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  • 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

  • Group Text Best Practices and Etiquette February 21, 2024
    Between family group texts, the group texts for sports teams we’re involved with, group texts with old friends from summer camp… you get the idea. Group texts can be huge, busy, and hard to keep up with. We have tips for how to deal. The post Group Text Best Practices and Etiquette appeared first on […]
    Kerry Gallagher
  • Ask Trish: Sharenting February 20, 2024
    “My mom keeps posting pics of me online that are embarrassing. How do I get her to stop?” The post Ask Trish: Sharenting appeared first on ConnectSafely.
    Trisha Prabhu
  • High School Students Debate Tech Topics in Partnership with ConnectSafely February 15, 2024
    We teamed up with Silicon Valley Urban Debate League to host student debates on a range of tech topics. The post High School Students Debate Tech Topics in Partnership with ConnectSafely appeared first on ConnectSafely.
    Larry Magid
  • An Update on Social Media, Capitol Hill, and Proposed Legislation February 14, 2024
    The CEOs of major social media platforms have been asked to collaborate with lawmakers and support some proposed legislation. The post An Update on Social Media, Capitol Hill, and Proposed Legislation appeared first on ConnectSafely.
    Kerry Gallagher
  • Safer Internet Day Is Over But Resources Remain Online February 7, 2024
    Safer Internet Day may be over but today, tomorrow, or any other day are also good times to talk about how you and your family can use the internet in a safer and more secure manner. The post Safer Internet Day Is Over But Resources Remain Online appeared first on ConnectSafely.
    Larry Magid
  • Safer Internet Day & Smart Digital Parenting February 6, 2024
    This week marks Safer Internet Day. Tuesday, February 6, was a date recognized internationally for educators and parents to pause and work with their children toward being safer online. The post Safer Internet Day & Smart Digital Parenting appeared first on ConnectSafely.
    Kerry Gallagher
  • Ask Trish: Safer Internet Day 2024 February 6, 2024
    Tuesday, February 6th (today!) is Safer Internet Day 2024! I immediately knew I had to write about it for Ask Trish… The post Ask Trish: Safer Internet Day 2024 appeared first on ConnectSafely.
    Trisha Prabhu
  • Podcast: A Conversation with ‘Mediatrician’ & Author Dr. Michael Rich February 6, 2024
    ConnectSafely CEO Larry Magid speaks with Dr. Michael Rich, a pediatrician, head of Boston Children’s Hospital Digital Wellness Lab and author of the brand-new book The Mediatrician’s Guide: A Joyful Approach to Raising Healthy, Smart, Kind Kids in a Screen-Saturated World. You can listen here or on Apple Podcasts, Spotify or wherever you get your […]
    Larry Magid
  • Social Media App Guides and Quick Guides February 5, 2024
    Parent Guides Instagram TikTok Discord  Twitch – ConnectSafely  Snapchat Roblox  ZEPETO The post Social Media App Guides and Quick Guides appeared first on ConnectSafely.
    Larry Magid
  • Parent’s Guide to Generative AI February 1, 2024
    If you have a teenager at home, chances are pretty good that they’ve used generative AI. Here's what parents should know. The post Parent’s Guide to Generative AI appeared first on ConnectSafely.
    Maureen Kochan