Articles by Larry Magid

Panic over teen sexting is overblown

November 12, 2015

By Larry Magid It's time to take a deep breath when it comes to teen sexting. It is an issue but it's not an epidemic and, in most cases, when it happens it doesn't result in anything terrible.

Cyber criminals often resort to simple trickery

November 5, 2015

By Larry Magid As it does every year, security firm Trend Micro has released its annual threat report, titled "Security Predictions for 2016 and Beyond." And, to me, the most profound statement in the report is "cybercriminals don't need to use the most advanced technologies or sophisticated methods to succeed. Sometimes, simply understanding the psychology behind each scheme and its targets can be enough to make up for the lack of sophistication."

Media Literacy Week and the U.S. election process

October 31, 2015

By Larry Magid Media Literacy Week is a time for both young people and adults to this about how we consume and produce media. And though the timing may be coincidental, all the coverage of the presidential campaigns are good examples of why media literacy is so important.

New federal law strengthens access to STEM

October 29, 2015

By Maria Spencer Now that Congress has expanded the definition of STEM subjects to include computer science there will be more opportunities and resources for all students including minorities to access some federal resources.

“3 Rs” of Internet safety: Rights, responsibilities and risk management

October 22, 2015

By Larry Magid My goal was to demystify some of the tired old Internet safety myths and help students understand how to distinguish what are more and less likely risks and manage the risks that do exist. The lecture was also designed to emphasize students rights as well as responsibilities and to explore the importance of media literacy.

Survey finds that adults are overconfident about cyber security

October 14, 2015

by Larry Magid A study just released in support of National Cyber Security Awareness Month (October) by the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) and security firm ESET found that most people feel pretty safe when it comes to a variety of online threats.
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