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Here’s a tech risk: TVs falling on children

When we think of the “dangers” of TV and children, we’re reminded of studies about kids watching too much TV or TV shows that encourage violence, overeating, or bad habits. And while there is some controversy about those issues, there is little doubt that TV becomes a real danger to kids if a set falls […]

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UK’s teen suicide tragedy: Problems, solutions

The UK has seen too much social cruelty this past week, and now tragedy as well, with the suicide of 14-year-old Hannah Smith. Though there has been plenty of news coverage and analysis already – linking Hannah’s suicide to cruel comments in social site Ask.fm – a formal inquiry into what happened has only just […]

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Twitter’s improvements to abuse reporting

Now that more than a quarter of US teens use Twitter, according to the Pew Internet Project, parents might want to know that Twitter has upgraded its abuse-reporting process. Apparently in response to a series of serious threats in Twitter aimed at women journalists in the UK, Twitter is “cracking down” on abusive behavior, USATODAY […]

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History & social literacy in 1 children’s book

A wonderful book you’ll be able to add to your children’s or students’ library this coming winter is Gifts from the Enemy, by award-winning children’s author Trudy Ludwig. A nonfiction picture book for readers in grades 3-6, it’s based on the experiences of Alter Wiener, who as a teenager spent nearly three years in five […]

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Twitter updates rules to emphasize no tolerance for abusive behavior

Saying “We want people to feel safe on Twitter,” Del Harvey, the company’s Senior Director, Trust and Safety and its UK General Manager Tony Wang wrote in a blog post that the company has updated its rules “to clarify that we do not tolerate abusive behavior,” adding that they “want people to feel safe on Twitter, and we want […]

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Researchers at Black Hat show how to hack an iPhone with rogue charger

Have you ever been tempted to use a public charging station for your phone? Chances are it’s OK, but three Georgia Tech security researchers at the Black Hat conference in Las Vegas showed how easy it is for a rogue “charger” to transfer malware to an iPhone or other iOS device. The “Mactans charger” is […]

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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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