Law2sm’s Recap 4/09/14 – Interesting Stories Related to Cyber-bullying

Welcome to our monthly recap of interesting stories relating to Cyber-bullying.  These stories cover many issues including: Globetrotters spread anti-bullying message; new Minnesota anti-bullying bill; parents named as defendants in cyber-bullying case; teens & sexting; online safety techniques; Yik Yak the app & cyber-bullying; cyber-bullying infographic; and more.

These are some of the articles, reports, posts, etc. that caught our attention these past few months.  We originally send them out through our twitter account @l2cyberbullying, so follow us to get them as we find them.  But many of them are such great resources we don’t want you to miss them, so we’ve decided to put them as a recap.  Enjoy and let us know some of the stories you’ve found interesting.  Just share in the comments below.

 

Law2sm’s Bi-Weekly Recap 4/09/14 – Stories Relating to Social Media & the Law

Welcome to our bi-weekly recap of stories relating to Social Media and the Law.  This week’s stories cover many issues including: FTC investigates Pinterest account; do robots have rights?; reputation is the hardest risk to manage; Turkey’s Twitter troubles; Tech’s man problem; Big Data problems; new privacy guidance; IRS states virtual currencies are not currency; and more.

These are some of the articles, reports, posts, etc. that caught our attention this week.  We originally send them out through our twitter account @law2sm, so follow us to get them as we find them.  But many of them are such great resources we don’t want you to miss them, so we’ve decided to put them as a weekly recap.  The links will take you to their original sources, whether Mashable, Lexology, and/or others.  Enjoy and let us know some of the stories you’ve found interesting this week.  Just share in the comments below.  Have a great week!

Law2sm’s Bi-Weekly Recap 3/17/14 – Stories Relating to Social Media & the Law

Happy St. Pat’s Day

Welcome to our bi-weekly recap of stories relating to Social Media and the Law.  This week’s stories cover many issues including: the Internet at 25; FCC & Net neutrality; EEOC to huddle over social media; cyber security risks; SXSW & oversharing; expectations of privacy online; Bitcoin troubles; the tweet that cost $105,000; Kickstarter before Kickstarter; and more.

These are some of the articles, reports, posts, etc. that caught our attention this week.  We originally send them out through our twitter account @law2sm, so follow us to get them as we find them.  But many of them are such great resources we don’t want you to miss them, so we’ve decided to put them as a weekly recap.  The links will take you to their original sources, whether Mashable, Lexology, and/or others.  Enjoy and let us know some of the stories you’ve found interesting this week.  Just share in the comments below.  Have a great week!

Law2sm’s Recap 2/20/14 – Interesting Stories Related to Cyber-bullying

Welcome to our monthly recap of interesting stories relating to Cyber-bullying.  These stories cover many issues including: NoBullying guide; cyber-bullying doesn’t end with children; CA anti-bully bill; Selfies & bullying; protecting children online when they use Snapchat, Tumblr or Instagram; Workplace bullying interview; and more.

Happy mid-February!

These are some of the articles, reports, posts, etc. that caught our attention these past few months.  We originally send them out through our twitter account @l2cyberbullying, so follow us to get them as we find them.  But many of them are such great resources we don’t want you to miss them, so we’ve decided to put them as a recap.  Enjoy and let us know some of the stories you’ve found interesting.  Just share in the comments below.

 

Law2sm’s Bi-Weekly Recap 2/19/14 – Stories Relating to Social Media & the Law

Welcome to our bi-weekly recap of stories relating to Social Media and the Law.  This week’s stories cover many issues including: violating a restraining order via Pinterest; Twbel; data breaches; ethical lapses & social media; The Day the Internet Fought Back; Safer Internet Day; Crowd-funding legal issues; Bitcoin money laundering; and more.

These are some of the articles, reports, posts, etc. that caught our attention this week.  We originally send them out through our twitter account @law2sm, so follow us to get them as we find them.  But many of them are such great resources we don’t want you to miss them, so we’ve decided to put them as a weekly recap.  The links will take you to their original sources, whether Mashable, Lexology, and/or others.  Enjoy and let us know some of the stories you’ve found interesting this week.  Just share in the comments below.  Have a great week!

Law2sm’s Weekly Recap 1/24/14 – Stories Relating to Social Media & the Law

Happy 2014!  We are finally back on track with our blogs.  Extremely busy start to a new year.

Welcome to our bi-weekly recap of stories relating to Social Media and the Law.  This week’s stories cover many issues including: new data security bill proposed; CNN social media accounts hacked; data protection in 2014; Snapchat hacked; FDA issues social media draft guidance; cyber-liability insurance; work place cyber-bullying; Twibel trial; NSA phone data collection court decisions; and more.

