RSS Great Stuff From Connect Safely

  • Fake news about ‘Blue Whale’ suicides is dangerous July 13, 2017
    I have heard from numerous child safety experts who tell me that stories such as “the dangerous game has been linked to at least 130 teen deaths,” as reported in the British tabloid The Sun, are grossly exaggerated. And, it turns out that  most of the initial stories about Blue Whale originated as fake news […]
    Larry Magid
  • How to talk with kids about the cyberbullying they see from famous adults July 6, 2017
    Powerful people — politicians, media personalities and even the president of the United States, are publicly cyberbullying others. How do you tell your children to behave civilly when people in authority – perhaps people you or they admire – are acting badly
    Larry Magid
  • Talking with kids about cyberbullying after President’s Tweets June 29, 2017
    ConnectSafely.org, the Internet safety organization I co-founded does not take political stances, but we do stand against cyberbullying, which means we must speak out against it, even when it comes from the President of the United States.
    Larry Magid
  • Latest cyber attack is a reminder to practice ‘safer computing’ June 28, 2017
    This post first appeared in the San Jose Mercury News The latest global cyberattack is a good reminder of the importance of “safer computing.” Notice the “r” at the end of “safe.” Being 100 percent safe is a great goal, but it’s not attainable. But safer is easily attainable. Protecting your devices is like protecting […]
    Larry Magid
  • Google’s new ‘Be Internet Awesome’ is a fun way for kids to learn to make smart online decisions June 6, 2017
    by Larry Magid Lecturing kids about internet safety has never been a good strategy. Conversations help, but engaging children in ways that are fun can have a much bigger impact. That’s why ConnectSafely is proud to partner with Google on its new Be Internet Awesome program, a fun way to help kids learn about internet safety, privacy […]
    Larry Magid
  • Linking offline and online behavior is creepy, despite privacy protections May 25, 2017
    Scroll down for FTC tracking guidelines This post first appeared in the San Jose Mercury News On Tuesday, KCBS co-anchors Jeff Bell and Patti Reising and I talked about Google’s new plan to track brick-and-mortar transactions with online behavior during my daily live radio segment. But before I started explaining the plan, Patti began by […]
    Larry Magid
  • 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

RSS Great Stuff from Net Family News

  • When ‘fake news’ becomes real: What next with ‘Blue Whale’? July 20, 2017
    The term “fake news” has largely (and rightfully) been discredited because, at best, it’s simplistic and, at worst, used to dismiss or discredit legitimate news providers. But there is such a thing as real fake news: misinformation and disinformation that goes viral in this digital age and then leads to real tragedy. So the “Blue Whale” […]
    Anne
  • 6 takeaways from 20 years of Net safety: Part 2 July 19, 2017
    Now that I’ve just passed the 20-year mark of writing about youth and digital media, I thought I’d share with you my top takeaways as a participant observer in the Internet safety space. Here‘s Part 1. Now the three chunks of Part 2: 4. It’s individual, situational and contextual. Internet safety works best from the inside […]
    Anne
  • 6 takeaways from 20 years of Net safety: Part 1 July 18, 2017
    I usually write about other people’s work – especially that of the researchers I’ve followed through the years. But now that I’ve just passed the 20-year mark in writing about youth and digital media (yikes!), I thought I’d share with you my own top takeaways as a participant observer of Internet safety’s early years. Here’s […]
    Anne
  • Student voice for meaning, self-actualization, safety (ISTE 2017) July 2, 2017
    “Our kids can be experts in the world,” said visionary educator Chris Lehmann (@chrislehmann), meaning right now, as students, in school, in digital spaces, in life. Then he asked, “How can we help them be that?” He was speaking last week at ISTE, the world’s largest ed tech conference. I went to ISTE to see […]
    Anne
  • Game-changing insights on bullying from a top US researcher June 20, 2017
    This is Part 1 of my 2017 update on bullying and cyberbullying in the U.S. Part 2 will be insights from students themselves. If we want schools to be safe for all kids, we cannot ignore the direct connections between bullying, sexual harassment and homophobic name-calling in middle school. That’s according to groundbreaking research presented […]
    Anne
  • Core concern: ‘Blue Whale’ & the social norms research May 18, 2017
    June 11, 2017, adding an update in the form of author, journalist and game designer Andrea Angiolino’s response to sensationalist tabloid “coverage” in Italy of a new arrest in Russia – see the first sidebar below. My first post on the “Blue Whale challenge” was published March 13 here. Much has happened since then in a […]
    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