RSS Great Stuff from Net Family News

  • Finally! Solid cyberbullying data on tweens October 16, 2020
    There is no better source on cyberbullying than the Cyberbullying Research Center, at least in the US. And this month, National Bullying Prevention Month in the US, CRC, in partnership with Cartoon Network, released data on a whole new group of kids: 9-to-12-year-olds. It may surprise you that we know very little about tweens’ experiences […]
    Anne
  • Beyond ‘The Social Dilemma’ to social solutions September 21, 2020
    The Social Dilemma, now on Netflix, is a polemic, not a documentary. I mean, the Oxford English Dictionary says a documentary “provides a factual record or report,” and this film does not do that. There’s nothing wrong with a polemic, or a wakeup call. It’s perfectly reasonable to create a film with the intention to […]
    Anne
  • ‘Automated fame’: 1 of the TikTok stories of the moment September 11, 2020
    You’ve undoubtedly seen news stories about Charli D’Amelio, 2020’s 16-year-old TikTok phenomenon, with 6 billion likes and 82 million followers since she joined the app last spring. It was the part about “automated fame” that really caught my attention in a New Yorker story this past weekend. Charli became “the most popular creator on TikTok” […]
    Anne
  • A simple exercise for (digital) parenting August 15, 2020
    This is inspired by all the families in Parenting for a Digital Future, the book I reviewed earlier this week (I also added this as a sidebar in that post for readers’ convenience). It’s a little exercise to explain and expand on the statement I led the review with: “family context eclipses screen time.” Please […]
    Anne
  • #P4DF: The book about (digital) parenting August 10, 2020
    Family context eclipses screen time. If you get nothing else from the new book Parenting for a Digital Future, that one takeaway would help so many educators, policymakers, pediatricians and advocates trying to get “Internet safety” and “digital wellbeing” education right, i.e., as free of generalized pronouncements of what is and isn’t good for children […]
    Anne
  • Key SEL report from UNESCO, insights from youth in 6 countries July 27, 2020
    In what video panel discussion could you watch a high school student in Bhutan lead his peers in Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India, Japan and South Africa, along with their adult moderator, in a mindfulness practice – after which you’d hear from a neuroscientist at a U.S. university and Sri Lanka’s Minister of Education? That would be […]
    Anne
  • Yup. New ‘Blue Whale’ with a Momo-style twist July 16, 2020
    Here we are again. Remember “Blue Whale,” then “Momo”? Well, the B.W. challenge, or self-harm “game,” has been warmed over and repackaged with a new name and face with the creepiness of a Momo. This time it’s a weird, scary version of the cartoon character Goofy. [I don’t know—does familiarity make it less scary or […]
    Anne
  • New org for content moderation pros June 17, 2020
    This is a world first and great news at a time when everybody could use a bit of that: The Trust & Safety Professional Association opens its doors today. TSPA is a membership organization designed to support the content moderation community, the people all over the world who do the extremely challenging work of protecting […]
    Anne
  • An Oversight Board & what’s actually, urgently, needed June 4, 2020
    Below you’ll find background and context to this pivotal point for social media. For a more prescriptive view, click to “Social media’s turning point: 5 steps needed now, no turning back.”  Suddenly things that looked like important, almost radical (potential) fixes a few months ago now seem like “band-aids” or symptom treatments. Suddenly we need […]
    Anne
  • Amid #Covid: Gift to her peers from a once depressed teen author May 25, 2020
    I can’t let Mental Health Month go by without a blog post on the subject, especially this year. So this one’s not about tech, media or the Internet. It’s about – and by – 19-year-old Ruby Walker, author of Advice I Ignored: Stories and Wisdom from a Formerly Depressed Teen. It is true wisdom, maybe […]
    Anne

RSS Great Stuff from Connect Safely

  • Google-Owned Cellular Service Becomes More Family Friendly November 19, 2020
    Google Fi cellular service has been around since 2015, but it just got some new features that make it more family-friendly. The post Google-Owned Cellular Service Becomes More Family Friendly appeared first on ConnectSafely.
    Larry Magid
  • Parent’s Guide to Amazon Alexa November 16, 2020
    Amazon's Alexa can assist in a seemingly endless number of ways. As with any connected technology, it’s important for parents and kids to talk about how to use Alexa, what it does and doesn’t do, what information it collects and to set some guidelines. The post Parent’s Guide to Amazon Alexa appeared first on ConnectSafely.
    ConnectSafely
  • Facebook’s Messenger & Instagram’s Disappearing Act November 12, 2020
    Snapchat may have pioneered disappearing posts in social media, but Facebook is adding a disappearing act to messaging. Vanish Mode, for Facebook’s Messenger and Instagram, enables users to send messages that disappear once they are viewed and the viewer leaves the conversation. MORE ON FORBES.COM Listen to “The ConnectSafely Report with Larry Magid” on Spreaker. […]
    Larry Magid
  • Keeping Kids Safe on Roblox November 5, 2020
    If you have children in your life, there is a very good chance they play games on Roblox — a popular gaming platform that allows people to play games that others create or create games for others to play. Think of it as YouTube for video games — most people are there to play, but […]
    Larry Magid
  • Tips to Help Stop Cyberbullying November 1, 2020
    Guidance for parents and young people on cyberbullying, including advice for ending (or preventing) the cycle of aggression. For a more comprehensive look, see A Parents’ Guide to Cyberbullying.  For kids and teens Know that it’s not your fault. What people call “bullying” is sometimes an argument between two people. But if someone is repeatedly […]
    ConnectSafely
  • Parent’s Guide to Roblox October 31, 2020
    If your kids love to play online games, one of the names you may be hearing about a lot lately is Roblox. Here's what you need to know. The post Parent’s Guide to Roblox appeared first on ConnectSafely.
    Maureen Kochan
  • Strengthening Resilience During Tough Times October 30, 2020
    We spoke with Rabbi Kevin Bemel, a former US Navy chaplain, about resilience, relationships and thriving during difficult times. Bemel hosts “The Way to Wow” on YouTube. “The personal mantra I’ve adopted over the last 6 months is ‘courage at all times,'” he says. ‘ The post Strengthening Resilience During Tough Times appeared first on […]
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  • Online Conspiracy Theories Could Hurt Kids October 29, 2020
    Conspiracy theories have been circulating on social media and getting ever more convoluted. Facebook, Twitter and other companies have taken some actions to reduce their visibility, but they are still present in one form or another. The post Online Conspiracy Theories Could Hurt Kids appeared first on ConnectSafely.
    Larry Magid
  • New Dangers Facing Kids Online October 22, 2020
    Our interview with Internet Watch Foundation CEO Susie Hargreaves on rise of ‘self-generated child sex abuse images and videos’ and what can be done about it. The post New Dangers Facing Kids Online appeared first on ConnectSafely.
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  • ConnectSafely and The Meet Group to Further Safer Dating Education October 8, 2020
    Palo Alto, CA and New Hope, PA, October 8, 2020 – ConnectSafely and The Meet Group announced they are collaborating to provide educational resources to help people more safely use online dating services and tools. “ConnectSafely is pleased to be helping The Meet Group assure that people who use its services are doing so as […]
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