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Teens and tweens flock to Instagram: What parents need to know

  By Larry Magid   CNET’s Michelle Meyers just learned that her 12 year-old daughter is using Instagram, despite rules that require users be 13 or older. Her daFughter isn’t alone. Instagram — a photo snapping, editing and posting smart phone app is increasingly popular among teens and tweens. The product allows users to snap […]

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Dutch tragedy: Don’t call it ‘Facebook murder’

by Larry Magid The BBC is reporting that a 15 year old Dutch boy, identified as “Jinhua K” has been sentenced to a year in jail and 3 years of psychiatric evaluation after being convicted of killing a school girl “over a row that appears to have begun on Facebook.” Jinhau was 14 at the time of the murder. Reportedly, […]

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Talk with your kids about the smart use of smartphones

by Larry Magid Scroll down for podcast interview with mobile security expert and Lookout CTO Kevin Mahaffey If you’re like most parents, your kids already have a cell phone or are chomping at the bit to get one. And, increasingly, teens and even “tweens” are getting smartphones that can do everything a family PC can do […]

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SWAT-ing could get kids into serious trouble

Share on facebookShare on twitterShare on emailShare on redditMore Sharing Services Using tools like SpoofCard to disguise your identity could get in you trouble if you’re “SWAT-ting.” UKnowKids, a company that helps parents monitor what their kids are doing on the web and with mobile phones, is on a mission to educate parents and children […]

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What the FTC’s new COPPA rules mean

Share on googleShare on facebookShare on twitterShare on emailMore Sharing Services by Larry Magid Source: Federal Trade Commission The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has issued a revised set of proposedrules (PDF) regarding the implementation of the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA). When implemented, this will be the first time the FTC has revised the rules since […]

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Cellphone safety: Protecting privacy, data and kids too

This post first appeared in the San Jose Mercury Newsby Larry Magid A recent survey by Opinion Matters on behalf of GFI Software found that many people don’t fully understand how to protect their data and privacy in the event their phone is lost or stolen. The survey of just over a thousand U.S. adults found […]

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‘Mean girls’ music video teaches resilience towards bullying

Like a lot of young girls, singer/songwriter Rachel Crow knows what it’s like to be bullied, having been called “weirdo” and “freak,” according to an interview on the AOL Music Blog.  The 14 year-old former X Factor contestant wrote and recorded Mean Girls as the lead song of a five song EP. You’ll find the lyrics below the music video.   […]

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Common Sense Media report shines positive light on kids and social media

by Larry Magid Common Sense Media just published a report that paints a mostly positive picture of social media’s impact on teens’ social and emotional well-being. Social Media, Social Life: How Teens View Their Digital Lives (PDF) points out that “Many more teens report a positive impact of social media use on their emotional well-being than […]

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How to protect children and adolescents from sexual abuse

by Larry Magid The conviction of former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky on 45 counts of sexual abuse of children has, once again, put child sex abuse on the front page. Like the vast majority of child sex abuse cases, Sandusky’s crimes took place in the physical world — they were not Internet related. […]

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Skout’s ‘flirt, friend, chat’ may be fine for adults, but not for kids

by Larry MagidThis article appeared in the San Jose Mercury News When you go to download Skout on an iPhone, the tagline is “flirt, friend, chat,” and you’re invited to “join the fastest growing FREE social scene with millions of guys and girls waiting to meet you!” Skout’s iPhone icon is a heart. And, thanks to the […]

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