  Just as the Internet is free, so, too, should the people of each nation be able to decide their laws and not be bound by what is necessarily the law in a foreign nation. 

It's a sticky wicket, but my gut is telling me that the providers of the platforms of the Net bare some responsibility for what goes up on their pages, but to hold them legally negligent for what others do or say on their sites seems like an awful stretch. 

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Did you catch this about school teacher’s nude sexting pictures?

Mar 6, 2010 by

Well, honestly, there is nothing funny about a Melinda Dennehy, a 41-year-old woman allegedly sexting nude photos of herself to a 15-year-old boy. 

But this paragraph from the CBS WBZ story caught my attention and made me chuckle.  Okay, maybe it's not funny, but can you imagine?

It's this little paragraph here:

According to police documents, the pictures were sent two months ago.
Investigators say they obtained a copy of one of the photo
s and
co-workers identified Dennehy.

Can you imagine how this might have gone?

Police officer: "Okay, we have this photo here of who we think is the alleged suspect, Ms. Melinda Dennehy. 

"I need one of you to identify her if you don't mind.

"It's a photo of her naked, but we think you can identify her even though we're going to assume none of you have already seen her with her clothes off…."

So then were they women administrators or male administrators? And you can let your imagination go with the rest of it.

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Twitter again proves it’s speed with #Austin plane crash & Joe Stack

Feb 18, 2010 by

Maybe I'm not the first to write this tonight, but I'm going to do it anyways–Twitter proved itself again as a lightning fast news source today.  Period.  Newcrash_193728a-2

I know I got the first tweet from the Austin American Statesman as soon as they posted the Twitpic link to the first photos that came in.  I quickly popped open Tweetdeck and created a new search topic and was in the know the rest of the day–a good five to 10 minutes most often before it was getting to CNN or FOX News. Maybe that doesn't mean a lot to some of you, but to me, a news junkie and a PR pro who has been in the business for almost 23 years, there is nothing like the adrenaline rush of knowing the news and knowing it first.

My "BREAKING" tweets immediately started going out to my Twitter followers simultaneously and instantly I saw multiple retweets. Once the name Joe Stack became known, I, like many others began to scour the corners of the Internet to find out what we could about him.  As soon as the purported suicide note was up, I was looking into WhoIs Lookup data and forwarding that on.  I read the document.  Pulled the source code all the while suspecting a fraud and at the same time thinking there would be no real way to create such a fraud in such short order, particularly with the WhoIs Lookup registered to a Joe Stack in the same area of Texas and way back in 2006.  67116445

As soon as the event happened, Twitter was saturated with photos of those who were at or near the scene of the crime. When I retweeted one post and apparently forgot to list the Tweeter, I got a phone call from the Associated Press in New York because the tweet said, "FBI on Scene: pictures of plane crash from a friend that works across the street (183 @ mopac, austin texas) http://twitpic.com/13yjuc." At 11:03 a.m. CST, which was within about 20 minutes of that post, the AP in New York, had my phone number and was calling to find my purported friend. For you skeptics of the power of Twitter, you need to reread this paragraph.

Ah, but I'm sure there are those out there are going to say, so what?  I saw it on the news tonight and I got all you got without having to be apart of it all.  Maybe so, but what if there had been other planes?  What if I'd had friends or relatives working in that building and I wanted to know how they were?  There are dozens of counters I could give back to you to answer such attempts to discount the shear power of what happened today.

Maybe a small percent of the world's population is actually using Twitter, but those of us who are, are getting our information FAST.  And what we get, we're then able to do some checking of our own to see if what we're hearing, seeing, feeling, etc. is real or not.  And in times of an emergency like today, that was comforting. 

And I'm sure there are those out there saying there was too much unverified information.  Well, I have to tell you, if you were a part of the Twitter stream associated with this event today, if someone posted something that was inaccurate, it may have gotten retweeted a couple of times, but then there was just as quick an effort for the information to be corrected.  I saw one guy post that it was the IRS office about 30 minutes before anyone else ran with it. I think most people stayed away from such until it was verified.   0217stack

That gave me a good feeling about citizen journalism, because it worked today.  Real people fed the news stream and they flooded it in ways that TV and radio stations just can't do anymore without help.  I'm glad to have been a part of such a sophisticated process.  It's light years ahead of the way things were when I was a runner for the Auburn Opelika News back in 1984 and to file a story I had to type it in on a roll of brown paper towels.

