RSS Great Stuff from Net Family News

  • Children’s own views on well-being: Global study May 16, 2022
    It’s an inspiring – and necessary – growing trend: looking at well-being through the lens of children’s own digital experiences. Necessary because, in order to understand how good or bad young people’s experiences are in digital spaces, we have to talk with them – about their experiences now and their desires and designs for better […]
    Anne
  • Most kids are fine online: New study May 6, 2022
    It’s time for a serious rethink about teen mental health and digital media, an important report urges – because “most adolescents using technology do so in ways that do not lead to increased risk of negative health consequences,” write the authors of “Adolescent Digital Technology & Media Use,” led by Megan Moreno, MD, at the […]
    Anne
  • Datafied Childhoods the book April 12, 2022
    A grabbier headline for this post might be “Screens are watching us back,” but that would be like so many scary news headlines parents are subjected to. More importantly, it wouldn’t do justice to all that this important new book – Datafied Childhoods, by Profs. Giovanna Mascheroni in Italy and Andra Siibak in Estonia – […]
    Anne
  • Powerful parenting for child safety online, offline March 11, 2022
    “The importance of a strong, positive relationship between a parent and child cannot be overstated. Reams of research has shown this to be true,” writes Prof. Justin Patchin of the Cyberbullying Research Center (CRC). And yet over the 20+-year-long public discussion about child online safety we’ve seen so little evidence – especially in news coverage […]
    Anne
  • Media literacy and an invasion: The view from Estonia March 2, 2022
    As I write this today, less than a week into Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, I’m wearing three hats: those of a digital safety specialist, a proud board member of the US’s National Association for Media Literacy Education (NAMLE) and a digital nomad who loves Estonia, where I’m based this year. The third hat first, with […]
    Anne
  • Online safety for 2022: 8 things we need to see December 28, 2021
    What a year it has been for child online safety, right?! There was the adoption of General Comment 25, bringing all things digital into the global Convention on the Rights of the Child; the draft Online Safety Bill and Parliament’s response in the UK; the release of Australia’s eSafety Commissioner’s Safety by Design for the […]
    Anne
  • ‘Playful by Design,’ a landmark report December 13, 2021
    What better subject to zoom in on during the holiday season than play? I’ve written a lot on the subject, here, through the years but, in a way, this is Part 4 of a series I started in 2009 (here are the 2nd and 3rd parts). So now, at the turn of a new year, […]
    Anne
  • 9 things that make viral hoaxes challenging November 18, 2021
    Remember “Blue Whale”? Almost five years ago, when I was getting to the bottom of that murky hoax, it wasn’t yet understood as one. It was being called a “suicide game,” and those two words were scaring parents around the world, literally. I was looking all over the Web for reliable sources and found my […]
    Anne
  • The metaverse and the Meta part October 31, 2021
    I hadn’t read Snow Crash. So I first learned about the metaverse in 2008, right after returning from a family trip around the world and a few months before Barack Obama was elected President for the first time. I was a little disoriented coming back to America after 10 months in many other countries, especially […]
    Anne
  • Take-aways from the ‘Facebook Files’ October 9, 2021
    What a week it has been, right? At least for those of us who follow and/or use social media. There was the naming of whistleblower Frances Haugen on “60 Minutes” Sunday night, US time; the hours-long outage of all of Facebook’s products Monday; Haugen’s testimony on Capitol Hill Tuesday, a report that hackers were offering […]
    Anne

RSS Great Stuff from Connect Safely

  • Ask Trish: Digital Boundaries June 28, 2022
    Trish, my friend keeps posting pics of us on her Insta, and I look so bad in all of them. I once asked her to check with me first but she keeps forgetting and I don’t want to ask over and over. What do I do? The post Ask Trish: Digital Boundaries appeared first on […]
    Trisha Prabhu
  • Instagram Testing Age Verification Technology June 23, 2022
    Instagram has announced new ways to verify the approximate age of its users, including Face-Based-Age-Prediction (FBAP) technology that can anonymously determine a person’s approximate age.: How it works and why it matters The post Instagram Testing Age Verification Technology appeared first on ConnectSafely.
    Larry Magid
  • Ask Trish: Finding Positivity Online June 21, 2022
    Trish, how do you find positive things online? Or is it all just doomed to be bad (lol)? The post Ask Trish: Finding Positivity Online appeared first on ConnectSafely.
    Trisha Prabhu
  • How to Make Google Search Safer or More Precise June 16, 2022
    Just about everyone uses Google to search the internet but, what some people may not know, is that Google offers lots of search options, including “SafeSearch,” which filters out links to explicit content. The post How to Make Google Search Safer or More Precise appeared first on ConnectSafely.
    Larry Magid
  • Ask Trish: Phone Distraction June 14, 2022
    Hey Trish, I am SO distracted by my phone all the time. What tips do you have for staying focused and away from my phone? The post Ask Trish: Phone Distraction appeared first on ConnectSafely.
    Maureen Kochan
  • Parent’s Guide to Meta Virtual Reality Parental Supervision Tools June 14, 2022
    If Meta’s Quest 2 virtual reality (VR) headset has become a go-to gaming and entertainment device in your household, there’s a new reason to cheer: Meta has launched VR parental supervision tools. The post Parent’s Guide to Meta Virtual Reality Parental Supervision Tools appeared first on ConnectSafely.
    Maureen Kochan
  • Apple’s Upcoming Safety Check Quickly Turns Off Location Sharing June 9, 2022
    Apple, in cooperation with the National Network to End Domestic Violence, the National Center for Victims of Crime and the Women's Service Network, has developed Safety Check for the next version of iOS - the operating system for iPhones and iPads. The post Apple’s Upcoming Safety Check Quickly Turns Off Location Sharing appeared first on […]
    Larry Magid
  • Ask Trish: Phone Independence June 7, 2022
    Trish, I feel like my parents always invade my privacy on my phone. I just want space but they don’t give it to me! What do I do? The post Ask Trish: Phone Independence appeared first on ConnectSafely.
    Trisha Prabhu
  • Quick-Guide to Cybersecurity June 3, 2022
    Why should we care about security? Insecure devices and accounts can jeopardize your privacy, financial well-being and even personal safety. And it can affect others because insecure devices can spread malicious software to other people’s devices via the internet. What are the most important steps to take? Create (and don’t share) strong passwords, be careful […]
    Maureen Kochan
  • Parent’s and Educator’s Quick-Guide to Hate Speech June 3, 2022
    What is hate speech? Hate speech is more than just harsh words. It can be any form of expression intended to vilify, humiliate, or incite hatred against a group or class of people. It can occur offline or online or both. It can be communicated using words, symbols, images, memes, emojis, and video. In general, […]
    Maureen Kochan