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Hani Kahn: Muslims using social media to ‘spark a social movement’

by Hani Khan   In September 2014, a community organization in East London, the Active Change Foundation, began a campaign built around the Twitter hashtag #notinmyname, which was created to denounce the beheading of the British aid worker David Haines and other brutal acts committed by the radical group Islamic State. The hashtag has been […]

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National PTA announces #ShareAwesome contest finalists

ConnectSafely.org partner National PTA announced today the finalists of the #ShareAwesome contest, a national campaign supported by LifeLock, Inc., to celebrate positive use of digital and social media and to empower families to make smart, safe decisions when using the Internet and mobile devices. The #ShareAwesome campaign is designed to spotlight and address important issues of online […]

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Tips for Dealing with Teen Sexting

“Sexting” usually refers to the sharing of nude or semi-nude and sexually provocative photos via cellphone, but it can happen on other devices and the Web too. First of all, research shows most teens don’t “sext.” And most of those who do experience no negative consequences. But for teens who do sext, there are both […]

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Intel CEO Brian Krzanich on safety, privacy & security issues of drones, wearables and Internet of Things

Brian Krzanich, the CEO of Intel who gave a CES Keynote on Intel’s current and future tech plans, sat down with ConnectSafely.org co-director Larry Magid after his talk to chat about some of the new technologies that Intel is working on, including how they impact safety, privacy and security. Larry asked him about wearable technology, drones, […]

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Tips for Safe and Civil Use of Anonymous Apps

A growing number of apps allow people to post anonymously. There are some very positive aspects to anonymous apps, including the ability to reach out for help and post with less worry about being criticized or embarrassed. But of course there are some risks. Here are some tips for reducing risk and optimizing the experience. […]

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ConnectSafely partners with app developers to fight Ebola

ConnectSafely has been working with the co-founders of Journey, an app development platform company based in South Africa, about raising awareness, funds and resources for an app they developed called Ebola Care. The app is designed to help health care workers in affected West African countries photograph, geotag and track Ebola patients and provide the relevant […]

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Tips for Strong, Secure Passwords

A strong password is your first line of defense against intruders and imposters. Never give out your password to anyone.* Never give it to friends, even if they’re really good friends. A friend can – maybe even accidentally – pass your password along to others or even become an ex-friend and abuse it. Don’t just use one […]

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Tips for Smart Cellphone Use

Cellphones are increasingly full-blown handheld computers, and everything that can be done on the Web via computer – photo-sharing, Web browsing, game playing, tune-swapping, real-time text or video chat, and (oh yeah) talking – can be done on a phone. Here are some basic ideas for keeping mobile phone use safe and constructive: Share with care. Use […]

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Safer Internet Day creates a better Internet today

Today We Recognize Ways We Optimize the Internet for Social Good On- and Off-line Senator Charles Schumer: Featured speaker WASHINGTON, February 11, 2014 – Today, Safer Internet Day, online safety experts, youth advocates and representatives from government and leading technology companies join students in the nation’s capital to discuss youth perspectives and practices in social […]

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Tips to Help Stop Cyberbullying

Guidance for parents and young people on cyberbullying, including advice for ending (or preventing) the cycle of aggression. For a more comprehensive look, see A Parents’ Guide to Cyberbullying.  For kids and teens Know that it’s not your fault. What people call “bullying” is sometimes an argument between two people. But if someone is repeatedly […]

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