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Google to (re) enter social networking arena

by Larry Magid It’s too early to know how it will affect kids and families, but Google is launching a new social networking service to compete with Facebook. Google has tried its hand at social networking before but has never hit a home run. Its Orkut social networking service is popular in Brazil but not […]

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Facebook ought to allow children under 13

Maybe it does make sense for Facebook to welcome kids under 13. 

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Talk with your kids about being safer online

by Larry Magid Although there are plenty of tools that can be used to try to control or monitor what your kids are doing online, the best approach for most parents is that oldest of tools called conversation. Having an occasional chat with your kids about how they’re using technology can go a long way […]

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SB 242: Unintended consequences of California privacy bill

There’s quite a bit of conflict and confusion over California’s proposed social-networking bill. Here’s some clarification.

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Predator Panic Making a Comeback

by Larry Magid I thought we were past the days of “predator panic.”  Around 2006, when To Catch A Predator was on TV just about weekly, there were lots of news stories about the dangers kids face on the Internet.  A federally funded study conducted by the Crimes Against Children Research Center was being commonly misquoted […]

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Online safety tied to real world behavior

by Larry Magid I’ve been working in the field of Internet safety for 17 years and the deeper I get into it, the more I realize that Internet safety for kids and teens isn’t about the Internet or really even about safety. “Internet safety,” is mostly about behavior in the blended world where kids live […]

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Statement on youth and social media from ConnectSafely.org

Video testimony by Larry Magid The following written testimony by Anne Collier After a full review of the youth-online-risk research, two key conclusions of the Harvard Berkman Center task force on which ConnectSafely’s co-directors served were that: • Not all young people are equally at risk online, and if any generalization can be made it’s […]

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Bullying expert recommends teens delete most ‘sexting’ messages

By Larry Magid Justin W. Patchin, Ph.D, Co-Director, Cyberbullying Research Center and Associate Professor of Criminal Justice  at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire has written a blog post that’s sure to engender some controversy.  Patchin, who is a leading researcher on cyberbullying, is recommending that “teens who receive a nude or semi-nude image of a classmate” should  ”immediately delete it” instead […]

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Bullying expert recommends teens delete most ‘sexting’ messages

By Larry Magid Justin W. Patchin, Ph.D, Co-Director, Cyberbullying Research Center and Associate Professor of Criminal Justice  at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire has written a blog post that’s sure to engender some controversy.  Patchin, who is a leading researcher on cyberbullying, is recommending that “teens who receive a nude or semi-nude image of a classmate” should  ”immediately delete it” instead […]

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FTC Warns about Public Wi-Fi Hotspot Dangers

by Larry Magid The OnGuardOnline.gov Web site, operated by the Federal Trade Commission, Justice Department, Homeland Security,and other federal agencies, is warning people to be careful when using public Wi-Fi hot spots. The agency says users on public Wi-Fi hot spots should only log in to sites that are fully encrypted. Encrypted sites have an […]

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