News & views from ConnectSafely: April 23, 2015

Recent articles Cyberbullying is not a joke: Celebrities and public figures can make a difference Facebook’s Scrapbook encourages photos of children, but think before you post Pew Survey: Reports of Facebook’s demise among teens greatly exaggerated Should I worry about my teens texting? Chromebooks & Google Apps appeal to schools & consumers Raising digital kids: […]

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Cyberbullying is not a joke: Celebrities and public figures can make a difference

By Sue Scheff: Sadly, we live in a culture of digital cruelty that no one is immune to. Whether you are a celebrity, the child of a sports figure or an average person trying to get through life — you can be struck down by the emotional keystrokes of cyber-bullets. Internet trolls can quickly become […]

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Facebook’s Scrapbook encourages photos of children, but think before you post

By Larry Magid: Facebook is testing a feature that lets parents create a “Scrapbook” of pictures of their children — including kids who are much too young to have their own Facebook account, The Scrapbook feature enables you to add a child of any age as a family member and then tag images with that […]

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Pew Survey: Reports of Facebook’s demise among teens greatly exaggerated

by Larry Magid: A new survey by the Pew Research Center finds that 71% of American teens use Facebook, followed by Facebook owned Instagram (52%), Snapchat (41%) and Twitter and Google+ (both 33%). There have been numerous reports about teens pulling back from Facebook but the Pew results show that teens continue to use the […]

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Should I worry about my teens texting?

By Michael Rich, MD: Q: I’ve noticed that many parents worry a lot about their children texting. But when we were kids, we would spend hours on the phone, sometimes not even talking much. When my teens are texting with friends at home, I liken it to those phone calls of yesteryear. I don’t allow […]

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Chromebooks & Google Apps appeal to schools & consumers

by Larry Magid: Some parents and officials worry about privacy but Google has pledged not to track, profile or advertise to students. Chromebooks have been around for four years and are already gaining traction in schools, but Google’s newest — and cheapest — Chromebooks make them an increasingly attractive option for budget-minded consumers. Chromebooks are […]

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Raising digital kids: 10 tips for improving parent-teen relationships

By Annie Fox: You know your child is an adolescent (semi-formed human) when she or he: Gives you attitude over stuff that’s never been an issue before. Refuses to do what you ask. Agrees to do it and then (un)wittingly “forgets” Denies they ever agreed to anything. Says “You don’t get it!” at least twice […]

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Setting screen-time limits – for parents

By Maureen Kochan: Turns out parents need to set screen-time limits – for themselves. If you have kids and digital devices in your family, chances are you’ve fretted about the right amount of screen time for your kids. But a Boston Medical Center study suggests that you should also tally your screen time, because increased […]

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Digital Trust Foundation seeking proposals on digital abuse programs

by Larry Magid: The Digital Trust Foundation is seeking grant proposals around digital abuse. As the Request for Proposals (RFP) states, “The Foundation has found several gaps in digital abuse research and action” and is addressing that concern by seeking to fund “empirical research to understand the prevalence of various forms of digital abuse,” as well as “implementation […]

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Parent bullying: The one-upper society

By Sue Scheff: Every day we hear or read about kids using words as weapons to inflict harm upon one another — whether it’s on the playground, in the hallways of our schools, in their own homes, or online. Peer cruelty happens every day. Where does this behavior come from? Although many experts have weighed […]

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