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Parenting the littlest media users: Important study

Increasingly, digital media are just part of the rhythm of everyday US family life, a significant new study of parents of young children indicates. The study, “Parenting in the Age of Digital Technology,” conducted by Northwestern University’s Center on Media & Human Development, surveyed a nationally representative sample of more than 2,300 parents of children […]

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Facebook adds Twitter-like hashtags

Facebook announced that it is allowing users to create and click on hashtags, “similar to other services like Instagram, Twitter, Tumblr, or Pinterest.” A hashtag, which is simply a word preceded by a pound or hash symbol (#) is a way to participate in a public discussion about a topic and allow others to click on or […]

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Stop using the word ‘bullying’ in school, researchers say

“Bullying” is a loaded term to say the very least, and not using it could not only defuse a lot of fear and harmful overreaction when it happens, it could save lives. I’ll get to the life-saving part in a minute, but first the problem with using the word. Because of all the (certainly well-intended) […]

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Survey: 35% of recently married couples met online & have happier marriages

Listen to Larry’s CBS News/CNET interview with eHarmony.com CEO Neil Clark Warren A study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences found that 35% of couples married between 2005 and 2012 met online and that these couples were slightly more likely to stay together and “associated with slightly higher marital satisfaction among […]

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Less bullying & fear at school: Fresh federal data

Do people ever consider the possibility that, if they’re exposed to increased reports about a social problem, it’s the reporting that has increased rather than the problem? It’s increasingly clear that this is the case with school bullying: Only news reports about it have increased, not the behavior itself. In fact, both bullying and fear […]

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The global free speech experiment for participants of all ages

We don’t hear about it much, but an important, historically unprecedented experiment is being conducted in Internet-connected schools, libraries, homes and workplaces in every country under every sort of government on the planet. It’s about how to protect people and their right of free expression – e.g., children and other protected classes – at the […]

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Digital wisdom from young filmmakers: “What’s Your Story?” winners

This year was a wonderful departure – and I think trendsetter – not only for Trend Micro’s “What’s Your Story?” video contest but for Internet safety education as a whole. It asked filmmakers to show us what “the good side of the Internet looks like” to them. There are two grand prize winners, a school […]

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Dave Taylor: The Internet doesn’t have a delete key

by Dave Taylor It’s something that I hear from teens all the time, the refrain that “it’s cool, I can just delete it if it’s a problem” when we’re talking about online safety, privacy and the risk associated with everything that’s posted online. They assure me that those pictures on Facebook, the awkward photo from […]

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Study: Some teens feel ‘obligated’ to use Facebook – most savvy about privacy

[soundcloud url="http://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/93299931" params="" width=" 100%" height="166" iframe="true" /] A new study by the Pew Research Center has good and bad news for Facebook’s role as a teen destination.  The report, Teens, Social Media and Privacy, shows that Facebook’s popularity with teens has actualy grown by 1% since 2011 to a whopping 94% of all teen social media […]

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Why not a gazillion ‘likes’?: Getting wise to gamification in social media (& life)

Likes in Facebook and Instagram, +1’s in Google+, (potentially) “HISCORE(s)” in Snapchat are fun to get (though there isn’t much evidence having a HISCORE is a big deal for Snapchat users yet). They’re a great example of gamification, a word that’s increasingly heard in pop culture as much as education. There’s nothing wrong with liking […]

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