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President Obama: “Kids have more sense than we did”

If you didn’t hear the President’s remarks about the emotions stirred up as  a result of the Trayvon Martin case and the George Zimmerman verdict, click on the video below.  He interrupted the usual White House press briefing on Friday to speak for just under 18 minutes about the reaction to the verdict, especially as […]

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10 rules for safe family cell phone use

1. Have a conversation about when it’s OK and not OK to use the phone for talking, texting, apps and other functions. This should include both time and place. Talk about rules for cell phone use during dinner, at social events and in public places like movie theaters and restaurants. 2. Consider having a centralized […]

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Brick and mortar stores tracking your cell phone

Listen to Larry Magid’s CBS News/CNET Tech Talk about this subject [soundcloud url="http://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/101217650" params="" width=" 100%" height="166" iframe="true" /] By now you’re probably familiar with tracking cookies – tiny little files stored on your device that inform web sites about your identity. They don’t necessarily disclose exactly who you are, but they do give advertisers […]

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Safe searching with Google and YouTube

Google engineer Matthias Heiler blogged about A few easy tools the whole family will love, to remind parents about how to lock in “safe” (i.e. filtered) searches on Google and YouTube. He points out that parents can go to Google’s search settings page to filter out sexually explicit content from search results and then lock in that setting  for […]

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Maker movement in schools taps into rich tradition of educational reform

  At ConnectSafely we see a connection between safety and engagement. Kids who are vested in their educational projects — especially collaborative ones — are more likely to respect themselves and others and less likely to act out. And there is a lot to be said about encouraging kids to be creators, not just consumers. […]

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Microsoft offers ad-free Bing search for schools

Microsoft is launching a “Bing for Schools” program that is tailored for K-12 students by “removing all advertisements from search results, enhancing privacy protections and the filtering of adult content,” according to Matt Wallaert, a former teacher is now “Bing Behavioral Scientist.” The service, which is voluntary for K-12 schools, will off the ad-free experience […]

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Snapchat creates SnapKidz — A sandbox for kids under 13

Snapchat, the photo and video-sharing app where images disappear in 10 seconds or less, has launched a new feature for kids under 13. It’s called SnapKidz and it’s just like Snapchat, but deliberately missing one big feature: Kids can’t use the app to share the images or videos with anyone. The new feature only works […]

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Facebook bug exposes contact information of 6 million users

A bug, that Facebook said has been fixed, inadvertently shared email addresses or telephone numbers of approximately 6 million users, according to a Facebook blog post. The bug, which was found through Facebook’s “White Hat Program” that works with security researchers around the world, exposed information to people that may have been “ connected” with the person who’s […]

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Instagram Video: What parents need to know + illustrated guide

Instagram, the popular photo-sharing app used by more than 130 million people now lets you shoot and share video. On June 20th, Instagram founder Kevin Systrom, demonstrated the new features at Facebook headquarters in Menlo Park, California, saying that the Instagram video offers “everything we know and love about Instagram, but it moves.” That pretty […]

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Google unleashes new weapon and millions of dollars to fight child porn

Google on Saturday said that it’s building a “cross industry database” of encrypted “fingerprints” of child sexual abuse images to “enable companies, law enforcement and charities to better collaborate on detecting and removing these images, and to take action against the criminals.” The database will be shared with other companies and will include references to images […]

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