Angry Birds are actually very good birds – with MTV’s help, they’re channeling their “anger” to fight digital harassment. MTV has teamed up with Angry Birds’ parent Rovio in a campaign designed to “help young people decide what is and isn’t acceptable when it comes to text, email, and online interaction – flirting, spying, and spreading rumors or embarrassing stories,” according to Yahoo News. People in North America “who use the Draw Your Line app to post any action that they’ve taken to help quash digital drama will be rewarded with instructions on how to unlock a secret Golden Egg level hidden within” the Angry Birds Space game that will launch March 22. Here’s NASA’s announcement from space (not just Angry Birds’ space), a ZDNET blog post about the campaign, and Rovio’s own blog post about the partnership and campaign.
NetFamilyNews – by Anne Collier
- New Facebook policy targets guns, other regulated items
- Google’s new learning tool that learns
- The flap over Talking Angela the chatbot app
- About the worldwide ‘selfie’ phenomenon
- How technology will improve the well-being of young adults
- Calling our children narcissists on ‘a sociopathic scale’: Really!?
- Nothing complicated about this: Read ‘It’s Complicated’!
- Teens’ own (wise) perspectives on life with social media
Analysis & News – by Larry Magid
- Smartphones that promise user privacy
- Author danah boyd on why teens and social media are ‘complicated’
- Security experts at RSA decry government hacking
- In defense of Internet safety education
- ‘Neknominate’ is a stupid and potentially deadly online dare game
- Confessions of a binge viewer
- People who suffer from so-called ‘game addiction’ have other problems
- U.S. Safer Internet Day focused on potential, positives and problems too