RSS Great Stuff From Connect Safely

  • It’s OK for families to share media on Google Play & other services July 28, 2016
    This post first appeared in the San Jose Mercury News Parents often tell their kids to “share,” but sharing movies, music and other media isn’t always legal or ethical. The good news is that many services do allow you to share, at least with members of your “family” or “household.” While there are no laws […]
    Larry Magid
  • Google lets families share TV, movies, books and music July 27, 2016
    by Larry Magid Google wants to enable media sharing with its new Family Library that lets up to six family members share media purchased via the Google Play store for mobile devices, PCs and Macs and connected TVs such as those with Internet access or attached devices like Roku or Apple TV.
    Larry Magid
  • Domestic violence group releases Tech Safety app July 26, 2016
    The app, which is available for both iOS and Android is mostly educational, but it does have a telephone icon that brings up to a place where you can find and directly call Help hotlines, victim service providers and attorneys.
    Larry Magid
  • Twitter moves to curb abusive comments July 22, 2016
    By Larry Magid This column first appeared in the San Jose Mercury News — the newspaper of Silicon Valley As you may have heard, Twitter recently expelled Breitbart editor Milo Yiannopoulos, who received a notice that his account has been “permanently suspended for repeated violation of the Twitter rules, specifically our rules prohibiting participating in […]
    Larry Magid
  • After School’s top 10 issues For teens in crisis July 21, 2016
    By Larry Magid After School mascot The app After School and the Crisis Text Line are working together to provide support for at-risk kids. After School, which allows high school students to anonymously share posts with other students at their school, sends a pop-up to teens who post about suicide, cutting, pregnancy and other potential […]
    Larry Magid
  • New Snapchat Memories feature provides more lasting experience July 9, 2016
    By Larry Magid Snapchat’s new “memories” feature, along with new features at Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, represent a turning point for social networking.
    Larry Magid
  • How tech impacts both the 1st and 2nd ammendments July 1, 2016
    By Larry Magid Given the way the internet has woven itself into our lives, it’s almost impossible to cover technology without thinking about how it affects our rights.
    Larry Magid
  • LGBTQ youth face higher online risks June 27, 2016
    By Tyler Snell The Internet has proven to be a revolutionary tool that has changed the world – and like many such innovations before it, it’s mostly a blessing, but a little bit of a curse.
    Larry Magid
  • ConnectSafely and After School partner to protect teens online June 26, 2016
    After School and ConnectSafely join forces ConnectSafely is pleased to welcome After School as our latest supporter and partner. After school is a social network app for both iOS and Android that fosters fun and creative online and offline experiences for America’s teens, in what the company refers to as a “positive environment that does […]
    Larry Magid
  • Diagnose your car and track your teen driver June 23, 2016
    By Larry Magid You’ve no doubt heard of OnStar, the feature in many General Motors cars that can offer emergency assistance, human assisted navigation, vehicle diagnostics and other features. The service, depending on the features you enable, costs between $20 and $35 a month with a 20 percent discount if you pay by the year. […]
    Larry Magid

RSS Great Stuff from Net Family News

  • 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 […]
    Anne
  • 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 […]
    Anne
  • 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 […]
    Anne
  • 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 […]
    Anne
  • 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 […]
    Anne
  • 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 […]
    Anne
  • 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 […]
    Anne
  • Not defaulting to default thinking about social media March 28, 2016
    Ok, full disclosure: I know my antennae are up when I read the news. I’ve been questioning reflexively negative pronouncements about social media for years. But the reason is all the fear about the impact of social media on our children, not to mention the human race, that has been swirling in the air for […]
    Anne
  • Messaging apps rule: What’s interesting about that for parents March 21, 2016
    This statement stopped me in my tracks when I was reading about how messaging apps now reign supreme in social media: “‘Ask and you shall receive’ has become the new customer experience.” I’ll tell you why that gave me pause in a moment. First a look at what’s being reported about mobile messaging. “The top […]
    Anne
  • True school safety: A ‘compassion network’ in & around schools in Morgan County, W.V. February 18, 2016
    It’s Kindness Week, and there’s no greater kindness – for and from people of all ages – than what’s being demonstrated in Morgan County, W.V., where great need is being met with great cooperation. County residents have created a web of youth-focused programs supporting kids in and out of school. I’ve been hearing about the […]
    Anne