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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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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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