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Of babies’ (then older kids’) privacy rights

This is a perennial question, but it’s good that it keeps coming up. In Disney’s Babble.com, parenting blogger Katie (last name wisely not provided for her son’s privacy), again asks when a child’s right to privacy kicks in and whether parents are violating that right by sharing photos in social media. “I believe that yes, […]

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What our kids could’ve taught the media industry

Correction: What our kids could’ve taught the media industry if it had been listening rather than suing them, that is. In his keynote at the Edinburgh International Television Festival (edited video from The Telegraph), Kevin Spacey – star of House of Cards, the first digitally distributed drama series to earn a major Emmy nomination (it […]

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Mobile learning & edugames taking off worldwide

Whether it’s the chicken or the egg – the device or the edugames – fueling the growth isn’t completely clear, but “tablets are proliferating everywhere across the planet,” said Sam Adkins, head of research for market research firm Ambient Insight, at the Serious Play Conference in Redmond, Wash., last week. He was referring to mobile […]

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‘The Kids Are (mostly) All Right’ when it comes to privacy and bullying

This post is adapted from one that appeared in the San Jose Mercury News The question of “what’s the matter with kids today?” has  probably been with us for millenniums, but it was certainly the top of mind in 1963 when the lyrics for the song “Kids” from the movie “Bye Bye Birdie” asked that question […]

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LinkedIn for teens too

LinkedIn has always been the social network site that was closest to the “original” (or pre-Web 2.0) idea of networking – the professional kind. So, since a lot of people start thinking about callings and careers before they’re 18, it makes sense that LinkedIn should be open to high school students. This week the social […]

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Survey: Many teens taking steps to protect mobile privacy

Listen to Larry Magid’s 1-minute CBS News Tech Talk segment, including clips from study lead author, Amanda Lenhart A new report from the Pew Research Center and Harvard’s Berkman Center provides more evidence that teens are concerned about privacy when using mobile devices. This follows last week’s report that American teens care about online privacy. The report, Teens […]

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How LinkedIn plans to protect privacy of teens on its service

LinkedIn, the professional network with about 238 million members will soon welcome teens, 14 and up.  Until now, the service was only open to people 18 and older. The company is launching what it’s calling University Pages. About 200 universities have already signed-up, according to a LinkedIn blog post, including New York University, University of California San Diego, Fundação […]

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Product that lets parents/employers remotely install spy software is bad idea

You don’t have to work for the NSA to spy on people.  All you need is $79 to buy a piece of software called SniperSpy that you can remotely install on other people’s computers. “No physical access is needed to the computer for installation.” The software, according to a company press release, “is completely hidden […]

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The anonymity factor

A sidebar to the first and second parts to what has turned out to be a series on digital bullying & self-harm: Although anonymity has long been a source of safety, especially in political and human rights situations, it has been cited largely as a source of danger where teens and social media are concerned. Ask.fm, […]

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Reflexive responses to digital bullying & self-harm not helpful

Readers, as new information has emerged in the UK’s recent teen suicide case, I felt it might be useful to you if I pull together several years’ worth of insights, wisdom and context on “digital self-harm.” So here’s Part 2 (Part 1 is here)…. If what Ask.fm executives reportedly said about the hate messages on […]

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