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  • How our kids can become ‘indistractable’ June 18, 2021
    I was almost too distracted over the past couple of days to write this review of Indistractable. But there’s some real “digital parenting” wisdom in it, so here we are, blog post done. For example, co-author Nir Eyal says, “Teach traction.” The opposite of distraction isn’t focus, as we typically think. It’s traction, which “comes […]
    Anne
  • Could platforms design for 2nd chances?: Insight from key study May 28, 2021
    No stage of life is easy, but being a teen is hard in a very particular way. “Adolescence is a period of rapid cognitive, social and emotional development,” said researcher Amanda Lenhart, Health & Data lead at the Data & Society Research Institute in New York, at a conference this week, for example. “They’re a […]
    Anne
  • Youth rights’ digital upgrade: True cause for celebration April 7, 2021
    There is so much to celebrate about General Comment 25, which for the first time spells out what digital human rights look like for people worldwide – people under 18, technically, but in many ways for all people. Because this addendum to the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) is the first […]
    Anne
  • Finally! A YouTube (flexibly) designed for kids 9-12 February 25, 2021
    Tweens are no longer little kids, but they’re also not yet teens. Like all their peers, younger and older, 9-to-12-year-olds love to explore and mess around with media, especially video. They want to be safe so they don’t have to worry, which means they really don’t mind a little help from parental types, but they […]
    Anne
  • Safer Internet Day 2021: Ground youth safety & rights in dignity February 9, 2021
    What better day than Safer Internet Day to take cyberbullying prevention and intervention to the next level – or at least break the discussion about it wide-open? And just four days after the UN Committee for the Rights of the Child brought digital rights into the Convention on the Rights of the Child. “In relation […]
    Anne
  • Pepe the Frog, GameStop & the gamification of reality February 4, 2021
    You probably heard about GameStop, the WallStreetBets subreddit, Robinhood app and what’s been called the biggest “short squeeze” in 25 years –  all of which was last week boiled down to the phrase “meme stock mania.” You also may’ve heard of Pepe the Frog, a cartoon character created for a comic book in 2005 that […]
    Anne
  • Online safety after Trump’s deplatforming January 7, 2021
    Among many other things, the past 24 hours were a pivotal moment for content moderation – for online safety worldwide. I’m usually not US-centric in the way I think about online safety, but what happened in Washington and online, yesterday and since, and then with the global platforms, showed us how far our thinking – […]
    Anne
  • Young artists & activists wrapping 2020 in light December 29, 2020
    So many of us lost heart, our voices, our strength at different points in the past year, and possibly none more than young people. “Since the start of the pandemic, mental health-related emergency department visits increased by 31% for 12-17-year-olds,” Mental Health America cites data from the Centers for Disease Control as showing. And according […]
    Anne
  • 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

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  • Facebook offers tools to ‘slow down’ toxic conversations June 18, 2021
    by Larry Magid At Facebook 2019 F8 developer’s conference, CEO Mark Zuckerberg said that “groups are now at the heart of the experience, just as much as your friends and family are.”  He was talking about an initiative to get Facebook users to join semi-private groups where they can connect with people who share their […]
    Larry Magid
  • Parent, Educator & Youth Guide to LGBTQ Cyberbullying June 3, 2021
    64% of LGBTQ+ respondents have been harassed online, at disproportionately higher rates of harassment than all other identity groups. Here's how parents, peers and schools can help. The post Parent, Educator & Youth Guide to LGBTQ Cyberbullying appeared first on ConnectSafely.
    Maureen Kochan
  • Quick-Guide to Secure Passwords May 25, 2021
    The FBI along with other security experts are now recommending a “pass phrase” rather than simply a password. Such a phrase should be relatively long – at least 15 characters. The post Quick-Guide to Secure Passwords appeared first on ConnectSafely.
    ConnectSafely
  • Risk of Ransomware to National Infrastructure May 13, 2021
    The shutdown of Colonial Pipeline, which delivers gasoline, diesel, and aviation fuel to much of the East Coast, is a reminder that essential institutions and the people they serve are vulnerable to potentially devastating cyberattacks. The post Risk of Ransomware to National Infrastructure appeared first on ConnectSafely.
    Larry Magid
  • Apple’s New Anti-Tracking Feature is a Boon to Privacy April 29, 2021
    The post Apple’s New Anti-Tracking Feature is a Boon to Privacy appeared first on ConnectSafely.
    Larry Magid
  • My New Air Fryer is a Security Risk April 22, 2021
    Like a growing number of appliances, the "smart" air fryer I bought can connect to a home Wi-Fi network so that it can be controlled via a smartphone app or by voice through Amazon Alexa or Google Home smart speakers. The post My New Air Fryer is a Security Risk appeared first on ConnectSafely.
    Larry Magid
  • Tips for Preventing ‘Ransomware’ Attacks April 15, 2021
    A ransomware attack can encrypt data or lock you completely out of your device. It can also be used as a form of blackmail or extortion if the hacker finds something that they think may embarrass or incriminate you. Although victims are often large companies or public agencies, it can affect small businesses or people […]
    Larry Magid
  • Parent’s Guide to Snapchat March 29, 2021
    Users love that they can share a moment that’s digital footprint-free — they don’t have to think about how their photos, videos or comments make them look to some unknown audience in the future. The post Parent’s Guide to Snapchat appeared first on ConnectSafely.
    ConnectSafely
  • Tips for Dealing with Teen Sexting March 27, 2021
    “Sexting” usually refers to the sharing of sexually explicit images via mobile phones, but it can happen on other devices, too. First of all, research shows most teens don’t share sexually explicit images. And most of those who do experience no negative consequences. But for teens who do share sexually explicit images, there are both […]
    ConnectSafely
  • New Research & Resources for Online Wellness March 18, 2021
    It’s been a big week when it comes to resources for promoting wellness and helping protect children online. with new resources from Google and Instagram and a study from Common Sense Media. The post New Research & Resources for Online Wellness appeared first on ConnectSafely.
    Larry Magid