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Students: The one group missing from student data privacy laws and bills

by Larry Magid: The one group missing in the conversation about student privacy rights is the very group existing and proposed laws are designed to protect. If you read the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA) or the proposed bills including the Student Digital Privacy and Parental Rights Act of 2015 proposed […]

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Most teens don’t use anonymous apps but here’s advice for those who do

by Larry Magid: A study published in April by Pew Research found that only 11% of cellphone-owning teens use anonymous question and answer apps like Yik-Yak, Whisper and Ask.fm. Girls (13%) are more likely than boys (8%) to use such apps as are Hispanics (16%) compared to whites/non-Hispanic (9%) and Black, non-Hispanic (7%). And while the study didn’t […]

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New Flickr 4.0 will store ALL your family photos for free and help you find and organize them

by Larry Magid: It’s been years since I paid much attention to Yahoo’s Flickr but, with the new Flickr 4.0, it’s a compelling service that I’m pretty excited about. In fact, I’m so excited that I’m now about 12,000 files into uploading my entire collection of nearly the nearly 50,000 photos on my hard drive. […]

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Let’s not create a moral panic over ‘Game of 72′ rumors of disappearing kids

The French English-language news site, The Local, is reporting about a supposed game where “teenagers have come up with a new Facebook challenge that dares them disappear without a trace for up to three days without contacting their family.” The site reports that a 13-year old girl named Emma from northern France went missing for […]

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Site shows publicly available information based on your phone number

  Burner, the company that makes an app that issues disposable phone numbers, is making a point about how much information your number can reveal about you. Their new site, (which works on the web and mobile devices) Burner Challenge, displays information about you obtained from publicly available sources. How much can depend. In my […]

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Curious launches free ‘lean-back’ online courses

by Larry Magid: Curious.com is adding free learning channels to its collection of online courses, allowing potential customers to “lean back” and learn while encouraging viewers to sign-up for their paid “lean in” service. The Menlo Park company, which was founded in 2012, has interactive courses on a variety of subjects — food preparation, guitar […]

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Facebook’s Scrapbook encourages photos of children, but think before you post

By Larry Magid: Facebook is testing a feature that lets parents create a “Scrapbook” of pictures of their children — including kids who are much too young to have their own Facebook account, The Scrapbook feature enables you to add a child of any age as a family member and then tag images with that […]

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Pew Survey: Reports of Facebook’s demise among teens greatly exaggerated

by Larry Magid: A new survey by the Pew Research Center finds that 71% of American teens use Facebook, followed by Facebook owned Instagram (52%), Snapchat (41%) and Twitter and Google+ (both 33%). There have been numerous reports about teens pulling back from Facebook but the Pew results show that teens continue to use the […]

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Chromebooks & Google Apps appeal to schools & consumers

by Larry Magid: Some parents and officials worry about privacy but Google has pledged not to track, profile or advertise to students. Chromebooks have been around for four years and are already gaining traction in schools, but Google’s newest — and cheapest — Chromebooks make them an increasingly attractive option for budget-minded consumers. Chromebooks are […]

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Digital Trust Foundation seeking proposals on digital abuse programs

by Larry Magid: The Digital Trust Foundation is seeking grant proposals around digital abuse. As the Request for Proposals (RFP) states, “The Foundation has found several gaps in digital abuse research and action” and is addressing that concern by seeking to fund “empirical research to understand the prevalence of various forms of digital abuse,” as well as “implementation […]

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