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So your kid is looking at porn. Now what?

by Larry Magid Let’s be honest. Many children — especially post-pubescent boys — are interested in what we commonly call “porn.” You might not like the idea that some kids are looking at these images, but that doesn’t change the fact that it’s a pretty common occurrence. This column isn’t about young children or children who […]

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Online Safety FAQ

Updated August, 2014 Is my child at risk from online predators? Although it can happen, the risk of a child or teen being harmed by someone they met on the Internet is very low. There has been widespread misunderstanding of a 2005 study that found that 1 in 7 youths had received an unwanted online […]

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Facebook empowers friends to prevent suicide

by Larry Magid When Anne Collier and I wrote our long out-of-print book,  MySpace Unraveled, we pointed out that MySpace was the largest referrer to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. We noted that kids were alive because of the way friends had reached out to save their friends. Facebook, of course, took MySpace’s place in that […]

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Can YouTube for schools usher education into the 21st century?

This post appeared in the San Jose Mercury News on December 12, 2011 by Larry Magid Credit: YouTube Google has launched a YouTube for Schools service to make educationally relevant videos available for use in school. It’s a great idea, but for it to actually be used in schools, many districts around the country will have […]

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Will XXX domains help parents block porn?

In an audio podcast interview for CBS News and CNET, ICM Registry CEO Stuart Lawley, the main behind the XXX domains, acknowledged that XXX domains, along with creative searching, will help seekers of adult content find what they’re looking for.  And to his company’s credit, he said that “for people wanting to look for adult content, they can go to XXX sites with […]

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With new data we can stop the teen sexting panic

A new report from the prestigious Crimes Against Children Research Center (CACRC) at the University of New Hampshire should put to rest the notion that America’s children are routinely sending around naked pictures of themselves. Yes, it happens, but it’s a lot less prevalent than many people claim. A nationally representative sample of 1,560 10 to 17 year-olds […]

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Teachers: Beware of ‘Cyberbaiting’

A study from Symantec found that 21% of teachers had either been cyberbaited or knew a teacher who had. Cyberbaiting, according to Symantec’s Internet safety advocate, Marian Merritt, is when students deliberately provoke a teacher into doing something stupid, then video it and post it online.  ”This of course has the net effect of embarrassing the teacher, taking a momentary lapse of judgement in […]

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News flash! Online teens actually heed parents’ advice

This post first appeared in the San Jose Mercury News by Larry Magid A study released last week by the Pew Internet & American Life Project had what might be surprising news about online teens. They actually listen to parental advice. The big take-away from the report, “Teens, Kindness and Cruelty on Social Network Sites” […]

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Pew study: Kids are mostly kind to others online

Majority of kids and adults say that people online are mostly kind (Source: Pew Internet & American Life Project) A just released study from the Pew Internet & American Life Project found that “69% of social media-using teens think that peers are mostly kind to each other on social network sites.” The study, which was unveiled Wednesday at […]

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Parents Helping Young Kids Lie To Get Past Facebook’s Age Restrictions

In May, Consumer Reports revealed that there were 7.5 million kids younger than 13 using Facebook, including more than five million 10 and under. In every case these kids had to lie to get around Facebook’s rule that you must be 13 or older to join. One might assume that these kids are also deceiving their parents, […]

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