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Europe’s amazing Internet safety work

Highlights of the kind of online-safety thinking and work going on in the EU’s 27 member countries

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Net safety: How social networks can be protective

Research shows that community (one’s social network) is protective as well as supportive – now let’s leverage that to further youth online safety. By Anne Collier It’s arresting to think about what Stewart Wolf, M.D. – discovered and presented at medical conferences, as told by Malcolm Gladwell in Outliers – in the context of social […]

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Youth, adults & the social-media shift

It doesn’t work for adults to create new-media “solutions” and child protection out of a conventional-media world view. By Anne Collier No wonder adults, born and raised in the 20th century’s mass-media environment are struggling to wrap our brains around current media conditions – and what “Net safety” should look like under them. We’re in […]

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A definition of digital literacy & citizenship

A working definition that also embraces youth safety and empowerment on the fixed and mobile participatory Web By Anne Collier See what you think about this as a working definition for a digital literacy that includes citizenship, the behavioral element that I think has to be part of using social media safely and constructively: Critical […]

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The case for cellphones in schools

Mobile learning can help with the growing disconnect between students’ lives and school and between informal and formal learning. By Anne Collier The real disconnect is not the one between parents and kids (that I wrote about last week). “It’s the gap between how students learn and how they live! They really want to end […]

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Parental disconnect: Not all bad & changing rapidly

Surveys show parents know less than they think about teens’ digital social lives right when those social lives are actually more visible than ever…. By Anne Collier In “What Parents Don’t Know,” MediaPost blogger Jack Loechner echoes Common Sense Media’s own conclusion from its recent survey: that there’s “a continuing disconnect between parents and kids […]

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Facebook privacy suit ‘a jumbled mess’

 A privacy lawsuit filed against Facebook on behalf of 2 minors and 3 adults is more confusing than helpful

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The Beatles, participatory music & the media sea change

What the Beatles’ new videogame shows us about the media transformation we’re all experiencing, with gamers, music fans and young people leading the way By Anne Collier If you’d like some powerful insights into how music is changing, why audiences are turning into participants, and what role videogames have in all this, read “While My […]

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Should sex offenders be banned from social networking?

A new Illinois law bans sex offenders from all social networking sites. But will it make children safer? ConnectSafely’s Larry Magid thinks not.

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Online Safety 3.0: Empowering and Protecting Youth

Both the Internet and the way young people use technology are constantly changing, but Internet safety messages change very slowly if at all. A few years ago, some of us in the Net safety community started talking about how to adjust our messaging for the much more interactive “Web 2.0.” And we did so, based […]

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