RSS Great Stuff from Net Family News

  • Digital wellness: What is, & isn’t, parody August 30, 2019
    “Social media seriously harms your mental health” goes the message on the back of smartphones ironically held in the perfectly manicured hands of super models and other social media influencers, two of whom get “hundreds of thousands of likes on nearly every photo they post to Instagram,” the Verge reports. The message is on the […]
    Anne
  • Uncontroversial: Online porn in sex ed August 1, 2019
    The other day, prominent UK professor Sonia Livingstone tweeted that the latest post in the Parenting for a Digital Future blog (which she helped create) has proven controversial. That’s not a huge surprise. The post argues that not including online porn in high school sex education classes “is a missed opportunity.” I agree. The post’s […]
    Anne
  • DIY community care: 1 sign of a new Net safety era July 11, 2019
    It’s a sign that we’re in a whole new era in online safety now: young users increasingly taking things into their own hands. You might call it “DIY Internet safety.” It’s not all good news, but it’s also not all bad (not that DIY is the all of the new era – keep reading…). There […]
    Anne
  • Higher & deeper views of kids online June 23, 2019
    A metaphor used by Global Kids Online researchers in a new blog post reminds me of research in the US that represented a huge digital youth milestone for me almost a decade ago – then of brand-new insights. The metaphor is that of a ladder – a progression of online activities kids and teens engage […]
    Anne
  • Digital youth: Honor ALL their rights April 10, 2019
    This is a pivotal year for children’s online safety and human rights. One important reason is the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child’s call for public comments to help it develop the first General Comment on the digital part of fulfilling children’s human rights. Those rights are extensive. There are 54 articles in […]
    Anne
  • The TikTok sensation March 16, 2019
    This is not a review of TikTok. You can find many reviews, both credible and not so much, with a quick Web search. This post offers a bit of context on the app, its parent company and where social media’s headed – for bigger-picture parenting. (BTW, if your child is a big fan of TikTok, […]
    Anne
  • The Internet’s changing. Internet safety needs to too. March 8, 2019
    Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg just announced a sea change for Facebook, one that “will mean taking positions on important issues concerning the future of the internet,” he wrote. I think he’s right, and not just because Facebook is the Internet in some countries or because its products have affected elections and the public order (or […]
    Anne
  • Momo. Again. March 2, 2019
    I hardly need to weigh in because I already did – in depth, last summer, at the peak of the last Momo wave. But I will only to highlight the best thinking I’ve seen this go round and add 4 points – lessons from this – to consider when the next wave hits (because this […]
    Anne
  • 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

RSS Great Stuff from Connect Safely

  • The Parent, Educator & Youth Guide to LGBTQ Cyberbullying September 12, 2019
    All young people deserve to grow up in a world where they are accepted, loved and treated with compassion, but sadly, that’s not the case for everyone.
    Maureen Kochan
  • The Parent’s and Educator’s Guide to Saturn August 29, 2019
    Download Full Guide (PDF) Quick-Guide (PDF) Saturn is an online platform that allows high school students to track and manage their classes, homework assignments, and activities. Students can keep their calendars private, or share them with other students, which opens up the possibility of sharing notes about homework assignments and other activities. Saturn was created […]
    Maureen Kochan
  • CNET Cheapskate Mystery Box Raises Funds for ConnectSafely, Hunger Project & TAPS August 13, 2019
    Larry speaks with CNET and Cheapskate columnist Rick Broida, who has launched the Cheapskate Mystery Box 2019 Edition, a bundle of tech goodies from a variety of great companies. 1000 mystery boxes are available, pay $75 to get $250 of tech products with 100% of proceeds going towards ConnectSafely, The Hunger Project and TAPS! Head […]
    Maureen Kochan
  • Data refute President’s linkage between violent video games & mass shootings August 5, 2019
    President Trump links recent mass shootings with violent video games. by Larry Magid Scroll down for podcast interview with Dr. Christopher Ferguson In his address to the nation following a weekend of two mass shootings, President Trump made a reference to violent video games, suggesting that these games may have something to do with shootings […]
    Larry Magid
  • Overall increase in cyberbullying — girls 3 times more likely to be cyberbullied than boys July 26, 2019
    by Larry Magid The National Center for Educational Statistics is out with its 2016 to 2017 report on bullying at school. Overall, the bullying rate hasn’t changed much from 2014 to 2015. In the latest report it’s 20.2% of students compared to 20.8% in the previous report. But when it comes to “online or by […]
    Larry Magid
  • FaceApp requires caution, not fear July 19, 2019
    This post first appeared in the Mercury News By Larry Magid There are four lessons when it comes to FaceApp. Number one, it’s important to understand the privacy implications of it and every other app you use. Number two, don’t believe every rumor you hear about horrible things apps might do. Number three, don’t assume […]
    Maureen Kochan
  • FCC allows phone companies to block robocalls June 7, 2019
    The Federal Communications Commission voted unanimously on Thursday to allow phone companies to block unwanted robocalls. Companies will now be allowed to block these calls by default but if you want unwanted calls (which is of course an oxymoron), you can unblock them.  The ruling, according to the FCC, “also clarifies that providers may offer their customers […]
    Larry Magid
  • YouTube cutting hateful and extremist videos June 5, 2019
    YouTube is pulling the plug on thousands of videos that promote bigoted views, including “videos that promote or glorify Nazi ideology, which is inherently discriminatory,” according to a company blog post. YouTube will also remove “content denying that well-documented violent events, like the Holocaust or the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary, took place,” said the […]
    Larry Magid
  • Podcast: Safety and privacy of smart displays and speakers at home and in the classroom June 4, 2019
    ConnectSafely CEO Larry Magid and K-12 Education Director Kerry Gallagher. Click to listen   ConnectSafely CEO Larry Magid and educator and ConnectSafely K-12 Education Director  Kerry Gallagher talk about their use of the Facebook Portal as well as other smart displays and speakers that they have tested. There are privacy and safety implications, but they can […]
    Larry Magid
  • Despite free-speech concerns, banning hate a good thing May 17, 2019
    by Larry Magid There was big news from Paris this week where 18 countries and numerous companies, including Facebook, Google, Amazdivon and Twitter, signed the Christchurch Call, pledging to work together “to eliminate terrorist and violent extremist content online.” The document, which was not signed by the United States, says that “respect for freedom of […]
    Larry Magid