Commentaries – Staff

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.

Why Kate Winslet is wrong about social media

November 7, 2015

By Maureen Kochan Actress Kate Winslet, who stars in the new film based on the life of Apple founder Steve Jobs, told the Sunday Times in the U.K. that she doesn’t allow her kids to use social media at home.

How educators can talk with students about media literacy

November 2, 2015

By Kerry Gallagher Just over a decade ago a common understanding of the word “literacy” included only the abilities to read and write text. Today, literacy encompasses the abilities to interpret and create media that includes text, but also art, audio, video, animation, and the rest of the infinite possibilities available in a digital age.

North Carolina teens charged under child porn laws

September 21, 2015

by Larry Magid Two North Carolina teens are being tried for manufacturing and possession of child pornography because they have naked pictures of each other on their phones. The teens were 16 at the time which is old enough to be tried as an adult
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