Nearly 6% of US teens said they bullied themselves online, according to a study in the Journal of Adolescent Health. The findings, based on a national survey of about 5,600 students ages 12 to 17, showed that boys were more likely to report digital self-harm, and the risk of digital self-harm was three times higher among nonheterosexual youths and 12 times higher among those who were cyberbullying victims.
Some smart robots -- such as Anki's Cozmo -- are designed to form emotional connections with their owners, often children. Researcher Sherry Turkle, expressing concern over this design, said real human relationships are key to children's emotional development, and without them children may grow up "without the equipment for empathic connection."
School leaders recently shared eight tips to help school districts prepare for natural disasters. The Consortium for School Networking has released a checklist, which is regularly updated, to help ensure that school technology is protected.
Metro Nashville Public Schools in Tennessee is piloting a software program to measure high-school students' career aptitudes. Marc Hill of the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce said he hopes the program can help students identify their talents.
The decision by former Google employee Max Ventilla to close two of his brick-and-mortar AltSchools continues to yield questions. Experts say the move indicates the AltSchool venture is focused more on selling personalized technology to other schools.
In this blog post, Freddy Cornejo, manager of transportation at Brawley Unified School District in California, shares how his district uses geographic information systems technology. One online tool helps his staff address common transportation and school boundary questions.
A school district in Alaska has turned to a cybercounseling program to give students at remote schools access to counselors. The program, in which counselors record videos that the students discuss with their teachers in class, is supported by a grant from the US Department of Education.
As more technology companies enter the education marketplace, the relationships among vendors and school leaders has raised concerns over "pay-for-play" arrangements. This article examines the nature of these industry relationships by using a case study with Baltimore County Public Schools.
Children younger than eight are more likely to have their own tablet device than in 2011, and are spending an average of 48 minutes on those devices -- up from five minutes in 2011 -- according to the third installment of a report from Common Sense. Findings also show a similar increase in the share of low-income families with tablets.