Social media literacy in an app

Brilliant concept. A source of quick, digestible social media literacy delivered by an app, not parents (one reason why it’s so digestible). I’m talking about the ThinkUp app. It’s definitely not just for teens, but what a great application for a reputation-curation and media-mindfulness tool. It’s so much more powerful than just googling oneself or […]

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Facebook to carry Amber Alerts — exclusive interview with John Walsh

Facebook and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) are teaming up to put Amber Alerts about missing children on Facebook News Feeds, but only for Facebook members in the targeted search area for an abducted child. A game changer John Walsh, the founder of NCMEC, former host of America’s Most Wanted and host […]

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Kids’ top social media picks: Great new resource for parents

Here’s a super starting point for a conversation with your children about social media: NetAware, a brand-new set of reviews of kids’ top social media services. It’s not the first such resource for parents, but two things set it apart: These are kids’ own top social media picks. This isn’t adult guesswork. Because part of […]

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Connected devices at CES raise security, privacy and safety questions

It seems as if almost every exhibitor at CES was showing things that connect to other things. LG showed off washing machines and kitchen appliances that send messages to smartphones. Schlage announced a Bluetooth-enabled smart lock that enables iPhone users to use Siri voice commands to enter their house. Kolibree and Oral-B both showed off […]

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Researcher sets the record straight on teen sexting

I rarely blog about other people’s blog posts, but the post, “Chances are, Your Teen has NOT Sexted” by Dr. Justin Patchin is worthy of amplification and further comment. Patchin, who is a professor of criminal justice in the department of political science at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and co-director of the Cyberbullying Research […]

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Intel CEO Brian Krzanich on safety, privacy & security issues of drones, wearables and Internet of Things

Brian Krzanich, the CEO of Intel who gave a CES Keynote on Intel’s current and future tech plans, sat down with ConnectSafely.org co-director Larry Magid after his talk to chat about some of the new technologies that Intel is working on, including how they impact safety, privacy and security. Larry asked him about wearable technology, drones, […]

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Two 2014 anniversaries that say reams about our kids’ futures

We don’t want to let 2014 slip away without marking two anniversaries that are very important to our children: those of an invention and a convention. This year was the 25th anniversary of Tim Berners-Lee’s release of his computer code creating the World Wide Web, now with some 3 billion users worldwide, and the 25th […]

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Empowering youth to combat bullying & cyberbullying

Youth Bullying (and adult bullying too) has been around for a very long time, but over the past couple of decades it’s evolved — hence the term “cyberbullying.” At the end of the day, bullying — whether in school or online — is still bullying so strategies to combat cyberbullying have to be integrated into […]

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Sony’s hacked emails present a teachable moment

The Sony hack, which the FBI  is now blaming on North Korea, wound up exposing emails between Sony executives and others in the entertainment industry, including some embarrassing bombshells about Sony executives and some very well known movie stars and other industry insiders. There’s a lot others can learn from Sony’s misfortune, including being extra careful about what […]

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Smartphones are popular holiday gifts for kids that come with responsibility

There will be lots of smartphones under Christmas trees and Hanukkah bushes this year, but if you plan to get one for a teen or pre-teen, consider first having “that talk” with your child. By “talk,” I don’t mean the birds and bees, I mean a conversation about smartphone safety, privacy and security. A while back […]

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