Fight teen trolls with help from the Cyberbullying Research Center

Cyberbullying Research CenterDr. Sameer Hinduja of Florida Atlantic University and Dr. Justin Patchin of University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire work together to research the causes and consequences of cyberbullying. In addition to advice for parents and teens about how to prevent and deal with cyberbullying, the professors provide a current list of anti-cyberbullying laws by state:

Cyberbullying Research Center


Just5 Offers Big-Buttoned Cell Phones for Grandma

Just5This European company has developed a simple mobile phone designed to be used by folks with hearing, sight and dexterity issues. It features a large display and buttons, a keypad that announces pressed keys in English or Spanish, hearing aid compatible amplified sound and an emergency SOS button on the back that can be set to text and then sequentially call five preset numbers. The Just5 phone operates on the GSM (Global System for Mobile Communications) standard, that is, it uses a SIM (Subscriber Identity Module) card to store the phone’s information. In the United States, mobile service is provided via a pre-paid plan with TMobile or through a user’s existing plan through TMobile or AT&T. The phone also has a built-in flashlight and an FM radio. Say, my mom might not have thrown this model in the trash!

Get text alerts about crime in your area with Nixle

NixleLaw enforcement agencies across the country contract with Nixle to send text alerts and emails to citizen cell phones in geographically targeted areas. Register for free at the site and include your address, email, and cell phone number. Nixle will push to you alerts about emergency information, less urgent advisories, and community information. Users can select what types of information they wish to receive and can turn off text notifications at any time.

Recycle your electronics for cash.

EcoSquidYou got a new smart phone! What will you do with your old phone? Recycle it for cash through EcoSquid, a kind of meta-search engine of places that will take in your electronics and maybe give you a little something in return. Help the planet and your wallet!

Rick Steves talks mobile phones in Europe.

Mobile phones in EuropeTravel expert Rick Steves offers a lucid explanation of the complicated business of using a cell phone in Europe. Europe uses a transmission standard called GSM (Global System for Mobile Communications). In the U.S., most companies operate on a network called CDMA (Code Division Multiple Access), which doesn’t work abroad. The exceptions are T-Mobile and AT&T, which do use GSM.

GSM phones hold a little chip behind the battery. Called a SIM (Subscriber Identity Module) card, it contains the phone’s memory, including its number and location. An American-based GSM phone, for example, on the AT&T network, could work in Europe. But because the SIM card is U.S.-based, it would rack up international calling rates anywhere but home. Not only that, every time you cross a border in Europe, you get smacked with “roaming” charges. To avoid these, you must literally buy a new SIM card for every country that you visit.

BillShrink searches for cheaper phones and credit cards.

BillShrinkVisit BillShrink to get recommendations for the best credit cards, gas stations, savings banks, and cell phone plans for your lifestyle. When you sign up for a free account, BillShrink will alert you via email you when even better offers become available.