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Internet Explorer had a long and important life, but it’s time to move on

by Larry Magid: After 20 years, it’s time to say goodbye to Internet Explorer. It’s been said that time is measured in dog years on the Internet, so based on that notion, Microsoft’s Web browser lived to a ripe old age. The world has changed since Microsoft introduced Internet Explorer in 1995. Back then, the […]

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Seven good smartphone security habits

by Monica Vila: As we load up our smartphones and tablets with more and more personal information, it’s time to get serious about mobile security. Despite the proliferation of cloud backup services, we still remain vulnerable to lost or stolen handsets, data theft, and various forms of malware. But there are certain things we can […]

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Arkansas bill puts youth safety and privacy in jeopardy

By Maria Spencer: The Arkansas Consumer Safety Division website includes social networking tips that warn its citizens about improper use of social media. It reads, “Although social networking sites can be valuable resources … be careful when using them because the information you post online can be used to make you a victim.” However, a […]

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Android apps to get age rating and manual review

by Larry Magid: Android developers today received an email from Google informing them that the company is “introducing a new age-based rating system for apps and games consistent with industry best practices.” Developers will be required to complete a content rating questionnaire based on official ratings from the International Age Rating Coalition (IARC). The questionnaire provides them an immediate […]

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Facebook clarifies policies on nudity, hate speech and other community standards

by Larry Magid: Facebook has always had “community standards” that govern what can and can’t be posted and how it will deal with users that fail to follow its terms of service. Periodically the company updates these standards but, this week, Facebook decided to simply make them easier to understand. In a blog post, Facebook’s […]

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Student Advisory Boards can inform bullying policies and prevention

by Sameer Hinduja: Whenever I visit schools to give a cyberbullying assembly or presentation to parents in the community, I am also typically asked to sit down and chat with the administrators about the policies and programs they have in place. Here, they let me know what they have been doing to identify, address, and […]

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Apple’s new MacBook is enticing, but lack of ports gives pause

by Larry Magid: I have to admit I was a bit lustful when Apple CEO Tim Cook unveiled the sleek new MacBook at the company’s big launch event. For me, it stole the show — I’m not at all interested in spending $350 or more for an Apple Watch, but I am tempted to spend […]

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Parents: Check your (online) behavior

By Sue Sheff: We frequently hear and discuss the behavior of youth on social media, but we rarely discuss how adults behave online. And while you’ve probably heard how kids engage in sexting and other risky behaviors online, did you know that according to one recent study, one in five parents admit to sharing intimate […]

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Arkansas law could force workers to friend their boss

By Larry Magid: The Arkansas House of Representatives passed a bill on February 23rd that could allow employers to require people who work for schools, religious organizations, summer camps and other youth-serving organizations and businesses to “friend” their employer so that the employer has access to social media posts meant for personal friends. The stated […]

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Net neutrality vote doesn’t end the debate

By Larry Magid: The Federal Communications Commission has ruled on net neutrality, but the debate lingers on. My Facebook feed is full of comments from friends with varying opinions about the FCC’s 3-to-2 vote in favor of network neutrality. Some feel that the vote is the beginning of a huge government power grab to control […]

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