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  • Keeping track of your kids before and after school August 21, 2017
    Let’s face it, most parents worry about their children and look for reassurances that everything is OK. And while you can’t know exactly what's going on with your kids 24/7, there are ways that you can track their location, know when they’ve arrived home and even look in on them when they are at home.
    Maureen Kochan
  • Generations will not be destroyed by smartphones August 18, 2017
    By Kerry Gallagher This article from the Atlantic appeared multiple times in my Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter feeds last week. The author is a professor of psychology and experienced researcher with a focus on generational differences. Her title claims that smartphones are destroying the post-Millennial generation. This paragraph is perhaps the clincher: “Even when a […]
    Maureen Kochan
  • ConnectSafely releases A Parent’s Guide to Kik August 1, 2017
    (Palo Alto, CA August 1, 2017) ConnectSafely continues its mission to help inform and educate parents with the launch of its latest guide, A Parent’s Guide to Kik. Kik is a popular community chat app with millions of active users, many of whom are teens. A Parent’s Guide to Kik is designed to give parents […]
    Maureen Kochan
  • ConnectSafely releases A Parent’s Guide to Kik August 1, 2017
    If there’s a teen in your home, you’ve probably heard of Kik, the community chat app with millions of users. If you haven’t, you’re not alone – sometimes it’s hard to keep up with all the popular services. ConnectSafely’s A Parent’s Guide to Kik is designed to give parents a useful primer on the app along […]
    Maureen Kochan
  • A Parent’s Guide to Kik August 1, 2017
    Click Here to Download  Full Guide (PDF) 5 Questions (PDF) Jump to Top 5 Questions Parents Ask About Kik Kik is a community chat app that allows users to connect with brands or chat one-on-one or in groups, with text, emojis, memes, videos and photos. Teens love Kik because it’s an “in the moment” experience, […]
    Maureen Kochan
  • Fake news about ‘Blue Whale’ suicides is dangerous July 13, 2017
    I have heard from numerous child safety experts who tell me that stories such as “the dangerous game has been linked to at least 130 teen deaths,” as reported in the British tabloid The Sun, are grossly exaggerated. And, it turns out that  most of the initial stories about Blue Whale originated as fake news […]
    Larry Magid
  • How to talk with kids about the cyberbullying they see from famous adults July 6, 2017
    Powerful people — politicians, media personalities and even the president of the United States, are publicly cyberbullying others. How do you tell your children to behave civilly when people in authority – perhaps people you or they admire – are acting badly
    Larry Magid
  • Talking with kids about cyberbullying after President Trump’s tweets June 29, 2017
    ConnectSafely.org, the Internet safety organization I co-founded does not take political stances, but we do stand against cyberbullying, which means we must speak out against it, even when it comes from the President of the United States.
    Larry Magid
  • Latest cyber attack is a reminder to practice ‘safer computing’ June 28, 2017
    This post first appeared in the San Jose Mercury News The latest global cyberattack is a good reminder of the importance of “safer computing.” Notice the “r” at the end of “safe.” Being 100 percent safe is a great goal, but it’s not attainable. But safer is easily attainable. Protecting your devices is like protecting […]
    Larry Magid
  • Google’s new ‘Be Internet Awesome’ is a fun way for kids to learn to make smart online decisions June 6, 2017
    by Larry Magid Lecturing kids about internet safety has never been a good strategy. Conversations help, but engaging children in ways that are fun can have a much bigger impact. That’s why ConnectSafely is proud to partner with Google on its new Be Internet Awesome program, a fun way to help kids learn about internet safety, privacy […]
    Larry Magid

RSS Great Stuff from Net Family News

  • The generation-destroying smartphone: Researchers push back August 12, 2017
    Two years ago, the headline in the Washington Post about researcher Jean Twenge’s work was, “Happiness levels are rising for teens, but not for people older than 30,” and she was quoted as saying, “our current culture is giving teens what they need, but not mature adults what they need.” I’m confused – because the […]
    Anne
  • Yellow app: Signs of smarter digital safety August 8, 2017
    It isn’t often that a social media startup has the stated “ambition to become a major social platform and a leader in safety [emphasis mine].” But that’s what the team behind Yellow, a fast-growing, Paris-based videochat app that just launched in the U.S., says, and I believe them. Details about safety measures in a minute, […]
    Anne
  • When ‘fake news’ becomes real: What next with ‘Blue Whale’? July 20, 2017
    The term “fake news” has largely (and rightfully) been discredited because, at best, it’s simplistic and, at worst, used to dismiss or discredit legitimate news providers. But there is such a thing as real fake news: misinformation and disinformation that goes viral in this digital age and then leads to real tragedy. So the “Blue Whale” […]
    Anne
  • 6 takeaways from 20 years of Net safety: Part 2 July 19, 2017
    Now that I’ve just passed the 20-year mark of writing about youth and digital media, I thought I’d share with you my top takeaways as a participant observer in the Internet safety space. Here‘s Part 1. Now the three chunks of Part 2: 4. It’s individual, situational and contextual. Internet safety works best from the inside […]
    Anne
  • 6 takeaways from 20 years of Net safety: Part 1 July 18, 2017
    I usually write about other people’s work – especially that of the researchers I’ve followed through the years. But now that I’ve just passed the 20-year mark in writing about youth and digital media (yikes!), I thought I’d share with you my own top takeaways as a participant observer of Internet safety’s early years (1997-now). […]
    Anne
  • Student voice for meaning, self-actualization, safety (ISTE 2017) July 2, 2017
    “Our kids can be experts in the world,” said visionary educator Chris Lehmann (@chrislehmann), meaning right now, as students, in school, in digital spaces, in life. Then he asked, “How can we help them be that?” He was speaking last week at ISTE, the world’s largest ed tech conference. I went to ISTE to see […]
    Anne
  • Game-changing insights on bullying from a top US researcher June 20, 2017
    This is Part 1 of my 2017 update on bullying and cyberbullying in the U.S. Part 2 will be insights from students themselves. If we want schools to be safe for all kids, we cannot ignore the direct connections between bullying, sexual harassment and homophobic name-calling in middle school. That’s according to groundbreaking research presented […]
    Anne
  • Core concern: ‘Blue Whale’ & the social norms research May 18, 2017
    June 11, 2017, adding an update in the form of author, journalist and game designer Andrea Angiolino’s response to sensationalist tabloid “coverage” in Italy of a new arrest in Russia – see the first sidebar below. My first post on the “Blue Whale challenge” was published March 13 here. Much has happened since then in a […]
    Anne
  • VR as empathy teaching tool: What to love, what to watch out for May 1, 2017
    Just from watching Engadget’s 6 min. video report about it I could tell “The Last Goodbye” – a 16 min. virtual reality experience that debuted at the Tribeca Film Festival that just wrapped in New York – will have a profound impact on anyone who experiences it. The reporter called it “emotionally harrowing.” So there […]
    Anne
  • Reasons why ’13 Reasons Why’ demands discussion April 27, 2017
    By now, if you live or work with young people, you’ve probably heard about “13 Reasons Why,” Netflix’s dramatic series about a teenager’s suicide. Based on a Young Adult book of the same title, the series – now a hot topic at schools in the U.S. and other countries – needs discussing. On one hand, […]
    Anne