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FTC Issues FAQ on COPPA for Parents and Businesses

The Federal Trade Commission has issued some “Frequently Asked Questions” about the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) based on amended rules that go into effect on July 1st. Click here to see the FAQ. “The primary goal of COPPA,” wrote the FTC in the FAQ, “is to place parents in control over what information is collected from their […]

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It’s time for adults to stop bullying kids and each other

We hear a lot about kids bullying* other kids and it is indeed a problem. But what about adults bullying other adults, or adults bullying kids? True, bullying is a problem among youth. The National Center for Education Statistics reportedthat in 2009, 28 percent of 12 through 18 year old kids were “bullied by traditional means […]

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Sony’s New PlayStation 4 and your privacy

by Larry Magid   As I watched Sony unveil the PlayStation 4 at a press conference on February 20th, I was struck by how much data the new device would be collecting from its users. “We’re changing the rule when it comes to social gaming,” said David Perry, the CEO of Gaikai, a cloud-based gaming company […]

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Can technology disrupt education?

by Larry Magid This article first appeared in the San Jose Mercury News. Sometimes I think there should be a big sign in front of some schools saying “Welcome back to the 20th century.” True, virtually all schools have computers these days and many are equipped with smart boards and broadband access. But in too […]

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Examples of Research-Based Safety Advice

Parents’ Guides A Parents’ Guide to Facebook A Parents’ Guide to Google+ Safety Tips FAQ on Sexting and Sextortion Tips to Prevent Teen Sexting Tips for Smart Videogaming Safety Tips for GPS Location-Sharing Cellphone Safety Tips Safety tips en Español View all safety tips and advice here. Other Select Articles & Commentary by Larry Magid and […]

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Online privacy and security is a shared responsibility: Government, industry and you

by Larry Magid When it comes to privacy and security, I’m reminded of folks who drive to the airport without their seat belt on and then worry about the plane crashing. Planes do crash on very rare occasions but not nearly as often as cars. And when driving, there are things you can do to […]

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US getting started with the very global Safer Internet Day

Although still not widely recognized in the US, Safer Internet Day is nevertheless “official” now, with participation from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Department of Education (DOE). Though marked by Net users in schools, nonprofit organizations and governments in a growing number of countries since 2004, it was recognized by the US government […]

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Vine’s a great new video app, but kids need to be careful what they shoot

by Larry Magid Vine is a fun new iPhone app from Twitter that has lots of people shooting and sharing very short videos. Although it’s too early to know if this app will catch on with teens and tweens, my guess is that a lot of young people will find it appealing. Some people have […]

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Are schools turning alleged bullies into criminals?

by Larry Magid A recent story from the Gilroy Dispatch gives me concern about the unintended consequences of our recent campaigns to stop bullying. The report, which lacks specific details, quotes police officials referring to the children involved as “suspects”and “victims.” It reads more like a crime blotter than a serious discussion about how to encourage youth (and […]

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Sign a family contract for online safety and smart use of technology

by Larry Magid   Several years ago, my site SafeKids.com, developed a Family Contract for Online Safety and every few months I make sure it’s up-to-date. The idea of a contract, or series of pledges, is to get everyone in the family on board as to what it means to use today’s technologies safely and […]

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