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Survey finds teens know and care about online privacy

  Survey finds that teens are pretty self-reliant when it comes to only privacy controls but — when they seek help — they often go to peers and parents   Contrary to popular mythology, a survey from the Pew Research Center and Harvard’s Berkman Center found that “American teenagers ages 12 to 17 care about […]

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State of privacy illustrated (by a tech-literate law student)

Its creator, 27-year-old Brendan O’Connor calls it “CreepyDOL” (because it is certainly creepy). You could also call it Personal PI, since anyone with a portable, very hide-able little device like this would hardly need to hire a private investigator. In fact, this spying device written up in the New York Times indicates not only that […]

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ConnectSafely Announces Partnership with U.S. Department of Homeland Security Stop.Think.Connect.™ Campaign

(Palo Alto, CA – August 13, 2013) ConnectSafely.org announced today that it has joined the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Stop.Think.Connect. Campaign’s National Network, forming a partnership that will promote cybersecurity awareness to parents, teens, educators, advocates, and policy makers nationwide. The Campaign will help provide ConnectSafely with tools and resources to raise awareness […]

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Ways to reduce the chances of being spied on by the NSA or anyone else

We live in a world where people rightfully worry about whether their electronic communications are being tracked by the government, by companies or by criminals.  Recent revelations by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden have certainly demonstrated that the government has the capability of knowing who you’re calling and how long you’re speaking.  Other leaks indicate the […]

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New MixBit app for video-sharing & remixing

The mobile video-sharing field just got a little more crowded. Of course there’s Vine and Instagram’s new video feature and Rounds more for video chat. But now there’s MixBit from the creators of YouTube. It’s “all about mixing and editing video,” the New York Times reports. The app and the site (MixBit.com) are “aimed at […]

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Two factor authentication is a trade-off between security and convenience

  There is often a trade-off between security and convenience. For example, many houses have two locks — a regular door lock and a bolt lock. If you use both of them you have a bit of extra security but it will take you slightly longer to enter your house. The same is true with […]

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Here’s a tech risk: TVs falling on children

When we think of the “dangers” of TV and children, we’re reminded of studies about kids watching too much TV or TV shows that encourage violence, overeating, or bad habits. And while there is some controversy about those issues, there is little doubt that TV becomes a real danger to kids if a set falls […]

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UK’s teen suicide tragedy: Problems, solutions

The UK has seen too much social cruelty this past week, and now tragedy as well, with the suicide of 14-year-old Hannah Smith. Though there has been plenty of news coverage and analysis already – linking Hannah’s suicide to cruel comments in social site Ask.fm – a formal inquiry into what happened has only just […]

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Twitter’s improvements to abuse reporting

Now that more than a quarter of US teens use Twitter, according to the Pew Internet Project, parents might want to know that Twitter has upgraded its abuse-reporting process. Apparently in response to a series of serious threats in Twitter aimed at women journalists in the UK, Twitter is “cracking down” on abusive behavior, USATODAY […]

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History & social literacy in 1 children’s book

A wonderful book you’ll be able to add to your children’s or students’ library this coming winter is Gifts from the Enemy, by award-winning children’s author Trudy Ludwig. A nonfiction picture book for readers in grades 3-6, it’s based on the experiences of Alter Wiener, who as a teenager spent nearly three years in five […]

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