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Twitter improves abuse reporting

In a Blog post entitled “We hear you,” Twitter’s Senior Director of Trust & Safety, Del Harvey, announced on Monday that the company has introduced the ability to file reports from an individual tweet on its iPhone app and the mobile version of the site with plans to add the feature to its desktop and Android versions. “While […]

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Are you being stalked via cell phone?

At the National Network to End Domestic Violence Technology Summit 2013 in San Jose,Erica Olsen, senior technology safety specialist for the organization talked about what to look for if you’re concerned that someone has planted software on your mobile device to track, spy or stalk you. Of course, some of these can be associated with other issues […]

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Agreement calls for mobile app privacy disclosures

A new voluntary code has been tentatively established to assure greater transparency in the types of information apps collect and how the information is used, but it’s not entirely clear whether the code will be implemented and, if so, who will abide by it. Yet, according to Future of Privacy Forum Director Jules Polonetsky, it […]

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Cyberbullying in grades 3-5: Important study

Rare is the opportunity to get insights into cyberbullying in elementary school because most US research has focused on youth aged 12 and up. The Massachusetts Aggression Reduction Center (MARC) really delivered by surveying a huge sample – more than 11,700 – 3rd, 4th and 5th graders three times over a year and a half, […]

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Korean students aren’t the only ones “addicted” to smartphones

The Wall Street Journal, reports that roughly 1 in 5 Korean students are addicted to their smartphones. But the problem isn’t limited to Korea. Last year Time magazine reported the results of a survey that found that “1 in 4 people check (their phone) every 30 minutes, 1 in 5 every 10 minutes,” while “a third of respondents admitted […]

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Kids these days: ‘Better than we were,’ the President says

President Obama gave a preliminary statement last Sunday right after the jury gave its verdict in the Trayvon Martin case, but then after watching the controversy unfold in the days that followed, he said yesterday (7/19/13) in the White House briefing room that he thought it might be useful to expand on that a bit. […]

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Social media more like medieval than mass media: Example

In a way, social media’s circling us back to medieval times, when media “products” were never really finished – they were crowd-sourced, adaptive, and usually shared by their developers (minstrels and storytellers) in public spaces, from castles to villages. The makeup and mood of the crowd had a lot of impact on the content of […]

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GromSocial.com: By a teen, for teens

No pressure or anything, but we’ll be watching GromSocial.com – a social network site for people under 16 – to see if it isn’t one of the best ways for kids to learn safe, constructive use of social media. It was started by 13-year-old Zach Marks in Florida after his parents kicked him off of […]

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Brick and mortar stores tracking your cell phone

Listen to Larry Magid’s CBS News/CNET Tech Talk about this subject By now you’re probably familiar with tracking cookies – tiny little files stored on your device that inform web sites about your identity. They don’t necessarily disclose exactly who you are, but they do give advertisers the ability to target ads directly to your […]

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Safe searching with Google and YouTube

Google engineer Matthias Heiler blogged about A few easy tools the whole family will love, to remind parents about how to lock in “safe” (i.e. filtered) searches on Google and YouTube. He points out that parents can go to Google’s search settings page to filter out sexually explicit content from search results and then lock in that setting  for […]

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