RSS Great Stuff from Net Family News

  • Of digital social: A regrettable headline January 27, 2020
    Talk about confirmation bias (or ageist clickbait)! This headline in the Education Week blog (which also headlined Ed Week’s email newsletter) is a great opportunity for a media literacy discussion, in school or over dinner at home: “Social Media is ‘Tearing Us Apart,’ Middle and High School Students Say.” The headline makes for a good […]
    Anne
  • At last: Sext ed based on facts not fear January 22, 2020
    In 1978, an award-winning documentary showed a group of teen juvenile offenders being taken to a New Jersey maximum-security prison, where for three hours “a group of inmates known as ‘the lifers’ berate[d], scream[ed] at, and terrif[ied] the young offenders in an attempt to ‘scare them straight” so they’d stop offending, as Wikipedia tells the […]
    Anne
  • 4 resolutions for 2020, a pivotal year for Internet safety January 1, 2020
    “Until now, protecting children on the Web has primarily meant keeping them off it,” wrote NPR’s Anya Kamenetz at TechnologyReview.com. Exactly. That has been the direct experience of children all over the world. Because for some 20 years, all around the world, governments, advocates, businesspeople, educators, parents have actually been trying to uphold our children’s […]
    Anne
  • A pivotal book for digital safety & citizenship December 17, 2019
    The importance of the new book – Young People in Digital Society: Control Shift – cannot be exaggerated. It provides the scholarship we adults need to make the pivot of the 21st century: away from dictating to young people and toward partnering with them as we all figure out life in this ever more digitally […]
    Anne
  • New ‘Privacy Toolkit’ for youth, co-created with youth December 11, 2019
    “What do children know, and want to know, about where their data goes?” is the all-important question that leads the Children’s Data & Privacy Online project’s blog post about its just-released report. I say “all-important” because it’s a fundamental right of children to form and express their views on matters that affect them (see Article […]
    Anne
  • Spark Change: The book taking (digital) citizenship to a whole new level October 22, 2019
    Olivia Van Ledtje, just now 12, tells the story of giving a talk in a western Massachusetts elementary school auditorium that was packed with students and teachers from three school communities – when she was 10. She writes that, after her talk, the students wanted to ask “loads of one-of-a-kind kid questions – the kind […]
    Anne
  • Digital wellness: What is, & isn’t, parody August 30, 2019
    “Social media seriously harms your mental health” goes the message on the back of smartphones ironically held in the perfectly manicured hands of super models and other social media influencers, two of whom get “hundreds of thousands of likes on nearly every photo they post to Instagram,” the Verge reports. The message is on the […]
    Anne
  • Uncontroversial: Online porn in sex ed August 1, 2019
    The other day, prominent UK professor Sonia Livingstone tweeted that the latest post in the Parenting for a Digital Future blog (which she helped create) has proven controversial. That’s not a huge surprise. The post argues that not including online porn in high school sex education classes “is a missed opportunity.” I agree. The post’s […]
    Anne
  • DIY community care: 1 sign of a new Net safety era July 11, 2019
    It’s a sign that we’re in a whole new era in online safety now: young users increasingly taking things into their own hands. You might call it “DIY Internet safety.” It’s not all good news, but it’s also not all bad (not that DIY is the all of the new era – keep reading…). There […]
    Anne
  • Higher & deeper views of kids online June 23, 2019
    A metaphor used by Global Kids Online researchers in a new blog post reminds me of research in the US that represented a huge digital youth milestone for me almost a decade ago – then of brand-new insights. The metaphor is that of a ladder – a progression of online activities kids and teens engage […]
    Anne

RSS Great Stuff from Connect Safely

  • Research finds teens may not be suffering from too much tech use January 21, 2020
     by Larry Magid This post appeared in the Mercury News Numerous articles have been published linking tech use among adolescents with increase rates of depression, suicide and other harms. Back in 2011, an article in the journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics coined the term Facebook Depression, designating “when preteens and teens spend […]
    Larry Magid
  • AI, cyberbullying hot topics at safety conference November 21, 2019
    by Larry Magid This post first appeared in the Mercury News. I’m on my way to Washington, D.C., for the Family Online Safety Institute’s (FOSI) annual conference. I have attended almost all of these events since they started in 2007, usually as a speaker, in my role as CEO of ConnectSafely.org. Simply looking at the […]
    Larry Magid
  • Podcasts from International Bullying Prevention Association Conference November 8, 2019
    ConnectSafely's Larry Magid and Kerry Gallagher are at the International Bullying Prevention Association  Conference in Chicago, interviewing speakers and other experts on bullying and related issues. 
    Larry Magid
  • The Parent’s and Educator’s Guide to Saturn August 29, 2019
    Download Full Guide (PDF) Quick-Guide (PDF) Saturn is an online platform that allows high school students to track and manage their classes, homework assignments, and activities. Students can keep their calendars private, or share them with other students, which opens up the possibility of sharing notes about homework assignments and other activities. Saturn was created […]
    Maureen Kochan
  • CNET Cheapskate Mystery Box Raises Funds for ConnectSafely, Hunger Project & TAPS August 13, 2019
    Larry speaks with CNET and Cheapskate columnist Rick Broida, who has launched the Cheapskate Mystery Box 2019 Edition, a bundle of tech goodies from a variety of great companies. 1000 mystery boxes are available, pay $75 to get $250 of tech products with 100% of proceeds going towards ConnectSafely, The Hunger Project and TAPS! Head […]
    Maureen Kochan
  • Data refute President’s linkage between violent video games & mass shootings August 5, 2019
    In his address to the nation following a weekend of two mass shootings, President Trump made a reference to violent video games, suggesting that these games may have something to do with shootings such as the ones that took place in El Paso and Akron.
    Larry Magid
  • Overall increase in cyberbullying — girls 3 times more likely to be cyberbullied than boys July 26, 2019
    The National Center for Educational Statistics is out with its 2016 to 2017 report on bullying at school. Overall, the bullying rate hasn’t changed much from 2014 to 2015.
    Larry Magid
  • FaceApp requires caution, not fear July 19, 2019
    There are four lessons when it comes to FaceApp. Read on for advice about staying safe on the popular app.
    Maureen Kochan
  • FCC allows phone companies to block robocalls June 7, 2019
    The Federal Communications Commission voted unanimously on Thursday to allow phone companies to block unwanted robocalls. Companies will now be allowed to block these calls by default but if you want unwanted calls (which is of course an oxymoron), you can unblock them.  The ruling, according to the FCC, “also clarifies that providers may offer their customers […]
    Larry Magid
  • YouTube cutting hateful and extremist videos June 5, 2019
    YouTube is pulling the plug on thousands of videos that promote bigoted views, including “videos that promote or glorify Nazi ideology, which is inherently discriminatory,” according to a company blog post. YouTube will also remove “content denying that well-documented violent events, like the Holocaust or the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary, took place,” said the […]
    Larry Magid