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Twitter improves encryption against NSA and other snoops

Twitter has added Perfect Forward Secrecy to its arsenal of tools to keep private user data  from falling into the wrong hands.  The new protocol is being added to the HTTPS encryption that is already in place on Twitter and many other sites (including most legitimate sites that collect financial data). The Forward Secret protocol, […]

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Tips for safe online holiday shopping

This post is adapted from one that first appeared in the San Jose Mercury News It’s hard to believe Black Friday and Cyber Monday are only days away. If this year is typical, throngs of people will be crowding stores starting on Friday, and those not pounding the pavement at brick-and-mortar stores will be pounding […]

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The ‘lived curriculum,’ Part 2: What that looks like

Part 1 looked at citizenship as a disposition and practice in digital environments, not an academic subject to be taught. Here, a little more about what that looks like in digital spaces used in classrooms – from the viewpoint of an educator who has worked with teachers and students in them for over a decade…. […]

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Digital citizenship, the ‘lived curriculum': Part 1

Have you ever heard of taking a cooking class that didn’t include a kitchen or learning how to swim in a classroom not a pool? It can be helpful to watch instructional videos on YouTube, but mastery of anything usually requires practice with the tools and within the context of whatever a person wants to […]

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When kids are skilled navigators of our networked world

We all – young people and everybody who works with them – are learning what that looks like: skilled navigation of a networked world. We’re also working out what the skills are, how to teach them and what kind of environment (home, school and media environment) supports that learning. As a society, we’ve only just […]

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Preventing and recovering from bullying — what works and what doesn’t

For the past several days I’ve taken a deep dive into the world of bullying and cyberbullying at two back-to-back conferences – the Family Online Safety Institute (FOSI) conference inWashington DC last week and, this week, the International Bullying Prevention Association (IBPA) conference in Nashville. Even though I was bullied as a child and recently co-write the free […]

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Top takeaways from US’s top Net-safety conference

Each November Internet-safety organizations, tech and media companies, researchers, authors and policymakers gather in Washington, D.C., to get an update on young people’s social media practices, safety and privacy at “FOSI,” the nickname for the Family Online Safety Institute’s annual conference. That update just happened, and here are my top takeaways. Internet safety not really […]

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The kids who are most at risk offline (& online)

In 2009, the Internet Safety Technical Task Force published a finding that the young people most at risk online are those most at risk offline, a clear indicator to me that online risk is not a unique new problem brought on by the Internet. In their thorough review of the online risk literature released right […]

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Schools’ disappearing walls: Explore the benefits!

School walls are disappearing. Probably anybody who’s raising or teaching young digital media users has noticed this. For more than a decade and a half (in developed countries, anyway), schools have been opening up to the world just as more and more of the planet has joined the wired and wireless global network. Less and […]

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Family Online Safety Institute tackles ID theft and the ‘Internet of things’

Washington, DC: Every fall around this time, people from the tech industry, government, non-profit groups and academia gather in Washington for the Family Online Safety Institute (FOSI) annual conference. Over the last few years, the conference has dealt with a wide variety of issues including cyberbullying, reputation management, security and keeping kids away from inappropriate content. Although […]

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