RSS Great Stuff from Net Family News

  • Parenting (in RL) during a pandemic March 17, 2020
    This is no time for perfectionist parenting, digital or otherwise, right?! With so many of us working from home with kids, endless news about Covid-19, volatile global markets and social distancing, we’re all in social-emotional survival mode. This pandemic seems to be a reset. It’s changing the patterns of everyday life, definitely making some things […]
    Anne
  • Screens kids use, Part 1: Everywhere and ‘irrelevant’ March 12, 2020
    The webinar was set up as a debate, a transatlantic one between psychology Prof. Sonia Livingstone at the London School of Economics and health sciences Assoc. Prof. Kristi Adamo at the University of Ottawa. They were asked to talk about “screen time” by their hosts at the International Society of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity […]
    Anne
  • Of digital social: A regrettable headline January 27, 2020
    Talk about confirmation bias (or ageist clickbait)! This headline in the Education Week blog (which also headlined Ed Week’s email newsletter) is a great opportunity for a media literacy discussion, in school or over dinner at home: “Social Media is ‘Tearing Us Apart,’ Middle and High School Students Say.” The headline makes for a good […]
    Anne
  • At last: Sext ed based on facts not fear January 22, 2020
    In 1978, an award-winning documentary showed a group of teen juvenile offenders being taken to a New Jersey maximum-security prison, where for three hours “a group of inmates known as ‘the lifers’ berate[d], scream[ed] at, and terrif[ied] the young offenders in an attempt to ‘scare them straight” so they’d stop offending, as Wikipedia tells the […]
    Anne
  • 4 resolutions for Internet safety 2020 January 1, 2020
    “Until now, protecting children on the Web has primarily meant keeping them off it,” wrote NPR’s Anya Kamenetz at TechnologyReview.com. Exactly. That has been the direct experience of children all over the world. Because for some 20 years, all around the world, governments, advocates, businesspeople, educators, parents have actually been trying to uphold our children’s […]
    Anne
  • A pivotal book for digital safety & citizenship December 17, 2019
    The importance of the new book – Young People in Digital Society: Control Shift – cannot be exaggerated. It provides the scholarship we adults need to make the pivot of the 21st century: away from dictating to young people and toward partnering with them as we all figure out life in this ever more digitally […]
    Anne
  • New ‘Privacy Toolkit’ for youth, co-created with youth December 11, 2019
    “What do children know, and want to know, about where their data goes?” is the all-important question that leads the Children’s Data & Privacy Online project’s blog post about its just-released report. I say “all-important” because it’s a fundamental right of children to form and express their views on matters that affect them (see Article […]
    Anne
  • Spark Change: The book taking (digital) citizenship to a whole new level October 22, 2019
    Olivia Van Ledtje, just now 12, tells the story of giving a talk in a western Massachusetts elementary school auditorium that was packed with students and teachers from three school communities – when she was 10. She writes that, after her talk, the students wanted to ask “loads of one-of-a-kind kid questions – the kind […]
    Anne
  • Digital wellness: What is, & isn’t, parody August 30, 2019
    “Social media seriously harms your mental health” goes the message on the back of smartphones ironically held in the perfectly manicured hands of super models and other social media influencers, two of whom get “hundreds of thousands of likes on nearly every photo they post to Instagram,” the Verge reports. The message is on the […]
    Anne
  • Uncontroversial: Online porn in sex ed August 1, 2019
    The other day, prominent UK professor Sonia Livingstone tweeted that the latest post in the Parenting for a Digital Future blog (which she helped create) has proven controversial. That’s not a huge surprise. The post argues that not including online porn in high school sex education classes “is a missed opportunity.” I agree. The post’s […]
    Anne

RSS Great Stuff from Connect Safely

  • Live video chat: ‘Parenting & Working While Sheltering @ Home’ April 2, 2020
    Next chat: Tuesday April April 7th at 10:00 AM Pacific/1:00 PM Eastern Archive of previous chats Larry Magid & Kerry Gallagher with tips and resources: (from April 2nd) ConnectSafely’s has launched a live video series, Parenting & Working While Sheltering at Home. Hosted by ConnectSafely CEO and CBS News Technology Analyst Larry Magid, the program […]
    Maureen Kochan
  • Resources for coping, learning, shopping while stuck home April 2, 2020
    This post first appeared in the Mercury News There is never a good time for a pandemic, but the silver lining on this very dark cloud is that it’s happening at a time when we have the ability to communicate, learn and relax online. For millions of us, the internet has become our lifeline. If […]
    Larry Magid
  • Replay the webinar with Larry Magid and Kerry Gallagher April 2, 2020
    Watch the replay on Facebook ConnectSafely is launching a regular video webinar hosted by our CEO and CBS News Technology Analyst Larry Magid with guests from social media companies, education, health-care and more. The inaugural program, this Thursday, April 2 at 10:00 a.m. PT (1 p.m. ET), will also feature Kerry Gallagher, ConnectSafely’s Director of […]
    Larry Magid
  • ConnectSafely launches live video series via Zoom, Facebook Live and YouTube April 1, 2020
    (PALO ALTO, CA  April 1, 2020) ConnectSafely.org is launching a live video series, Parenting & Working While Sheltering at Home. Hosted by ConnectSafely CEO and CBS News Technology Analyst Larry Magid, the program will feature guests from education, social media companies, health care, mental health, and other fields. Kerry Gallagher, ConnectSafely’s Director of K-12 Education […]
    Larry Magid
  • Join our ConnectSafely Webinar this Thurs at 1:00 PM Pacific/ 4:PM ET March 31, 2020
    ConnectSafely is launching a regular video webinar hosted by our CEO and CBS News Technology Analyst Larry Magid with guests from social media companies, education, health-care and more. The inaugural program, this Thursday at 1:00 PM pacific (4 ET), will also feature Kerry Gallagher, ConnectSafely’s director of K-12 Education. Larry and Kerry will talk about […]
    Larry Magid
  • Prepare now in case you need remote tech support during coronavirus March 26, 2020
    This post first appeared in the Mercury News by Larry Magid If you’re like most people, you probably have occasional problems with your PC, Mac or other devices. And while some people have the technical skills to solve these problems themselves, most people rely on help from tech support lines, tech repair professionals or tech-savvy […]
    Larry Magid
  • Video & Podcast: Tech tools to engage your family in fun or educational activities March 25, 2020
    There are plenty of tools out there to keep every member of the family engaged during this period when many of us are staying at home. In fact, for some of us, we’re experiencing the opposite of social isolation — having virtual meals with friends and extended family, playing online games and, of course chatting […]
    Larry Magid
  • Podcast & Post: Parenting and working while sheltering at home March 19, 2020
    A blog post by Larry Magid and a podcast with Larry and ConnectSafely education director, Kerry Gallagher about working from home while your kids are at home engaged in home-based learning.
    Larry Magid
  • Tools to help identify real vs. false online information March 18, 2020
    This post first appeared in the Mercury News Daniel Patrick Moynihan is credited as once saying “Everyone is entitled to his own opinion, but not his own facts,” but we now live at a time when some people apparently feel they are entitled to making up facts.  And that’s a major problem, because even though […]
    Larry Magid
  • Comcast expands access and increases speed of Internet Essentials due to Corona Virus March 13, 2020
     A lot of communities are closing schools and, of course, many of those workers who can are now working from home. This makes a lot of sense, but there are families who simply can’t afford high-speed home Internet. Since 2011, Comcast has offered a program called Internet Essentials, which offers broadband to eligible low […]
    Larry Magid