Commentaries – Staff

Predator panic increases risk

March 28, 2009

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

*Social* media literacy: The new Net safety

February 27, 2009

For the vast majority of online youth, Internet safety going forward is about participatory intelligence – functioning well in community, thinking critically and acting

MySpace’s PR problem

February 6, 2009

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

Pennsylvania case study: SN risk in context

January 29, 2009

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

ISTTF report: Key crossroads

January 19, 2009

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

Misguided prosecution in Lori Drew case

December 8, 2008

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

Important questions in Lori Drew case

December 2, 2008

Though technically about computer fraud, the case concerning Megan Meier's suicide raises key questions about parenting and protecting youth on the social

A (digital) return to village life?

October 24, 2008

Microblogging with services like Twitter could be having a humanizing effect in modern society – or at least the classroom. Here's what I
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