RSS Great Stuff From Connect Safely

  • Diagnose your car and track your teen driver June 23, 2016
    by Larry Magid You’ve no doubt heard of OnStar, the feature in many General Motors cars that can offer emergency assistance, human assisted navigation, vehicle diagnostics and other features. The service, depending on the features you enable, costs between $20 and $35 a month with a 20 percent discount if you pay by the year. […]
    Larry Magid
  • LGBTQ youth face higher online risks June 20, 2016
    By Tyler Snell The Internet has proven to be a revolutionary tool that has changed the world – and like many such innovations before it, it’s mostly a blessing, but a little bit of a curse. While the instant communication that the Internet provides has spread access to information globally and helped disenfranchised groups to […]
    Larry Magid
  • Your teen’s ‘sext’ went viral. Now what? June 16, 2016
    By Ali Hill To create a home life where everyone feels safe enough to speak about these issues. To help us respond thoughtfully to our kids’ questions and needs, rather than react without thought. To have meaningful conversations with our teens about the things that matter most.
    Larry Magid
  • Facebook’s suicide and self-harm prevention tools now global June 15, 2016
    By Larry Magid Facebook is updating its resources for people who are contemplating suicide or self-harm and making it easier for people to help friends or family members who may be at risk of self-harm.
    Larry Magid
  • Apple, Microsoft and Google teach coding skills to kids June 15, 2016
    By ConnectSafely At its developers conference on Monday, Apple CEO Tim Cook announced Swift Playgrounds, a new iPad app to teach coding to kids. Apple describes Swift Playgrounds as “a revolutionary new app for iPad that makes learning Swift interactive and fun.” Swift is a programming language created by Apple and used to build many of […]
    Larry Magid
  • 5 tips for keeping your teen safe online this summer June 13, 2016
    By Kerry Gallagher Your teens will probably be around the house and have more downtime this summer than they do during the school year. That means they will also have more opportunities to go online to watch videos, play games, and use social media. While they deserve a break to unwind and relax a bit […]
    Maureen Kochan
  • ConnectSafely K-12 education director Kerry Gallagher selected as ASCD Emerging Leader June 10, 2016
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 2, 2016 ConnectSafely Contact: Hani Khan, [email protected] ASCD: Contact: Ross Romano, [email protected] ASCD, a global community of educators dedicated to excellence in learning, teaching, and leading, has selected  Kerry Gallagher, ConnectSafely’s Director of K-12 Education and the digital learning specialist at St. John’s Preparatory School in Danvers, Massachusetts for its 2016 class of emerging […]
    Maureen Kochan
  • Video: What if? Let’s reimagine learning. Technology can help June 9, 2016
    By Kerry Gallagher A TEDx presentation by ConnectSafely Director of K-12 Education, Kerry Gallagher
    Larry Magid
  • Protecting your online privacy on Facebook, Google & other services June 2, 2016
    By Larry Magid There is a commonly held belief that we have little control over our online privacy. This column first appeared in the San Jose Mercury News — the newspaper of Silicon Valley And, while it’s true that there are some privacy and security risks that are beyond our control, there is a lot […]
    Larry Magid
  • Tips for privacy and security settings for popular services June 2, 2016
    Facebook Privacy help Facebook account settings Facebook privacy setttings Facebook blocking Facebook third party apps settings Facebook Privacy Checkup instructions Instagram Google My Account Settings (includes security, privacy and other settings) Twitter Snapchat (also see ConnectSafely’s Parents Guide to Snapchat) LinkedIn After School Safety page  
    Larry Magid

RSS Great Stuff from Net Family News

  • Transformational – not just transactional – Net safety & citizenship needed June 22, 2016
    A couple of years ago I listened to a heart-rending interview on NPR with Joe Ehrmann, former NFL football player and founder of Coach for America. I’d been the mother of a hockey player for more than a decade and was moved by Ehrmann’s call for transformational rather than transactional coaching. Like many parents, I […]
    Anne
  • Handling toxicity: Insights for parents & teachers from Riot Games June 14, 2016
    There’s real wisdom for parents, coaches and educators – not to mention gamers, athletes and social media users – in this business story about what toxic behavior does to a team. The game in question? League of Legends, a 30 million-player “team-based game” along the lines of Capture the Flag “or, more aptly, ‘destroy the […]
    Anne
  • Major update on bullying, cyberbullying in the U.S.: Study May 25, 2016
    Bullying. Why haven’t we solved this social problem yet? Because, according to an important update from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering & Medicine, bullying is one very complex problem. “Composition of peer groups, shifting demographics, changing societal norms, and modern technology are factors that must be considered to understand and effectively react to bullying […]
    Anne
  • Everyday superheroes: Parents & caregivers May 6, 2016
    It probably wouldn’t occur to most moms, dads, foster parents, aunts, uncles and other caregivers that #WhatMakesASuperhero is just the right hashtag to mark Mother’s Day (and next month, Father’s Day). But a beautiful little video about five-year-old Cammie and her aunt-turned-foster mother Camellia shows how small things are superpowers to a little child. The […]
    Anne
  • Behind the scenes of safety & free speech in social media April 14, 2016
    For a must-read article for anyone interested in safety and free speech online, some of the social media industry’s most seasoned content moderators – the apps’ and sites’ safety managers and free speech decisionmakers – went public for the first time. “Their stories reveal how the boundaries of free speech were drawn during a period […]
    Anne
  • Not defaulting to default thinking about social media March 28, 2016
    Ok, full disclosure: I know my antennae are up when I read the news. I’ve been questioning reflexively negative pronouncements about social media for years. But the reason is all the fear about the impact of social media on our children, not to mention the human race, that has been swirling in the air for […]
    Anne
  • Messaging apps rule: What’s interesting about that for parents March 21, 2016
    This statement stopped me in my tracks when I was reading about how messaging apps now reign supreme in social media: “‘Ask and you shall receive’ has become the new customer experience.” I’ll tell you why that gave me pause in a moment. First a look at what’s being reported about mobile messaging. “The top […]
    Anne
  • True school safety: A ‘compassion network’ in & around schools in Morgan County, W.V. February 18, 2016
    It’s Kindness Week, and there’s no greater kindness – for and from people of all ages – than what’s being demonstrated in Morgan County, W.V., where great need is being met with great cooperation. County residents have created a web of youth-focused programs supporting kids in and out of school. I’ve been hearing about the […]
    Anne
  • Our humanity, not our tech, is the key to fixing online hate February 9, 2016
    To mark Safer Internet Day 2016, let’s take stock of what we’ve learned so far and what we can do with the knowledge we’ve gained so far about online hate…. It has taken a couple of decades but, collectively, we’re definitely getting smarter about online risk and how to avoid and address it. We’re also […]
    Anne
  • Europe’s big step backward for youth rights online, offline January 20, 2016
    Young people and parents everywhere should know that, where youth rights are concerned, Europe just took a big step backward. Even though every single one of the European Union’s 28 countries has ratified the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, whose Article 12 states that “children” (people under 18) have the right to […]
    Anne