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How to unfollow someone yet still be Facebook friends

Why Unfollow It’s nice to have friends but if you have too many Facebook friends you can becoming inundated with what they post.  It’s a classic “signal to noise ratio” problem. If too many people are posting too much content, than you wind up missing the content that you really care about. One solution is to unfriend […]

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Console gamers’ loyalties getting divided

Parents of console gamers, did you already know this? The Xbox 360 devotees at your house may be switching loyalties for the first time in a long time – to the new PlayStation 4. I knew Sony’s system was popular in other parts of the world, but Xbox ruled among a lot of young gamers […]

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Flawed early laws of our new media environment

Before any more laws aimed at protecting young people’s online privacy get passed, I wish lawmakers could spend more time with kids using social media – kids of both sexes and various ages, at least their own children or grandchildren – and less time reacting to constituents’ concerns and news reports about kids in social […]

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Tech gifts popular for young children this year

A survey commissioned by PBS Kids found that 54% of parents say they plan to purchase or give a tech gift to their children this holiday season. Nearly six in 10 (59%) of parents younger than 34 plan to buy a tech gift for their kids. Tablets (28%) and video game consoles (18%) top the […]

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Tell us ‘one good thing’ about using tech to make the Internet or the world better

This article first appeared in the San Jose Mercury News About 11 years ago, the European Commission established Safer Internet Day, an annual event that focuses on making the Internet a better and safer place. It takes place on the second day of the second week of February, which means it falls on Feb. 11 […]

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Twitter improves encryption against NSA and other snoops

Twitter has added Perfect Forward Secrecy to its arsenal of tools to keep private user data  from falling into the wrong hands.  The new protocol is being added to the HTTPS encryption that is already in place on Twitter and many other sites (including most legitimate sites that collect financial data). The Forward Secret protocol, […]

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Tips for safe online holiday shopping

This post is adapted from one that first appeared in the San Jose Mercury News It’s hard to believe Black Friday and Cyber Monday are only days away. If this year is typical, throngs of people will be crowding stores starting on Friday, and those not pounding the pavement at brick-and-mortar stores will be pounding […]

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The ‘lived curriculum,’ Part 2: What that looks like

Part 1 looked at citizenship as a disposition and practice in digital environments, not an academic subject to be taught. Here, a little more about what that looks like in digital spaces used in classrooms – from the viewpoint of an educator who has worked with teachers and students in them for over a decade…. […]

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Digital citizenship, the ‘lived curriculum’: Part 1

Have you ever heard of taking a cooking class that didn’t include a kitchen or learning how to swim in a classroom not a pool? It can be helpful to watch instructional videos on YouTube, but mastery of anything usually requires practice with the tools and within the context of whatever a person wants to […]

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When kids are skilled navigators of our networked world

We all – young people and everybody who works with them – are learning what that looks like: skilled navigation of a networked world. We’re also working out what the skills are, how to teach them and what kind of environment (home, school and media environment) supports that learning. As a society, we’ve only just […]

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