Parents do Communicate with Kids about Online Risks – Leslie Haddon

12 03 2014

Internet-issues-300x184LSE’s Leslie Haddon responds to a 3 March post by Chandni Rani that argued the proposed Online Safety Bill currently in committee in the UK Parliament would be a “big step forward” in protecting children online. He shares recent findings from research into parent-child communication about online content. Read the rest of this entry »

Teacher defamation highlights social media’s legal perils – David Rolph

10 03 2014

Social MediaLast November, a young man was ordered by a NSW court to pay A$105,000 in damages for defaming a teacher at his former school on Twitter. The decision, which only came to light earlier this week, should serve as a reminder to all users of the legal risks involved in using social media. Read the rest of this entry »

Ten Years of Facebook: Where is the “Twibel” equivalent and why Zuckerberg’s creation is different (if, indeed, it is)? – Rhory Robertson and Tom Double

8 03 2014

Facebook logo reflected in eyeLast month, Facebook celebrated its tenth birthday. The customised 10 year anniversary videos shared by many Facebook users, reflecting their (largely positive) experiences since joining the site, paint a rosy picture of the company’s first decade. Read the rest of this entry »

Case Law, Australia: Mickle v Farley, $105,000 awarded for defamatory tweets and Facebook posts – Patrick George

7 03 2014

gazetteA former NSW schoolboy who posted abusive and defamatory statements on Twitter and Facebook about a teacher at his school ordered to pay $105,000 damages … NSW District Court Judge Michael Elkaim found “the effect of the publication on the plaintiff was devastating” … Patrick George reports. Read the rest of this entry »

Amber Warnings: Don’t be socially awkward – Amber Melville-Brown

1 03 2014

AMB-imageThere are three legal weapons that you may find in your armoury to protect you against attacks from others in the online environment.  These are weapons which you may find turned on you. They are the laws of defamation, privacy and harassment. Read the rest of this entry »

Social Media Sites and Cyberabuse, Part 2 – Clare Brown

28 02 2014

social-media-logosIn the second of this two part post Clare Brown, Library & Information Manager at Collyer Bristow examines developments and potential risks of a range of social media websites.  Part 1 was published on 27 February 2014. Read the rest of this entry »

Social Media Sites and Cyberabuse, Part 1 – Clare Brown

26 02 2014

Facebook-TwitterIn this two part article Clare Brown, Library & Information Manager at Collyer Bristow examines recent developments and potential risks of various social media websites. She opens with the most popular sites Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter. Read the rest of this entry »

Twitter still to grasp the nettle? – Rhory Robertson and Tom Double

31 01 2014

TwitterIt was not so long ago that we wrote that Twitter appeared to be grasping the nettle and taking its role as a responsible social media platform seriously. However, Twitter’s abject failure to deal with the recent abuse levelled at Stan Collymore, an ex-premiership footballer, suggests our assessment might have been ill-judged. Read the rest of this entry »

Twitter victims strike back! – Rhory Robertson and Aimee Stevens

25 01 2014

M_Stalker-CyberStalkerSocial media offers its users an extraordinary and unprecedented freedom to communicate and let their voice be heard.  But the abuse, bullying, harassment and trolling that has taken place in recent months on sites such as Facebook, Twitter and has not gone unnoticed. Read the rest of this entry »

Professional Footballers and Twitter: A match made in (tabloid) heaven – Tim Lowles

16 01 2014

FootballAnother week another professional footballer facing a red card as a result of ill-advised tweeting; the latest casualty of failing to realise that tweets sent in the heat of the moment can have long lasting consequences on their careers, bank balances and self-esteem even if deleted from their account. Read the rest of this entry »


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