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A new online safety: The means, not the end

To be relevant to youth, online safety needs to be redefined as a tool for their full, constructive participation in participatory culture and democracy.

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Major update on Net predators: CACRC

This much-anticipated study from the Crimes Against Children Research Center has mostly good news for online youth.

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Predator panic increases risk

Exaggerated reports about Internet predators are not only wrong but potentially dangerous because they divert attention away from real risks

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*Social* media literacy: The new Net safety

For the vast majority of online youth, Internet safety going forward is about participatory intelligence – functioning well in community, thinking critically and acting civilly while producing as well as consuming media.

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Facebook’s about-face on terms of use

Some thoughts on Facebook's (and all of society's) giant experiment with privacy on the social Web

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MySpace’s PR problem

The incessant negative hype from politicians and one-sided coverage in the news media are not only MySpace's problem; they're a disservice to parents and a double disservice to teens….

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Pennsylvania case study: SN risk in context

Just how dangerous is social networking, compared to other social media kids use? Here's a case study of one state's arrests which offers parents some perspective on Internet-related child exploitation.

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ISTTF report: Key crossroads

We know a lot more about youth risk online because of the research behind the Internet Safety Technical Task Force's report. The question is, will online-safety education now be based on the facts it presents?

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ConnectSafely’s Statement in Berkman Task Force Report

At the end of their 12 months’ deliberation, members of the Internet Safety Technical Task Force (corporations and nonprofit organizations) at Harvard University’s Berkman Center for Internet & Society were invited to add a one-page statement about their report. The following is’s statement, which can be found in PDF format in this appendix of […]

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Misguided prosecution in Lori Drew case

What Lori Drew allegedly did to Megan Meier was despicable, but it doesn’t justify her conviction late last month for violating federal laws designed to keep hackers from invading computer networks. Two years ago, Megan, a 13-year-old Missouri girl, hanged herself after her online friend “Josh Evans,” who had befriended her on MySpace, reportedly told […]

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