RSS Great Stuff from Net Family News

  • Media literacy lessons from comedian ChescaLeigh June 11, 2018
    Franchesca Ramsey, or @chescaleigh – the comedy writer, YouTube star with 247,000+ subscribers, host of MTV Decoded, and author of the just-released Well, That Escalated Quickly: Memoirs and Mistakes of an Accidental Activist – could also easily be considered a media literacy educator now. For one thing, she has a lot of credibility with fellow […]
    Anne
  • How teens’ social media use changing: New Pew study June 1, 2018
    Parents of teens probably knew this already, but the Pew Research Center just confirmed it for everybody: YouTube, Instagram and Snapchat are US 13-17 year-olds’ top social media picks now – at 85%, 72% and 69%, respectively. That’s according to Pew’s just-released “Teens, Social Media & Technology 2018.” [The percentages add up to more than […]
    Anne
  • What does GDPR mean for our kids? May 25, 2018
    You may be wondering what, if any, impact Europe’s sweeping new data law, GDPR (for General Data Privacy Regulation), has on parenting tech users in your life. After all, it went into effect today, and you may’ve seen headlines like the New York Times’s about how it makes Europe the “world’s leading tech watchdog” or […]
    Anne
  • 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

RSS Great Stuff from Connect Safely

  • New iOS lets users set limits for kids and adults June 8, 2018
    By Larry Magid This post first appeared in the Mercury News As the founder of SafeKids.com and co-founder of ConnectSafely.org, I’ve written volumes about parental controls that help parents limit what their kids can do online or with mobile devices. Apple already offers optional parental controls for iPhones and iPads, but with the upcoming release of its […]
    Larry Magid
  • The Parent’s Guide to Roblox June 1, 2018
    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 2006, Roblox’s popularity among gamers 8-years-old and up has exploded, and it is now one of the top […]
    Maureen Kochan
  • Facebook slips, Snapchat grows among teens — nearly half online ‘almost constantly’ May 31, 2018
    By Larry Magid This post first appeared in the San Jose Mercury News Listen to Larry Magid’s CBS News Radio interview with the study’s lead author, Monica Anderson A new survey from Pew Research found that Snapchat is now the social media app that teens use most often, followed closely by YouTube. A slight majority […]
    Larry Magid
  • How to protect your router and home network from the VPNFilter malware May 29, 2018
    The FBI recommends "any owner of small office and home office routers power cycle (reboot) the devices." It's in response to a malware threat called VPNFiler that can render routers inoperable and potentially steal information, according to the bureau. There is also the risk of your home or business network infecting other networks.
    Larry Magid
  • Europe’s new privacy law shakes up entire tech industry and impacts European teens May 27, 2018
    Europe’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) kicked in on Friday, May 25th, and its impact will be felt not just in Europe but around the world — especially in Silicon Valley, where many tech companies are based. That’s because the GDPR’s rules affect any company that touches data from European citizens, which is pretty much every […]
    Larry Magid
  • 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