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Cellphone safety: Protecting privacy, data and kids too

This post first appeared in the San Jose Mercury Newsby Larry Magid A recent survey by Opinion Matters on behalf of GFI Software found that many people don’t fully understand how to protect their data and privacy in the event their phone is lost or stolen. The survey of just over a thousand U.S. adults found […]

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‘Mean girls’ music video teaches resilience towards bullying

Like a lot of young girls, singer/songwriter Rachel Crow knows what it’s like to be bullied, having been called “weirdo” and “freak,” according to an interview on the AOL Music Blog.  The 14 year-old former X Factor contestant wrote and recorded Mean Girls as the lead song of a five song EP. You’ll find the lyrics below the music video.   […]

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Common Sense Media report shines positive light on kids and social media

by Larry Magid Common Sense Media just published a report that paints a mostly positive picture of social media’s impact on teens’ social and emotional well-being. Social Media, Social Life: How Teens View Their Digital Lives (PDF) points out that “Many more teens report a positive impact of social media use on their emotional well-being than […]

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How to protect children and adolescents from sexual abuse

by Larry Magid The conviction of former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky on 45 counts of sexual abuse of children has, once again, put child sex abuse on the front page. Like the vast majority of child sex abuse cases, Sandusky’s crimes took place in the physical world — they were not Internet related. […]

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Skout’s ‘flirt, friend, chat’ may be fine for adults, but not for kids

by Larry MagidThis article appeared in the San Jose Mercury News When you go to download Skout on an iPhone, the tagline is “flirt, friend, chat,” and you’re invited to “join the fastest growing FREE social scene with millions of guys and girls waiting to meet you!” Skout’s iPhone icon is a heart. And, thanks to the […]

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CDC study: Too many teens text while driving

Nationwide, 32.8% of students had texted or e-mailed while driving a car or other vehicle on at least 1 day during the 30 days before the Centers for Disease Control conducted its 2011 Youth Risk Survey (PDF).  That percentage jumped to 43% for 11th graders and 58% for high school seniors. In a seperate report, the CDC found: […]

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Understanding Facebook’s new privacy policy

Facebook has made some changes to what it calls its “data use policy,” which is essentially the same as its privacy policy. The company has also added a  ”Facebook Terms and Policies” hub that serves as a central landing page for all of Facebook’s policies, including a link to its Data Use Policy.  Facebook also published […]

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Consumer Reports finds very small percentage of Facebook users ‘are sharing too much’

by Larry Magid When Consumer Reports writes about home appliances, it tells you their strengths and weaknesses but I’ve never seen any dire warnings about how you can lose your hand if you stick it in a garbage disposal. Even when they review cars, they don’t fill their articles with awful statistics about how thousands […]

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PRiZE anti-bullying music video by Mary & Brianna Ferraro

This sweet song,  recorded by 14 year old twins Mary & Brianna Ferraro, was written when they were 11. Take a listen (and look) and scroll below the video to read the lyrics. It’s one of many great peer initiated efforts to help combat bullying and encourage resilience.   Lyrics, music and vocals by Mary & Brianna […]

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FTC’s digital privacy report has welcome recommendations

This article first appeared in the San Jose Mercury News by Larry Magid The Federal Trade Commission’s final report on digital privacy contains some very welcome recommendations. The recently released report, title “Protecting Consumer Privacy in an Era of Rapid Change,” looks at challenges consumers face in “today’s world of smart phones, smart grids, and […]

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