Larry Magid, co-director

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Larry Magid is both an Internet safety advocate and a journalist.

Larry is  co-director of ConnectSafely.org  and founder of SafeKids.com. He also serves as on-air technology analyst for CBS News and writes for the San Jose Mercury News, Forbes  and other publications.

His technology reports can be heard daily on CBS News and CBS affiliates throughout the U.S. and he has a daily tech segment on KCBS radio in San Francisco. He’s a regular contributor to BBC World Service, BBC Today Programme and an occasional guest on National Public Radio’s Talk of the Nation.   He is often called upon for commentary by CBS television news, CNN and Fox News, BBC, and Al Jazeera and has appeared on the all of the major network evening and morning news programs.  He has also been a frequent contributor to the New York Times and was, for 19 years, a syndicated columnist for the Los Angeles Times.

Larry is author or co-author of nine books including the best-selling Little PC Book along with Cruising Online: Larry Magid’s Guide to the New Digital Highways, The Fully Powered PC, Electronic Link, MySpace Unraveled and Mini-Manual for a Free University. 

From 1983 to 1988 he was co-founder and Executive Vice President of Know-How, one of the world’s first computer training companies. In 1982 he was editor of PC Magazine and in 1981 he wrote one of the manuals for IBM’s first personal computers. He’s also worked as a printer, car washer, restaurant delivery person and a dishwasher.

Internet Safety work

In 1993, in an effort to save Polly Klass, Magid was the first person to post an image of a missing child online, which led to his work with the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children where he now serves on its board of directors.

In addition to being co-director of ConnectSafely.org, Magid founded and operates two popular Internet safety sites: SafeKids.com and SafeTeens.com.

He has written several Internet safety guides including, Child Safety on the Information Highway and Teen Safety on the Information Highway for the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children.

He served on the Obama administration’s Online Safety & Technology Working Group where he chaired the education sub-committee and wrote the education section of the report to Congress.

He is on the advisory boards of the Internet Education Foundation and Family Online Safety Institute and served on the Internet Safety Technical Task Force, formed by 49 state attorneys general and Fox Interactive/MySpace and based at Harvard University’s Berkman Center for Internet & Society. He is also an advisor to PBS Kids the Hub TV Network (successor to Discovery Kids) and serves on Facebook’s Safety Advisory Board.

Academic background

Larry has a doctorate of education from the University of Massachusetts and a bachelor’s degree from the University of California at Berkeley. He has taught at the University of Massachusetts and Boston University. He served as Director of the Student Center for Educational Research at UMASS/Amherst and Director of the Center for Educational Reform. He resides in Palo Alto, California where he helped raise two digital natives.  His personal website is www.larrysworld.com.

writes columns that appear on CNET News, Huffington Post, Forbes.com and in theSan Jose Mercury News and other newspapers.

His technology reports can be heard daily on CBS News and CBS affiliates throughout the U.S. and he has a daily tech segment on KCBS radio in San Francisco. He’s a regular contributor to BBC World Service, BBC Today Programme and an occasional guest on National Public Radio’s Talk of the Nation.   He is often called upon for commentary by CBS television news, CNN and Fox News, BBC, and Al Jazeera and has appeared on the all of the major network evening and morning news programs.  He has also been a frequent contributor to the New York Times and was, for 19 years, a syndicated columnist for the Los Angeles Times.

Larry is author or co-author of nine books including the best-selling Little PC Book along with Cruising Online: Larry Magid’s Guide to the New Digital Highways, The Fully Powered PC, Electronic Link, MySpace Unraveled and Mini-Manual for a Free University. 

From 1983 to 1988 he was co-founder and Executive Vice President of Know-How, one of the world’s first computer training companies. In 1982 he was editor of PC Magazine and in 1981 he wrote one of the manuals for IBM’s first personal computers. He’s also worked as a printer, car washer, restaurant delivery person and a dishwasher.

Internet Safety work

In 1993, in an effort to save Polly Klass, Magid was the first person to post an image of a missing child online, which led to his work with the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children where he now serves on its board of directors.

In addition to being co-director of ConnectSafely.org, Magid founded and operates two popular Internet safety sites: SafeKids.com and SafeTeens.com.

He has written several Internet safety guides including, Child Safety on the Information Highway and Teen Safety on the Information Highway for the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children.

He served on the Obama administration’s Online Safety & Technology Working Group where he chaired the education sub-committee and wrote the education section of the report to Congress.

He is on the advisory boards of the Internet Education Foundation and Family Online Safety Institute and served on the Internet Safety Technical Task Force, formed by 49 state attorneys general and Fox Interactive/MySpace and based at Harvard University’s Berkman Center for Internet & Society. He is also an advisor to PBS Kids the Hub TV Network (successor to Discovery Kids) and serves on Facebook’s Safety Advisory Board.

Academic background

Larry has a doctorate of education from the University of Massachusetts and a bachelor’s degree from the University of California at Berkeley. He has taught at the University of Massachusetts and Boston University. He served as Director of the Washington-based Center for Educational Reform as well as the Student Center for Educational Research at the University of Massachusetts. He resides in Palo Alto, California where he helped raise two digital natives.  His personal website is www.larrysworld.com.