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Facebook loosens privacy restrictions for minors amid cyberbullying concerns
Fox News
Facebook will let teenagers between the ages of 13 and 17 share their posts with everyone on the Internet — a change that comes at a strange time, following the suicide of a 12-year-old in Florida from cyber bullying and smack in the middle of National Bullying Prevention Month. The new policy will give teens the choice of switching their settings so their posts can be accessible to the general public. That option already has been available to adults, including users who are 18 or 19. But it means teenagers may be potentially more exposed to online abuse.
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Texas school district reviews bus safety
Austin American-Statesman
During school bus safety week, Oct. 21-25, the Lake Travis school district will be reminding students about the safety procedures in place to protect them while being transported between school and home. Bus driver Melissa Estrada said the drivers are trained on procedures that have to happen before the bus door is ever opened to let students out.
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Distracted drivers lack focus near California schools
The Sacramento Bee
California drivers' focus near schools has significant room for improvement according to an annual observational study recently conducted across the state. Students monitoring nearly 70 intersections at high schools in 24 California counties for one hour recently recorded more than 7,000 cases of distracted driving. Student participants in this educational Roadwatch observed a lack of driving focus ranging from talking and texting on the cellphone to eating and drinking, personal grooming and smoking. These four distracted driving habits topped the list as most prevalent.
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School bus GPS systems picking up steam nationwide
VideoBrief About 25 million students ride school buses every day. Every so often, something goes wrong: Children are occasionally left behind or get lost on the wrong bus route. Now schools are using technology to bring parents some peace of mind.
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Lessons learned from latest cyberbullying tragedy
USA Today
Cyberbullying is back in the headlines after two Florida girls — ages 12 and 14 — were arrested on felony charges for allegedly taunting and bullying a 12-year-old girl who jumped to her death last month from an abandoned cement factory tower. Cyberbullying involves harassment online. It's any bullying through technology. Rebecca Sedwick of Lakeland, Fla., who died Sept. 9, was picked on for months by as many as 15 girls through online message boards and texts.
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Improving safety of walking, biking to school focus of program in Ohio
The Oxford Press
National Walk/Bike to School Day Oct. 9 became an opportunity to look at the routes those activities take to Kramer and Talawanda Middle School with an eye to making them safer for more than just one day a year. Volunteers from a partnership between the Talawanda School District and the city of Oxford welcomed walking and biking students to both schools that morning and then spent part of the day performing an environmental survey looking for hazards to students on their way to school.
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When can technology bridge the educational divide
Gadgets and software on its own will not improve education. While 21st century technology promises to help students develop a wider, more accessible breadth of knowledge, just putting tech in our schools is not enough to "level the playing field." Instead our structural and pedagogical realities run smack into conflict with our hopes for equitable access.
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Schools attempt to reduce ever-growing problem of bullying
The Gazette
It happens at every school. Students call each other names like "fatty" and "ugly" in between classes, sneak punches or kicks on the bus and post nasty insults online: "Nobody likes you." "You're such a loser." What to do about bullying has become a national focus because today, instead of being something of an adolescent rite of passage that leaves a black eye or hurt feelings, children are dying.
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School districts aim for increased bus safety
USA Today
School districts nationwide are enhancing bus safety by employing more technology, providing students with increased instruction on safety practices and getting parents more involved.

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Are anti-bullying programs having an opposite effect?
CBS Dallas News
A lot of schools spend countless hours trying to stop bullying. But some question if they are sending the right message.

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Budget decision: Blount County Schools suspends bus service
Knoxville News Sentinel
While Blount County Schools in Tennessee were open for classes this past Friday, students who normally ride the bus had to find an alternative way to get to school.

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Are mean girls getting meaner? Teens open up about bullying
VideoBrief Even with all the talk about reining in badly behaving children, bullying seems to have gotten worse than it's ever been, especially with the added weapons that the Internet provides. And the suicide of a Florida girl has brought that issue front and center once again.
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Schools learn tablets' limits
The Wall Street Journal
As schools rush to embrace computer tablets as teaching tools, glitches have officials in a few districts rethinking the usefulness and even security of the latest technology trend. K-12 schools nationwide are expected to spend $9.7 billion on technology in 2013, up from $6 billion in 2003, according to the Center for Digital Education, a national research and advisory institute specializing in education technology trends and policy. Experts say the pace of technology spending is rapidly growing as schools try to become more tech-savvy.
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Missed last week's issue? See which articles your colleagues read most.

    Budget decision: Blount County Schools suspends bus service (Knoxville News Sentinel)
What the federal government shutdown means for the next transportation bill
(Safe Routes to School National Partnership)
Talk to your child about bullying (The Huffington Post)
School bus inspections underway (Herald-Citizen)
Student transport report: Improvements, laws have made school buses safer
(The Journal News)

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