RSS Great Stuff from Net Family News

  • Finally! Solid cyberbullying data on tweens October 16, 2020
    There is no better source on cyberbullying than the Cyberbullying Research Center, at least in the US. And this month, National Bullying Prevention Month in the US, CRC, in partnership with Cartoon Network, released data on a whole new group of kids: 9-to-12-year-olds. It may surprise you that we know very little about tweens’ experiences […]
    Anne
  • Beyond ‘The Social Dilemma’ to social solutions September 21, 2020
    The Social Dilemma, now on Netflix, is a polemic, not a documentary. I mean, the Oxford English Dictionary says a documentary “provides a factual record or report,” and this film does not do that. There’s nothing wrong with a polemic, or a wakeup call. It’s perfectly reasonable to create a film with the intention to […]
    Anne
  • ‘Automated fame’: 1 of the TikTok stories of the moment September 11, 2020
    You’ve undoubtedly seen news stories about Charli D’Amelio, 2020’s 16-year-old TikTok phenomenon, with 6 billion likes and 82 million followers since she joined the app last spring. It was the part about “automated fame” that really caught my attention in a New Yorker story this past weekend. Charli became “the most popular creator on TikTok” […]
    Anne
  • A simple exercise for (digital) parenting August 15, 2020
    This is inspired by all the families in Parenting for a Digital Future, the book I reviewed earlier this week (I also added this as a sidebar in that post for readers’ convenience). It’s a little exercise to explain and expand on the statement I led the review with: “family context eclipses screen time.” Please […]
    Anne
  • #P4DF: The book about (digital) parenting August 10, 2020
    Family context eclipses screen time. If you get nothing else from the new book Parenting for a Digital Future, that one takeaway would help so many educators, policymakers, pediatricians and advocates trying to get “Internet safety” and “digital wellbeing” education right, i.e., as free of generalized pronouncements of what is and isn’t good for children […]
    Anne
  • Key SEL report from UNESCO, insights from youth in 6 countries July 27, 2020
    In what video panel discussion could you watch a high school student in Bhutan lead his peers in Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India, Japan and South Africa, along with their adult moderator, in a mindfulness practice – after which you’d hear from a neuroscientist at a U.S. university and Sri Lanka’s Minister of Education? That would be […]
    Anne
  • Yup. New ‘Blue Whale’ with a Momo-style twist July 16, 2020
    Here we are again. Remember “Blue Whale,” then “Momo”? Well, the B.W. challenge, or self-harm “game,” has been warmed over and repackaged with a new name and face with the creepiness of a Momo. This time it’s a weird, scary version of the cartoon character Goofy. [I don’t know—does familiarity make it less scary or […]
    Anne
  • New org for content moderation pros June 17, 2020
    This is a world first and great news at a time when everybody could use a bit of that: The Trust & Safety Professional Association opens its doors today. TSPA is a membership organization designed to support the content moderation community, the people all over the world who do the extremely challenging work of protecting […]
    Anne
  • An Oversight Board & what’s actually, urgently, needed June 4, 2020
    Below you’ll find background and context to this pivotal point for social media. For a more prescriptive view, click to “Social media’s turning point: 5 steps needed now, no turning back.”  Suddenly things that looked like important, almost radical (potential) fixes a few months ago now seem like “band-aids” or symptom treatments. Suddenly we need […]
    Anne
  • Amid #Covid: Gift to her peers from a once depressed teen author May 25, 2020
    I can’t let Mental Health Month go by without a blog post on the subject, especially this year. So this one’s not about tech, media or the Internet. It’s about – and by – 19-year-old Ruby Walker, author of Advice I Ignored: Stories and Wisdom from a Formerly Depressed Teen. It is true wisdom, maybe […]
    Anne

RSS Great Stuff from Connect Safely

  • Strengthening Resilience During Tough Times October 26, 2020
    We spoke with Rabbi Kevin Bemel, a former US Navy chaplain, about resilience, relationships and thriving during difficult times. Bemel hosts “The Way to Wow” on YouTube. “The personal mantra I’ve adopted over the last 6 months is ‘courage at all times,'” he says. ‘ The post Strengthening Resilience During Tough Times appeared first on […]
    ConnectSafely
  • New Dangers Facing Kids Online October 22, 2020
    Our interview with Internet Watch Foundation CEO Susie Hargreaves on rise of ‘self-generated child sex abuse images and videos’ and what can be done about it. The post New Dangers Facing Kids Online appeared first on ConnectSafely.
    ConnectSafely
  • ConnectSafely and The Meet Group to Further Safer Dating Education October 8, 2020
    Palo Alto, CA and New Hope, PA, October 8, 2020 – ConnectSafely and The Meet Group announced they are collaborating to provide educational resources to help people more safely use online dating services and tools. “ConnectSafely is pleased to be helping The Meet Group assure that people who use its services are doing so as […]
    ConnectSafely
  • Parent’s Guide to Roblox October 7, 2020
    If your kids love to play online games, one of the names you may be hearing about a lot lately is Roblox. Here's what you need to know. The post Parent’s Guide to Roblox appeared first on ConnectSafely.
    Maureen Kochan
  • Do Passwords Really Protect Us? October 5, 2020
    Online security expert Andrew Shikiar of FIDO Alliance talked to us about phishing, vishing, social engineering, and what's wrong with passwords. "Simply put, passwords aren't up to the task." The post Do Passwords Really Protect Us? appeared first on ConnectSafely.
    ConnectSafely
  • Social Media Can Lead to Political Extremism October 1, 2020
    I never thought I would have to say this but– political extremism is expected to have an impact on the upcoming election and – perhaps even scarier – the potential aftermath of the election, should some people decide to take things into their own hands if it doesn’t come out as they hope. The post […]
    Larry Magid
  • Tips to Help Stop Cyberbullying October 1, 2020
    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
  • What You Should Consider Before Using Parental Controls September 27, 2020
    Filters can usually prevent young children from accidentally stumbling on troubling or inappropriate material, but they are less effective at keeping older kids and teens from deliberately visiting blocked sites. The post What You Should Consider Before Using Parental Controls appeared first on ConnectSafely.
    Larry Magid
  • Creating Inclusive Play Spaces September 25, 2020
    Jill Asher, co-founder of Magical Bridge, talks about creating inclusive playgrounds across the US. The post Creating Inclusive Play Spaces appeared first on ConnectSafely.
    ConnectSafely
  • Bullying: The Latest Research from Microsoft September 17, 2020
    A new research report from Microsoft found that 40% of teenagers in 32 countries say they’ve been involved in a bullying incident as the target of the bullying, someone who displayed bullying behaviors or as a bystander. The post Bullying: The Latest Research from Microsoft appeared first on ConnectSafely.
    Larry Magid