RSS Great Stuff From Connect Safely

  • 4 ways educators and parents can use tech this school year August 29, 2016
    By Kerry Gallagher Since we all use technology to learn, communicate, and create every day outside of classrooms, our students need opportunities to practice while they are still in our schools. Whether you are a parent or a teacher, look for a few key opportunities for your learners to use technology as an integral part […]
    Maureen Kochan
  • Facebook’s new Lifestage app: What parents and educators need to know August 28, 2016
    Lifestage is an iOS app that Facebook is testing at a small number of U.S. schools. As you may have heard, Facebook is testing a new iOS app called Lifestage, which is designed to enable students to create a visual profile of who they are to share with their school network. It’s unique in that […]
    Larry Magid
  • Back to school tech guide August 25, 2016
    By Larry Magid Whether it’s a young student looking for a phone or a tablet or an older one in need of a laptop, there are plenty of products to think about for the back-to-school crowd.
    Larry Magid
  • Survey finds a ‘digital disconnect’ between teens and parents yet teens do care about privacy and security August 25, 2016
    By Larry Magid A study by the National Cyber Security Alliance and Microsoft" reveals a 'digital disconnect' between parents and teens regarding teens’ online behaviors, experiences and resolving online issues."
    Larry Magid
  • Pokémon Go: The good, the bad and the ugly August 20, 2016
    By Chris Ferguson It’s actually a pretty simple game but, like anything that young kids swarm all over with lemming-like frenzy, it’s created a minor media stir. Here’s some of the stuff I’ve been hearing and the facts behind them.
    Larry Magid
  • Twitter gives users tools to avoid harassing and annoying Tweets August 18, 2016
    By Larry Magid In a blog post, Twitter announced that its introducing features to give users more control over what you see and who you interact with through notification settings and a “quality filter.” Notifications Settings Starting now, all Twitter users on mobile and at will be able to limit notifications to only people […]
    Larry Magid
  • Raising digital kids: 10 tips for improving parent-teen relationships August 18, 2016
    By Annie Fox: You know your child is an adolescent (semi-formed human) when she or he: Gives you attitude over stuff that’s never been an issue before. Refuses to do what you ask. Agrees to do it and then (un)wittingly “forgets” Denies they ever agreed to anything. Says “You don’t get it!” at least twice […]
    Annie Fox
  • What you need to know about August 13, 2016
    By Sameer Hinduja This article first appeared on, an increasingly popular app with tweens and teens, allows individuals to create and share short videos that are lip-synced to songs of their choice. Remarkably, there are 80 million registered users, with around 10 million of those active on a daily basis.  These “Musers” – […]
    Maureen Kochan
  • Tips for Safe Social Networking for Teens from August 12, 2016
    These tips, based on the latest research, will help teens’ socializing stay fun and safe on both the fixed and mobile social Web. Be your own person. Don’t let friends or strangers pressure you to be someone you aren’t. And know your limits. You may be Net-savvy, but people and relationships change, and unexpected stuff […]
  • Facebook tweaks News Feed to reduce ‘clickbait’ August 4, 2016
    By Larry Magid It seems as if complaints roll in every time Facebook makes a change to its News Feed. But I have no complaint with the latest change designed to cut back on “clickbait.” In a statement, Facebook defined clickbait as “headlines that intentionally leave out crucial information, or mislead people, forcing people to […]
    Larry Magid

RSS Great Stuff from Net Family News

  • Heartbreaking US data on LGB youth risk August 20, 2016
    Asking U.S. 14-to-17-year-olds about their sexuality for the first time since the first Youth Risk Behavior Study in 1994, the Centers for Disease Control researchers found that youth who identify as gay, lesbian or bisexual are far more likely to experience depression, bullying and other forms of violence than their straight peers, reported (the […]
  • inclined: App huge with younger users August 15, 2016 just may’ve replaced Instagram as kids’ starter app. This is an educated guess. I remember a few years ago my friend Trudy Ludwig, the award-winning children’s author, observing that, based on all the elementary schools she visits throughout the U.S., Instagram was huge with 4th and 5th graders. Don’t get us wrong, we know […]
  • Online harassment 2016: Fresh data August 8, 2016
    I get a lot of press releases in my email in-box. This one about harassment in social media truly surprised me because it was balanced, cited data responsibly, did not appeal to people’s fears and represented clear understanding of today’s media environment. The survey of Americans 18+ – a project of Craig Newmark, founder of […]
  • When Pokémon GO really gets epic July 18, 2016
    You may’ve noticed this: More than the usual number of people with phones in their hands have been bumping into things and each other lately. That’s because of Pokémon GO, which market researcher MFour announced the other day had passed Twitter as the U.S.’s No. 1 app. “Fully a third of U.S. Android smartphone users […]
  • Learning about ‘The Class’: Researchers on their year in middle school July 7, 2016
    There is no way a book about spending a year in the life of a middle school class – its 28 students’ home, school and digital experiences – could be reduced to a single theme. But one main takeaway from The Class, by UK researchers Sonia Livingstone and Julian Sefton-Green, may surprise and sound familiar […]
  • Transformational – not just transactional – Net safety & citizenship needed June 22, 2016
    A couple of years ago I listened to a heart-rending interview on NPR with Joe Ehrmann, former NFL football player and founder of Coach for America. I’d been the mother of a hockey player for more than a decade and was moved by Ehrmann’s call for transformational rather than transactional coaching. Like many parents, I […]
  • Handling toxicity: Insights for parents & teachers from Riot Games June 14, 2016
    There’s real wisdom for parents, coaches and educators – not to mention gamers, athletes and social media users – in this business story about what toxic behavior does to a team. The game in question? League of Legends, a 30 million-player “team-based game” along the lines of Capture the Flag “or, more aptly, ‘destroy the […]
  • Major update on bullying, cyberbullying in the U.S.: Study May 25, 2016
    Bullying. Why haven’t we solved this social problem yet? Because, according to an important update from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering & Medicine, bullying is one very complex problem. “Composition of peer groups, shifting demographics, changing societal norms, and modern technology are factors that must be considered to understand and effectively react to bullying […]
  • Everyday superheroes: Parents & caregivers May 6, 2016
    It probably wouldn’t occur to most moms, dads, foster parents, aunts, uncles and other caregivers that #WhatMakesASuperhero is just the right hashtag to mark Mother’s Day (and next month, Father’s Day). But a beautiful little video about five-year-old Cammie and her aunt-turned-foster mother Camellia shows how small things are superpowers to a little child. The […]
  • Behind the scenes of safety & free speech in social media April 14, 2016
    For a must-read article for anyone interested in safety and free speech online, some of the social media industry’s most seasoned content moderators – the apps’ and sites’ safety managers and free speech decisionmakers – went public for the first time. “Their stories reveal how the boundaries of free speech were drawn during a period […]