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Students hacking iPads: Mostly good, isn’t it?

Calling it a “hacking scandal,” NPR reported that less than a week after receiving their iPads in the Los Angeles Unified School District’s $30 million iPad program, more than 200 high school students had already figured out how to bypass the filtering software installed on them. A scandal, maybe, for educators who just want to […]

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Facebook to no longer let you opt-out of being found via search

[soundcloud url="http://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/114814971" params="" width=" 100%" height="166" iframe="true" /] Click for Larry Magid’s 1-minute CBS News & CNET segment about Facebook dropping the search setting Facebook has eliminated a setting called  “Who can look up your Timeline by name?,” which controlled whether you could be found when people typed your name into the Facebook search bar. […]

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Rosalind Wiseman on how to talk with our sons

One of the things we ConnectSafely folk often say to parents asking us about online safety measures is, first and foremost, “Talk with your kids.” We say that for a number of reasons, the chief one being that there is no single safety measure – whether it’s a rule or parental-control tool – that’s right […]

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Mistakes, aggregated extortion and second chances

This is the chilling side of the digital footprint (something that everybody has) – chilling because the takeaway seems to be that nobody can make a mistake anymore. Web sites with names like BustedMugshots and JustMugshots claim they’re doing society a favor by publishing photos that document arrests (not convictions) en masse. And when prospective […]

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Beware of the Internet Safety Industrial Complex

By Larry Magid I got a call recently from a woman who works for a company that makes an app designed to “keep kids safe” by enabling parents to monitor their texts and social media activities. The pitch included some dire statistics such as “70% of kids are cyberbullied” and — like other companies that […]

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Will Maryland AG’s project with Facebook teach him about social media?

Schools and parents may be interested to hear about a pilot program Facebook has put in place with Maryland’s Attorney General Douglas Gansler, because – if successful – it may roll out nationwide. The “Educator Escalation Channel” offers school staff dealing with cyberbullying (one point person per school system) a “direct channel” to Facebook staff […]

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Author behind ‘Mean Girls’ focuses on ‘boy world’ (podcast)

by Larry Magid This post first appeared on CNET News.com Rosalind Wiseman is known for writing “Queen Bees and Wannabes,” a book about teenage girls that was the basis for the movie “Mean Girls.” But now she’s focused on boys. Her new book, “Masterminds and Wingmen,” is something of a user manual for parents of […]

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Cybersecurity is everyone’s business

October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month Listen to Larry Magid’s 1-minute CBS News/CNET Tech Talk on Cybersecurity Awareness Month with Michael Kaiser I wish it were possible to simply delegate cybersecurity to the “big guys.”  Why not just let the government and big companies handle it? If only it were that easy.  While it […]

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ADL and Facebook sponsor panel on free speech, civility and the challenge of cyberhate

Facebook on Wednesday hosted an  Anti-Defamation League program on “Free Speech, Civility and the Challenge of Cyberhate” to  address the issue of hate online hate speech. The panel was moderated by ADL Civil Rights Director Deborah Lauter and included privacy and Internet law expert Christopher Wolf, Susan Benesch, Faculty Associate at the Berkman Center for […]

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Students in social media: There’s monitoring & then there’s monitoring

There’s an upside and a serious downside to monitoring students in social media, and the upside doesn’t involve outsourcing (that was an understatement). You’ll see what I’m talking about when you get to the downside down there, but let’s start with where and how it would actually help.… In her thoughtful commentary, “What inner city […]

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