RSS Great Stuff from Net Family News

  • 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
  • New game to help middle schoolers be media literacy masters September 21, 2021
    It’s definitely not your typical American high school – not the one in “Agents of Influence.” But high school is the backdrop, which is smart for a media literacy videogame aimed at middle schoolers, right? Especially a sketchy, slightly dystopian fictional one like “Virginia Hall High,” in which the game is set. First, the school […]
    Anne
  • Countering ‘hate raids’ needs to be coordinated too September 2, 2021
    The “hate raids” on Twitch spotlight an important online safety reality: It’s increasingly a cross-platform effort. Hate raids, or hate spam, is harassment on steroids and, as the Washington Post points out, it’s a form of online harm that has been around for years but “became a larger Twitch concern [last] month after a streamer […]
    Anne
  • Apple & the child online safety challenge August 26, 2021
    2nd important update Sept. 19: As if in direct response to the open letter from privacy activists around the world, the WeProtect Global Alliance published their own statement saying Apple must not pause its expanded protections, the Guardian reported. I stand by my thoughts in the update just below. We need privacy activists and protection […]
    Anne
  • 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 […]
    Anne
  • 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 […]
    Anne
  • 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 […]
    Anne
  • 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 […]
    Anne
  • Youth rights’ digital upgrade: 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 […]
    Anne
  • 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 […]
    Anne

RSS Great Stuff from Connect Safely

  • Avoiding ‘Zoom Fatigue’ October 21, 2021
    Over the past couple of years there has been an increased focus on screen time. Much of this has to do with the pandemic that has forced both adults and children into video meetings and learning during times when it was considered unsafe to gather in person. The post Avoiding ‘Zoom Fatigue’ appeared first on […]
    Larry Magid
  • Ask Trish: How Much is Too Much Screentime? October 19, 2021
    Dear Trish: Everyone says I spend way too much time on my phone. How much time is too much time? First off, thank you for the fantastic question! Let me start by validating this concern. I can promise you that you’re definitely not alone in feeling like you spend a lot of time on your […]
    Trisha Prabhu
  • Facebook News: It’s Complicated October 14, 2021
    One of my favorite phrases is “it’s complicated,” because it expresses the fact that many things in life are not as simple as they seem. The post Facebook News: It’s Complicated appeared first on ConnectSafely.
    Larry Magid
  • What is Digital Wellness? October 13, 2021
    Educators are surely familiar with the term “digital citizenship.” We are familiar with coaching and modeling for our students the ways toward acting as an upstander, blocking and reporting bullies and bad actors, and making the internet a more positive and truthful place. The post What is Digital Wellness? appeared first on ConnectSafely.
    Kerry Gallagher
  • Parent’s Guide to Amazon Fire TV October 13, 2021
    We live in a golden age of media with an incredible array of choices between what we can watch on regular TV, via cable and satellite, and the internet. But, despite—or perhaps because of—all that content, it’s sometimes hard to pick appropriate content for each family member.  The post Parent’s Guide to Amazon Fire TV […]
    Maureen Kochan
  • Ask Trish: Showing Up for Bullying Prevention Month October 12, 2021
    Dear Trish: What’s bullying prevention month? (I mean, I know what it is…but why does it matter?) And how can I really “show up” this year? Hi everyone! After a mental health break last week — speaking of which, I hope you all enjoyed some self-care and a break this past Sunday, which was #WorldMentalHealthDay […]
    Trisha Prabhu
  • Parent’s Quick-Guide to Instagram October 7, 2021
    The main things parents worry about are typical of all social media: mean behavior among peers, encountering -- or creating -- inappropriate or dangerous content, overuse, and of course, privacy. The post Parent’s Quick-Guide to Instagram appeared first on ConnectSafely.
    Maureen Kochan
  • New Law Will Make it Easier to Cancel Online Subscriptions October 7, 2021
    I’m not a cheapskate, but I don’t like to throw-away money, and I’m embarrassed to admit, that’s exactly what I’ve done on several occasions, when I’ve failed to cancel a service that I don’t use. The post New Law Will Make it Easier to Cancel Online Subscriptions appeared first on ConnectSafely.
    Larry Magid
  • Like Fictional Killer Robots, Even Well-Intentioned Algorithms Can Do Harm September 30, 2021
    Algorithms - software that figures out what users want to see on social media - help sell us not just products, but ideas that affect our behavior. The post Like Fictional Killer Robots, Even Well-Intentioned Algorithms Can Do Harm appeared first on ConnectSafely.
    Larry Magid
  • Ask Trish: Help! Photoshopped Nudes September 28, 2021
    Dear Trish, Help! Some stranger followed me on social media and is now threatening to send these photoshopped nude pictures of me to all of my followers. The post Ask Trish: Help! Photoshopped Nudes appeared first on ConnectSafely.
    Maureen Kochan