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Bullying is Bullying May 22, 2010

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After some research and loads of reading my conclusion I came to is: bullying is bullying! Regardless of age, gender, race, education, creed, generational gaps, etc – the way you feel when you are bullied is the same.

My friend ‘Wiki’ says: Mobile Harassment a type of cyber-bullying, is sending any type of text message, sext, photo message, video message, or voicemail from a mobile phone that causes the receiver to feel harassed, threatened, tormented, humiliated, embarrassed or otherwise victimized.

Comparison of cyber-bullying to traditional bullying:
Certain characteristics inherent in online technologies increase the likelihood that they will be exploited for deviant purposes. Unlike physical bullying, electronic bullies can remain virtually anonymous using temporary email accounts, pseudonyms in chat rooms, instant messaging programs, cell-phone text messaging, and other Internet venues to mask their identity; this perhaps frees them from normative and social constraints on their behavior.

Cyber-bullying can be as simple as continuing to send e-mail to someone who has said they want no further contact with the sender, but it may also include threats, sexual remarks, pejorative labels (i.e., hate speech), ganging up on victims by making them the subject of ridicule in forums, and posting false statements as fact aimed at humiliation.

Cyber-bullies may disclose victims’ personal data (e.g. real name, address, or workplace/schools) at websites or forums or may pose as the identity of a victim for the purpose of publishing material in their name that defames or ridicules them. Some cyberbullies may also send threatening and harassing emails and instant messages to the victims, while other post rumors or gossip and instigate others to dislike and gang up on the target.

A recent ruling first seen in the UK determined that it is possible for an Internet Service Provider (ISP) to be liable for the content of sites which it hosts, setting a precedent that any ISP should treat a notice of complaint seriously and investigate it immediately.

A recent study by Marlon Parker and Grant Oosterwyk from CPUT shows some interesting preliminary stats. (They have decided to share it with us before it being released at a conference later this year).
Bullying via Mobile Phones at Cape Town Schools-
Bullied via Mobile at School 16%
Bully others via Mobile at School 16%
Bullied via Mobile outside School 17%
Bullied others via Mobile ourside School 17%
Know people being bullied via Mobile at School 61%
Know people being bullied via Mobile outside School 59%


She’s the Geek welcomes the Samsung Corby! May 17, 2010

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Guest post by She’s the Geek.

On Friday Craig Ross from RLabs welcomed the Samsung Corby txt that was sent from Johannesburg from Samsung Mobile from a woman named Palesa on behalf of Monique.

Over the next two weeks She’s the Geek will be reviewing the mobile device which Samsung loves to call the Bloggers media unit.


What do you do when your internet is “broke”? March 25, 2010

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Go sleep!

Yesterday evening I thought I broke my 3G modem. My friend is here from the UK and I was trying to get her connected. Actually I just gave her the USB 3G Vodafone modem and told her how easy it is to install and use it. I had high praise for this device and it’s connectivity. Well you can imagine why: her being from the UK, with high speed broadband, 24/7 access that’s literally free!

After Julia’s 5th attemp of trying to get onto the world wide web, I finally got out of my seat to go and help her. I have never had a problem connecting with my Vodafone 3G. So what could the problem be?

After attempt #6, trying various ports on her laptop, switching on mine, using an extra laptop as well, swapping sim cards and even trying the Telkom USB. Nothing worked! This was a mystery to me and relunctantly I then decided to plug in our network cable and used the ADSL! The ADSL line we have at home is such a waste – but that is another blog post!

In RLabs we use a term: “who broke the Internet”. Well it seemed to be me. After 1.5hours of trying to connect Julia to the Internet so that she can Skype her husband to say that she arrived safely in South Africa (did I mention that she just arrive yesterday?) I answered a call from my friend Monique also known as She’s the Geek.

During chatting and catching up I tell her about my battle with my 3G connections. To my surprise she tells me that hers is not working either! I’m thinking how can this be? Monique is very quick when it comes to technology, so she discovered that she couldn’t connect via her mobile phone either. I did not even think of trying to connect via my phone. So the conclusion we came to is that Vodacom service provider was down and data usage was non existent. We could use vodacom to make and receive calls and SMS’s but not access the Internet.

Monique who is an avid Vodacom supporter was now using MTN to browse the Internet for the evening. What has this wwworld come to – When your Vodacom data connection cannot give you access to something so important as the internet, you have to resort to using Telkom ADSL and surf the Internet via your mobile phone using MTN?

So, what do you do when your Internet is “broke”? Go sleep. That’s what I did because after trying my phone to check what’s happenning out there and getting no response going to sleep was the next best thing for me to do.

I guess if my Internet was not broken and I didn’t go to sleep so early, I would not of been up at 2.30 in the morning blogging from my phone while laying in bed! It’s after 3.40am now and I have read my Twitter streams, facebook status updates and newsfeeds and read and replied to emails. Oh yes, and of course blogged!

Now I feel sleepy and need a couple of hours more sleep….