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U.S. Safer Internet Day focused on potential, positives and problems too

It was a great honor that ConnectSafely.org, the non-profit Internet Safety organization where I serve as co-director, was selected to host the first official U.S. Safer Internet Day.  The day, which has been celebrated in Europe for the past 11 years, saw events across the world including a celebration in Washington D.C. Tuesday where Senator […]

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Safer Internet Day takes a positive spin — view event live on Tues

View the live webcast here from 9:00 AM to noon Eastern (6:00 to 9:00 PT) by Larry Magid This column first appeared in the San Jose Mercury News For the past 11 years, the European Commission and InSafe, a Brussels-based nonprofit, have been coordinating Safer Internet Day celebrations across Europe and other parts of the […]

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Parental controls, webcam indicator and relief for noisy tabs added to Google Chrome

This post is adapted from one that first appeared on Forbes.com Parental controls: Supervised user For parents, Google has added the ability to create a “supervised user,” which is enables you to monitor the browsing history, block specific sites and approve sites that the user can access. Obviously this is a good parental control tool […]

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Apple and FTC reach agreement about children’s app purchases

This post first appeared on Forbes.com The Federal Trade Commission announced that it has entered into a consent decree with Apple regarding alleged charges that Apple allowed children to purchase apps and make in-app purchases on its app store. The FTC accused Apple of failing to inform parents that there is a 15-minute window when a parent […]

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Protecting your privacy from corporations, government and yourself

Thanks in part to Edward Snowden’s revelations of NSA snooping, privacy was a dominant theme in 2013 and will continue to be in 2014. To me, there are three major sources of risk when it comes to privacy: corporations, government and yourself. Corporations – including Internet and social networking companies – thrive on data. For some […]

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Famous game developer Trip Hawkins launches social emotional learning game for kids (Podcast)

  This post first appeared on CNET News.com When Trip Hawkins left Apple to start Electronic Arts in 1982, he wanted to make the type of games that he and other young adult males liked to play. Thirty-one years and four children later, Hawkins interests have changed. He still wants to build games, but he’s […]

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Instragram adds private messaging – ConnectSafely updates Parents’ Guide to Instagram

At a press event in New York on Thursday,  Instagram (owned by Facebook) announced a major new feature called Instagram Direct that enables users to send private messages to  another user, or up to 15 other users. Prior to this, all Instagram messages sent by users would be seen by everyone following them. Until now Instagram […]

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National Center adds another layer to children’s safety online

For several years, I’ve been on the board of the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC). The organization, which is based in Alexandria, Va., is best known for helping to reunite missing children with their custodial parents or guardians, but it also strives to protect children from sexual exploitation in both the physical […]

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Recent hack discovery underscores need for better security and stronger passwords

A recent report from Trustwave  found that about two million accounts from popular services including Facebook, Google, Yahoo Twitter, LinkedIn  have been comprised.  The security researchers found that a keylogger tool associated with the Pony botnet enabled thieves to harvest the user names and passwords. The trove, according to Trustwave, consisted of 1,580,000 website login credentials, 320,000 email account credentials, 41,000 FTP account […]

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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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