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Online safety is not just ‘about life’

One of the sessions at the Family Online Safety Institute conference that was held in Washington last November focused on re-defining online safety. During the session, a couple of smart people suggested that we should drop the word “online” from online safety and drop “digital” when we talk about digital citizenship. It’s not about the online world, […]

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LTE Broadcast technology could change mobile video experience

Millions of people already watch video on their smartphones, either on a cellular network or via Wi-Fi, but an emerging technology called LTE Broadcast could make that experience faster, richer and — potentially — less expensive. The difference between LTE Broadcast and today’s data networks is similar to listening to the radio versus speaking on […]

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YouTube Kids can be a parent’s best friend

My wife and I were having dinner with some friends recently when I decided to show their four year-old twins a video from YouTube. I loaded up the app on my phone, searched for a video and played it but — all the while — I had a nagging fear that maybe I had accidentally […]

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Teachers: Create your own online courses with Versal

  There are lots of online courses ranging from some that are incredibly compelling to others that, well, that are just plain boring. One of the problems with online learning is that it takes more than just aiming a video camera at a lecturer to create a compelling class. Sure, YouTube is full of videos […]

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A conversation with Esther Wojcicki on ‘Moonshots in Education’

Esther Wojcicki is an award winning journalism teacher and the author of a new book on education called Moonshots in Education: Launching Blended Learning in the Classroom. The book explores digital and online learning with models and examples from schools that are already implementing digital learning. Moonshots is an approachable book that’s part Wojcicki philiophy […]

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Banning Yik Yak from colleges is counterproductive

No doubt about it: There are some vile posts on Yik Yak and other social media platforms. But just because some people use these platforms to intimidate and spread hate is not justification to ban them from college campuses — Instead, people should (and often do) use the same platforms to condemn bigotry and spread […]

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‘Tread carefully’ before regulating Internet of Things

I was not surprised to learn that the Senate is looking into the Internet of Things. Senators are concerned about safety, privacy and security issues now that the tech industry is focusing on ways to connect devices to the Internet and to each other. There are just over seven billion people on the planet and, […]

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‘Revenge porn’ is about betrayal, not pornography

Sharing explicit pictures or videos with an intimate partner is not always a harmful practice, but it can be devastating if those images get into the wrong hands — like those of Kevin Bollaert. In the first criminal prosecution using a new California law targeting “revenge porn,” San Diego-based Bollaert, 28, was convicted Monday on […]

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Safer Internet Day With Sheryl Sandberg, Kamala D. Harris and the Spirit of Martin Luther King Jr

In 2004, a project of the European Commission launched “Safer Internet Day,” which became an annual event held on the second Tuesday of February. This year represents the 11th Safer Internet Day, which is now being celebrated in more than 100 countries, including the United States. Last year, ConnectSafely.org, the nonprofit Internet safety organization that […]

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Ford CEO Mark Fields on mobility, connected cars & teen safety

It may seem odd for an Internet safety organization like ConnectSafely to be featuring an interview with the CEO of a car company, but cars are no longer just motor vehicles. They’re connected computers on wheels. And Ford is no longer just in the car and truck business. As you walk around the parking lot, garage […]

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