Students: The one group missing from student data privacy laws and bills

by Larry Magid: The one group missing in the conversation about student privacy rights is the very group existing and proposed laws are designed to protect. If you read the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA) or the proposed bills including the Student Digital Privacy and Parental Rights Act of 2015 proposed […]

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Emotional spring cleaning helps develop grit

By Annie Fox: Longer days deliver more light through my windows. The better to see the doggie nose prints. And now it’s much harder to ignore all the crap I’ve been dumping on my desk for the past year. Time for serious spring cleaning – not just to clear the clutter, but to gain fresh […]

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Social contexts of youth bullying

By Warren J. Blumenfeld: While studying a number of bullying prevention programs, I find that, while providing good overall theoretical and conceptual foundations and strategies for prevention and reduction of incidents, some crucial components are still missing. We must also discuss and examine the social and cultural contexts wherein bullying attitudes and behaviors often stem. […]

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Most teens don’t use anonymous apps but here’s advice for those who do

by Larry Magid: A study published in April by Pew Research found that only 11% of cellphone-owning teens use anonymous question and answer apps like Yik-Yak, Whisper and Ask.fm. Girls (13%) are more likely than boys (8%) to use such apps as are Hispanics (16%) compared to whites/non-Hispanic (9%) and Black, non-Hispanic (7%). And while the study didn’t […]

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New Flickr 4.0 will store ALL your family photos for free and help you find and organize them

by Larry Magid: It’s been years since I paid much attention to Yahoo’s Flickr but, with the new Flickr 4.0, it’s a compelling service that I’m pretty excited about. In fact, I’m so excited that I’m now about 12,000 files into uploading my entire collection of nearly the nearly 50,000 photos on my hard drive. […]

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Let’s not create a moral panic over ‘Game of 72′ rumors of disappearing kids

The French English-language news site, The Local, is reporting about a supposed game where “teenagers have come up with a new Facebook challenge that dares them disappear without a trace for up to three days without contacting their family.” The site reports that a 13-year old girl named Emma from northern France went missing for […]

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Site shows publicly available information based on your phone number

  Burner, the company that makes an app that issues disposable phone numbers, is making a point about how much information your number can reveal about you. Their new site, (which works on the web and mobile devices) Burner Challenge, displays information about you obtained from publicly available sources. How much can depend. In my […]

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Controversial anonymous app Secret to close

By Maureen Kochan: Controversial anonymous app Secret, sometimes seen as the poster child for all that is wrong with anonymous social apps, will close, said co-founder David Byttow. “This has been the hardest decision of my life and one that saddens me deeply,” Byttow wrote in a post announcing the decision. Like competitors Yik Yak and Whisper, […]

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ConnectSafely releases A Parents’ Guide to Student Data Privacy

Click here to view A Parents Guide to Student Data Privacy Palo Alto, CA, (April 28, 2015) – ConnectSafely.org, a leading non-profit Internet safety organization, today released A Parents’ Guide to Student Data Privacy, in partnership with the Future of Privacy Forum and the National PTA. “Data privacy and security is much more than protecting […]

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Curious launches free ‘lean-back’ online courses

by Larry Magid: Curious.com is adding free learning channels to its collection of online courses, allowing potential customers to “lean back” and learn while encouraging viewers to sign-up for their paid “lean in” service. The Menlo Park company, which was founded in 2012, has interactive courses on a variety of subjects — food preparation, guitar […]

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