RSS Great Stuff From Connect Safely

  • The Parent, Educator & Youth Guide to LGBTQ Cyberbullying September 12, 2017
    All young people deserve to grow up in a world where they are accepted, loved and treated with compassion, but sadly, that’s not the case for everyone.
    Maureen Kochan
  • Details plus what to do in wake of Equifax data breach September 8, 2017
    Credit reporting agency Equifax has reported a data breach that may affect as many of 143 million U.S. consumers. The breach occurred from mid-May through July 2017.
    Larry Magid
  • Tech checklist to prepare for a disaster and power failure August 31, 2017
    Whether it's a hurricane, earthquake or any other disaster, it's important to make sure that your tech is ready and able to operate even in the event of a power failure.
    Larry Magid
  • Harvey victims and first responders turn to social media and mobile tech August 31, 2017
    Facebook, Twitter, Nextdoor and mobile technology have, literally, been lifelines for victims of Hurricane and tropical storm Harvey.
    Larry Magid
  • Advice for getting a child that first phone August 24, 2017
    As school gets underway, a lot of parents are considering buying their child a phone. That could be a good idea, especially for parents who want to be able to reach their child after school or even track their child's location
    Larry Magid
  • Keeping track of your kids before and after school August 21, 2017
    Let’s face it, most parents worry about their children and look for reassurances that everything is OK. And while you can’t know exactly what's going on with your kids 24/7, there are ways that you can track their location, know when they’ve arrived home and even look in on them when they are at home.
    Maureen Kochan
  • Generations will not be destroyed by smartphones August 18, 2017
    By Kerry Gallagher This article from the Atlantic appeared multiple times in my Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter feeds last week. The author is a professor of psychology and experienced researcher with a focus on generational differences. Her title claims that smartphones are destroying the post-Millennial generation. This paragraph is perhaps the clincher: “Even when a […]
    Maureen Kochan
  • ConnectSafely releases A Parent’s Guide to Kik August 1, 2017
    (Palo Alto, CA August 1, 2017) ConnectSafely continues its mission to help inform and educate parents with the launch of its latest guide, A Parent’s Guide to Kik. Kik is a popular community chat app with millions of active users, many of whom are teens. A Parent’s Guide to Kik is designed to give parents […]
    Maureen Kochan
  • ConnectSafely releases A Parent’s Guide to Kik August 1, 2017
    If there’s a teen in your home, you’ve probably heard of Kik, the community chat app with millions of users. If you haven’t, you’re not alone – sometimes it’s hard to keep up with all the popular services. ConnectSafely’s A Parent’s Guide to Kik is designed to give parents a useful primer on the app along […]
    Maureen Kochan
  • A Parent’s Guide to Kik August 1, 2017
    Click Here to Download  Full Guide (PDF) 5 Questions (PDF) Jump to Top 5 Questions Parents Ask About Kik Kik is a community chat app that allows users to connect with brands or chat one-on-one or in groups, with text, emojis, memes, videos and photos. Teens love Kik because it’s an “in the moment” experience, […]
    Maureen Kochan

RSS Great Stuff from Net Family News

  • About teens’ new top app ‘tbh’ & (real) safety in apps September 23, 2017
    “It’s trying to be the anti-Sarahah,” reports New York Magazine. But, like Sarahah, tbh (for “to be honest”), the newest hot app among teens in Apple’s App Store, is probably trying not to be a flash in the pan. [As of today, it’s No. 3, after Facebook Messenger and Gmail, on Apple’s “Top Charts” list […]
    Anne
  • 2 kinds of bullying, 2 kinds of empathy: Research September 1, 2017
    It’s an age-old social problem, but we have gotten so much smarter about bullying – both the problem and solutions – since media became so very social. Not only do we now know that the age-old “schoolyard bully” is a stereotype, we know it’s not the only one people all over the world entertain. But […]
    Anne
  • ‘Blue Whale’: Clickbait or a new form of online grooming? August 31, 2017
    A reader in India, where a “Blue Whale” scare has now taken off, asked it’s a genuine threat, so I’m reposting here the following response I posted in Comments to give you an update (see also a sidebar below about the all-important Russian context): In answer to the question in the headline up there, maybe […]
    Anne
  • The generation-destroying smartphone: Researchers push back August 12, 2017
    Two years ago, the headline in the Washington Post about researcher Jean Twenge’s work was, “Happiness levels are rising for teens, but not for people older than 30,” and she was quoted as saying, “our current culture is giving teens what they need, but not mature adults what they need.” I’m confused – because the […]
    Anne
  • Yellow app: Signs of smarter digital safety August 8, 2017
    It isn’t often that a social media startup has the stated “ambition to become a major social platform and a leader in safety [emphasis mine].” But that’s what the team behind Yellow, a fast-growing, Paris-based videochat app that just launched in the U.S., says, and I believe them. Details about safety measures in a minute, […]
    Anne
  • 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 (1997-now). […]
    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