RSS Great Stuff From Connect Safely

  • Beware of fake tech support scammers January 19, 2017
    I got the following email from a relative of mine this week and it immediately sounded an alarm in my head. “Was on phone for hours with Yahoo tech in Texas. Apparently, my Yahoo account was hacked from outside the state several times and their own security system blocked my send. I consented to Team […]
    Larry Magid
  • Making the most of holiday screen time December 29, 2016
    By Kerry Gallagher Families with school-age children everywhere are looking forward to a week or more of quality time together. In many parts of the country this time will be spent mostly indoors due to cold weather. Since new electronic devices and toys are common holiday gifts, some of that quality time will be spent […]
    Maureen Kochan
  • How & why to avoid sharing fake news December 16, 2016
    Fake news is the scourge of the internet, earning rebukes and outright warnings from everyone from President Obama to Pope Francis. How you can be part of the solution.
    Larry Magid
  • Facebook to warn users about fake news December 15, 2016
    Online fake news and “urban legends” have been around for decades but it’s become a major issue in the wake of the 2016 presidential election. During this period, millions of people were exposed to fake stories about the candidates, often posted on sites that were financially motivated get people  to click on ads around sensational […]
    Larry Magid
  • My child knows more about #edtech than I do! December 8, 2016
    By Kerry Gallagher A common concern I hear from parents is that their children know more about the devices and technology used in school than they do. Even parents who work in technology-rich careers may not be familiar with education technology. As a result, day to day monitoring of what their children are doing is awkward and […]
    Maureen Kochan
  • UN Internet Governance Forum tackles online extremism December 8, 2016
    Today’s column is from the 11th annual Internet Governance Forum (IGF), this year in Guadalajara, Mexico. IGF is a United Nations-sponsored “multi-stakeholder” conference. Unlike many U.N. events, it is open not just to representatives of member states, but also to “civil society” (non-profits), academia and industry.
    Larry Magid
  • ConnectSafely participating in UN’s Internet Governance Forum December 3, 2016
    ConnectSafely CEO Larry Magid is in Guadalajara, Mexico for this year’s Internet Governance Forum (IGF). IGF, which is convened by the United Nations, is described  as “a multistakeholder platform that facilitiates the discussion of public policy issues pertaining to the Internet.” It’s an annual gathering of leaders from governments, industry, academia and non-profits from around […]
    Larry Magid
  • Podcast from Family Online Safety Institute (FOSI) Conference December 1, 2016
    The ConnectSafely podcast is broadcasting from the Family Online Safety Institute conference at the Newseaum in Washington, DC.
    Larry Magid
  • Be safe when shopping online November 28, 2016
    By Larry Magid With the holiday season underway, a lot of people will be shopping online this year. For the most part, it’s pretty safe but there are some basic precautions worth remembering. On Black Friday alone, consumers spent more the $3 billion online, according to Adobe. One risk when shopping online is to be […]
    Maureen Kochan
  • Be safe when shopping online this holiday season November 28, 2016
    by Larry Magid (this post has been updated from previous posts) With the holiday season underway, a lot of people will be shopping online this year. For the most part, it’s pretty safe but there are some basic precautions worth remembering. On Black Friday alone, consumers spent more the $3 billion online, according to Adobe. […]
    Larry Magid

RSS Great Stuff from Net Family News

  • How to choose (or make!) an anti-bullying video that helps January 17, 2017
    Recently a graduate student was given the assignment to find videos on YouTube that are “helpful to kids in confronting bullying.” The criteria given the student were: Make sure the video… 1. is clear on – and accurate about – what bullying is and is not (sometimes behavior’s just rude or mean, not bullying) 2. […]
    Anne
  • Most kids under 3 use tablets daily: Study January 4, 2017
    Just under 100% of UK families own at least one touchscreen device, and 97.5% own multiple such devices – some of those families as many as 14 tablets or smartphones. So it’s not too surprising that the same study at the University of London found that more than half of the UK’s littlest citizens (6-11 […]
    Anne
  • In 2017, chatbots & other imaginary friends December 26, 2016
    I am not kidding: The latest tech developments – and certainly not just those aimed at kids – remind me of the much-loved cartoon show of the last decade, “Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends.” There are all kinds of imaginary friends emerging, from the toy kind to the digital kind to the kind kids believe […]
    Anne
  • The new non-fake news & Snapchat December 6, 2016
    Last week I wrote about fake news, this week about its opposite. This is very real news, as captured by bystanders on the spot – curated and given app-wide exposure by Snapchat. This is quite likely to be how our children will get a lot of their news going forward, so I want to be sure […]
    Anne
  • Fake news & how media literacy is protective November 21, 2016
    When young people in the Balkan country of Macedonia create fake news sites like WorldPoliticus.com and make good money off of all the American voter traffic their uber-grabby headlines generate (true story, from BuzzFeed), this is not the new Nigerian Internet scam. I think we’re seeing that this is a history-changing problem that affects everybody, […]
    Anne
  • IBPA 2016: Focus on the positive November 11, 2016
    It’s fitting that the last day of a bullying prevention conference focusing on empathy, kindness and resilience happened to be Election Day 2016. Whether or not they were thinking about it, some 750 educators, students, researchers and practitioners together capped off possibly the most divisive, indecent, relationally challenged presidential election season in our history by […]
    Anne
  • Insights from under 18 Net users in 4 countries: Research November 3, 2016
    Young people worldwide are beginning to see the Internet “as a human right, a necessity.” That’s from Global Kids Online, a research project and network now encompassing 33 countries (and counting). It just released findings from South Africa, the Philippines, Serbia and Argentina, summarized here. “My favorite apps are social media – Whatsapp and Facebook. […]
    Anne
  • About the AAP’s media guidelines for parents October 24, 2016
    The American Academy of Pediatrics has updated its guidance on screen time for families by de-emphasizing the term “screen time.” The AAP’s focus is now more on the “how” of media use than the “how much.” “The key is mindful use of media within a family,” the AAP’s press release quoted Megan Moreno, MD, lead […]
    Anne
  • Youth cybersecurity concerns & what will reduce them: Research October 10, 2016
    This being National Cyber Security Awareness Month, we might ask how secure young people are feeling online. According to two just-released studies, not so much. But there’s some light in there, so stay with me. A Microsoft survey of 13-17 year-olds in 14 countries found that 43% had experienced unwelcome contact at some point. The […]
    Anne
  • Heartbreaking US data on LGB youth risk August 20, 2016
    Asking U.S. 14-to-17-year-olds about their sexuality for the first time since the first Youth Risk Behavior Study in 1994, the Centers for Disease Control researchers found that youth who identify as gay, lesbian or bisexual are far more likely to experience depression, bullying and other forms of violence than their straight peers, EducationNews.org reported (the […]
    Anne