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Help Support an Inspirational Picture Book for Kids and Get a Copy for Yourself

Children’s book author Trudy Ludwig, who specializes in books “that explore the colorful and sometimes confusing world of children’s social interactions,” is working on an extraordinary project that deserves widespread support. She’s collaborating with illustrator Craig Orback on a 32-page picture book titled Gifts from the Enemy, based on the true-life story of Alter Wiener, a teen survivor of five prison […]

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Researcher dispels five myths about missing children

by Larry Magid David Finkelhor, the director of the Crimes Against Children Research Center at the University of New Hampshire and a researcher for the National Incidence Studies of Missing, Abducted, Runaway, and Thrownaway Children, has written an incredibly useful article for the Washington Post, debunking 5 myths about missing children: 1. Most missing children have been […]

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Snapchat photos can be undeleted as well as captured: When it matters

by Larry Magid I recently wrote about Snapchat, the popular photo sharing app that allows users to share photos that will self-destruct from between 1 and 10 seconds after they’re viewed.  As I said in that story, there are many reasons people use Android and Apple iOS app and that, despite worries about sexting, most kids […]

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Why I’m Not Worried That It’s Possible To Undelete Snapchat Photos

As my Forbes colleague Kashmir Hill pointed out last week, forensics examiner Richard Hickman blogged that he had successfully restored dozens of  ”deleted” Snapchat photos from Android phones. I don’t disagree with Hill’s observation that this news “may make some Snapchat users think twice before sending a photo that they think is going to quickly disappear,” but I also don’t think people should necessarily stop […]

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Massachusetts Town Invests In Laptops To Increase Student Enagement

by Larry Magid [soundcloud url="http://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/91148141" params="" width=" 100%" height="166" iframe="true" /] Click to listen to Larry’s 1-minute CBS News/CNET Tech Talk segment on Natick’s 1:1 program, including an interview with Natick High School principal Rose Bartucci Natick, Massachusetts, a town of about 33,000 people situated about 30 miles west of Boston, has recently instituted a “one-to-one” laptop program, equipping […]

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Summertime Means Kids Spending More Time with Tech: Advice for Parents

We’re just a few weeks away from school letting out and — for lucky families — a chance to spend a bit of time together on vacation. Summer also means lots of free time for children and teens — time that can be taken up in outdoor activities like sports or playing in the park, […]

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Hackathon Builds Tools for Social Good

by Larry Magid [soundcloud url="http://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/91472161" params="" width=" 100%" height="166" iframe="true" /] Larry speaks with Connie Yowell, Director of Education at the MacArthur Foundation about Project:Connect Coders, writers, teachers and others concerned about making the web a better place for kids gathered in New York on Thursday for Project:Connect, a hackathon dedicated to building tools to […]

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FTC Issues FAQ on COPPA for Parents and Businesses

The Federal Trade Commission has issued some “Frequently Asked Questions” about the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) based on amended rules that go into effect on July 1st. Click here to see the FAQ. “The primary goal of COPPA,” wrote the FTC in the FAQ, “is to place parents in control over what information is collected from their […]

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It’s time for adults to stop bullying kids and each other

We hear a lot about kids bullying* other kids and it is indeed a problem. But what about adults bullying other adults, or adults bullying kids? True, bullying is a problem among youth. The National Center for Education Statistics reportedthat in 2009, 28 percent of 12 through 18 year old kids were “bullied by traditional means […]

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Sony’s New PlayStation 4 and your privacy

by Larry Magid   As I watched Sony unveil the PlayStation 4 at a press conference on February 20th, I was struck by how much data the new device would be collecting from its users. “We’re changing the rule when it comes to social gaming,” said David Perry, the CEO of Gaikai, a cloud-based gaming company […]

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