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To grasp social media’s effects, we need a grasp on social media!

Because more than two-thirds (67%) of the US’s adult Net users now use Facebook,* you’d think that it’s common knowledge that Facebook really can’t be described as a single activity for one person, much less a single activity for everybody who uses it. You’d think that we’d take headlines that make generalizations about people’s Facebook […]

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Internet Governance Forum tackles child protection vs. child rights

Bali, Indonesia — I’m at the Internet Governance Forum (IGF #IGF2013) in Bali where I’m participating in a workshop on child protection vs. child rights. As a child safety advocate, I’ve long argued that young people need “digital literacy” to understand how to safely navigate the online world. That can be protecting their emotional well-being by […]

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Restorative justice eclipsing zero tolerance in US schools

Here’s a model for preventing bullying and a whole lot of other problems: a school that promotes social literacy not zero tolerance. At the Boston area’s Charlestown High School, “where many students come from high-crime neighborhoods, an innovative program employs a surprising method to help keep teens in school and out of trouble with the […]

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Digital dating (and breaking up): Study

It’s one of the oldest forms of social media, predating social networking – a little more purposeful, if you will – and it’s gaining momentum. Well over a third (38%) of American adults who are single and actively looking for a partner have used dating sites or apps, and the percentage of US adults who […]

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ConnectSafely organizing workshops for 2013 Internet Governance Forum in Bali

The panels to tackle topics including child protection vs. child rights and empowering global youth Bali, Indonesia,  October 21, 2012 — ConnectSafely.org has organized two workshops at the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) taking place in Denpasar, Indonesia (Bali) October 22nd to 25th. The IGF, which is sponsored by the United Nations, is a “multi-stakeholder” event […]

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All kids deserve the safety & other benefits of social-emotional learning

Think how digital spaces, homes, schools, workplaces and everywhere else we human beings congregate would change were every child to be kindly, respectfully taught the following skills: Self-awareness: The ability to 1) recognize emotions and thoughts and how they affect behavior and 2) assess one’s strengths and limitations Self-management: The ability to regulate emotions, thoughts, […]

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Social-media natives in Myanmar, digital natives planet-wide

In no time, many Burmese will go online for the first time never knowing an Internet that wasn’t social. “This is going to be a digital revolution, not an evolution. This is not going to be slow,” said Vietnamese-Canadian tech entrepreneur Rita Nguyen, founder of Myanmar’s first social network site, Squar, told the BBC. She […]

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Facebook lets teens post publicly: Why that’s a good thing

Facebook announced today that it’s changing its policy to allow teens to post publicly. Prior to today, Facebook members aged 13 through 17 were only allowed to post to a limited audience that maxed out with friends of friends. In a blog post, Facebook said that teens will also “be able to turn on Follow so […]

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Let’s not underestimate the impact of cyberbullying

For advice on how to deal with cyberbullying, check out ConnectSafely.org’s new free online booklet, A Parents’ Guide to Cyberbullying I’ve written several columns about how people tend to exaggerate the number of kids who are affected by cyberbullying, but just because I’m a stickler on wanting to report accurate numbers from credible sources doesn’t mean […]

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Google may feature adults in ads (unless you opt-out)

Users under-18 will not be featured in “shared endorsement” ads How would you like to star in an advertisement?  Well, now’s your chance. Only don’t expect some lucrative endorsement contract or to be wined and dined and treated like a celebrity by companies seeking your endorsement. Instead, it just might happen automatically if you +1 […]

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