Guest post by Justin W. Patchin Without a doubt, parents have a duty to do their part to ensure that their kids do not bully others. They need to regularly remind their kids about the importance of treating others the way they would want to be treated. They should talk about how some things we […]
Archive | Commentaries – Guest RSS feed for this section
by Dave Taylor It’s something that I hear from teens all the time, the refrain that “it’s cool, I can just delete it if it’s a problem” when we’re talking about online safety, privacy and the risk associated with everything that’s posted online. They assure me that those pictures on Facebook, the awkward photo from […]
by David Finkelhor, Heather A. Turner & Sherry Hamby This commentary argues that it is time to make bullying less of the central concept in efforts to combat peer victimization. Bullying has been a pivotal concept in the mobilization of effort in recent years to create safe environments for children. It has highlighted a phenomenon that […]
Stephen Balkam, CEO of the Family Online Safety Institute, confronts those who instill fear for their own advantage.
YouthFacts.org exposes the “problem inflation” reporting about and disrespect for youth in the Daily Mail’s recent story on UK teen sexting.
A Guest Editorial By Warren Blumenfeld Warren Blumenfeld (Credit: Iowa State University) Friends described Tyler Clementi as a gentle, kind, and sensitive person who was an accomplished violinist at an early age. Tyler was awarded a music scholarship at the prestigious Rutgers University, and he was looking forward to his four years at Rutgers and […]
By Hemanshu Nigam “OH MY GOD! That is SO sad!,” you say as you watch the tragic news on TV or read through the articles you find on Google News or MSNBC.com about the recent earthquakes in Haiti, Chile, and Turkey. Then suddenly, as if someone was listening, you get an email titled “Help Earthquake […]
Lenore Skenazy, author of Free-Range Kids: Giving Our Children the Freedom We Had Without Going Nuts with Worry and founder of the blog by that name, explores the fears and the facts concerning online predators.
Nancy Willard, executive director of the Center for Safe and Responsible Internet Use, says the excessive “fear mongering” in online-safety messages is counterproductive to keeping kids safe.
Adam Thierer of the Progress and Freedom Foundation in Washington, D.C., says that parents, not the government, should be in charge of children’s Internet use.
NetFamilyNews – by Anne Collier
- Students developing apps (and businesses) on the side
- ‘No negative impact’ from videogame play: Study
- ‘One Good Thing’: THIS is what middle schoolers are like
- Console gamers’ loyalties getting divided
- Flawed early laws of our new media environment
- The ‘lived curriculum,’ Part 2: What that looks like
- Digital citizenship, the ‘lived curriculum’: Part 1
- When kids are skilled navigators of our networked world
Analysis & News – by Larry Magid
- National Center adds another layer to children’s safety online
- Recent hack discovery underscores need for better security and stronger passwords
- How to unfollow someone yet still be Facebook friends
- Check out the fine print before giving gift cards
- Tech gifts popular for young children this year
- Tell us ‘one good thing’ about using tech to make the Internet or the world better
- Twitter improves encryption against NSA and other snoops
- Tips for safe online holiday shopping