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Vermont May Require Sex Offenders to Use Real Names on Social Networks

by Larry Magid The state of Vermont is considering a law that would make it illegal for convicted sex offenders to use a false name on social networking sites like Facebook. The proposed law, which would impose a prison sentence of not more than two years and/or a fine of $1,000, wouldn’t ban registered sex offenders from using […]

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Time to take the ‘cyber’ out of cyberbullying

By Larry Magid We don’t call it “pencil bullying” when someone uses a wooden stick with lead inside to write someone a threatening note. When a person shakes her fist in front of someone’s face, we don’t call it “fist bullying.” And when kids don’t let other kids sit at their lunch table, we don’t […]

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How to delete or limit access to address and phone # on Facebook

by Larry Magid Although Facebook has temporarily suspended a controversial plan to provide users’ home addresses and cell phone numbers to third party application developers, it’s still a good idea to consider removing that information from your profile. Regardless of Facebook’s policy of sharing the information with developers, there is always the possibility that the information […]

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Shooters, like Bullies, Can Misperceive Social Norms

by Larry Magid   I don’t know what motivated the young man who allegedly murdered several people and critically wounded Rep. Gabrielle Giffords but whether or not the case, his actions could possibly have been affected by what he saw on TV, heard on the radio or read on the Internet. I would never equate […]

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A hands-on guide to Facebook’s new profile settings

by Larry Magid As you’ve no doubt heard, Facebook has undergone a bit of a facelift, offering members a new profile that features their latest photographs and information about them front and center near the top of the page. The new look, which was unveiled by CEO Mark Zuckerberg on CBS News’ 60 Minutes on Sunday (scroll down […]

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Digital citizenship includes rights as well as responsibilities

by Larry Magid A lot of people have been talking about “digital citizenship” lately and, of course, I agree that being a good digital citizen includes refspecting others and oneself. Clearly that means being nice to people online (and off) and being careful about your own online reputation. For example, just about any adult in […]

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A Parents’ Guide to Facebook Offers Hands-On Help in Optimizing Teens’ Safety and Privacy in the World’s No. 1 Social Networking Site

A Parents’ Guide to Facebook Offers Hands-On Help in Optimizing Teens’ Safety and Privacy in the World’s No. 1 Social Networking Site Guidebook by Anne Collier and Larry Magid of ConnectSafely.org is published in partnership with the iKeepSafe Coalition Washington DC, Nov. 9–ConnectSafely.org and the iKeepSafe Coalition are pleased to announce the publication of A […]

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A Parents’ Guide to Facebook

Welcome to the fully updated 2012 edition of A Parents’ Guide to Facebook (PDF)! It’s designed to help you understand what Facebook is and how to use it safely. With it, you will be better informed and able to communicate with young Facebook users in your life more effectively. That’s important because 1) if something goes […]

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Facebook Privacy Chart for Adults

  Privacy Settings Chart for Adults  Instructions: Click on any link in the left column to be taken directly to the Facebook page to configure that setting. If you’re not already logged-in you’ll be asked to provide a user name and password the first time only. If  you are uncomfortable entering your password based on […]

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Facebook Privacy Chart for Teens

Recommended Facebook Privacy Settings for Teens Facebook’s default privacy settings are not for everyone – especially minors – which is why the service allows users to customize their settings. The following chart shows ConnectSafely’s recommendations for most teens. We realize that not all teens have the same level of maturity and that not all parents […]

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