At the IGF: Youth participation = greater youth e-safety

One of the best things about participating in the Internet Governance Forum is seeing the growing youth participation in sessions about their online protection. And one of the best things I’ve heard so far, after just 1.5 days of the IGF here in Istanbul this week came from Danish 15-year-old Olivia in a session about […]

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Enabling peer protection: Knowledge is empowerment

From infancy on up we learn what’s right and wrong, based on our families’ and, later, peers’ values. That’s important. It develops that inner guidance system – or “moral compass,” as it’s sometimes called – that makes for safer, smoother navigation through life. But that isn’t all kids need as they grow and find their […]

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Internet Governance Forum topics include human rights, network neutrality and child protection

As we have for the past several years, my ConnectSafely.org co-director Anne Collier and I are attending this year’s Internet Governance Forum (IGF) to talk about child protections, child rights and digital citizenship, including children’s’ access to social media and other Internet resources. The ninth annual IGF takes place in Istanbul, Turkey, September 2nd through the 5th. The IGF […]

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Protecting children online needs to allow for their right to free speech

I’m writing this column on a flight to Istanbul and then on to Geneva for two United Nations conferences. Istanbul is the site of this year’s U.N. Internet Governance Forum (IGF), while the Geneva meetings will focus on digital media and children’s rights per the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, which […]

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Millennials’ changing social media use: Survey

It’s hard to believe the high end of the Millennials age bracket is over 30 already! The Pew Research Center’s definition says they’re all adults, putting their age range at 18-33 (check out Pew’s 6 distinguishing characteristics of this generation), while Ypulse.com has a range of 14-32, a huge spectrum, considering 14-year-olds have just started […]

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Heard of Twitch? Amazon has!

If you have gamers at your house, you probably have heard of Twitch – especially if they like to either play, or watch other gamers play, while the play’s being streamed live on the Web and everybody tuned in is chatting about it. Some people call it YouTube for gamers. In fact, Google, YouTube’s owner, […]

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ConnectSafely.org to participate in Internet Governance Forum in Istanbul

Istanbul, Turkey (September 1, 2014) ConnectSafely.org, a leading non-profit Internet safety organization, today announced its planned participation at the 9th annual Internet Governance Forum (IGF), September 2-5 in Istanbul, Turkey. Co-Directors Larry Magid and Anne Collier will be hosting workshops on the topics of “Protecting Child Safety and Child Rights” (September 3, 2014, 9:00am-10:30am, Room […]

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Dealing with the nasties online

Pondering positive ways to deal with online negativity seems to be a trend – maybe even a blooming social norm! Because, in response to social cruelty like the recent tragic trolling of Robin Williams’s daughter Zelda Williams, other people sympathized, defended her and started thinking of ways to counteract cruelty like that. Negativity grabs our […]

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It’s time for schools to upgrade both technology and pedagogy

by Larry Magid As students return to school, it’s time to think about absolute necessities like pens, paper, school clothes, a laptop or tablet and, of course, a learning network that enables them to interact with fellow students and teachers. OK, that network may not yet be mandatory. But an increasing number of teachers are […]

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Why Google (and Facebook) should admit kids under 13

The website The Information (subscription required to get past the first paragraph) is reporting that Google has been “working to overhaul its web services so it can legally allow children to use them.” Google hasn’t commented on the report but I hope it’s true. To comply with the federal Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act, Google, […]

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