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  • New game to help middle schoolers be media literacy masters September 21, 2021
    It’s definitely not your typical American high school – not the one in “Agents of Influence.” But high school is the backdrop, which is smart for a media literacy videogame aimed at middle schoolers, right? Especially a sketchy, slightly dystopian fictional one like “Virginia Hall High,” in which the game is set. First, the school […]
    Anne
  • Countering ‘hate raids’ needs to be coordinated too September 2, 2021
    The “hate raids” on Twitch spotlight an important online safety reality: It’s increasingly a cross-platform effort. Hate raids, or hate spam, is harassment on steroids and, as the Washington Post points out, it’s a form of online harm that has been around for years but “became a larger Twitch concern [last] month after a streamer […]
    Anne
  • Apple & the child online safety challenge August 26, 2021
    2nd important update Sept. 19: As if in direct response to the open letter from privacy activists around the world, the WeProtect Global Alliance published their own statement saying Apple must not pause its expanded protections, the Guardian reported. I stand by my thoughts in the update just below. We need privacy activists and protection […]
    Anne
  • If anything needs to go viral, it’s this… July 2, 2021
    …the message, “Report it. Don’t share it.”  The “it” in this public awareness campaign Facebook just launched is child sexual abuse material (CSAM), the accurate term for what is typically called “child pornography” in the United States. Thankfully, it’s extremely unlikely you’ll ever see content like this. “The prevalence of this content on our platform […]
    Anne
  • Key piece of the puzzle: Australia’s ‘Safety by Design’ tools June 23, 2021
    A vital piece of the global online safety puzzle has just fallen into place: Australia’s eSafety Commissioner’s Office this week unveiled its Safety by Design tools for Internet companies everywhere. They’re the outgrowth of extensive international research and consultation with people in industry, government, academia and advocacy, including youth and parents – a process eSafety […]
    Anne
  • How our kids can become ‘indistractable’ June 18, 2021
    I was almost too distracted over the past couple of days to write this review of Indistractable. But there’s some real “digital parenting” wisdom in it, so here we are, blog post done. For example, co-author Nir Eyal says, “Teach traction.” The opposite of distraction isn’t focus, as we typically think. It’s traction, which “comes […]
    Anne
  • Could platforms design for 2nd chances?: Insight from key study May 28, 2021
    No stage of life is easy, but being a teen is hard in a very particular way. “Adolescence is a period of rapid cognitive, social and emotional development,” said researcher Amanda Lenhart, Health & Data lead at the Data & Society Research Institute in New York, at a conference this week, for example. “They’re a […]
    Anne
  • Youth rights’ digital upgrade: Cause for celebration April 7, 2021
    There is so much to celebrate about General Comment 25, which for the first time spells out what digital human rights look like for people worldwide – people under 18, technically, but in many ways for all people. Because this addendum to the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) is the first […]
    Anne
  • Finally! A YouTube (flexibly) designed for kids 9-12 February 25, 2021
    Tweens are no longer little kids, but they’re also not yet teens. Like all their peers, younger and older, 9-to-12-year-olds love to explore and mess around with media, especially video. They want to be safe so they don’t have to worry, which means they really don’t mind a little help from parental types, but they […]
    Anne
  • Safer Internet Day 2021: Ground youth safety & rights in dignity February 9, 2021
    What better day than Safer Internet Day to take cyberbullying prevention and intervention to the next level – or at least break the discussion about it wide-open? And just four days after the UN Committee for the Rights of the Child brought digital rights into the Convention on the Rights of the Child. “In relation […]
    Anne

RSS Great Stuff from Connect Safely

  • Ask Trish: My Boyfriend is Threatening Revenge Porn September 22, 2021
    By Trisha Prabhu Dear Trish: I had a bf, but I feel like I can’t “escape” the relationship because he is now threatening to blackmail me with explicit pictures I sent. I am not sure what to do because this would ruin my life and my career if it were sent online to the public […]
    Trisha Prabhu
  • Parent’s Guide to Discord September 21, 2021
    If you’ve got a teen in your house, there’s a good chance you have Discord. We don’t mean bickering—we’re talking Discord with a capital D, the chat app that’s especially popular with teens. The post Parent’s Guide to Discord appeared first on ConnectSafely.
    Maureen Kochan
  • Parent’s & Educator’s Guide to Media Literacy and False Information September 21, 2021
    By Kerry Gallagher, JD and Larry Magid, Ed.D. We hear a lot about misinformation, disinformation and “fake news,” but whatever you call it, it’s a symptom of much larger problems, including the lack of media literacy. In fact, in November 2016 Stanford Graduate School of Education recently found that more than 80% of middle and […]
    Maureen Kochan
  • Protecting Mental Health on Instagram September 16, 2021
    I’m grateful to the Wall Street Journal for shedding light on some of the ways social media can contribute to a sense of inadequacy and other mental health issues. But what the article didn’t include is tips on how parents and teens can deal with these issues for a healthier online experience. The post Protecting […]
    Larry Magid
  • Quick Guide for Parents | TikTok September 15, 2021
    What is TikTok? TikTok is an app that allows people to view, create and share short videos with friends, family, or the entire world. Although used by lots of adults of all ages, the app is especially popular with teens and young adults, who enjoy using its tools to combine video, popular songs, and graphics […]
    ConnectSafely
  • Ask Trish: How To Be An Upstander September 14, 2021
    Dear Trish: You often say that we should be Upstanders to hate. But how can I actually do that, particularly when the “cyberbullies” are your friend? The post Ask Trish: How To Be An Upstander appeared first on ConnectSafely.
    Trisha Prabhu
  • Ask Trish: Don’t Fight It Out Online September 10, 2021
    If someone says something rude to me online is it okay to say something rude back? At that point I’m just standing up for myself, right? The post Ask Trish: Don’t Fight It Out Online appeared first on ConnectSafely.
    Trisha Prabhu
  • Smart Glasses are Yet Another Privacy Challenge September 9, 2021
    Smart glasses are here to stay. What you should know about the implications for your privacy. The post Smart Glasses are Yet Another Privacy Challenge appeared first on ConnectSafely.
    Larry Magid
  • Guide to Ray-Ban Stories: Bystander Privacy in a World of Wearable Cameras September 9, 2021
    Facebook Reality Labs and Ray-Ban have partnered Ray-Ban Stories, the companies’ first generation of smart glasses. This relatively new product category brings up questions regarding safety for the user and privacy for anyone who happens to be near someone using the glasses. The post Guide to Ray-Ban Stories: Bystander Privacy in a World of Wearable […]
    ConnectSafely
  • Seniors Flocking to TikTok September 2, 2021
    By Larry Magid When you think about TikTok, it’s easy to conjure up images of young teens lip-synching and horsing around in short videos they share with their peers. And while teens do make up about a quarter of TikTok’s estimated 100 million active users in the United States, 64% are between 20 and 55 […]
    Larry Magid