From SFWeekly, an article on cyber-bullying, first amendment rights, and the difficult challenge of balancing safety against privacy.
“When people think of mental illness related to body image, the first thing that usually comes to mind is anorexia or associated eating disorders. But, the lesser known body dysmorphic disorder (BDD) is five times more prevalent than anorexia and also causes higher levels of psychological impairment.”
If you’re working with graduating high school seniors, you should be aware that: “Nearly three years after a revision of federal regulations, colleges and the U.S. Education Department’s Office for Civil Rights are still squabbling over when potentially self-harming students should be sent home – and in at least one case where OCR intervened, the reinstated student went on to commit suicide.”
How cool is this? From the UK: “When the boys at Simon Langton walk on the tiles, their footsteps prompt energy data to be displayed back to them in real time on an LED screen, and they can also use that energy generated to power their own projects and charge devices.”
“…in high school, some students — say, a prom queen and king — will be rated higher in intelligence, personality and potential for success just because they are considered good-looking.” An opinion piece from CNN backed by linked research. Interesting read.