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Google+ now open for teens, with extra safety precautions

When Google launched Google+ in June, 2010, it was for adults only. Now it’s open to anyone 13 or older.  The reason Google kept teens off the service at first is not because the social network was ever about what we euphemistically call “adult content,” but because Google wanted to take extra time to get it right before […]

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5 ways to protect yourself if you were zapped by Zappos breach

As you may have heard, Zappos announced that it experienced a data breach on Sunday. In an email to customers, the online shoe and clothing retailer that’s owned by Amazon said “there may have been illegal and unauthorized access to some of your customer account information on Zappos.com.” Comprised data includes:   your name e-mail address billing and shipping addresses phone […]

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So your kid is looking at porn. Now what?

by Larry Magid Let’s be honest. Many children — especially post-pubescent boys — are interested in what we commonly call “porn.” You might not like the idea that some kids are looking at these images, but that doesn’t change the fact that it’s a pretty common occurrence. This column isn’t about young children or children who […]

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Rise in social media correlates with safer experiences for teens

by Larry Magid Here’s a shocker for some. By two important measures, teens are safer online now than they were before the advent of social media. A new report, “Trends in Youth Internet Victimization: Findings From Three Youth Internet Safety Surveys 2000 –2010,” (PDF) from the Crimes against Children Research Center (CCRC) found a decline in 2010 of both […]

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Online Safety FAQ

Updated August, 2014 Is my child at risk from online predators? Although it can happen, the risk of a child or teen being harmed by someone they met on the Internet is very low. There has been widespread misunderstanding of a 2005 study that found that 1 in 7 youths had received an unwanted online […]

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Facebook empowers friends to prevent suicide

by Larry Magid When Anne Collier and I wrote our long out-of-print book,  MySpace Unraveled, we pointed out that MySpace was the largest referrer to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. We noted that kids were alive because of the way friends had reached out to save their friends. Facebook, of course, took MySpace’s place in that […]

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Can YouTube for schools usher education into the 21st century?

This post appeared in the San Jose Mercury News on December 12, 2011 by Larry Magid Credit: YouTube Google has launched a YouTube for Schools service to make educationally relevant videos available for use in school. It’s a great idea, but for it to actually be used in schools, many districts around the country will have […]

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Will XXX domains help parents block porn?

In an audio podcast interview for CBS News and CNET, ICM Registry CEO Stuart Lawley, the main behind the XXX domains, acknowledged that XXX domains, along with creative searching, will help seekers of adult content find what they’re looking for.  And to his company’s credit, he said that “for people wanting to look for adult content, they can go to XXX sites with […]

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Facebook should thank FTC

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg ought to consider adding members of the Federal Trade Commission to his holiday gift list. They wouldn’t be allowed to accept his gratuities, but he certainly owes them a great big thank-you for the settlement announced last week that will, among other things, require Facebook to “not misrepresent itself” when it […]

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With new data we can stop the teen sexting panic

A new report from the prestigious Crimes Against Children Research Center (CACRC) at the University of New Hampshire should put to rest the notion that America’s children are routinely sending around naked pictures of themselves. Yes, it happens, but it’s a lot less prevalent than many people claim. A nationally representative sample of 1,560 10 to 17 year-olds […]

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