RSS Great Stuff from Net Family News

  • If anything needs to go viral, it’s this… July 2, 2021
    …the message, “Report it. Don’t share it.”  The “it” in this public awareness campaign Facebook just launched is child sexual abuse material (CSAM), the accurate term for what is typically called “child pornography” in the United States. Thankfully, it’s extremely unlikely you’ll ever see content like this. “The prevalence of this content on our platform […]
  • Key piece of the puzzle: Australia’s ‘Safety by Design’ tools June 23, 2021
    A vital piece of the global online safety puzzle has just fallen into place: Australia’s eSafety Commissioner’s Office this week unveiled its Safety by Design tools for Internet companies everywhere. They’re the outgrowth of extensive international research and consultation with people in industry, government, academia and advocacy, including youth and parents – a process eSafety […]
  • 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 […]
  • 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 […]
  • 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 […]
  • 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 […]
  • 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 […]
  • 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 […]
  • 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 – […]
  • 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 […]

RSS Great Stuff from Connect Safely

  • Why it is essential to keep your operating systems up to date July 29, 2021
    Regardless of what device you're using -- an iPhone or iPad, an Android phone or tablet, a Mac, a Windows PC or even a smart home appliance -- it's important to keep operating systems, apps and browsers updated with the latest security patches. The post Why it is essential to keep your operating systems up […]
    Larry Magid
  • Ask Trish: The Pressure to Be Perfect July 27, 2021
    “I sometimes feel like the pressure to be perfect on social media can be so overwhelming. Do you have tips for managing social media anxiety and being authentic online?” First and foremost, let me start by saying: I get it and trust me, you’re not alone. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve gotten […]
    Trisha Prabhu
  • Ask Trish: Welcome To The “Ask Trish” Project July 9, 2021
    Let’s be real: the internet can be so sucky sometimes. From harassing DMs, to the ever-constant pressure to be “perfect,” to passive-aggressive behavior, the digital world can be a lot to face. Ask Trish, our new project, is here to help. The post Ask Trish: Welcome To The “Ask Trish” Project appeared first on ConnectSafely.
    Trisha Prabhu
  • Facebook Offers Tools to ‘Slow Down’ Toxic Conversations June 18, 2021
    Facebook has new tools to help moderate conversations and potential conflict within a group. The post Facebook Offers Tools to ‘Slow Down’ Toxic Conversations appeared first on ConnectSafely.
    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.
  • 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 new version of Apple’s iOS operating system for iPhones and iPads has a feature that requires users to opt-in before an app on your device can track you across other apps and websites. 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