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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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For families: Connecting mindfully vs ‘digital detox’

It takes a lot more than “digital sabbaths” to become grounded, but it sounds like the creators of Camp Grounded in northern California get that. I think. As described by writer Matt Haber in the New York Times, the three days were as gluten-free as they were tech-free and packed with activities aimed at human […]

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Involving our kids in their own digital media learning

Just as neither blackboards (technology) nor the words or numbers on them (media) weren’t the source of learning in the 19th century, digital devices and the games, apps, and other media on them aren’t the source of our kids’ learning in this century. They’re just learning tools. It’s how they’re used by teacher and students, […]

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Maker movement in schools taps into rich tradition of educational reform

  At ConnectSafely we see a connection between safety and engagement. Kids who are vested in their educational projects — especially collaborative ones — are more likely to respect themselves and others and less likely to act out. And there is a lot to be said about encouraging kids to be creators, not just consumers. […]

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Minecraft & the shared, creative safety of gaming, social media

Reporters and reviewers write about Minecraft as if it’s just like any other videogame. Even this highly readable piece about its creator (Markus Persson, aka “Notch”) and its parent company (Mojang) by Harry McCracken in Time magazine doesn’t cover what makes it different from other games specifically for its kid (and parent) players. But he […]

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