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Major study on youth & media: Let’s take a closer look

A new Kaiser Family Foundation study offers insights into young people’s extensive and growing media use, but its perspective is too much that of the mass-media environment of adults’ own youth.

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Online safety & an 8-year-old’s new media-style 15 min. of fame

The story of “Lukeywes1234″ on YouTube says as much about the online safety we need to be thinking about as it does about new-media fame and marketing. By Anne Collier YouTube and an 8-year-old boy have gotten a whole lot of citizen marketing in the past few days – plus coverage in big-name sites like […]

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Sexting: New study & the ‘Truth or Dare’ scenario

Fresh research and insights from educators on sexting show a great need for careful thought and communication about how we deal with what has become a new reality of adolescent development. By Anne Collier Three up-to-the-minute developments – fresh data on sexting from Pew/Internet, an important podcast about technology & developmental behavior among teens, and […]

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FTC’s milestone report on virtual worlds

The Federal Trade Commission looked at 27 worlds, 14 for kids and 13 aimed at teens and adults. Check out what it found…. By Anne Collier This is pioneering stuff on the part of the US government. The Federal Trade Commission today sent to Congress its close study of 27 online virtual worlds – 14 […]

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Net-safety leadership: UK Council unveils national strategy

Britain’s first child online safety strategy is impressively visionary and research-based, but I’d add a few points and next steps…. By Anne Collier Where dealing with children’s online safety is concerned, the UK continues to impress. Clearly it was no easy task, but on the recommendation of psychologist, professor, TV personality, parent, and author of […]

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UN Child Rights Convention: How about online rights?!

The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child needs to embrace children’s online lives, and Internet-safety education needs to embrace the UN’s new holistic view of children as participants and stakeholders. By Anne Collier This past week, “the world celebrated the 20th anniversary of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) […]

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From users to citizens: How to make digital citizenship relevant

How digital citizenship is protective and relevant to youth – and how to make it even more so. By Anne Collier “Digital citizenship” is a rapidly expanding conversation in the online-safety field. Is it one we should be having? Is it relevant to young people, the “citizens” we all have in mind? On a recent […]

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School libraries: Vital filter developers

Libraries are developers the ever more important filter that spells both online safety and academic success: the cognitive one. By Anne Collier Actually, the library is both a filter and a developer of the most effective filter there is: the software between students’ ears (as my ConnectSafely co-director Larry Magid first put it years ago). […]

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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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