TeenTech Weekly: NYPD student surveillance, stealing for credit, free speech rights

The weekly roundup of Generation Y and student resources you may have missed.
Written by Charlie Osborne, Contributing Writer

This edition of TeenTech weekly rounds up the resources concerning Generation Y and students that you may have missed. This week we've read about free speech arguments and student suspension, malware and children, the lost case of UK students against the coalition government, and NYPD student surveillance.

1.) 'Hot for Teacher' lands student in hot water. A 'sexually suggestive' journal entry led to a Michigan college student's suspension and barring from campus grounds -- and yet he is allowed to continue studies online.

Joe Corlett, 56, an Oakland University student, is considering legal action after being suspended for three semesters and banned from campus after writing the essay about his teacher, and his attraction for her.

Inspired by the 1984 Van Halen hit “Hot for Teacher,” he wrote about his first impressions of his tutor, describing her as “tall, blonde, stacked, smart, articulate”.

2.) Children and hackers: What you need to know. As adults begin to wise up to the malware, albeit slowly, a worrying trend has emerged -- that of targeting young online users for profit.

What are some of the methods used to exploit children in to allowing malicious code access to computer systems?

Young children who are playing a flash-based game online are more likely to press that pretty, animated download button with the upbeat audio -- which could result in malware thieving stored bank details on a computer from right under your nose. But what else?

3.) Online scams on the rise. (TNS) Jobseekers are becoming increasingly at risk from cybercriminals looking to take advantage of individuals who are searching for work.

According to a new report, it is the key student 18-25 age group who are at most risk of being reeled in by these scams, especially with more students than ever out of work, with 54 percent stating they would provide these personal details.

4.) NYPD surveillance of students called 'disgusting'.(WSJ) The fear that the New York Police Department might secretly be watching students who are Muslim has spread beyond them to others who find the reported tactics "disgusting," as one student put it -- in Columbia University and other academic institutions.

5.) Steal laptops for class credit? Students at the University of Twente stole 30 laptops from university staff across campus. Were they prosecuted? No -- instead, they received extra credit.

As part of a scientific research project, UT researcher Trajce Dimkov requested that the students attempt to steal the devices from campus — and it seems to have been a very simple task to ask of them.

6.) Is America leaving college students behind? (OpEdNews)

From the view of a student, is America discarding college students, and is enough support offering to those trying to complete their studies?

7.) UK: Brits priced out of postgrad degrees. (The Australian)

According to a report, British students are becoming a rarity on some postgraduate courses with wealthy foreign students dominating masters degrees and PhDs -- especially in Maths and Engineering.

8.) University offers course material online, cuts student costs. From this fall, the University of Cincinnati (UC) will be offering digital access of course materials to students for free.

Available to approximately 5,000 students who are enrolled in a psychology basics course, their core materials will be supplied by the university online free of charge in an online format, with other purchase options available if a student prefers the material to be downloadable and compatible with a particular device.

9.) Scottish students say No to beer. (ST) University of Edinburgh Students Union became the first in the UK to ban all SABMiller beers, including Grolsch and Peroni, from union outlets because of the company's treatment of developing countries.

10.) UK students lose High Court case against tuition fee rises. (TNS)

Two 17 year-old students took legal action against the UK government and the decision to charge students up to £9000 per year, with their lawyers describing the rise as a “barrier” to higher education for money-deprived students.

However, while the High Court judges agreed the government had failed to “fully carry out” its public sector equality duties, they added it would “not be appropriate” to suppress the decision.

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