RSS Great Stuff From Connect Safely

  • Snapchat creates Spectacles, sunglasses with a built-in video camera September 26, 2016
    By Larry Magid Snap, Inc., the recently renamed company behind the popular Snapchat app, has announced its first hardware product. Spectacles, which is reminiscent of Google Glass (though not nearly as ambitious), consists of sunglasses with a built-in video camera. You can press a button on the top left corner of the glasses to start […]
    Larry Magid
  • A Parent’s Guide to Snapchat September 25, 2016
    Jump to Top 5 Questions about Snapchat from Parents Snapchat is all about fun and spontaneity. By default, the text, photos and videos you send disappear seconds after they’re viewed – you get to decide how long your friends have to view them. One thing users love about that is they can share a moment […]
    Stephen Pfister
  • The Parent’s Guide to After School September 23, 2016
    After School is an app for both Apple (iOS) and Android devices that lets high school students interact with other students at their school. Because it’s limited to fellow students at their school, it’s essentially a private network. No one other than fellow students can see what students post. Based in San Francisco, After School […]
    Maureen Kochan
  • Social media and students: Engage, empower, explore September 20, 2016
    By Kerry Gallagher It is no longer uncommon or special for school administrators and teachers to use social media to share the great things their students are doing in classrooms, on sports fields, on stage, or out in the community. They use Facebook to reach parents, Snapchat to reach students, and Instagram and Twitter to […]
    Kerry Gallagher
  • What parents should think about before using parental controls September 16, 2016
    Should I install Internet filtering or monitoring software? Filters can usually prevent young children from accidentally stumbling on troubling or inappropriate material, but they are less effective at keeping older kids and teens from deliberately visiting blocked sites. There are several ways to get around filters, including using another computer, mobile phone, or tablet that’s not filtered. Monitoring tools […]
    Larry Magid
  • ConnectSafely and Kik partner up for online safety resources September 15, 2016
    ConnectSafely is pleased to announce Kik as our newest supporter and partner. Kik is a chat platform that seamlessly connects teens with friends and with the brands, entertainment, games and news they love. The company has more than 300 million registered users and is available in both iOS and Android. Through our partnership, ConnectSafely will […]
    Hani Khan
  • Senior citizens should take extra care online September 14, 2016
    By Larry Magid Kids, parents and teachers aren’t the only ones who need safety advice. Anyone – including folks at the opposite end of the age spectrum – can encounter risks when going online or using mobile technology. And, while I’m by no means suggesting that all or even most senior citizens are any more […]
    Larry Magid
  • ConnectSafely releases The Senior’s Guide to Online Safety September 13, 2016
    Comcast VP David Cohen (Ieft), ConnectSafely CEO Larry Magid and olympian Jackie Joyner Kersee (San Francisco: September 12, 2016), in partnership with Comcast Internet Essentials, has just published The Senior’s Guide to Online Safety. This guide, which is available for free online and in print, was released at an educational event at the George W. […]
    Larry Magid
  • The Senior’s Guide to Online Safety September 12, 2016
    The Internet and mobile technologies are incredibly useful for seniors, but like all powerful tools, they come with some manageable risks.
    Larry Magid
  • 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 […]
    Kerry Gallagher

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 […]