So, by now, we’ve all heard about that horrible man who made a video shooting his daughter’s laptop because… he was upset over something she said about him on Facebook. Something he only even knew about because he hacked into her account somehow, apparently. Perhaps even more disturbing than the idea this even happened is [...]
February 10, 2012 – MSNBC – http://redtape.msnbc.msn.com/_…..xperts-say Parents angry about Facebook use now have their poster child. He’s a dad wielding a .45 pistol, who posted a YouTube video showing him firing bullets through his daughter’s laptop computer as an act of discipline. The shooter, who identifies himself as Tommy Jordan from North Carolina, has [...]
November 22, 2011 – CNN – http://edition.cnn.com/2011/11…..f=obinsite (South Korea) SEOUL, South Korea (CNN) — In its effort to curb game addiction among adolescents, South Korea pulled the plug this weekend on young gamers after midnight by blocking access to game websites, putting a hotly debated law into practice. The new system called the “shutdown law,” [...]
Last Christmas, I got my mother a digital camera. She was so excited! A few days earlier, I’d gone to Best Buy, picked one out, paid for it, went home, wrapped it, and placed it under the tree Christmas morning. So when one looks at who paid, you might say the camera belongs to me, [...]
This morning, the Supreme Court released the opinion in Brown v. Entertainment Merchants Assn. By a vote of 7-2, the court found that the law was unconstitutional. The opinion of the court drawing a sharp distinction between violence and obscenity, it states that protecting minors from displays of violence is not exempt from the first amendment, and finds that the law is unconstitutional.
In a decision handed down today, the Supreme Court ruled 7-2 in our favor that video games are protected by the First Amendment and California can’t ban them to young people. The case, formerly Schwarzenegger v. EMA, now Brown v. EMA, is a huge victory for youth rights. NYRA, along with the National Coalition Against [...]
NYRA Freedom Volume 11, Issue 5 June 16, 2011 Contents – NYRA Forms Coalition Requesting Apology from Rockefeller and Gingrich – Election Two Weeks Away, Annual Meeting Next Month – Effort Renewed to Put Youth on NYC Community Boards – Koroknay-Palicz Defends Youth Privacy at Computers, Freedom and Privacy Conference – Bill to Curtail Corporal [...]
Mahwah, NJ Police Chief James Batelli is telling parents they need to steal their kid’s Facebook password. As he did the last time some terribly misinformed local politician got hysterical about invading youth privacy, NYRA President Jeffrey Nadel will be going on CNN’s Headline News to bring reason, common sense and actual facts into the debate. As is typically the case, those advocating infringing upon the rights of youth are lacking in all three.
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On November 2nd, the US Supreme Court will be hearing the oral arguments in the Schwarzenegger v. EMA case. On trial is the ability of the state to subject video games to censorship and legal age restrictions. In order to promote the free speech rights of youth NYRA will be holding a rally on the [...]
I became a pretty unpopular guy last week with a lot of Washingtonians when we defeated the Mosquito. Some folks are hoping that I get mugged by a hooligan. Others want to sue me. Someone posted my home and work address on the Internet. One particularly eloquent fellow called me a Jewboy and wished death [...]
Arnold is trying to take away your games. Don’t let him. California passed a law that would ban the sale of all “violent” video games to individuals under 18. The case of whether or not this law is Constitutional is going before the US Supreme Court. Their ruling could have far reaching implications for how [...]
This is replying to a Canadian Press article, “Students failing because of Twitter, texting and no grammar teaching” from earlier in the month. Little or no grammar teaching, cellphone texting, social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter, all are being blamed for an increasingly unacceptable number of post-secondary students who can’t write properly. It’s perfectly [...]
USA Today just came out with some horrible catastrophic news! Kids these days spend so much time with electronic media — cellphones, iPods, video games and computers — that it might as well be a full-time job: more than 53 hours a week, a study finds. Compared with peers a decade ago, young people spend [...]
Let’s say you have two middle school girls, whom we’ll call JC and CC. They don’t like each other. JC then makes a video of herself and a few other girls calling CC names, and then this video appears on YouTube. Obviously, CC is very upset by this. Perhaps she could create a counter video [...]
Check out some news coverage here: Some call distracted-driving bill age discrimination
This was posted to the NYRA forums on January 15. It’s about time that someone thought about the power of science and did an actual statistical investigation into the risks of online social networking. The result? Social networking sites aren’t nearly as dangerous as some people would like us to think. I was particularly interested [...]
On Thursday, the members of the School Leadership Team at Reynolds High School debated electronic devices and cell phone usage policy. Despite the efforts of of the student council president and I, the committee voted to ban all cell phone usage during class changes, effective next year. We were able to convince them to allow cell phones during [...]
Dear A.C. Reynolds High School Administration: Some members of the School Leadership Team have recently announced their desire to ban the use of electronic devices by students during school hours. Some members believe that students should still be able to use these devices during their lunch period, while others are completely opposed to any changes. [...]
Personal Email Accounts – BCS Meeting – April 5, 2007 It has come to the attention of the School Leadership Team at Reynolds High School, of which I am a member, that the county’s Technology Department has been directed to ban all personal email account usage for the next school year. The ban would affect [...]