RSS Great Stuff From Connect Safely

  • Time to spring clean your smartphone April 29, 2016
    Spring officially began in March but it’s never too late to do some spring cleaning. I’m not talking about your garage or that home office of yours. I’m talking about your digital devices. Today, I’ll focus on Apple iPhones and iPads as well as Android phones and tablets. Unnecessary apps, photos, videos and other files […]
    Larry Magid
  • School software walks the line between safety monitor and ‘parent over shoulder’ April 16, 2016
    By Larry Magid As someone who’s been working on Internet safety, privacy and security for more than 20 years, I sometimes feel like I’m at odds with myself. On one hand, I want everyone — especially young people — to be safe online. And, when it comes to K-12 students using school computers, I agree with […]
    Maureen Kochan
  • Can we reconcile the paperless classroom with screen addiction? April 3, 2016
    By Kerry Gallagher With social media, we watch one another's children grow and keep up using a mix of public posts and private messaging. When we are finally able meet up in person, it feels as if we were never apart.
    Larry Magid
  • Encryption is a form of child protection March 31, 2016
    By Larry Magid One of the main arguments for those worried about encryption is that it can shield terrorists and those who exploit children, because of the concern that criminals can use encryption to "go dark." And, while that can be true, it's also true that encryption helps protect children from those very predators and […]
    Larry Magid
  • Tips for keeping your home network safe and secure March 31, 2016
    Note: This guest post from Comcast’s Noopur Davis first appeared on Comcasts’ Technology blog. Although some of the points are specific to Comcast customers, other advice applies to any broadband service. Regardless of which provider you use, check the links at the bottom of the post for tips on how to configure leading routers. By […]
    Larry Magid
  • Snapchat adds playful video & audio chat features March 29, 2016
    By Larry Magid Even though I helped write ConnectSafely’s Parents’ Guide to Snapchat, I’ve never been a heavy user of the service. Sending a picture that disappears in 10 seconds isn’t high on my priority list. But thanks to some new features, I’m starting to have fun using Snapchat even though I’m a lot older than […]
    Larry Magid
  • System provides home security and automation March 24, 2016
    Vivint control panel Over the past three decades I’ve experimented with do-it-yourself home automation systems to control lights and appliances. But now, instead of a DIY system, I accepted Vivint’s offer to lend me a professionally installed system that includes an Internet controllable thermostat, front door lock and doorbell camera along with modules that let […]
    Larry Magid
  • A Parents’ Guide to Cyberbullying March 23, 2016
    A Parents’ Guide to Cyberbullying provides perspective – the facts about bullying and cyberbullying – and down-to-earth help for young people as well as parents who have to deal with it. The guide helps put cyberbullying into perspective with practical tips for parents, students and school officials.
    Stephen Pfister
  • How Facebook (and soon Instagram) prioritize what you see March 18, 2016
    By Larry Magid Facebook-owned Instagram will change the order of the posts people see “to show the moments we believe you will care about the most.” In this regard, it’s following in the footsteps of its parent company, which made a similar change several years ago. I’m not sure when and exactly how Instagram will implement […]
    Larry Magid
  • Can the Internet ruin your life? 5 tips to help you avoid online trouble March 14, 2016
    By Sue Scheff Sue Scheff It’s a fact of life: people today spend more time digitally connected than ever before. This generation of youth, as well as young adults and parents, are having to deal with peer cruelty through cyberspace (also known as cyberbullying). A new Syfy network television series, The Internet Ruined My Life presents […]
    Larry Magid

RSS Great Stuff from Net Family News

  • Behind the scenes of safety & free speech in social media April 14, 2016
    For a must-read article for anyone interested in safety and free speech online, some of the social media industry’s most seasoned content moderators – the apps’ and sites’ safety managers and free speech decisionmakers – went public for the first time. “Their stories reveal how the boundaries of free speech were drawn during a period […]
  • Not defaulting to default thinking about social media March 28, 2016
    Ok, full disclosure: I know my antennae are up when I read the news. I’ve been questioning reflexively negative pronouncements about social media for years. But the reason is all the fear about the impact of social media on our children, not to mention the human race, that has been swirling in the air for […]
  • Messaging apps rule: What’s interesting about that for parents March 21, 2016
    This statement stopped me in my tracks when I was reading about how messaging apps now reign supreme in social media: “‘Ask and you shall receive’ has become the new customer experience.” I’ll tell you why that gave me pause in a moment. First a look at what’s being reported about mobile messaging. “The top […]
  • True school safety: A ‘compassion network’ in & around schools in Morgan County, W.V. February 18, 2016
    It’s Kindness Week, and there’s no greater kindness – for and from people of all ages – than what’s being demonstrated in Morgan County, W.V., where great need is being met with great cooperation. County residents have created a web of youth-focused programs supporting kids in and out of school. I’ve been hearing about the […]
  • Our humanity, not our tech, is the key to fixing online hate February 9, 2016
    To mark Safer Internet Day 2016, let’s take stock of what we’ve learned so far and what we can do with the knowledge we’ve gained so far about online hate…. It has taken a couple of decades but, collectively, we’re definitely getting smarter about online risk and how to avoid and address it. We’re also […]
  • Europe’s big step backward for youth rights online, offline January 20, 2016
    Young people and parents everywhere should know that, where youth rights are concerned, Europe just took a big step backward. Even though every single one of the European Union’s 28 countries has ratified the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, whose Article 12 states that “children” (people under 18) have the right to […]
  • Millennials’ top 10 apps at the turn of the year January 4, 2016
    Youth digital research firm YPULSE’s “most clicked article of 2015” didn’t hold a lot of surprises, but it might be useful to note teens’ and millennials’ top picks here at the turn of the year. Facebook owns three of the Top 10 apps: Instagram (No. 1), the Facebook app (2nd) and Whatsapp, which appears to […]
  • A prosecutor’s good decision in teen sexting case January 4, 2016
    This is a catch-up blog post bookmarking real progress in the handling of teen sexting in the United States – and unusually good reporting on it from CNN. Thankfully, none of the reported hundreds of middle school and high school students in Cañon City, Col., who were accused of sexting will face criminal charges. That’s […]
  • A gazillion ways to communicate, socialize, etc.: Fun! January 1, 2016
    Apologies to email subscribers, who already received this. It got lost in the transition from one Web hosting service to another. I hope to have all these bugs screened out in the first couple of weeks of 2016! [Happy New Year, BTW!] Here’s what I first posted a couple of weeks ago…. As I read […]
  • Counterspeech: New online safety tool with huge potential December 9, 2015
    It's a tool for users, upstanders and activists of all ages successfully in several countries at least. The post Counterspeech: New online safety tool with huge potential appeared first on