RSS Great Stuff From Connect Safely

  • Critics say Cyber Information Sharing Act could violate privacy and be unproductive July 30, 2015
    The Cyber Information Sharing Act, or CISA, encourages private companies to share information with the federal government and local law enforcement (Photo: WikiMedia Commons) By Larry Magid A controversial cybersecurity bill working its way through Congress has raised concerns not just of civil liberties groups but also of some leading scientists and security experts who […]
    Larry Magid
  • As ever younger kids go online, how is the family responding? July 30, 2015
    by Sonia Livingstone Tablets beat all other devices in terms of popularity amongst small children. Sonia Livingstone discusses her recent research on uses, skills and the family context of technology users who are yet too young to read or write.
    Sonia Livingstone
  • Online reputation matters but a few blemishes don’t spell disaster July 29, 2015
    Caïn by Henri Vidal, Tuileries Garden, Paris, 1896.Photo by Alex E. Proimos by Larry Magid A lot of people worry about how their social network posts will affect their future. Will something stop them from getting into college, or perhaps keep them from getting their dream job? Your online reputation does matter, but if there are […]
    Larry Magid
  • Share Your ‘One Good Thing’ July 24, 2015
    We've all seen the stories about bullies and hate-mongers. But guess what? The majority of things that happen online are positive. ConnectSafely's One Good Thing project is your place to share the positive things you've done or seen with connected technology.
  • HP says smartwatches have security flaws July 23, 2015
    Source: HP Fortify by Larry Magid A study conducted by HP Fortify found that “100 percent of tested smartwatches exhibit security flaws.” The study is part of an ongoing series on Internet of Things (IoT) security. Vulnerabilities include insufficient authentication and lack of encryption as well as “privacy concerns.” “Smartwatches have only just started to become a […]
    Larry Magid
  • Digital Trust Foundation announces ‘digital abuse’ grants July 23, 2015
    by Digital Trust Foundation The Digital Trust Foundation today announced $1.6 million in grants for research, education, and support focused on understanding, preventing, and responding to digital abuse. The grants will go to emerging and established leaders in the field. “Cyberbullying, cyberstalking, and other forms of digital abuse are far too common,” said Larry Magid, Digital […]
  • Males who perform poorly in online games less likely to support female players July 20, 2015
    Lower performing male players in Halo 3 were more hostile towards female players by Larry Magid Here’s a no brainer. Male gamers who are losers are more likely to direct hostility towards female game players. The evidence comes from a study conducted by Michael M. Kasumovic and Jeffrey H. Kuznekoff, published on The paper, Insights into Sexism: […]
    Larry Magid
  • Teens and digital wisdom: Give them a round of applause July 20, 2015
    by Sue Scheff We often hear negative news about teens and how they use digital media. But research shows that teens can actually show adults a few things about being cyber-savvy.
    Maureen Kochan
  • The ‘right to be forgotten’ can conflict with free speech July 16, 2015
    by Larry Magid Last year the European Union’s highest court ruled that European citizens have a “right to be forgotten” when it comes to search links to unfavorable Internet posts that are harmful and irrelevant. The court ruled in favor of a Spanish citizen who complained that Google’s links to an old notice about his […]
    Larry Magid
  • Study finds parents get emotional support and useful information from social media July 16, 2015
    by Larry Magid It should come as no surprise that parents are heavy social media users. There are some who say that parents’ flocking to Facebook has caused teens to spend less time on the service, though I’ve never seen data to back up that assertion. A study conducted by Pew Research Center and the […]
    Larry Magid

RSS Great Stuff from Net Family News

  • Social media literacy 101 (for adults) June 14, 2015
    “I can’t even” possibly know what I’m seeing in teens’ tweets, texts and posts. Not until I ask them. The very fact that I continued that sentence past the close quote demonstrates that. What do I mean? They hide meaning in plain site. Have you heard researcher danah boyd’s term “social steganography”? It means hiding […]
  • Tech likely not the main problem in cyberbullying: Breakthrough study June 10, 2015
    There are some groundbreaking takeaways (and many more insights) in new research from the University of New Hampshire – “The Role of Technology in Peer Harassment: Does It Amplify Harm for Youth?” – and my headline is one of them. Another one is the answer to the question posed in the authors’ headline: “no,” their […]
  • For kids’ sake, don’t ‘black box’ social media June 5, 2015
    For our children’s sake, it’s more important than ever that we not “black box” our media, whether as researchers or as parents and educators. An essay from psychologist and media professor Sonia Livingstone in the new scholarly journal Social Media + Society got me thinking about this. Dr. Livingstone observes that scholars in disciplines other […]
  • Supreme Court decision & our kids: About context not free speech June 1, 2015
    Today’s decision by the US Supreme Court sent a clear message about the importance of context for making decisions about what we see online. It was bad news for victims of online harassment and their advocates but good news for parents of kids not thinking about the impact of their online speech and actions. “The […]
  • Help us build & pilot a Social Media Helpline for schools! May 13, 2015
    Hey, everybody! We at NetFamilyNews and iCANHELP would greatly appreciate your help in spreading the word about (and if possible contributing to) our just-launched crowd funding campaign at Indiegogo. We’re in the process of creating a hotline schools can call for help with problems in social media which we’ll pilot this coming school year in […]
  • ‘Game of 72′: Let’s apply a little ‘social norming’ May 11, 2015
    This is a perfect example of why we need to apply what we know about social norming to social media panics. And in a rare show of levelheadedness from the news media, Global News in Canada helps us get there. “The Game of 72 – a viral prank urging kids to disappear for 72 hours […]
  • Wise words on bullying from 11-year-old star of ‘Little Boy’ April 24, 2015
    Remarkable actor Jakob Salvati is only 11 – and he was only 8 when he played the title role in the film Little Boy released today – but he already gets a core truth about bullying: “Usually the person bullying is someone who is hurting on the inside and hiding it,” he wrote me via […]
  • The universe in an app: Will youth create a trend within the trend? April 21, 2015
    The days of simple, single-use apps may be over. Or not, depending on the user, his or her context and a whole lot of other factors. But there is a bit of a trend among messaging apps. Not all apps – particularly the No. 1 messaging app, Facebook’s WhatsApp with 600+ million users – are […]
  • Digital parenting: Individual, situational, contextual April 16, 2015
    It’s so interesting to see what British psychologist Sonia Livingstone zooms in on in American psychologist Lynn Schofield Clark’s book on parenting digital media users, The Parent App. Dr. Livingstone picked up on what I liked most about the book too: diversity and depth of insight. Dr. Clark interviewed “46 very different families” for a […]
  • The real privacy dilemma: Private or convenient? April 10, 2015
    When I read this sentence in a New York Times review of the Apple Watch, I thought of the privacy spectrum of the digital age: Apple “seems to be pushing a vision of the Watch as a general-purpose remote control for the real world, a nearly bionic way to open your hotel room, board a […]