I'm pulling a few unrelated threads together here, mostly because it is one week before NTC and as my UK friends say, "I'm mental busy."
First, and foremost, tommorrow is Stop Cyberbullying Day, an excellent idea that Andy Carvin suggested in light of the Kathy Sierra incident earlier this week. If you have not already checked out the ning site that Andy put together, it's here. It's worth reading the discussions for the ideas being suggested as well as for the excellent resources being shared. I will draw on it for my post tommorrow.
Scott McLeod created some badges and over at the site there's more discussion going on about what message should be on the badge. I like this one with the bandaid, as I think the one with the horse is a little disrespectful.
This afternoon, along with Andy Carvin and Elisa Camahort, I was invited on the BBC as part of their World Have Your Say radio program, a face-paced talk show with Paul Coletti. The segment was on cyberbullying and the need for a code of conduct. (more here). Over on the Stop Cyberbullying Social Network Site, David Weinberg suggested a no bullies pledge, a sort of creative commons licensing for acceptable conduct. It is bringing to light how complicated this issue is and the subtle differences between cyberbullying and online sexual harrassment.
Here's an interview with Kathy Sierra with the local TV station.
Paul Lamb sent me a pointer to a cool video messaging tool called Eyejot that he had just posted about on his Cool 'n Conscientious, a social networking site dedicated to leveraging emerging information tools for social change. So, I felt it was appropriate to combine the message with the tool .... and I created a video message reminder for this post, but unfortunately the service is rather buggy and it didn't work!
Eyejot was the second example of video IM that I saw today. Rupert posted on the Vlogging list posted about twittering video blog messages posted from his cell phone. It's sort of complicated, but check it out. I just didn't have time to futz with it and besides don't have a mobile phone with a video camera.
While these video messaging tools have a cool factor, I'm also a little concerned about how they might be misused by cyberbullies. Are you?