RSS Great Stuff from Net Family News

  • Safer Internet Day 2019: Risk vs harm, online & offline February 6, 2019
    What better way to mark Safer Internet Day than with clarity on the difference between risk and harm? Because, where online safety’s concerned, the two words have been used interchangeably – inaccurately – for years. It was EU Kids Online, after surveys of more than 25,000 9-16 year-olds across Europe, that first made the distinction, […]
    Anne
  • Facebook’s ‘Oversight Board’ & Internet safety’s next big step January 30, 2019
    This could almost be a sidebar to what I wrote earlier this month about the new middle layer of user care that’s organically developing for the new conditions of today’s media environment – a layer of care that’s independent of government and corporations and lies between “the cloud” and long-established care on the ground. But […]
    Anne
  • Wellbeing, digital or analog: A paper, a podcast January 17, 2019
    Confused about all that you’re hearing about the impacts of digital media and tech on young people? A just-published paper should clear that confusion up, reports Scientific American. Drawing from data on more than 350,000 teens, the paper, “show[s] persuasively that…technology use has a nearly negligible effect on adolescent psychological well-being.” Its authors, Oxford University […]
    Anne
  • Digital safety 2019: The new ‘middle layer’ of user care (Part 2) January 7, 2019
    Part 1 of this series was 2018 highlights. Now it’s time to shine light on some interesting ideas and developments that people have surfaced for a better Internet in 2019 and beyond. We’ll look at a new middle layer of user care that’s being discussed by some – and gradually being built out, little by […]
    Anne
  • Digital safety, wellbeing: 2018 highlights (Part 1) December 27, 2018
    This may not be the Internet safety look-back on 2018 you’d expect, what with all the news about data breaches, “fake news,” “tech addiction,” algorithmic bias, election manipulation, hate speech, etc., etc. Not a pretty picture. But it’s also not the whole picture. By definition, the news reports airline crashes, not safe landings. Even if […]
    Anne
  • Tweens are smart about smartphones: Study November 21, 2018
    Everything about this study is smart — the 10-14 year-old respondents (average age 11), what the authors are modeling for pediatricians and parents, and the tweens’ answers. For example, when asked what age kids should be given mobile phones, one answer was: “It’s not an age. I think it’s more of a maturity thing,” said […]
    Anne
  • So where are we with ‘digital citizenship’ now? November 2, 2018
    This week I had the privilege of participating in a panel discussion in Delhi at Facebook’s South Asia Safety Summit with YLAC India (Young Leaders for Active Citizenship). YLAC works “to increase the participation of young people in the democratic process and build their capacity to lead change,” using social media as their platform. That […]
    Anne
  • Twitch, Yubo & online safety innovation with an ancient ‘tool’ October 22, 2018
    As geeky as “content moderation” sounds, we’re hearing about it more and more these days – in podcasts, at conferences, in books and in hearings. People all over the U.S. and world are talking about how to make social media safer, and content moderation by the platforms is an important part of that. But what […]
    Anne
  • For this Bullying Prevention Month, a bit of clarity October 1, 2018
    The Pew Research Center just published a surprisingly high figure under a headline referring to “cyberbullying.” The authors report that 59% of US 13-17 year-olds had experienced some form of it. But it’s important to zoom in on the “some form of” part. Pew’s researchers asked their respondents which of six forms of abusive behavior […]
    Anne
  • About ‘Momo’ & dealing with viral media scares August 27, 2018
    There’s no rhyme or reason to these things. They show up on different social media platforms, start in different parts of the world, but don’t always take off in regions where they started. There are cultural aspects to what makes them go viral but also universal ones: They “excite children’s and teens’ imaginations, increase careless media outlets’ […]
    Anne

RSS Great Stuff from Connect Safely

  • Online romance scam losses on the rise. How to protect yourself February 13, 2019
    by Larry Magid Just in time for Valentine’s Day,  the Federal Trade Commission published a post saying that in 2018, there were more than 21,000 reports “about romance scams with reported losses of $143 million,” up from  8,500 reports in 2015, with losses of $33 million. The data is based on complaints compiled by the FTC’s Consumer […]
    Larry Magid
  • Despite rare Seattle snow, families came & cameras rolled at U.S Safer Internet Day February 8, 2019
    ConnectSafely staff in front of ‘step and repeat’ and SID 2019 (left to right: Patti Regehr, Lynn Lonsway, Maureen Kochan, Larry Magid, Kerry Gallagher, Hani Khan by Larry Magid A rare Seattle snow storm forced Seattle Public Schools to cancel school on Safer Internet Day, Tuesday February 5th, so the 200 students slated to participate […]
    Larry Magid
  • Google Password Checkup helps make sure you have secure and unique passwords February 7, 2019
    by Larry Magid Weak or compromised passwords are among the biggest threats to online security and privacy. Once cyber criminals get hold of your password, they can not only use it to break into your account but sell it to other criminals – often through the “dark web,” making you a sitting duck for multiple […]
    Larry Magid
  • Youth from around the world set 16 goals to commemorate 16 years of Safer Internet Day February 4, 2019
    16 Goals: Click on image to englage More at SmarterInternet,org.  Sign up for our mailing list. For the past several months, young people from 35 countries around the world have been articulating and voting on their goals for a smarter internet. And, ahead of Safer Internet Day 2019, we are releasing the top 16 goals — […]
    Larry Magid
  • Safer Internet Day 2019 reaches out to under served communities February 1, 2019
    This coming Tuesday ConnectSafely.org, will host the official U.S. Safer Internet Day event at Google’s Seattle headquarters plus an evening event for families at a Seattle Housing Authority facility. We’re having it at the housing facility, with interpreters for six different languages, in part because it’s about time for the internet safety movement to reach […]
    Larry Magid
  • How to disable Facetime till Apple fixes serious privacy flaw January 29, 2019
    As you may have heard, there is a flaw on Apple Facetime for iOS and Mac that makes it possible for someone to listen in on what the microphone of another user hears even if that person hasn’t accepted the call. It only happens if you add someone to a group conversation and Apple has […]
    Larry Magid
  • Facebook cracking down on misbehaving page operators January 23, 2019
    One of Facebook’s main sources of fake news and other inauthentic activity are pages operated by unscrupulous or simply careless operators that post poor quality content. Sometimes the entire page is full of questionable content and sometimes a co-manager of a page posts something fishy without the consent of other page managers. To that end, […]
    Larry Magid
  • Podcast: Tech New Year’s Resolutions for Educators December 26, 2018
    A conversation between journalist Larry Magid and veteran educator Kerry Gallagher about New Year’s resolutions for educators. They talk about risk taking and how to encourage your colleagues to take risks with technology. http://www.blogtalkradio.com/connectsafely/2018/12/26/new-years-resolutions-for-educators-with-larry-magid-and-kerry-gallagher.mp3
    Larry Magid
  • Avoid charity scams and get the kids involved in giving decisions November 27, 2018
    by Larry Magid The period between Thanksgiving and New Year’s eve is a time of giving. One reason is, of course, the holiday spirit. Another is that many charities reach-out during this period, beginning on “Giving Tuesday” — the day after Cyber Monday — and extending till New Year’s eve. Another reason, for many tax […]
    Larry Magid
  • Be safe when shopping online November 22, 2018
    by Larry Magid (this post has been updated for 2018 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. One risk when shopping online is to be sure you’re dealing with […]
    Maureen Kochan