RSS Great Stuff From Connect Safely

  • A Polaroid instant printer for your smartphone July 3, 2015
    by Larry Magid Kids and adults too are taking lots of pictures with their phones and now there’s a way to instantly print them out. Polaroid Zip printer I paired it via NFC with my Android phone (it also pairs via Bluetooth) and used the phone to snap some pictures from the regular camera app […]
    Larry Magid
  • A Parents’ Guide to June 30, 2015
    If your kids are using, it's a good idea to familiarize yourself with the service. This guide gives you what you need to know to set up an account, ask and answer questions and report abuse or problems.
    Larry Magid
  • Words moms don’t want to hear June 29, 2015
    by Trudy Ludwig There are certain words I don’t want coming out of any child’s sweet little mouth. You know the ones: nasty, demeaning words that slither their way out in venomous whispers; racist, sexist, and homophobic words coiled to strike at old and young alike with hurtful intent and precision.
    Larry Magid
  • Let’s not use 21st century technology with 19th century pedagogy June 26, 2015
    Technology may be changing but classrooms and teaching methods are pretty much unchanged since this picture was taken (Creative Commons image) by Larry Magid In a talk at the National PTA Conference in Charlotte, NC, Thomas Murray, State and District Digital Learning Policy and Advocacy Director for Alliance for Education, reminded me of what’s been […]
    Larry Magid
  • European Union proposal could derail UK voluntary online child protection June 26, 2015
    By John Carr A European Union proposal could derail Britain's voluntary program that offers filtered Internet by default while enabling adult account holders to turn off the filters.
    John Carr
  • Fitness devices can help us learn about our collective health June 25, 2015
    Basis Peak exercise watch by Larry Magid An increasing number of people are quantifying their lives, especially when it comes to fitness. For example, according to my Basis fitness watch, I took 9,192 steps walking around New York City on Wednesday. I burned 2,587 calories and got 6 hours and 41 minutes of sleep between […]
    Guest Post
  • Digital Trust Foundation announces $1.4 million in grants June 25, 2015
    The Digital Trust Foundation yesterday announced $1.4 million in grants for research into the online privacy and security experiences of low-socioeconomic status people.
    Maureen Kochan
  • Are you a parent or a ‘sharent’? June 24, 2015
    By Sue ScheffIt's not only young people who are oversharing online - parents are too. There's even a word for it: 'sharenting'.
    Maureen Kochan
  • What elementary school students taught us about safety training June 22, 2015
    By Daniel KentNet Literacy sends high school student volunteers into elementary schools to teach Internet safety. So what did the teachers learn from their students?
    Daniel Kent
  • Google to remove revenge-porn images from search results June 20, 2015
    by Larry Magid Google  announced that it will honor requests from revenge-porn victims to remove links to their images from search results. So-called revenge-porn is a term for nude or sexually explicit images that are posted without the consent of the person depicted, in some cases as retaliation for a relationship gone bad. Another term, […]
    Larry Magid

RSS Great Stuff from Net Family News

  • 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 […]
  • Help us build & pilot a Social Media Helpline for schools! May 13, 2015
    Hey, everybody! We at NetFamilyNews and iCANHELP would greatly appreciate your help in spreading the word about (and if possible contributing to) our just-launched crowd funding campaign at Indiegogo. We’re in the process of creating a hotline schools can call for help with problems in social media which we’ll pilot this coming school year in […]
  • ‘Game of 72′: Let’s apply a little ‘social norming’ May 11, 2015
    This is a perfect example of why we need to apply what we know about social norming to social media panics. And in a rare show of levelheadedness from the news media, Global News in Canada helps us get there. “The Game of 72 – a viral prank urging kids to disappear for 72 hours […]
  • Wise words on bullying from 11-year-old star of ‘Little Boy’ April 24, 2015
    Remarkable actor Jakob Salvati is only 11 – and he was only 8 when he played the title role in the film Little Boy released today – but he already gets a core truth about bullying: “Usually the person bullying is someone who is hurting on the inside and hiding it,” he wrote me via […]
  • The universe in an app: Will youth create a trend within the trend? April 21, 2015
    The days of simple, single-use apps may be over. Or not, depending on the user, his or her context and a whole lot of other factors. But there is a bit of a trend among messaging apps. Not all apps – particularly the No. 1 messaging app, Facebook’s WhatsApp with 600+ million users – are […]
  • Digital parenting: Individual, situational, contextual April 16, 2015
    It’s so interesting to see what British psychologist Sonia Livingstone zooms in on in American psychologist Lynn Schofield Clark’s book on parenting digital media users, The Parent App. Dr. Livingstone picked up on what I liked most about the book too: diversity and depth of insight. Dr. Clark interviewed “46 very different families” for a […]
  • The real privacy dilemma: Private or convenient? April 10, 2015
    When I read this sentence in a New York Times review of the Apple Watch, I thought of the privacy spectrum of the digital age: Apple “seems to be pushing a vision of the Watch as a general-purpose remote control for the real world, a nearly bionic way to open your hotel room, board a […]