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WhoIs Lookup Data for Joe Stack’s Web site from suicide note

Feb 18, 2010 by

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925 E Hwy 80
San Marcos, TX 78666


Administrative Contact:
Stack, Joe dns.5.sgmail@dfgh.net
925 E Hwy 80
San Marcos, TX 78666
Technical Contact:
Stack, Joe dns.5.sgmail@dfgh.net
925 E Hwy 80
San Marcos, TX 78666

Registration Service Provider:
Everyones Internet, domains@ev1servers.net

Registrar of Record: TUCOWS, INC.
Record last updated on 16-Sep-2006.
Record expires on 05-Jun-2010.
Record created on 05-Jun-2003.

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Current Registrar: TUCOWS INC.
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Snowpocolypse in DFW–Video and Pictures of the 2010 Winter Miracle

Feb 13, 2010 by

I’m catching up with the video I shot during the past couple of days during this historic snow event here in North Texas.  Yeah, compared to the snow I’ve been in in Northern Michigan as a kid, or the snow we were in while visiting Yosemite in December 2007, it’s not much.  But we did get about 9-10 inches here in Balch Springs, TX and that made it the largest single-day total ever recorded.

So the question now becomes, did I build an Al Gore Snowman? 

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Yosemite closed because of huge snowfalls, @ctemp asks if I’m stupid re #globalwarming

Jan 23, 2010 by

I don't believe in global warming.  Yes, we humans put out waste products that we shouldn't, but I think enough has been proven in recent months to show that many of our so-called "Climate Experts" have been cooking the books over the last 20-30 years and the whole damn thing is a hoax.   DaddyClaxton Blue Fl Hat 1

Sure, we could all do a better job of protecting mother earth.  And I do my part.  I do my best to conserve energy by turning off lights in the house, turning up the thermostats in the summer and down in the winter.  We do some recycling.  I have planted more than 40 trees on our lot here at the house since we moved in in 2006.  I do what I can to plant fresh flowers every spring, and get really pissed at jerks who throw trash out on to the roadways. 

Heck, I even called former Montgomery Mayor Emory Folmar once when two of his park rangers through cellophane cigarette wrappers out their windows at Buckboard and the Boulevard back in 1989.  The Mayor went into he who casts the first stone mode and I told him that we in the governor's office were very conscious about polluting and were part of the Don't Drop It On Alabama campaign.  He said he wanted to make sure "because two park rangers are going to get their butts chewed out over this."

But that said, I don't believe in global warming.  Like all things in life in this world, I think there is a time when things are going to go through cycles where it gets a little warm now, and it gets a little cooler later.  We've had ice ages, we have hot times on this planet and it appears to some we're headed into a new hot period, and to others, it appears that little is changing.

So today, when I opened my email, I found a note from Yosemite Blog saying that my favorite place on earth, Yosemite National Park, is actually closed.  CLOSED.  Maybe this has happened previously, but I've been a pretty close follower of things going on in my favorite place in the world and that's the first time I've heard that.  I know it can snow heavily there.  We were snowed in at our favorite retreat for two days in December of 2007 and that was really more of a light snow.   Ahwahnee

I made a tweet and referenced global warming this morning and @CTemp asked me if I was "Kidding or stupid."  I don't really care for such arrogance and a personal attack in tweets, so he's about to get blocked, but it just shows to go ya that if you question the validity of the myth of global warming, it nets personal attacks. 

Maybe @CTemp could have been nicer and said, well, here is my Web site where I have data that's not been doctored by the Climate Experts and I'd really like for you to consider this.  But he didn't.  And most of the global warming types I've encountered have chosen to make their attacks personal. And that's truly a shame because I believe in the possibilities of a healthy conversation.

So, @CTemp, if you would like to post a rationale explanation and information here, I'd invite that.  Let's leave the personal attacks, namely, implying that I might be stupid, to something else.  I'm a daddy blogger, if you haven't noticed and my kids read my blog.  Do you really think it's a positive thing for you to be suggesting that their dad is stupid?

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