RSS Great Stuff from Net Family News

  • Digital youth: Honor ALL their rights April 10, 2019
    This is a pivotal year for children’s online safety and human rights. One important reason is the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child’s call for public comments to help it develop the first General Comment on the digital part of fulfilling children’s human rights. Those rights are extensive. There are 54 articles in […]
    Anne
  • The TikTok sensation March 16, 2019
    This is not a review of TikTok. You can find many reviews, both credible and not so much, with a quick Web search. This post offers a bit of context on the app, its parent company and where social media’s headed – for bigger-picture parenting. (BTW, if your child is a big fan of TikTok, […]
    Anne
  • The Internet’s changing. Internet safety needs to too. March 8, 2019
    Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg just announced a sea change for Facebook, one that “will mean taking positions on important issues concerning the future of the internet,” he wrote. I think he’s right, and not just because Facebook is the Internet in some countries or because its products have affected elections and the public order (or […]
    Anne
  • Momo. Again. March 2, 2019
    I hardly need to weigh in because I already did – in depth, last summer, at the peak of the last Momo wave. But I will only to highlight the best thinking I’ve seen this go round and add 4 points – lessons from this – to consider when the next wave hits (because this […]
    Anne
  • Safer Internet Day 2019: Risk vs harm, online & offline February 6, 2019
    What better way to mark Safer Internet Day than with clarity on the difference between risk and harm? Because, where online safety’s concerned, the two words have been used interchangeably – inaccurately – for years. It was EU Kids Online, after surveys of more than 25,000 9-16 year-olds across Europe, that first made the distinction, […]
    Anne
  • Facebook’s ‘Oversight Board’ & Internet safety’s next big step January 30, 2019
    This could almost be a sidebar to what I wrote earlier this month about the new middle layer of user care that’s organically developing for the new conditions of today’s media environment – a layer of care that’s independent of government and corporations and lies between “the cloud” and long-established care on the ground. But […]
    Anne
  • Wellbeing, digital or analog: A paper, a podcast January 17, 2019
    Confused about all that you’re hearing about the impacts of digital media and tech on young people? A just-published paper should clear that confusion up, reports Scientific American. Drawing from data on more than 350,000 teens, the paper, “show[s] persuasively that…technology use has a nearly negligible effect on adolescent psychological well-being.” Its authors, Oxford University […]
    Anne
  • Digital safety 2019: The new ‘middle layer’ of user care (Part 2) January 7, 2019
    Part 1 of this series was 2018 highlights. Now it’s time to shine light on some interesting ideas and developments that people have surfaced for a better Internet in 2019 and beyond. We’ll look at a new middle layer of user care that’s being discussed by some – and gradually being built out, little by […]
    Anne
  • Digital safety, wellbeing: 2018 highlights (Part 1) December 27, 2018
    This may not be the Internet safety look-back on 2018 you’d expect, what with all the news about data breaches, “fake news,” “tech addiction,” algorithmic bias, election manipulation, hate speech, etc., etc. Not a pretty picture. But it’s also not the whole picture. By definition, the news reports airline crashes, not safe landings. Even if […]
    Anne
  • Tweens are smart about smartphones: Study November 21, 2018
    Everything about this study is smart — the 10-14 year-old respondents (average age 11), what the authors are modeling for pediatricians and parents, and the tweens’ answers. For example, when asked what age kids should be given mobile phones, one answer was: “It’s not an age. I think it’s more of a maturity thing,” said […]
    Anne

RSS Great Stuff from Connect Safely

  • Despite free-speech concerns, banning hate a good thing May 17, 2019
    by Larry Magid There was big news from Paris this week where 18 countries and numerous companies, including Facebook, Google, Amazdivon and Twitter, signed the Christchurch Call, pledging to work together “to eliminate terrorist and violent extremist content online.” The document, which was not signed by the United States, says that “respect for freedom of […]
    Larry Magid
  • Podcast: Balancing tech and low-tech during kids’ summer break May 11, 2019
    ConnectSafely CEO Larry Magid and K-12 Education Director Kerry Gallagher Summer is almost here, which means that kids will be out of school. While that means that they do have more time to use their devices, i’s also time for fresh air, exercise  and — for many — family vacations. In this episode, ConnectSafely CEO Larry […]
    Larry Magid
  • Helping kids survive bullying and other trauma May 6, 2019
    ConnectSafley CEO Larry Magid and K-12 Education Director Kerry Gallagher talk about how adults can support youth who have been affected by bullying. Why do some kids have a horrible time after being bullied while others are able to bounce back. The answer lies, in part, with resilience, but also on support from adults and […]
    Maureen Kochan
  • Helping students cope with flood of presidential election news April 29, 2019
    ConnectSafely CEO Larry Magid and K-12 Education Director Kerry Gallagher The Presidential election campaign is heating up. And with it will come lots of claims, counterclaims and, likely, plenty of inaccuracies.  In this conversation, ConnectSafely.,org CEO Larry Magid and K-12 Education Director, Kerry Gallagher, talk about how teachers and parents can help young people process […]
    Larry Magid
  • Podcast: Helping students — and ourselves — manage time spent on devices April 9, 2019
      ConnectSafely’s CEO Larry Magid and K-12 Education Director, Kerry Gallagher talk about how parents and educators can help students better manage the time they spend with their devices. But both Kerry and Larry admit that this is a challenge for adults, too, including themselves. Listen for tips and advice on how to work with […]
    Larry Magid
  • Why Facebook instituted its policy to ban support for white nationalism and white supremacy March 28, 2019
      Brittan Heller   ConnectSafely CEO and CBS News Technology Analyst, Larry Magid speaks with human rights expert  Brittan Heller on why Facebook instituted its new policy to ban support for white nationalism and white supremacy. Larry Magid Heller is Human Rights Adviser for ConnectSafely.org and an affiliate at Harvard’s Berkman Klein Center for Internet […]
    Larry Magid
  • Facebook strives to end age, gender and location discrimination March 20, 2019
    In response to litigation by the  National Fair Housing Alliance (NFHA), the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), the Communication Workers of America (CWA) and other parties, Facebook is making changes to its ad policy to no longer discrimination based on age, gender or zip code. In a blog post, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg made the following […]
    Larry Magid
  • Vaccines, autism and the First Amendment March 14, 2019
    This issue presents a dilemma for Facebook. The company wants its service to be a place where people can express opinions but not a place for spreading false information. Sometimes the designation between truth and fiction is undeniable, like the existence of gravity.  But sometimes it’s a matter of opinion, even though it’s possible for […]
    Larry Magid
  • Video Highlights of U.S. Safer Internet Day 2019 March 7, 2019
    Larry Magid
  • Podcast: Safer Internet Day 2019 + Teachers & Social Media March 5, 2019
    ConnectSafely CEO Larry Magid and veteran educator Kerry Gallagher look back at Safer Internet Day 2019 and about how teachers can better use social media.
    Larry Magid