The Telecom Digest for July 01, 2010
Volume 29 : Issue 177 : "text" Format
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Verizon Wireless Said to Start Offering IPhone in January (Monty Solomon)
Re: Online Bullies Pull Schools Into the Fray (Adam H. Kerman)
Re: Online Bullies Pull Schools Into the Fray (John Levine)
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Date: Tue, 29 Jun 2010 23:07:18 -0400
From: Monty Solomon <email@example.com>
Subject: Verizon Wireless Said to Start Offering IPhone in January
Verizon Wireless Said to Start Offering IPhone in January
By Amy Thomson - Jun 29, 2010
Verizon Wireless, the largest U.S. mobile-phone company, will start
selling Apple Inc.'s iPhone next year, ending AT&T Inc.'s exclusive
hold on the smartphone in the U.S., two people familiar with the
The device will be available to customers in January, according to
the people, who declined to be named because the information isn't
public. Natalie Kerris, an Apple spokeswoman, and Jeffrey Nelson, a
Verizon Wireless spokesman, declined to comment.
Date: Wed, 30 Jun 2010 06:14:29 +0000 (UTC)
From: "Adam H. Kerman" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Re: Online Bullies Pull Schools Into the Fray
>Online Bullies Pull Schools Into the Fray
>By JAN HOFFMAN
>June 27, 2010
>The girl's parents, wild with outrage and fear, showed the principal
>the text messages: a dozen shocking, sexually explicit threats, sent
>to their daughter the previous Saturday night from the cellphone of a
>12-year-old boy. Both children were sixth graders at Benjamin
>Franklin Middle School in Ridgewood, N.J.
>Punish him, insisted the parents.
>"I said, 'This occurred out of school, on a weekend,' " recalled the
>principal, Tony Orsini. "We can't discipline him."
>Had they contacted the boy's family, he asked.
>Too awkward, they replied. The fathers coach sports together.
Oh, how absurd. Obviously the little girl's parents should have contacted
the little boy's parents as a first step. The principal MUST NOT get in
the middle unless the little boy's parents are unwilling to discipline
the boy and the rude, nasty behavior doesn't stop and affects the school.
Are you all going to laugh at me for daring to suggest that the little
girl shouldn't have a cell phone? Maybe she's too young to understand
that there are ways to block messages, that potentially upsetting messages
should be ignored. There are creeps out there, even those her own age.
Turn off the SMS feature on her account or have the messages redirected
to email or logged that the parents will monitor.
Email should be filtered. Now there are plenty of adults who won't filter
email when it's a problem, but one assumes that children are far more
adept at computer technology than adults. If she isn't able to filter
her messages, then take away the phone till she's old enough to understand.
Old fart mode: When I was a kid, mobile telephone service was extremely
expensive and meant a radio phone in Cannon's station wagon or a marine
radio, with calls completed by intercession of special human operators.
When I was in high school, mobile phones came in specially hardened brief
cases or large "bags" or they were built into cars and run off the car's
battery. Of course kids could have handled this technology but the expense
was quite high. We used CB radios, free. When we had to make phone calls,
we used pay phones.
Somehow we survived a lack of SMS.
Date: 30 Jun 2010 13:31:11 -0000
From: John Levine <email@example.com>
Subject: Re: Online Bullies Pull Schools Into the Fray
>>Had they contacted the boy's family, he asked.
>>Too awkward, they replied. The fathers coach sports together.
>Oh, how absurd. Obviously the little girl's parents should have contacted
>the little boy's parents as a first step.
Of course. This is mostly a story about inept parenting. If you were
the boy's father, wouldn't you want to hear about this quietly from a
friend, before the kid texts another girl whose big brother beats the
stuffing out of him, or whose parents call the police?
>Are you all going to laugh at me for daring to suggest that the little
>girl shouldn't have a cell phone?
Maybe, maybe not. I got my daughter a phone when she was 12 so she
could call us if she missed the train home. You are right that she
needs to learn how to use her phone, but it is also reasonable to
expect that people she knows should not threaten her.
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