RSS Great Stuff From Connect Safely

  • WannaCry and other cyber attacks: How to protect your PC May 15, 2017
    Thousands of PC users saw this instead of their files Podcast: Larry Magid speaks with National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) Executive Director Michael Kaiser about Wanna Cry and other security threats and precautions As you know doubt heard, a very nasty form of ransomware has infected computers around the world, encrypting files so that users can’t […]
    Maureen Kochan
  • The myth of separate personal and professional social media accounts May 10, 2017
    By Kerry Gallagher Often connected educators advise their new-to-the-PLN (personal learning network) colleagues to create a separate Twitter/Instagram/Facebook account for professional purposes. While most are already connected to family and friends on social media, many are not yet using social media as a means to professional learning and growth. Dipping their toes into using social […]
    Larry Magid
  • ConnectSafely releases free Parent & Educator Guide to Media Literacy & Fake News May 10, 2017
    Read the guide online or download the PDF You’ve heard about fake news — stories that appear online and in media that are wholly or mostly fake. Sadly, it’s not likely to stop but as parents and educators, we can help stop the spread of fake news but helping our kids recognize it, not believe […]
    ConnectSafely
  • ConnectSafely releases Parent & Educator Guide to Media Literacy & Fake News May 10, 2017
    Click to read guide (Palo Alto, CA. May 10, 2017) ConnectSafely.org, a leading nonprofit internet safety organization, is releasing the Parent & Educator Guide to Media Literacy & Fake News, now available for free online. The guide helps parents and educators understand not how to address the topic of “fake news,” but the larger issue […]
    Larry Magid
  • Comcast offers simplified Wi-Fi management and parental controls May 8, 2017
    Comcast is giving parents more control over their WiFi networks, including how their kids are using devices in the home. The company is calling Xfinity xFi, “a new way to personalize, manage and control the home Wi-Fi experience.” The service, which will be immediately available to 10 million Comcast customers, allows users to: Set up their home […]
    Larry Magid
  • Most teens can step away from social media May 7, 2017
    58 percent of teens say they take breaks from social media while another 23 percent say they want to take a break. And these aren’t necessarily short breaks. Half the teens said they stayed away from social media for a week or longer,
    Larry Magid
  • Parent & Educator Guide to Media Literacy & Fake News May 7, 2017
    By Kerry Gallagher, JD and Larry Magid, Ed.D  Click Here to Download  Full Guide (PDF) Top 5 Questions (PDF) Click for press release about guide We hear a lot about “fake news,” but that term, which was coined fairly recently, is really a symptom of much larger problems, including the lack of media literacy. In fact, […]
    Maureen Kochan
  • Facebook beefs up safety staff May 3, 2017
    After some horrific events on Facebook Live, including suicides and reports of a murder, Facebook is adding another 3,000 people to its worldwide support staff. The company already had 4,500 people responding to user reports. In a Facebook post, CEO Mark Zuckerberg said, “If we’re going to build a safe community, we need to respond […]
    Maureen Kochan
  • New parental controls are great, but don’t let mom and dad off the hook April 13, 2017
    I love that busy parents can access tools to help them carry out their responsibility to control when and how long their kids can use devices, and make sure they’re using them appropriately. But I hate that, over the years, some companies that market these tools use fear tactics to sell them to parents. I’m […]
    Larry Magid
  • Facebook uses technology and people to thwart ‘revenge porn’ April 6, 2017
    Revenge porn, when someone shares an intimate image of another person without his or her permission, is an awful practice, which often causes significant emotional distress.  And that’s true even if the image was taken with the consent of the person but shared without permission. In a blog post, Facebook’s Global Head of Safety, Antigone Davis, cited […]
    Larry Magid

RSS Great Stuff from Net Family News

  • ‘Blue Whale’ 2 months later: The real concern May 18, 2017
    My first post on the Blue Whale “game” or “challenge” was published March 13 here (and has gotten more comments than any of my blog posts since 1999!). A lot has happened since then, so an update is in order, but I hope you agree that the most important part of this story is how and […]
    Anne
  • VR as empathy teaching tool: What to love, what to watch out for May 1, 2017
    Just from watching Engadget’s 6 min. video report about it I could tell “The Last Goodbye” – a 16 min. virtual reality experience that debuted at the Tribeca Film Festival that just wrapped in New York – will have a profound impact on anyone who experiences it. The reporter called it “emotionally harrowing.” So there […]
    Anne
  • Reasons why ’13 Reasons Why’ demands discussion April 27, 2017
    By now, if you live or work with young people, you’ve probably heard about “13 Reasons Why,” Netflix’s dramatic series about a teenager’s suicide. Based on a Young Adult book of the same title, the series – now a hot topic at schools in the U.S. and other countries – needs discussing. On one hand, […]
    Anne
  • Finally, kids can have their own Google accounts (with parents’ help) March 15, 2017
    Google made a bit of history today, opening up its universe of apps and services to users under 13 as their parents design it. Family Link, the name of the new parental control toolset, describes it well: Parents download the tools to their own and the kids’ devices, then link them up for a whole […]
    Anne
  • ‘Blue Whale’ game: ‘Fake news’ about teens spread internationally March 13, 2017
    [Thank you to all commenters on this post! I’ve just posted an update (5/17/17) that I hope you’ll read before commenting further here.] It has been reported as real news here in the U.S. in recent weeks, just as it was earlier in eastern Europe, and what a dark, disrespectful message it sends about young […]
    Anne
  • The resilience part of digital parenting (& kids’ safety) March 11, 2017
    Parents concerned about the digital part of parenting deserve to know that they are not starting from scratch when their kids start using phones, tablets and other connected devices – even if they haven’t had conversations about digital safety yet. Far from it. Besides a loving family member or 2, 3 or 30 and the […]
    Anne
  • How to choose (or make!) an anti-bullying video that helps January 17, 2017
    Recently a graduate student was given the assignment to find videos on YouTube that are “helpful to kids in confronting bullying.” The criteria given the student were: Make sure the video… 1. presents accurate information about both the problem and what bullying is (sometimes behavior’s just rude or mean, not bullying) 2. is made by kids […]
    Anne
  • Most kids under 3 use tablets daily: Study January 4, 2017
    Just under 100% of UK families own at least one touchscreen device, and 97.5% own multiple such devices – some of those families as many as 14 tablets or smartphones. So it’s not too surprising that the same study at the University of London found that more than half of the UK’s littlest citizens (6-11 […]
    Anne
  • In 2017, chatbots & other imaginary friends December 26, 2016
    I am not kidding: The latest tech developments – and certainly not just those aimed at kids – remind me of the much-loved cartoon show of the last decade, “Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends.” There are all kinds of imaginary friends emerging, from the toy kind to the digital kind to the kind kids believe […]
    Anne
  • The new non-fake news & Snapchat December 6, 2016
    Last week I wrote about fake news, this week about its opposite. This is very real news, as captured by bystanders on the spot – curated and given app-wide exposure by Snapchat. This is quite likely to be how our children will get a lot of their news going forward, so I want to be sure […]
    Anne