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.
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NetFamilyNews – by Anne Collier
- Zooming in on social norms (sidebar)
- Beginning of the end of #purge, revenge porn or social cruelty?
- For our kids & ourselves: Presence in a digital age
- Manage Net risk but focus more on opportunities: Researchers
- Proposed ‘rightful’ framework for Internet safety
- Social media in Saudi schools … sort of
- Textbook case of what NOT to do in teen sexting cases
- Breadth of videogames’ benefits to kids may surprise
Analysis & News – by Larry Magid
- Don’t let stalkers or abusers and creeps track your phone’s location
- Let’s stop persecuting ‘Auschwitz selfie girl’ for smiling at a camera
- EFF launches free Privacy Badger for Firefox and Chrome to block hidden trackers
- Privacy and security tips for newly-minted college students
- Google to stop labeling apps with in-app purchases as ‘free’
- Home automation and ‘Internet of things’ is great — but think about privacy and security
- Time for public to weigh in on ‘net neutrality’
- The ‘real world’ is a lot more dangerous than cyberspace