Weekly News Round-Up (3/28/2001-4/01/2011)

April 01, 2011
Audrey Stokes Associate Product Manager, Education
Common Sense Media
San Francisco, CA
CATEGORIES Common Sense News

Common Sense Media searches the World Wide Web daily for news addressing topics like online privacy, cyberbullying, digital ethics, social networking and more! At the end of each week, Common Classroom will highlight some of the top news in our Weekly News Round-Up Post.

Here’s what happened this week!


Is the Internet Destroying Privacy?: Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said sharing private information online with the faceless masses had become a “social norm.” (ABC News)

It’s Tracking Your Every Move and You May Not Even Know: A favorite pastime of Internet users is to share their location: services like Google Latitude can inform friends when you are nearby; another, Foursquare, has turned reporting these updates into a game. (NY Times)


Does Online Time Hurt Kids’ Face Time?: A new study from the USC Annenberg Center for the Digital Future found more and more parents are concerned that increased amounts of time their children spend online, social networking, twittering and instant messaging each other is decreasing their face time with family members and even the very same friends they are communicating with digitally. (Fox News)


Survey Shows We’re Too Lazy About Mobile Phone Security: A new survey shows U.S. consumers are shockingly lax about basic security on their mobile phones. Most of us have no qualms about making purchases via mobile, and the vast majority of us use the same phone for business and personal use — two common vulnerabilities in web security. (Mashable)

Connected, exhausted: Texting teenagers who stay ‘on call’ all night pay the price in lost sleep: Brookline 10th-grader Ashley Olafsson sleeps with her cellphone under her pillow so she doesn’t miss “emergency’’ texts — “like if a friend broke up with her boyfriend.’’ (


Children’s Book Apps: A New World Of Learning: There’s a whole new way to read your kids to sleep these days — or to distract them while you are trying to get something done. If you have a smartphone or an iPad, you can download a kids’ book app in no time. From classics to stories created specifically as an app, these enhanced e-books include narration, animation and interactive features. Some children are even getting their first exposure to books on a digital device. (


Teen in anti-bullying video gains online support: A 13-year old Connecticut girl is bringing the serious issue of bullying to the forefront once again through a stark video she put on the Internet two weeks ago that’s quickly gaining attention. (CBS News)

Senate Democrats introduce anti-bullying legislation: Senate Democrats today unveiled a package of legislation aimed at tightening anti-bullying laws, providing a more “measured response” to sexting and helping children in foster care with education and health care. (Las Vegas Sun)

Are there any important news stories that we failed to mention? Please chime in; we’d love to add them to our Weekly News Round-Up List!