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Posted: Thursday, January 5, 2012 8:00 pm

With 800 million Facebook users worldwide, safety — particularly cyberbullying — is a huge concern and was the focus of a community forum Thursday at Flathead High School.

Corey Owens, Facebook’s associate manager of public policy, gave a presentation on the tools and resources available to report abusive content on the site. About 200 students and 100 parents and teachers attended the forum.

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          • Let there be truth posted at 11:01 pm on Fri, Jan 6, 2012.

            Let there be truth Posts: 409

            It has become evident that the socially experimental phenomena of cyberspace known as Facebook and MySpace does allow a large amount of cyberbullying. It obviously is a free path for criminally psychopathic and narcisstic sexual predators to manipulate weak minds through the various mass hypnotic techniques of unconscious subliminally perceptive and repetititve eroticized or physical dominance used by the trained psy-ops of the CIA and the television industry for years. Also, advertising in print and billboards has had the same results. Montana became weakened and fragile the year before last locally when medical marijuana advertising was booming. We experienced a higher rate of crime than the rest of the state for property crimes, murder , violence and experienced a higher drop out rate in public schools as a result.
            Instead of following Senator Tester and Lieutenant Governor John Bollinger's path which would lead to creating a costly and useless boondoggle of a federally funded fascist style cyber-police force, perhaps we could learn from Germany's mistakes before it is too late. It would be more beneficial to our nation and constitutional integrity to require the billionaire one percent owners Facebook and MySpace to enforce their own policies of behavioral use before we let the political talking-heads state that the liberty and constitutional rights of individuals has reached it's dead end and communism is therefore inevitable. Perhaps the Daily Inter Lake as well could enforce their own stated code of conduct policys and promote a natural pathway for codes of public decency and tolerance to develop by allowing uncensored civil bi-partisan discourse for a change as well.

          • Rob123 posted at 7:02 pm on Fri, Jan 6, 2012.

            Rob123 Posts: 6603


          • michael posted at 4:47 pm on Fri, Jan 6, 2012.

            michael Posts: 540

            I too would vote to anybody but Tester. Well, almost, certainly won't vote for Rehberg either. Guess that leaves that square empty. Tester has become, or always was a republican. He simple pulled the wool over our eyes. How sad that we have no choice.

          • Thinker posted at 9:27 am on Fri, Jan 6, 2012.

            Thinker Posts: 167

            Oh, PLEEEEZZZZ! There is a very simple solution here.

            Train everyone to behave like politicians. Then all the personal attacks, lies, and hypocrisy won't affect the intended victim. When you get caught, just shake hands and pretend it didn't matter. Issue a meaningless apology. Then start all over in the next political campaign. Money and power is all that's at stake. The damage done to another person doesn't count.

            Read about the viciousness of American political campaigns, starting with, at least, Thomas Jefferson, who played really dirty. There's no difference between the methods he used than cyberbullying. Read Machiavelli. This is nothing new.

            Anyone who is bullied, even by grandmothers, needs to learn how not to act like a victim and shut the bullies up.

            But, one more time, a bully is trained at home, either by bullies, or by people who don't teach children about how to behave in civilized society. This is the price we pay for our "anything goes" society, and it is getting worse, especially when politicians are "gonna' fix it."

            I'd vote for anybody to get rid of John Tester. What hypocrisy!

          • Let there be truth posted at 9:17 am on Fri, Jan 6, 2012.

            Let there be truth Posts: 409

            What me worry? I wear 3-D glasses instead of blinders when commenting or viewing in the political theater provided for cyber-bully pulpits. To digital infinity and beyond....

          • Mommy Dearest posted at 11:26 pm on Thu, Jan 5, 2012.

            Mommy Dearest Posts: 846

            Hard to recognize a bully when you is one.

          • libra42 posted at 10:30 pm on Thu, Jan 5, 2012.

            libra42 Posts: 461

            Jon Tester has moved on from the obscene boondoggle of the Whitehorse border crossing.

            Let's consider this latest charade as an improvement, since it wastes less money. The government takes our money and then searches high and low for a way to spend it.

            These state officials are being paid to watch over us. Thanks for nothing.

          • TallTree posted at 10:12 pm on Thu, Jan 5, 2012.

            TallTree Posts: 74

            Class... what did we just learn?

            1. Nothing much is going on in Washington, D.C. All is fine with America. Therefore Jon Tester has time to organize a Facebook/cyber-bullying educational event for Kalispell. Economy? What economy? Jobs are less important too I guess. Why work on jobs for Montana when you can set up a Facebook/cyber-bullying educational event? Apparently Kalispell needs that more than jobs.

            2. Cyber-bullying seems to be a big problem in Kalispell schools as apparently no other Montana schools have held or need this educational event. If others events in MT were held, why wasn't that mentioned in this article?

            3. This is a really big problem in Kalispell schools as we needed all these high level state officials to attend the event to get the message across.

            4. Apparently our local educators are unable or unwilling to handle this problem as they needed Tester to organize this event.

            5. Seeing as how all the elected officials are Democrats (I'm including Lt. Gov. John Bohlinger in that camp even if he claims to be a Republican), then Mayor Fisher is also a Democrat?

            6. Allison Schmaltz, a school counselor at Elrod Elementary, is unfamiliar with Facebook. And here I thought all those clueless school counselors in the movies were a stereotype! Paging Hollywood! Here is source material for your next movie. Paging parents... considering how Facebook is such an integral part of many people's lives - especially kids - how confident are you in counselor Schmaltz's abilities, or any of the other counselors in the Kalispell schools? After all, if Facebook cyber-bullying is such a problem in the Kalispell schools, you'd think the school counselors would know how Facebook works!

            7. What came out of this educational event? Apparently lots of hand-wringing and no action plans. And the knowledge that many of the elected officials and school officials are clueless. I thought America grew out of the situation where the kids knew more about computers than the adults supervising them did. Apparently not in Kalispell.

            8. How much did this event cost?

          • amnotacorporation posted at 9:37 pm on Thu, Jan 5, 2012.

            amnotacorporation Posts: 154

            Please tell us more about this digital citizenship. Was wondering what kind of fascism was going to be sold by this panel of snake oil salesmen. And, of course, all in the name of keeping the children eternally safe.


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