RSS Great Stuff From Connect Safely

  • UPDATE: California Electronic Communications Privacy Act signed by Governor October 8, 2015
    by Larry Magid This post has been updated with news that the bill was signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown
    Larry Magid
  • Link between Cyber Security Awareness Month and Bullying Prevention Month October 8, 2015
    By Larry Magid October is both National Bullying Prevention Month and National Cyber Security Awareness Month. These are separate campaigns, and while they may not seem connected, there are some areas where security awareness and bullying prevention go hand in hand.
    Larry Magid
  • Click or treat: A parent’s role in social media October 8, 2015
    by Sue Scheff As a parent you have the power to decide if your child is old or responsible enough to have any tech gadget that is on the market today.
    Maureen Kochan
  • Tips for Protecting Kids and Teens from Identity Theft October 6, 2015
    You might think that you have to be an adult to be an identity theft victim, but that’s not the case. Children are also at risk. One reason is most kids have squeaky clean credit ratings since they have never taken out credit. Another is that identify thieves know that the crime can go undetected […]
    Larry Magid
  • Celebrate Bullying Prevention Month by being an ‘upstander’ October 5, 2015
    by Larry Magid October is bullying prevention month -- a time to think about how all of us can combat bullying, harassment and cruelty online and off.
    Larry Magid
  • ConnectSafely appoints Kerry Gallagher Director of K-12 Education October 1, 2015
    Kerry is an award-winning Technology Integration Specialist at a high school in Massachusetts and co-author of ConnectSafely's latest booklet, "The Educator's Guide to Social Media."
    Larry Magid
  • How to avoid spreading hoaxes on social media September 29, 2015
    By Larry Magid What you post reflects on you so make sure it's true before you put your reputation behind it.
    Larry Magid
  • Data & privacy basics for educators September 26, 2015
    by Kerry Gallagher There are legitimate reasons to collect student data, but parents and students also have privacy rights that must be protected,
    Kerry Gallagher
  • Identity theft can hit children too September 24, 2015
    by Larry Magid Identify theft can be a serious problem for victims. It can destroy your credit, get you in trouble with the IRS and sometimes even result in your arrest if someone commits a crime in your name. Other consequences, wrote Katie Morell in the book, “Stolen Identity,” include counterfeiting and forgery of documents, […]
    Larry Magid
  • North Carolina teens charged under child porn laws September 21, 2015
    by Larry Magid Two North Carolina teens are being tried for manufacturing and possession of child pornography because they have naked pictures of each other on their phones. The teens were 16 at the time which is old enough to be tried as an adult
    Larry Magid

RSS Great Stuff from Net Family News

  • Online harassment, bullying: Wisdom from someone who’s been there October 4, 2015
    To mark National Bullying Prevention Month, here – in addition to some fresh research on bystanders further down – are some simple but powerful insights from someone who has been and continues to be subjected to severe online harassment and is now helping other victims recover from it…. “I’m a game developer, I’m a systems […]
  • A prime minister & a professor: True connecting in a digital age September 28, 2015
    Two messages in two media – video and text – by a prime minister and a professor got me, and I’m sure many others, thinking about the good, not-so-good and necessary connecting we human beings are doing on digital devices now, at both international and personal levels. I haven’t heard a politician from any country […]
  • From bystanders to ‘upstanders’ & leaders: How it’s done September 22, 2015
    This is one way it’s done, anyway – the way #iCANHELP does it. And in more than a decade of writing about solutions to anti-social behavior online, I haven’t seen one as effective, pro-social and pro-student as #iCANHELP. [Disclosure: I’m working with #iCANHELP to pilot a social media helpline for schools this year, so I’m […]
  • Digital citizenship’s missing piece September 16, 2015
    At the end of a long, thoughtful conversation on stage in Chautauqua, N.Y., last fall, public radio host Krista Tippett asked millennial author and commentator Nathan Schneider, “What makes you despair and what gives you hope?” His answer to both parts of the question focused on agency – the capacity to act, learn by doing […]
  • iCanHelpline launched! August 17, 2015
    I’m thrilled to tell you that, after a successful crowdfunding campaign and with support from a number of social media companies and the Digital Trust Foundation,, launched today. A joint project of Net Family News and #iCANHELP, it’s the California pilot for a national social media “helpdesk” for schools. Though there are Internet helplines […]
  • Social media & what our kids could be teaching us August 15, 2015
    Two years ago, when “selfie” was named “Word of the Year” and the spontaneous snapping of self-portraits on cellphones was being vilified as yet another example of youth’s narcissism, author and educator Rachel Simmons posted a bit of healthy disruption. She wrote in Slate, “Consider this: The selfie is a tiny pulse of girl pride […]
  • Social media literacy 101 (for adults) June 14, 2015
    “I can’t even” possibly know what I’m seeing in teens’ tweets, texts and posts. Not until I ask them. The very fact that I continued that sentence past the close quote demonstrates that. What do I mean? They hide meaning in plain site. Have you heard researcher danah boyd’s term “social steganography”? It means hiding […]
  • Tech likely not the main problem in cyberbullying: Breakthrough study June 10, 2015
    There are some groundbreaking takeaways (and many more insights) in new research from the University of New Hampshire – “The Role of Technology in Peer Harassment: Does It Amplify Harm for Youth?” – and my headline is one of them. Another one is the answer to the question posed in the authors’ headline: “no,” their […]
  • For kids’ sake, don’t ‘black box’ social media June 5, 2015
    For our children’s sake, it’s more important than ever that we not “black box” our media, whether as researchers or as parents and educators. An essay from psychologist and media professor Sonia Livingstone in the new scholarly journal Social Media + Society got me thinking about this. Dr. Livingstone observes that scholars in disciplines other […]
  • Supreme Court decision & our kids: About context not free speech June 1, 2015
    Today’s decision by the US Supreme Court sent a clear message about the importance of context for making decisions about what we see online. It was bad news for victims of online harassment and their advocates but good news for parents of kids not thinking about the impact of their online speech and actions. “The […]