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  • 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
  • Post-FOSI: Online safety now, predictions for 2020 November 20, 2017
    “Trust and civility” were, so very appropriately, the focus of the Family Online Safety Institute‘s just-ended annual conference this challenging year. “We have witnessed countless examples…of ways that trust in institutions, in organizations and even in each other has been eroded,” FOSI CEO Stephen Balkam noted in his opening remarks. “And we have watched how […]
    Anne
  • Counterspeech: A tool for students who want to counter online hate September 29, 2017
    Now, in time for National Bullying Prevention Month 2017, students have solid, research-based guidance for countering online hate, harassment and bullying – in the form of a cartoon! “Counterspeech DOs & DON’Ts” is the result of a months-long collaboration of iCanHelpline.org, iHeartMob.org, #ICANHELP, Project HEAR, The Dangerous Speech Project and some outstanding student advisers in […]
    Anne
  • 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

RSS Great Stuff from Connect Safely

  • How Evil is Tech? A Response. December 7, 2017
    By Kerry Gallagher I believe in the power of technology to connect people, to empower people to be creative, and to open doors to opportunities that would otherwise be closed. This does not mean that there aren’t mistakes that people can make with technology. I have made it my mission and my work to educate […]
    Maureen Kochan
  • What parents need to know about Facebook Messenger Kids December 7, 2017
    Messenger Kids, announced Monday, isn’t exactly an education app, but it’s tailored to give kids 6 to 12 the ability to engage in conversations as well as exchange messages, videos and images with parent-approved friends and family.
    Larry Magid
  • Safe holiday online shopping tips November 27, 2017
    One of the biggest obstacles to online shopping is the fear of fraud or a security scam and that can be an issue regardless of whether you’re shopping from a web browser or a mobile app. While security is an issue, it’s important not to overblow the fear. If you shop in physical stores you […]
    Larry Magid
  • Larry Magid’s CBS News radio segments on Family Online Safety Institute conference 2017 November 19, 2017
    Here are some radio segments on CBS News Radio and its affiliates WTOP (Washington) and KCBS (San Francisco) on the 2017 Family Online Safety Institute’s conference.   http://www.connectsafely.org/wp-content/uploads/weekend-roundup-magid-nov-18.mp3   http://www.connectsafely.org/wp-content/uploads/17-Magid-Tech-Talk-FOSI-Conf-WITH-NOISE-REDUCTION.mp3     http://www.connectsafely.org/wp-content/uploads/larry-wtop-2020.mp3     http://www.connectsafely.org/wp-content/uploads/kcbs-magid-fosi-2017.mp3  
    Larry Magid
  • Sen. Al Franken’s stupid & sexist 2006 photo is a lesson for us all November 17, 2017
    by Larry Magid The picture of Al Franken appearing to grope a sleeping fellow USO entertainer should serve as a warning to everyone. It’s easy to take (or be in) an inappropriate picture and it’s equally easy to share it online. But, as Franken found out, an image can resurface at any time and possibly […]
    Larry Magid
  • The Parent’s Guide to Educational Technology November 14, 2017
    By Kerry Gallagher, J.D., and Larry Magid, Ed.D. Click Here For Full Guide (PDF) We all know children use devices like smartphones, tablets, Chromebooks, and laptops at school and they also often use a vocabulary full of technology jargon that may seem completely foreign. One reason is that both tech-savvy and tech-hesitant parents are not […]
    Larry Magid
  • 2020 Vision: The future of online safety November 14, 2017
    by Larry Magid This post first appeared on Forbes.com The Family Online Safety Institute (FOSI) convenes its annual conference on Thursday, when internet safety experts from around the world will meet at the Newseum in Washington DC to talk about making the online world “safer for kids and their families through enlightened public policy, industry […]
    Larry Magid
  • Conference explores causes and impact of physical and cyberbullying November 10, 2017
    As researchers Elizabeth Englander and Sheri Bauman pointed out at the conference, most of the research on cyberbullying focuses on adolescents, but there is a growing concern about the behavior of younger children.
    Larry Magid
  • The Parent’s Guide to Roblox November 8, 2017
    By Maureen Kochan and Larry Magid, Ed.D. Click Here For Full Guide (PDF) If your kids love to play online games, one of the names you may be hearing about a lot lately is Roblox. Launched in 2005, Roblox’s popularity among gamers 8-years-old and up has exploded, and it is now the No. 1 gaming […]
    Maureen Kochan
  • You can delete messages on Whatsapp but you better hurry October 27, 2017
    Whatsapp is rolling out a new feature that lets you take your foot out of your mouth. But you better hurry. Messages must be deleted within 7 minutes and there is no guarantee that the person might not have seen the message by the time you delete it. To delete a message: Open WhatsApp and […]
    Larry Magid