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  • Clearer picture of what hurts kids online, globally: Research January 8, 2018
    Even people under 18 would probably say we adults are getting smarter in the way we’re viewing cyberbullying (we could ask them [#stuvoice @stu_voice]!). That is, if they knew there’s growing consensus among researchers in many countries that “cyberbullying” isn’t the most useful term for online hurtful behavior and may be inhibiting what we can […]
    Anne
  • Turning now to 2018: Parenting & social media’s ‘breakup’ December 28, 2017
    Think about this in terms of parenting and policymaking: “social” and “media are splitting up. 2018 will be the beginning of the end of “first-generation social media,” as tech reporter Taylor Lorenz put it. So when we’re parenting and setting policy about young people’s use of social media (at household, school and national levels), it’d […]
    Anne
  • The state of global youth, digitally speaking: Research December 16, 2017
    There could be no better year-end wrap-up or gift for stakeholders in youth online safety worldwide than UNICEF’s just-released “State of the World’s Children…in a Digital World.” In it are the latest research, stories and commentaries from multiple international perspectives, including, to its credit, those of young people in 26 countries. In addition to their […]
    Anne
  • Facebook’s Messenger Kids: Important new digital-parenting tool December 4, 2017
    Facebook’s launch of Messenger Kids is a game-changer – but not just in the way you might think. Sure it’s the world’s largest social media service’s first product for people under 13. That’s certainly big news, and what will capture most of the headlines this week. But it’s actually a combination of that and something […]
    Anne
  • Post-FOSI: Online safety now, predictions for 2020 November 20, 2017
    “Trust and civility” were, so very appropriately, the focus of the Family Online Safety Institute‘s just-ended annual conference this challenging year. “We have witnessed countless examples…of ways that trust in institutions, in organizations and even in each other has been eroded,” FOSI CEO Stephen Balkam noted in his opening remarks. “And we have watched how […]
    Anne
  • Counterspeech: A tool for students who want to counter online hate September 29, 2017
    Now, in time for National Bullying Prevention Month 2017, students have solid, research-based guidance for countering online hate, harassment and bullying – in the form of a cartoon! “Counterspeech DOs & DON’Ts” is the result of a months-long collaboration of iCanHelpline.org, iHeartMob.org, #ICANHELP, Project HEAR, The Dangerous Speech Project and some outstanding student advisers in […]
    Anne
  • About teens’ new top app ‘tbh’ & (real) safety in apps September 23, 2017
    “It’s trying to be the anti-Sarahah,” reports New York Magazine. But, like Sarahah, tbh (for “to be honest”), the newest hot app among teens in Apple’s App Store, is probably trying not to be a flash in the pan. [As of today, it’s No. 3, after Facebook Messenger and Gmail, on Apple’s “Top Charts” list […]
    Anne
  • 2 kinds of bullying, 2 kinds of empathy: Research September 1, 2017
    It’s an age-old social problem, but we have gotten so much smarter about bullying – both the problem and solutions – since media became so very social. Not only do we now know that the age-old “schoolyard bully” is a stereotype, we know it’s not the only one people all over the world entertain. But […]
    Anne
  • ‘Blue Whale’: Clickbait or a new form of online grooming? August 31, 2017
    A reader in India, where a “Blue Whale” scare has now taken off, asked it’s a genuine threat, so I’m reposting here the following response I posted in Comments to give you an update (see also a sidebar below about the all-important Russian context): In answer to the question in the headline up there, maybe […]
    Anne
  • The generation-destroying smartphone: Researchers push back August 12, 2017
    Two years ago, the headline in the Washington Post about researcher Jean Twenge’s work was, “Happiness levels are rising for teens, but not for people older than 30,” and she was quoted as saying, “our current culture is giving teens what they need, but not mature adults what they need.” I’m confused – because the […]
    Anne

RSS Great Stuff from Connect Safely

  • Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s 2018 challenge: Fix Facebook’s important issues January 5, 2018
    Mark Zuckerberg (photo: Facebook) Every year Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg takes on a challenge. One year it was to learn Mandarin. Another it was to visit every U.S. State and one year he ran 365 miles. This year, he’s doing something more important. “The world feels anxious and divided, and Facebook has a lot of […]
    Larry Magid
  • Internet Governance Forum tackles fake news, artificial intelligence and blockchain December 21, 2017
    By Larry Magid For the past 12 years, the United Nations has sponsored the Internet Governance Forum (IGF), a “multi-stakeholder” event that brings together people from governments around the world along with tech executives, nonprofits and academics.
    Maureen Kochan
  • How Evil is Tech? A Response. December 7, 2017
    By Kerry Gallagher I believe in the power of technology to connect people, to empower people to be creative, and to open doors to opportunities that would otherwise be closed. This does not mean that there aren’t mistakes that people can make with technology. I have made it my mission and my work to educate […]
    Maureen Kochan
  • What parents need to know about Facebook Messenger Kids December 7, 2017
    Messenger Kids, announced Monday, isn’t exactly an education app, but it’s tailored to give kids 6 to 12 the ability to engage in conversations as well as exchange messages, videos and images with parent-approved friends and family.
    Larry Magid
  • Safe holiday online shopping tips November 27, 2017
    One of the biggest obstacles to online shopping is the fear of fraud or a security scam and that can be an issue regardless of whether you’re shopping from a web browser or a mobile app. While security is an issue, it’s important not to overblow the fear. If you shop in physical stores you […]
    Larry Magid
  • Larry Magid’s CBS News radio segments on Family Online Safety Institute conference 2017 November 19, 2017
    Here are some radio segments on CBS News Radio and its affiliates WTOP (Washington) and KCBS (San Francisco) on the 2017 Family Online Safety Institute’s conference.   http://www.connectsafely.org/wp-content/uploads/weekend-roundup-magid-nov-18.mp3   http://www.connectsafely.org/wp-content/uploads/17-Magid-Tech-Talk-FOSI-Conf-WITH-NOISE-REDUCTION.mp3     http://www.connectsafely.org/wp-content/uploads/larry-wtop-2020.mp3     http://www.connectsafely.org/wp-content/uploads/kcbs-magid-fosi-2017.mp3  
    Larry Magid
  • Sen. Al Franken’s stupid & sexist 2006 photo is a lesson for us all November 17, 2017
    By Larry Magid The picture of Al Franken appearing to grope a sleeping fellow USO entertainer should serve as a warning to everyone. It’s easy to take (or be in) an inappropriate picture and it’s equally easy to share it online. But, as Franken found out, an image can resurface at any time and possibly […]
    Larry Magid
  • The Parent’s Guide to Educational Technology November 14, 2017
    By Kerry Gallagher, J.D., and Larry Magid, Ed.D. Click Here For Full Guide (PDF) We all know children use devices like smartphones, tablets, Chromebooks, and laptops at school and they also often use a vocabulary full of technology jargon that may seem completely foreign. One reason is that both tech-savvy and tech-hesitant parents are not […]
    Larry Magid
  • 2020 Vision: The future of online safety November 14, 2017
    By Larry Magid This post first appeared on Forbes.com The Family Online Safety Institute (FOSI) convenes its annual conference on Thursday, when internet safety experts from around the world will meet at the Newseum in Washington DC to talk about making the online world “safer for kids and their families through enlightened public policy, industry […]
    Larry Magid
  • Conference explores causes and impact of physical and cyberbullying November 10, 2017
    As researchers Elizabeth Englander and Sheri Bauman pointed out at the conference, most of the research on cyberbullying focuses on adolescents, but there is a growing concern about the behavior of younger children.
    Larry Magid