Are you still on track with your New Year’s resolutions?

These are some of the articles, reports, posts, etc. that caught our attention this week.  We originally send them out through our twitter account @law2sm, so follow us to get them as we find them.  But many of them are such great resources we don’t want you to miss them, so we’ve decided to put them as a weekly recap.  The links will take you to their original sources, whether Mashable, Lexology, and/or others.  Enjoy and let us know some of the stories you’ve found interesting this week.  Just share in the comments below.  Have a great week!

Workplace Bullying: The Social Network Show Interview 2014

Workplace Bullying – Talking Points

The Social Network Show

January 17, 2014; 2 pm EST

http://thesocialnetworkstation.com/shows/the-social-network-show/

 

Host: Dr. Jane Karwoski

Presenter:  Deborah Gonzalez, Esq., Law2sm

 

What is workplace bullying?

Intentionally hurting or embarrassing another person.

Examples of bullying:

  • Shouting or swearing at an employee or otherwise verbally abusing him or her
  • One employee being singled out for unjustified criticism or blame
  • An employee being excluded from company activities or having his or her work or contributions purposefully ignored
  • Language or actions that embarrass or humiliate an employee
  • Practical jokes, especially if they occur repeatedly to the same person

Cyber-bullying – Cyber bullying is just like traditional workplace bullying and harassment in the workplace, but involving electronic devices and online communications. A report form the consulting firm OCR states that cyber bullying includes but not limited to:

  • Malicious or threatening emails, text messages, and tweets
  • Electronic communications that contain jokes about ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, or any other topic that would make an individual uncomfortable
  • Public shaming via a mass email
  • Sharing embarrassing, offensive, or manipulated images or videos of an individual
  • “Spreading lies and gossip – social networking sites and blogs are usually the most common ways people become victim of another person’s cyber bullying.”

Who is usually the bully?

  • A person in authority who feels threatened or
  • A co-worker who is insecure or immature

Is workplace bullying a common problem?

YES and increasing.

  • 35% of adults in the US report being bullied at work – approximately 54 million workers (Workplace Bullying Institute)
  • Almost one in ten people had experienced a manager using information from a social media site against them or a colleague (AVVG Technologies study January 2013, 4000 adults in 10 countries)
  • Eight out of ten have experienced cyber bullying (University of Sheffield and Nottingham University study May, 2013)
  • Same study: 14-20% of people felt they had been victim to cyber bullying at least once a week
  • Cnet.com research study – May 2013 – up to 80% of surveyed subjects claimed to have experienced some sort of cyber bullying at work

Why is it important for businesses to be concerned about workplace bullying?

Negative impact on bottom line because it can cause for the employee:

  • Stress
  • Absenteeism and low productivity
  • Lowered self-esteem and depression
  • Anxiety
  • Digestive upsets
  • High blood pressure
  • Insomnia
  • Trouble with relationships due to stress over work
  • Post traumatic stress disorder

For the business:

  • High turnover, which is expensive for companies as they invest in hiring and training new employees only to lose them shortly thereafter, possibly to a competitor
  • Low productivity since employees are not motivated to do their best and are more often out sick due to stress-related illnesses
  • Lost innovations since the bully is more interested in attacking his or her victim than advancing the company, and the victims become less likely to generate or share new ideas
  • Difficulty hiring quality employees as word spreads that the company has a hostile work environment
  • Legal liability

What can a company do?

  • Policies
  1. Anti-harassment
  2. Anti-discrimination
  3. Anti-bullying
  4. Social Media (NLRB)
  • TrainingCyber etiquette
  • Awareness (posters, periodic meetings)
  • Safe Places
  • Be up to date on cases and legislation:
  1. In Espinoza v. County of Orange, GO43067, 2012 WL 420149 (Cal. Ct. App. Feb. 9, 2012), the employer was found liable for having knowledge of the harassment but failing to take corrective action.
  2. Federal & State laws: cyber stalking or cyber harassment; defamation; hostile work environment
  3. The Communications Act 2003 (TCA)
  4. The Malicious Communications Act 1989 (MCA)
  5. State Law – Healthy Workplace Bill – introduced in 20 states since 2003
  6. State laws – 25 states have introduced bullying in the workplace laws but none have been enacted (2013); unlike cyber-bullying laws for schools:
  • 49 bullying laws
  • 47 include electronic harassment
  • 18 include cyber bullying
  • 12 have criminal sanctions
  • 44 have school sanctions

Other issues to consider:

Is this part of the company culture?

