RSS Great Stuff From Connect Safely

  • Welcome to the new ConnectSafely.org
    Larry Magid Hi, and welcome to our updated site. It has received a much-needed facelift, and is now home to the ConnectSafely Blogging Network, a growing network of experts in the fields of safety, security, privacy, digital literacy, bullying and all the topics you care about. Here’s a list (with bio links) of our staff and guest bloggers. Our evolution […]
    Larry Magid
  • Google gets kid and family friendly with Expeditions and Google Play update
    Expeditions takes advantage of low-cost Google Cardboard VR goggles by Larry Magid: Google kicked off its annual I/O developers conference in San Francisco on Thursday with a long list of announcements, and two are aimed at making the company’s products more friendly for kids, parents and classrooms. The search giant is updating its Google Play […]
    Larry Magid
  • A Parents’ Guide to Student Data Privacy
    Click here to view or print A Parents’ Guide to Student Data Privacy             Additional Resources FERPA | SHERPA information site from Future of Privacy Forum U.S. Department of Education Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)  
    Stephen Pfister
  • A Parents’ Guide to Mobile Phones
    It seems just about everybody has a mobile phone now, including more than three-quarters of U.S. teens and a rapidly growing number of younger kids. For young people as well as adults, the technology has changed the way we work, play, communicate, learn, and socialize. Even the term “smartphone” is a bit of an understatement, […]
    Stephen Pfister
  • A Parents’ Guide to Instagram
    ConnectSafely’s new Parents’ Guide to Instagram provides parents, educators, anyone curious about this popular photo- and video-sharing app with all they need to help kids optimize their use of it. The seven-page guide, which can be viewed on your screen or printed out, starts out with the Top 5 questions parents typically have about Instagram, then […]
    Stephen Pfister
  • A Parents’ Guide to Snapchat
    Snapchat, a media-sharing and chat app, is all about spontaneity. The text, photos and videos you send disappear seconds after they’re viewed – you get to decide how long your friends have to view them. What users love about that is they can share a moment that’s digital footprint-free – they don’t have to think […]
    Stephen Pfister
  • A Parents’ Guide to Cybersecurity
    ConnectSafely’s Security Center features our Parents’ Guide to Cybersecurity plus useful resources to help protect your family’s devices and networks. A Parents’ Guide to Cybersecurity (PDF) Top 5 Questions parents have about cybersecurity plus advice on how to help protect your entire family from security risks on the Web and on phones. View or print ConnectSafely’s free guide to […]
    Stephen Pfister
  • A Parents’ Guide to Cyberbullying
    A Parents’ Guide to Cyberbullying A Parents’ Guide to Cyberbullying (PDF) View or print ConnectSafely’s free guide to dealing with cyberbullying. If you’d like to reprint multiple copies, please click here. Educators and community groups, find out how to get 150 printed copies free of charge.   Tips to Help Stop Cyberbullying A succinct tip sheet aimed at […]
    Stephen Pfister
  • A Parents’ Guide to Mobile Phones – Español
    En la actualidad, parece que todos tienen un teléfono móvil, incluidos más del 75% de los adolescentes de EE. UU. y un creciente número de niños más pequeños. Tanto para los jóvenes como para adultos, la tecnología ha cambiado la manera en que trabajamos, jugamos, nos comunicamos, aprendemos y socializamos. Incluso el término “teléfono inteligente” […]
    Stephen Pfister
  • Students: The one group missing from student data privacy laws and bills
    by Larry Magid: The one group missing in the conversation about student privacy rights is the very group existing and proposed laws are designed to protect. If you read the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA) or the proposed bills including the Student Digital Privacy and Parental Rights Act of 2015 proposed […]
    Larry Magid

RSS Great Stuff from Net Family News

  • Help us build & pilot a Social Media Helpline for schools! May 13, 2015
    Hey, everybody! We at NetFamilyNews and iCANHELP would greatly appreciate your help in spreading the word about (and if possible contributing to) our just-launched crowd funding campaign at Indiegogo. We’re in the process of creating a hotline schools can call for help with problems in social media which we’ll pilot this coming school year in […]
    Anne
  • ‘Game of 72′: Let’s apply a little ‘social norming’ May 11, 2015
    This is a perfect example of why we need to apply what we know about social norming to social media panics. And in a rare show of levelheadedness from the news media, Global News in Canada helps us get there. “The Game of 72 – a viral prank urging kids to disappear for 72 hours […]
    Anne
  • Wise words on bullying from 11-year-old star of ‘Little Boy’ April 24, 2015
    Remarkable actor Jakob Salvati is only 11 – and he was only 8 when he played the title role in the film Little Boy released today – but he already gets a core truth about bullying: “Usually the person bullying is someone who is hurting on the inside and hiding it,” he wrote me via […]
    Anne
  • The universe in an app: Will youth create a trend within the trend? April 21, 2015
    The days of simple, single-use apps may be over. Or not, depending on the user, his or her context and a whole lot of other factors. But there is a bit of a trend among messaging apps. Not all apps – particularly the No. 1 messaging app, Facebook’s WhatsApp with 600+ million users – are […]
    Anne
  • Digital parenting: Individual, situational, contextual April 16, 2015
    It’s so interesting to see what British psychologist Sonia Livingstone zooms in on in American psychologist Lynn Schofield Clark’s book on parenting digital media users, The Parent App. Dr. Livingstone picked up on what I liked most about the book too: diversity and depth of insight. Dr. Clark interviewed “46 very different families” for a […]
    Anne
  • The real privacy dilemma: Private or convenient? April 10, 2015
    When I read this sentence in a New York Times review of the Apple Watch, I thought of the privacy spectrum of the digital age: Apple “seems to be pushing a vision of the Watch as a general-purpose remote control for the real world, a nearly bionic way to open your hotel room, board a […]
    Anne
  • Growing empathy: How VR could augment our humanity online April 2, 2015
    BusinessInsider.com reporter Dave Smith recently experienced social virtual reality – not the videogame kind anybody who has demo’d VR has experienced, where you find yourself in some exotic activity like standing on top of a skyscraper or snorkeling by Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. And Smith says, “social is the killer app of virtual reality,” likely […]
    Anne
  • How brave commenters are growing the power of Lewinsky’s talk March 27, 2015
    “Together, we have the power to protect the most vulnerable among us.” There never was a truer, more urgent call to the world’s social media users. It’s from Nadia Goodman, TED’s social media editor, in a blog post about the digital aftermath of posting the video of Monica Lewinsky’s TED talk in the TED site. […]
    Anne
  • Social circles, more than social media, cause stress: Study March 26, 2015
    Social media itself doesn’t increase our stress levels, but our social lives can. We knew that, right? Caring about others can cause us stress when we see them suffering, and that’s one of the things social media does: expose our friends’ challenges. We can probably extrapolate a few things about our children’s experiences from the […]
    Anne
  • Monica Lewinsky’s talk going viral: A sign March 23, 2015
    At some point yesterday, shortly after TED posted it, Monica Lewinsky’s 2015 TED Talk had about 198,000 views. One day later, as of this writing, it had gotten 644,394. I believe the reason for this is not just because we’re encouraged ourselves when someone has the courage to turn horrific public humiliation into social change. […]
    Anne