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September 29, 2012

Fighting Back Against Cyberbullying
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With an astonishing 70% of teens admitting to cyberbullying, it’s become an epidemic. We’ll talk to an expert who will help you protect your kid from those who are destroying others for the sport of it. Then, have you noticed your attention span getting shorter? One expert thinks it’s because the internet is literally rewiring your brain!
Episode Segments:
InfoTrak: Fighting Cyberbullies
Shawn Edgington, expert in cyberbullying and textual harassment, and author of The Parents Guide to Texting, Facebook and Social Media says that the use and abuse of technology by youngsters is increasing at an alarming rate. She talked about the reasons that cyberbullying has become so pervasive and what parents can do to stay abreast of their children’s cell phone and online activities.
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InfoTrak: What The Internet is Doing to Your Brain
Nicholas Carr, author of The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains believes that the ever-increasing amount of time we spend online might be eroding our capacity to read carefully and think critically. Recent research indicates that the brain actually begins to rewire itself when subjected to activities such as habitual use of the Internet. He offered examples of how distractedness has serious consequences, and what web users can do to minimize the problem.
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InfoTrak: Why 70% of All Changes Still Fail
Seventy percent of all major changes in organizations fail - and that number hasn't changed since researchers started examining success and failure rates some fifteen years ago. Rick Maurer, author of Beyond The Wall Of Resistance: Why 70% of All Changes Still Fail – and What You Can Do About It talked about the most common reasons for failure and what leaders can do about it.
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Guest(s) Appearing on this Episode
Shawn Marie Edgington
Shawn Marie Edgington is the author of "Read Between the lines: A Humorous Guide to Texting with Simplicity and Style”, “The Parent’s Guide to Texting, Facebook and Social Media” and slated for fall 2011 “What Men Want in the Workplace and How to Use it to Get Ahead”. Shawn is the CEO of a National Insurance Brokerage, public speaker, “Texpert”, and the developer of the Ignore/Block/Report Program. Shawn is the founder of The C.A.T.C. Publishing Group whose mission is to Communicate Awareness through Collaboration about textual harassment and cyberbullying.

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Nicholas Carr
Nicholas Carr writes on the social, economic, and business implications of technology. He is the author of the 2008 Wall Street Journal bestseller The Big Switch: Rewiring the World, from Edison to Google, which is "widely considered to be the most influential book so far on the cloud computing movement," according the Christian Science Monitor. His earlier book, Does IT Matter?, published in 2004, "lays out the simple truths of the economics of information technology in a lucid way, with cogent examples and clear analysis," said the New York Times. He is working on a new book, The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains, which will be published in 2010. Carr's books have been translated into more than a dozen languages. Carr has written for many periodicals, including The Atlantic Monthly, The New York Times Magazine, Wired, The Financial Times, Die Zeit, The Futurist, and Advertising Age, and has been a columnist for The Guardian and The Industry Standard. His much-discussed essay "Is Google Making Us Stupid?," which appeared as the cover story of the Atlantic Monthly's Ideas issue in the summer of 2008, has been collected in three popular anthologies:The Best American Science and Nature Writing, The Best Technology Writing, and The Best Spiritual Writing. Carr has written a personal blog, Rough Type, since 2005. He is a member of the Encyclopaedia Britannica's editorial board of advisors and is on the steering board of the World Economic Forum's cloud computing project. Earlier in his career, Carr was executive editor of the Harvard Business Review and a principal at Mercer Management Consulting. Carr has been a speaker at MIT, Harvard, Wharton, the Kennedy School of Government, NASA, and the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas as well as at many industry, corporate, and professional events throughout the Americas, Europe, and Asia. He holds a B.A. from Dartmouth College and an M.A., in English and American literature and language, from Harvard University.

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