HigherEdMorning.comMove over, Snooki -- MTV gets serious about big tech danger

Move over, Snooki — MTV gets serious about big tech danger

February 9, 2010 by Claire Knight
Posted in: In this week's e-newsletter, Latest News & Views, Tech News

First there was the Real World. Then came Snooki and her pals. Now, MTV is taking a look at a serious danger to college students — and offering help.

In Pennsylvania, West Chester University students were invited to attend the taping of a segment of MTV’s “A Thin Line.” The new program aims to stop digital abuse, such as sexting, cyberbullying, identity theft and more.

On Valentine’s Day, MTV will air the segment taped at West Chester, which focuses on the dangers of sexting.

Featured speaker Richard Guerry led an interactive discussion that allowed college students to ask specific questions, such as:

  • What if I protect my accounts with a password?
  • How can people pull up my pictures if I have deleted them?
  • How are digital cameras getting students in trouble?
  • Can I really get charged with distributing child pornography for sending a sext?
  • What should I do if I receive an unsolicited sext?
  • What’s the difference between sexting and sextcasting?

Guerry, the executive director of The Institute For Responsible Online and Cell Phone Communication, tours the country — visiting schools and campuses to help teach students to use digital technology responsibly. For more info, visit his site here.

How does your school help teach students about digital responsibility? Let us know in the comments section below.

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  • http://nexttolastblog.wordpress.com/ Glenn

    Most schools are too steeped in bureaucracy to be nimble enough to understand and keep up with the “digital downside” of tech isssues. Most are still just wrestling with issues of “access” and policy.


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