Commentaries – Staff

Safer Internet Day has lessons for us all

February 3, 2016

For the past 13 years, countries across Europe have celebrated Safer Internet Day on the second Tuesday of February. And, since 2014, the event has also been celebrated in

Data Privacy Day: Passwords are broken but here are partial fixes

January 28, 2016

By Larry Magid Security experts recommend that you use long passwords (at least eight characters more is better — some say 14 or more) and that they not be dictionary words, real names, birthdates or anything else that can easily be guessed by humans or software. Later I'll tell you some tricks to create a relatively strong password, but even if you use these, your passwords are not 100 percent secure.

Europe’s new privacy regulations may limit teens

December 17, 2015

By Larry Magid I worry about the law's impact on children. European countries already have rules similar to the U.S. Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), that requires verified parental consent before a child under 13 can provide personal information to commercial services, but a last minute provision to the European regulation raised the age of parental consent from 13 to 16.

EdTech and screen time are awkward friends

December 1, 2015

By Kerry Gallagher When our school community was surveyed last spring, the top concern of parents, teachers, and students related to technology use was screen time.

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.
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