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Various Resources compiled by Dr. Alec Couros
Dark Side of the Internet
"Dark Side" of the Internet (Selected Issues)
* Note, some of these sites are NOT appropriate for children or for the classroom. They are linked here for awareness purposes only.
Bad Taste/Offensive Content:
: Directory of "losers" on the Internet
: A rating site dedicated to photos of 'ugly' people.
: A site dedicated to asking the question, "who would you kill, and how would you kill them?"
: "Pure evil since 1996" specializes in presenting torture, mutilations, injuries and fatalities.
: One of best sites for cyberbullying awareness.
: Another very popular bullying site.
Star Wars Kid
: Likely the most popular case of Internet bullying ever. See background story via
Examples of CyberBullying
: Several good resources.
- Great Canadian resource for cyberbulling.
StopCyberbullying @ Ning
- A social network you can join to learn more about cyberbullying, or to connect with people who can help you.
- Fight Hate and Promote Tolerance
- Great resource for those being bullied, threatened or harassed.
: Even teachers can be bullied?
Do P.E. Teachers Suck?
: This is what students had to say.
The Hate Directory
: This is a directory (152 pages) of hate-related sites on the Internet.
: Likely the most popular of all hate-related websites, this is a revisionist account of the life of Martin Luther King aimed at kids.
: "White Nationalist Community", affiliated with the
: Fourteen year-old twin sisters who market white supremacy music.
"God Hates The World":
A song from Westboro Baptist Church, a VERY anti-homosexual group.
: Record label for white supremacist music.
An anti-social utility that disconnects you from all the things YOU HATE.
Misinformation, Satire and/or Hoaxes:
: A site dedicated to the banning of dihydrogen monoxide.
: Satirical publication, some good examples include:
PowerPoint Suicide Note
. Content warning for much of the site, however.
The Apollo Hoax
: Some believe we have never been on the moon. Wikipedia explains more
Is Lip Balm Addictive?
: Some think so.
The Great Aids Hoax
: One of many sites that pushes the idea that AIDS/HIV is related to a conspiracy theory against non-whites.
: Many in the Internet community were outraged when they found out that LonelyGirl15 was an actress.
: A popular video of a breakup filmed live at a College. This turned out to be a staged event.
Bride Cuts Hair
: Another popular Youtube video of a bride drastically cutting her hair on her wedding day turned out to be a staged event.
: There is a dark story behind this popular video.
: Line of products powered by your TelCo.
: Satire of the World Bank.
: A site that claims HIV and AIDS are not related.
: "Create your own genetically healthy child online."
: A site which refutes the theory of global warming.
: "First and largest cloning provider."
: Researching "ring tones that attract."
Annals of Improbable Research
: "Research that makes people laugh then think."
: Underwear with a built in GPS tracker.
The Pit Breakup
Bride Has Massive Hair Wigout
Internet Related Sex and Violence:
: Happy slapping os "a
in which an unsuspecting victim is attacked while an accomplice records the assault."
: "A suicide reference" with links to many pro-suicide groups.
: Likely the largest of all pro-choice suicide groups.
Internet Scams and Money- Making Models:
: Only you have the power to save Toby! Here is the truth behind the site via
Teen Internet Fraud
: Cole Bartimoro and his Internet Fraud schemes.
Million Dollar Homepage
: This is legitimate, but begins to show how making money via the Internet can be very different.
Story at BBC
: Some of the most profitable of all Internet scams.
: Unsustainable business models that have been around for quite sometime in various forms. A humorous look at the pyramid schemes comes from "
Nigerian 4-1-9 Scheme
: This scheme was around even before the Internet, and is a type of
advance fee frauds
Pump and Dump
: These are common, security-related schemes.
Privacy, Surveilance, GPS and Related Trends:
EPIC on RFID
: Information on what are sometimes called "spy chips".
: Interesting, speculative videos on what the world of privacy may look like in the future.
: An article on a wireless, proximity-based dating service.
: An Economist article on mobile advertising, the "next big thing."
Adoption Profile Lookup
: A controversial database from Alberta Children's Services
Popular Sites and Social Networks for Teens/Tweens:
: One of the most popular looks-based, social networks in eastern Canada.
: The name says it all.
: Games you can play with your virtual pet.
: Many addicting games by Wrigley's.
: Virtual hangout and games from Mattel.
: Family as told by Disney Corporation.
: A popular funny video and photos site.
: Funny video site, content can get very innappropriate for children.
: Popular social networking site for younger kids.
: Popular place to share and create Flash videos.
: Virtual world for kids.
: Photo sharing/enhancement site for kids.
Complex virtual world (need software download)
: Popular media site.
: One of the most popular social network sites.
: An increasingly popular social network site.
: The most popular video-sharing site.
: "Massive online adventure game."
Flinstones' Cigarette Commercial
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