RSS Great Stuff From Connect Safely

  • Most Android devices not up-to-date on security fixes March 23, 2017
    A report from Skycure found that "71% of all Android users on the five major US carriers are running security patches that are at least 2 months old."
    Larry Magid
  • Google now letting parents set up accounts for kids under 13 March 15, 2017
    By Larry Magid Google is testing out a new service called Family Link, and it’s a big deal because it’s the first time this century that a major internet service provider is enrolling users under 13.
    Larry Magid
  • Bill would strip privacy protections from California students and teachers March 9, 2017
    By Larry Magid In 2015 Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill that prohibited California police and other state agencies from searching our phones and online accounts without our consent, a court order, or showing it is an emergency.
    Maureen Kochan
  • Facebook launches ‘disputed’ news tag and lets users report suspected fake news March 7, 2017
    In December, Facebook said that it would start flagging “disputed” stories in an attempt to warn users about fake news and they have just launched that feature.
    Maureen Kochan
  • Facebook beefs up suicide-prevention tools March 3, 2017
    The announcement focused on new Facebook tools for helping people “in real time on Facebook Live,” facilitating live chat support from crisis support organizations via Facebook Messenger and “streamlined reporting for suicide, assisted by artificial intelligence." There have been reports of people, including a 14-year-old Miami girl, who have broadcast their suicides via the Facebook […]
    Larry Magid
  • What Would George Washington Think of the Internet? February 9, 2017
    By Kerry Gallagher The way we communicate is more instantaneous and media-rich today than ever before in history. But both history and modern times are peppered with testy relationships, varying personalities, and complicated politics. While we sometimes think that life is so different today from the start of U.S. history, we have more in common […]
    Maureen Kochan
  • Safer Internet Day is Tues February 3, 2017
    The official U.S. event will by hosted by ConnectSafely.org at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia. The U.S. event will bring together elementary, middle school and high school students and online safety experts, youth advocates and leading technology companies to discuss youth perspectives and practices in social media. This year’s global theme is “Be the […]
    Larry Magid
  • Beware of fake tech support scammers January 19, 2017
    By Larry Magid I got the following email from a relative of mine this week and it immediately sounded an alarm in my head.
    Larry Magid
  • Making the most of holiday screen time December 29, 2016
    By Kerry Gallagher Families with school-age children everywhere are looking forward to a week or more of quality time together. In many parts of the country this time will be spent mostly indoors due to cold weather. Since new electronic devices and toys are common holiday gifts, some of that quality time will be spent […]
    Maureen Kochan
  • How & why to avoid sharing fake news December 16, 2016
    Fake news is the scourge of the internet, earning rebukes and outright warnings from everyone from President Obama to Pope Francis. How you can be part of the solution.
    Larry Magid

RSS Great Stuff from Net Family News

  • Finally, kids can have their own Google accounts (with parents’ help) March 15, 2017
    Google made a bit of history today, opening up its universe of apps and services to users under 13 as their parents design it. Family Link, the name of the new parental control toolset, describes it well: Parents download the tools to their own and the kids’ devices, then link them up for a whole […]
    Anne
  • ‘Blue Whale’ game: ‘Fake news’ about teens spread internationally March 13, 2017
    It has been reported as real news here in the U.S. in recent weeks, just as it was earlier in eastern Europe, and what a dark, disrespectful message it sends about young people in any country. I’m talking about coverage of the so-called “Blue Whale suicide game” that started in Russia. And while even the […]
    Anne
  • The resilience part of digital parenting (& kids’ safety) March 11, 2017
    Parents concerned about the digital part of parenting deserve to know that they are not starting from scratch when their kids start using phones, tablets and other connected devices – even if they haven’t had conversations about digital safety yet. Far from it. Besides a loving family member or 2, 3 or 30 and the […]
    Anne
  • How to choose (or make!) an anti-bullying video that helps January 17, 2017
    Recently a graduate student was given the assignment to find videos on YouTube that are “helpful to kids in confronting bullying.” The criteria given the student were: Make sure the video… 1. presents accurate information about both the problem and what bullying is (sometimes behavior’s just rude or mean, not bullying) 2. is made by kids […]
    Anne
  • Most kids under 3 use tablets daily: Study January 4, 2017
    Just under 100% of UK families own at least one touchscreen device, and 97.5% own multiple such devices – some of those families as many as 14 tablets or smartphones. So it’s not too surprising that the same study at the University of London found that more than half of the UK’s littlest citizens (6-11 […]
    Anne
  • In 2017, chatbots & other imaginary friends December 26, 2016
    I am not kidding: The latest tech developments – and certainly not just those aimed at kids – remind me of the much-loved cartoon show of the last decade, “Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends.” There are all kinds of imaginary friends emerging, from the toy kind to the digital kind to the kind kids believe […]
    Anne
  • The new non-fake news & Snapchat December 6, 2016
    Last week I wrote about fake news, this week about its opposite. This is very real news, as captured by bystanders on the spot – curated and given app-wide exposure by Snapchat. This is quite likely to be how our children will get a lot of their news going forward, so I want to be sure […]
    Anne
  • Fake news & how media literacy is protective November 21, 2016
    When young people in the Balkan country of Macedonia create fake news sites like WorldPoliticus.com and make good money off of all the American voter traffic their uber-grabby headlines generate (true story, from BuzzFeed), this is not the new Nigerian Internet scam. I think we’re seeing that this is a history-changing problem that affects everybody, […]
    Anne
  • IBPA 2016: Focus on the positive November 11, 2016
    It’s fitting that the last day of a bullying prevention conference focusing on empathy, kindness and resilience happened to be Election Day 2016. Whether or not they were thinking about it, some 750 educators, students, researchers and practitioners together capped off possibly the most divisive, indecent, relationally challenged presidential election season in our history by […]
    Anne
  • Insights from under 18 Net users in 4 countries: Research November 3, 2016
    Young people worldwide are beginning to see the Internet “as a human right, a necessity.” That’s from Global Kids Online, a research project and network now encompassing 33 countries (and counting). It just released findings from South Africa, the Philippines, Serbia and Argentina, summarized here. “My favorite apps are social media – Whatsapp and Facebook. […]
    Anne