RSS Great Stuff from Net Family News

  • What just happened: ‘Big data’ got personal April 16, 2018
    What the Cambridge Analytica story and last week’s congressional hearings with Facebook’s CEO are really all about is that people – not even “just” social media users, voters and policymakers – are waking up to the meaning of “big data.” It’s a big story not only because Facebook has more than 2.2 billion users or […]
    Anne
  • Social media’s next phase: A new social contract? March 29, 2018
    The “Cambridge Analytica scandal,” as seen in so many headlines, is giving way to a more thoughtful – and crucial – international discussion about not only data privacy but an even bigger question: where our social development is at this point in the planet’s technological development, the part we call the Internet. Here are a […]
    Anne
  • 5 young activists in 4 countries, Part 2: The social media crucible March 15, 2018
    The US students who walked out of schools nationwide in protest against gun violence yesterday have counterparts in many other countries. On March 24, young activists all over the world will be staging events in support of the March for Our Lives movement started in Parkland, Fla., and there are other causes and kinds of […]
    Anne
  • 5 young activists in 4 countries on life, work & social media: Part 1 March 14, 2018
    The US students who walked out of schools nationwide in protest against gun violence today, March 14,  have counterparts in many other countries. On March 24, young activists all over the world will be staging events in support of the March for Our Lives movement started in Parkland, Fla., and there are other causes and […]
    Anne
  • Real news: UK lawmakers’ formal ‘fake news’ hearing in the US February 12, 2018
    They were historic conversations on many levels, and not just because 11 British Members of Parliament flew across the Atlantic to hold hearings with Google, Twitter and Facebook executives (as well as scholars, journalists and news publishers) at George Washington University last week. It was “the first ever live broadcast and public hearing of a […]
    Anne
  • We need to manage the social media backlash too February 6, 2018
    It’s like a moral panic on steroids. Adding to the “reckoning” already under way since the 2016 election (see Related links below) is the news yesterday of a new, high-profile coalition of some of social media’s creators and backers and Common Sense Media. The steroids part is the funding ($7 million from individuals, the Omidyar […]
    Anne
  • Clearer picture of what hurts kids online, globally: Research January 8, 2018
    Even people under 18 would probably say we adults are getting smarter in the way we’re viewing cyberbullying (we could ask them [#stuvoice @stu_voice]!). That is, if they knew there’s growing consensus among researchers in many countries that “cyberbullying” isn’t the most useful term for online hurtful behavior and may be inhibiting what we can […]
    Anne
  • Turning now to 2018: Parenting & social media’s ‘breakup’ December 28, 2017
    Think about this in terms of parenting and policymaking: “social” and “media are splitting up. 2018 will be the beginning of the end of “first-generation social media,” as tech reporter Taylor Lorenz put it. So when we’re parenting and setting policy about young people’s use of social media (at household, school and national levels), it’d […]
    Anne
  • The state of global youth, digitally speaking: Research December 16, 2017
    There could be no better year-end wrap-up or gift for stakeholders in youth online safety worldwide than UNICEF’s just-released “State of the World’s Children…in a Digital World.” In it are the latest research, stories and commentaries from multiple international perspectives, including, to its credit, those of young people in 26 countries. In addition to their […]
    Anne
  • Facebook’s Messenger Kids: Important new digital-parenting tool December 4, 2017
    Facebook’s launch of Messenger Kids is a game-changer – but not just in the way you might think. Sure it’s the world’s largest social media service’s first product for people under 13. That’s certainly big news, and what will capture most of the headlines this week. But it’s actually a combination of that and something […]
    Anne

RSS Great Stuff from Connect Safely

  • Amazon’s kid friendly Echo and tablet with parental controls April 26, 2018
    by Larry Magid This post first appeared in the San Jose Mercury News Amazon is going after the little-kids’ market, and I think that’s just fine. The company has long offered a children’s version of its popular Fire Tablet and now  offers Alexa content aimed at young users. Amazon recently beefed up its parental controls […]
    Larry Magid
  • Educators Guide to Creativity and Copyright April 21, 2018
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    Larry Magid
  • Facebook begins notifying users if their data was accessed by Cambridge Analytica April 9, 2018
    Facebook is in the process of notifying users whether their personal information may have been accessed by Cambridge Analytica. Starting today, users will see one of two notices. The one on the right will go to people if one or more of their friends used the app This is Your Digital Life,” which passed the […]
    Larry Magid
  • Guides March 30, 2018
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    Larry Magid
  • Facebook simplifies privacy settings March 29, 2018
    Last week I wrote about Facebook’s rather complicated privacy settings and, as I said at the time, “I wish it weren’t necessary for me to write this column.” I actually had two reasons for saying that.
    Larry Magid
  • Stop thinking about screen time March 28, 2018
    Few things stoke anxiety and confusion among parents like the topic of screen time. But experts are increasingly urging parents – and the people who work with kids – to relax, and focus not just on how much their kids are using screens, but how they’re using them. High school digital learning specialist and ConnectSafely K-12 […]
    Maureen Kochan
  • Students and schools can win $10K for a short video about fake vs. real information March 26, 2018
    Fake contests are almost as bad as fake news, but this one is real. It's called What's Your Story? and the Grand Prize is $10,000. Here's how to enter.
    Larry Magid
  • How to control your Facebook privacy and apps March 21, 2018
    There have been a lot of news stories about Facebook privacy, including personal information being collected and provided to political campaigns. Some people are angry and there is now a movement to #DeleteFacebook.
    Larry Magid
  • How to control your Facebook privacy including apps March 21, 2018
    There have been a lot of news stories about Facebook privacy, including personal information being collected and provided to political campaigns. Fortunately, there are ways to control your privacy on Facebook but it doesn’t happen automatically. You have to take steps to make it happen.
    Maureen Kochan
  • How to control data collected by Facebook apps March 19, 2018
    As you may have heard, Facebook has acknowledged that data from Facebook users wound up in the hands of Cambridge Analytica and then to the Trump campaign. Controlling data accessible to apps In this case, the culprit was a Facebook app which, like many apps on the service, gathers personal data as a matter of course. And while […]
    Larry Magid