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Geek Dads Weekly #52 – Cyberbully

Geek Dads Weekly
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In which all three Geek Dads talk about cyberbullying and a great new startup aimed at providing a safe social network for kids. Also: Drew rides a $2,000 bike. Srsly.

Joe sent me a message about an article in the New York Times about cyberbullying, a topic that hits us both as geeks and as dads. Is cyberbullying fundamentally different than bullying that has gone on in generations past? What do you do when you find out it’s your child that’s doing the bullying? What tools are available? We barely scratched the surface of this complex topic, but it’s one that we will be spending some good quality time on in shows to come.

Using facial recognition for the login process is something that startup What’s What hopes will keep its community safe from bullying behavior (as well as from identity theft and potential adult abuse). It doesn’t stop there. Check out WhatsWhat.me to learn how this new social network aimed at 7-14 year olds is trying to fight the good fight. Our prediction is that will be one of the services to watch in 2011. Here’s the survey that Joe mentioned.

Moving on, Drew’s made an offer on a house for the first time! Sweet! Fingers crossed.

After that, I gave an overview of the Attention! This Book Will Fight Breast Cancer charity project. Author Jim Kukral was my guest on Inside Internet Marketing a few days ago, and made a generous offer that we hope will generate more interest in the project. The signed book will be up for auction during Affiliate Summit West 2011.

Drew then spilled the beans about “that thing with those guys” that we’ve been teasing about for the past couple of shows. The project is called Road to Thin, and it’s five guys on a mission to drop at least 50 pounds each – myself, Drew, Kevin Metzger, PJ Mullen and Donny Claxton. We’ve got a site set up, a bi-weekly podcast, and it’s going to be awesome. We’re on Twitter, too.

Lastly, Drew had a test drive on the EliptiGO that he mentioned on last week’s show. It went really well, but… it’s $2,000. For a bike. Still, it’s pretty damn cool.

We wrapped with a short bit from Drew about a press conference that he did with some of the cast of Leverage, including noted joke thief Wil Wheaton.

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About Daniel M. Clark

Daniel M. Clark is a podcaster and proprietor of QAQN, a writer at danielmclark.com, and an all-around cool dude everywhere else.

God, I hate talking about myself in the third-person.

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