 

Resources:

Anti-bullying provisions of Fair Work Act now in play
http://www.lexology.com/library/detail.aspx?g=0edb51ed-812c-4ec9-b405-c38ac7bc441c

Bullying at work: Hard to define, even harder to ban
http://management.fortune.cnn.com/2014/01/07/bullying-work-ban/?section=magazines_fortune

Cyber bullying in the Work Place
http://www.northeastern.edu/securenu/?p=1995

State Cyber Stalking and Cyber Harrassment Laws
http://www.ncsl.org/research/telecommunications-and-information-technology/cyberstalking-and-cyberharassment-laws.aspx

Bullying and Cyber-bullying Laws
http://www.cyberbullying.us/Bullying_and_Cyberbullying_Laws.pdf

Ant-bullying Laws
http://www.stopbullying.gov/laws/

Guest Blog: Cyber Bullying in the Workplace: A Growing Epidemic
http://www.bcs.org/content/conBlogPost/2187

Cyber-bullying: A Silent Epidemic in the Workplace
http://www.lanierupshaw.com/cyber-bullying-a-silent-epidemic-in-the-workplace/

Employers Beware: Cyber-Bullying Could Wreak Havoc in Your Workplace
http://www.frostbrowntodd.com/resources-1520.html

11 Ways to Deal with a Workplace Cyber-bully
http://bullying.about.com/od/Cyberbullying/a/11-Ways-To-Deal-To-A-Workplace-Cyberbully.htm

Dealing with Cyber-bullying in the Workplace
http://www.business2community.com/human-resources/deal-cyberbullying-workplace-0718940#xzZm4X2GSwhCGZ5O.99

 

Law2sm’s Recap 12/23/13 – Interesting Stories Related to Cyber-bullying

Welcome to our monthly recap of interesting stories relating to Cyber-bullying.  These stories cover many issues including: anti-bullying tee shirts on display; understanding the bully; cyber-bullying insurance; 10 ways to tackle cyber bullying in schools; Facebook & online bullying;  and more.

Happy Holidays!  This is the last Cyber Bullying blog for 2013.  See you in 2014!

As a little treat check out the New York Times Happy Holidays Special Section – it has tons of ideas for merriment and celebration.  http://learning.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/12/23/happy-holidays-2/?_r=0

These are some of the articles, reports, posts, etc. that caught our attention these past few months.  We originally send them out through our twitter account @l2cyberbullying, so follow us to get them as we find them.  But many of them are such great resources we don’t want you to miss them, so we’ve decided to put them as a recap.  Enjoy and let us know some of the stories you’ve found interesting.  Just share in the comments below.

Law2sm’s Weekly Recap 12/23/13 – Stories Relating to Social Media & the Law

Welcome to our bi-weekly recap of stories relating to Social Media and the Law.  This week’s stories cover many issues including: UN vote to protect online privacy; 10 facts about the Target breach; online holiday travel tips; Bitcoin in Iceland; Google fined in Spain over privacy policy; FFIEC releases social media guidelines; House introduces Cyber Security Bill; the NSA is coming to town (parody video); security tips for online holiday shopping; and more.

Happy Holidays!  This is the last blog for 2013.  See you in 2014!

As a little treat check out the New York Times Happy Holidays Special Section – it has tons of ideas for merriment and celebration.  http://learning.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/12/23/happy-holidays-2/?_r=0

These are some of the articles, reports, posts, etc. that caught our attention this week.  We originally send them out through our twitter account @law2sm, so follow us to get them as we find them.  But many of them are such great resources we don’t want you to miss them, so we’ve decided to put them as a weekly recap.  The links will take you to their original sources, whether Mashable, Lexology, and/or others.  Enjoy and let us know some of the stories you’ve found interesting this week.  Just share in the comments below.  Have a great week!

Law2sm’s Recap 11/25/13 – Interesting Stories Related to Cyber-bullying

Welcome to our monthly recap of interesting stories relating to Cyber-bullying.  These stories cover many issues including: cyber bullying laws only part of the answer; anti-bullying holiday tree; 2013 cyber bullying research update; cyber bullying 2013 statistics; anti-bullying film tour; recovering from bullying; text bombing; cyber bullying infographic; anti-bullying week 2013; and more.

Have a safe and bully-free Thanksgiving!

These are some of the articles, reports, posts, etc. that caught our attention these past few months.  We originally send them out through our twitter account @l2cyberbullying, so follow us to get them as we find them.  But many of them are such great resources we don’t want you to miss them, so we’ve decided to put them as a recap.  Enjoy and let us know some of the stories you’ve found interesting.  Just share in the comments below.