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Social norms research: Exaggerating bullying could increase bullying

by Larry Magid As I previously wrote, cyberbullying is a serious problem, but not an epidemic. Yet, there continue to be widespread reports that bullying has reached epidemic proportions. This misinformation can actually have the unintended consequence of increasing bullying. One study, from the Crimes Against Children Research Center, showed that bullying has actually decreased in recent years, and no […]

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Think twice before sharing on social networks

This post first appeared in the San Jose Mercury News by Larry Magid As far as I can tell, Google engineer Steve Yegge never intended to become famous for criticizing the company he works for. But if you use his company’s search engine to google his name, you’ll find plenty of references to his recent Google+ post […]

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Technology doesn’t cause bullying and –despite some claims — it can’t prevent it

by Larry Magid(this article is a work in progress and subject to editing and revision) My inbox is full of pitches for products and services that claim to prevent bullying.  Most use some type of word recognition to either block offensive messages or report them to parents.  But even if you add the word “cyber” to […]

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Internet Governance Forum to tackle child porn, digital citizenship & other global issues

I’m in Nairobi, Kenya, this week to serve as a panelist at the United Nations’ Internet Governance Forum (IGF). I’m not sure what will be accomplished, but it’s an opportunity for “multi-stakeholders” from around the world to talk about important Internet-related issues such as child protection, cybercrime, privacy, censorship, managing critical Internet resources and making […]

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SafetyVillage.com is stealing content from SafeKids.com

Although it’s not our most pressing issue, SafeKids.com and sister siteConnectSafely.org have always supported efforts to educate children and teens on the importance of respecting other people’s digital property rights.  Indeed, one of the points in SafeKids’ Teen Pledge for Being Smart Online is “I will respect other people’s digital property and space. I won’t steal, […]

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Survey: Parents mostly savvy on kids’ Internet use

By Larry Magid For many years I have said that the best way to protect children on the Internet is to develop the filter that runs in the computer between their ears and, based on a recent survey commissioned by the Family Online Safety Institute (FOSI), a lot of parents apparently agree. For the most part, […]

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Cyberbullying: A serious problem, but not an epidemic

This is an updated version of post that first appeared on SafeKids.com in 2009. Updated to coincide with CBS News 48 Hours special on bullying. by Larry Magid The first things you need to know about cyberbullying are that it’s not an epidemic and it’s not killing our children. Yes, it’s probably one of the more […]

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Interview with Justin Patchin of Cyberbullying Research Center

Ahead of CBS News’ 48 Hours special on bullying, ConnectSafely.org co-director and CBS News and CNET Technology analyst Larry Magid spoke with with Justin Patchin, co-director of the Cyberbullying Research Center.  You can listen to the entire interview as a podcast and  read more at CNET News.com. More audio: Larry’s One minute CBS News Tech Talk  […]

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Study falsely reinforces fear for parents of online youth

This post is adapted from Larry Magid’s column that appeared in the San Jose Mercury News on September 5, 2011 by Larry Magid Crimes Against Children Research Center Director David Finkelhor has talked andwritten about “juvenoia,” observing that some people assert that there are “features of the Internet that increase risk for young people above what […]

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Digital citizenship & media literacy beat tracking laws & monitoring

by Larry Magid As we start the new school year, there are two trends in online child protection that are worthy of scrutiny. The first is the growing trend towards software and services that monitor what kids are doing online and with their phones. The second are proposed “do not track” laws that would require […]

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