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  • A book for wise (digital) parenting April 30, 2018
    The Art of Screen Time, by NPR’s Anya Kamenetz, could not be more timely. What with hearings and headlines about digital privacy, so much talk about “tech addiction,” and bad advice about “screen time,” parents deserve this haven from the storm. And it’s a haven not just because Kamenetz is a great reporter with sources […]
    Anne
  • 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

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  • Facebook is cleaning up inappropriate content but you still need to be vigilant May 17, 2018
    by Larry Magid This post first appeared in the Mercury News I’m about to report on some interesting numbers from Facebook regarding inappropriate material it deleted from its service, but first I’d like to warn users about the types of materials you may be providing not just to Facebook but to third-party developers. Beware of […]
    Larry Magid
  • Google reining in too much of a good thing May 10, 2018
    The common expression “too much of a good thing” can apply to almost everything that we enjoy, including the internet and mobile devices. My grandparents understood that, but apparently, many of my contemporaries don’t when it comes to tech. I’m guilty as well.
    Maureen Kochan
  • Tips to Help Stop Cyberbullying May 7, 2018
    Guidance for parents and young people on cyberbullying, including advice for ending (or preventing) the cycle of aggression. For a more comprehensive look, see A Parents’ Guide to Cyberbullying.  For kids and teens Know that it’s not your fault. What people call “bullying” is sometimes an argument between two people. But if someone is repeatedly […]
    ConnectSafely
  • Tips for Dealing with Teen Sexting May 7, 2018
    “Sexting” usually refers to the sharing of nude or semi-nude and sexually provocative photos via mobile phones, but it can happen on other devices and the Web too. First of all, research shows most teens don’t “sext.” And most of those who do experience no negative consequences. But for teens who do sext, there are […]
    ConnectSafely
  • Tips for Smart Cellphone Use May 7, 2018
    Some 95% of Americans own cellphones of some kind, according to Pew Research Center – among 18- to 29-year-olds, the number is a whopping 100%. But no matter your age, there are some basic ideas for keeping mobile phone use safe and constructive: Share with care. Use the same good sense about what you post from […]
    ConnectSafely
  • Online Safety Tips May 6, 2018
    The vast majority of us use the internet to socialize, work, learn, and play. But widespread use doesn’t necessarily mean widespread understanding. The good news is there are easy ways to keep your internet use safe and constructive. We’ve compiled some of our best advice here. Table of Contents 1 – Interacting with old and new […]
    Larry Magid
  • How to use privacy tools for popular services and apps May 6, 2018
    After School “Anonymous” app After School does not have typical privacy settings because users do not have a profile that can be viewed or shared. All user posts are by default anonymous unless a person includes his or her name in a post. After School outlines its privacy policies on its website. For more, see […]
    Larry Magid
  • Advice on Sexting, Sextortion and Revenge Porn May 5, 2018
    The safest way to avoid a picture getting into the wrong hands is to never take it, allow it to be taken, or share it. Sadly, there are cases (sometimes called “revenge porn”) where someone shares pictures meant only for them — sometimes after a breakup. Never take and send an image of yourself because […]
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  • Tips for Strong, Secure Passwords & Other Authentication Tools May 4, 2018
    A strong password is your first line of defense against intruders and imposters. Scroll down for a video based on these tips. Never give out your password to anyone.* Never give it to friends, even if they’re really good friends. A friend can – maybe even accidentally – pass your password along to others or even become […]
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  • Twitter urges users to change password May 3, 2018
    In a statement, Twitter urged users to change their passwords after disclosing “Due to a bug, passwords were written to an internal log before completing the hashing process.” Hashing replaces the actual password with a version that can’t be read by a human being. The company said that it has “fixed the bug, and our […]
    Larry Magid