RSS Great Stuff from Net Family News

  • Much-less-social media on Facebook’s 20th birthday February 4, 2024
    Facebook turns 20 today, but the platform is nothing like what it was in 2004 – or, more comparably, in 2008, when it overtook MySpace, it was open to all (not just uni students) and it had the reputation of being a “safe space,” Forbes reports, because everyone had to sign up with their real […]
    Anne
  • What child online safety really needs, senators February 2, 2024
    It was the 2024 version of public shaming – relentless on-camera questioning designed to send a message rather than hear answers. It seemed the lawmakers already had their answers. I get their frustration that… social media platforms can’t just “install” the digital version of car seats and seat belts or create product labeling like on […]
    Anne
  • Welcome to 2024! January 2, 2024
    Happy New Year, dear readers! It was quite a year last year, eh? I’m sure that, like me, many of you are glad to move on. More on what we’re moving into in a moment, but first let’s use one of the biggest news stories (not just tech stories) of 2023 – generative AI – […]
    Anne
  • Supporting the youngest witnesses of this humanitarian crisis October 13, 2023
    Sometimes we parents feel so helpless when our children come to us hurting as much as us when they see something awful happening in the world. In her email letter to our community, my friend, colleague and fellow parent Michelle Lipkin wrote, when her 19-year-old daughter asked her to explain what’s going on, “I tried […]
    Anne
  • Should our kids learn how to use generative AI? Well… October 9, 2023
    A teacher in an international school in Panama asks her students to critique essays “written” by ChatGPT, while others have their students fact-check AI material, according to Time. University of Pennsylvania professor Ethan Mollick requires his students to use generative AI while holding them accountable for the information in whatever they produce with it. These […]
    Anne
  • The missing piece in US child online safety law September 7, 2023
    US kids and parents need a toll-free number to call or text for help in getting harmful online content taken down. After studying various kinds of help like this that youth and parents in Europe, the UK, Australia and New Zealand have, we at The Net Safety Collaborative piloted a proof of concept for this […]
    Anne
  • Generative AI: July 2023 freeze frame July 29, 2023
    It’s feeling like I need a large language model brain to write about safety with large language models. [I certify that I only wish I had such a brain, and I am a human.] So let’s freeze the film for a moment and see where we humans are with generative AI safety. First, so that […]
    Anne
  • Threads: The new social media kid July 6, 2023
    “Picture Twitter but with a lot less Elon Musk” is how the Wall Street Journal is describing Threads, Meta’s new app. That right there is good news, maybe unusual where tech is concerned. I’ll give you a list of reasons in a moment, but first it’s only fair to state (or rather link to) my […]
    Anne
  • Surgeon general’s advisory: Let’s take stock June 16, 2023
    US Surgeon General Vivek Murthy advises that “we are experiencing a youth mental health crisis.” Based on the data, there’s no question about that. Where there is a question is whether tech and media are the cause. Some scholars simply assert they are (see the sidebar below), but neither the surgeon general nor the American […]
    Anne
  • Lawmakers, controlling and banning kids doesn’t help May 17, 2023
    The “control paradigm” around child online safety, which researchers on three continents have been calling out for at least five years, is in full bloom now. The term comes from a 2019 book by four Australian scholars about how control and surveillance have come to define digital safety, inclusion and citizenship. (Does that give you […]
    Anne

RSS Great Stuff from Connect Safely

  • Ask Trish: TikTok Trends That I Like July 16, 2024
    “Trish, do u like any Tiktok trends and if so which ones and why?” The post Ask Trish: TikTok Trends That I Like appeared first on ConnectSafely.
    Trisha Prabhu
  • Ask Trish: Smartwatches July 9, 2024
    “I’m thinking of getting a smartwatch, wondering what you think of them” The post Ask Trish: Smartwatches appeared first on ConnectSafely.
    Trisha Prabhu
  • Podcast: The Human Side of Media Literacy: The Stakes Are High July 8, 2024
    This week we speak with Michelle Ciulla Lipkin, executive director of the National Association for Media Literacy Education (NAMLE). Larry and Michelle explore the importance of media literacy in education, parenting and our personal lives. You can listen here or on Apple Podcasts, Spotify or wherever you get your podcasts. Listen to “The Human Side of Media […]
    Maureen Kochan
  • Why Surgeon General’s Social Media Warning Label is a Bad Idea June 20, 2024
    The Surgeon General called for a warning label on social media platforms, but it's not a good idea The post Why Surgeon General’s Social Media Warning Label is a Bad Idea appeared first on ConnectSafely.
    Larry Magid
  • Ask Trish: Pride Month: LGBTQIA+ Representation In Tech June 19, 2024
    It’s Pride Month! And there’s so much to celebrate. But there’s also a lot of work to be done, especially in the tech world… The post Ask Trish: Pride Month: LGBTQIA+ Representation In Tech appeared first on ConnectSafely.
    Trisha Prabhu
  • Ask Trish: Help! I’m The Victim of Non-Consensual Sexual Deepfake June 11, 2024
    “Trish, someone recently made an AI image of me where I was naked and is sharing it online. I’m humiliated. How do I stop the image from spreading?” The post Ask Trish: Help! I’m The Victim of Non-Consensual Sexual Deepfake appeared first on ConnectSafely.
    Trisha Prabhu
  • Misinformation or Disinformation? Do You Know the Difference? June 5, 2024
    What can we do to make it more likely the information we share is accurate? The post Misinformation or Disinformation? Do You Know the Difference? appeared first on ConnectSafely.
    Kerry Gallagher
  • Podcast: Google Sleep Doc on Sleep Science and Tech May 31, 2024
    Sleep trackers give us a lot of data, but could it be too much information? The post Podcast: Google Sleep Doc on Sleep Science and Tech appeared first on ConnectSafely.
    Larry Magid
  • Parent’s Quick-Guide to Tech for Tots May 30, 2024
    Consistency, balance, and structure are key for screen time management. The post Parent’s Quick-Guide to Tech for Tots appeared first on ConnectSafely.
    Maureen Kochan
  • Generative AI for Families (Video) May 9, 2024
    Want to understand generative AI's future? Our new video offers a balanced perspective. The post Generative AI for Families (Video) appeared first on ConnectSafely.
    Maureen Kochan