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Interview with Justin Patchin of Cyberbullying Research Center

Ahead of CBS News’ 48 Hours special on bullying, ConnectSafely.org co-director and CBS News and CNET Technology analyst Larry Magid spoke with with Justin Patchin, co-director of the Cyberbullying Research Center.  You can listen to the entire interview as a podcast and  read more at CNET News.com. More audio: Larry’s One minute CBS News Tech Talk  […]

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Digital citizenship & media literacy beat tracking laws & monitoring

By Larry Magid As we start the new school year, there are two trends in online child protection that are worthy of scrutiny. The first is the growing trend towards software and services that monitor what kids are doing online and with their phones. The second are proposed “do not track” laws that would require […]

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How not to be a phone hacking victim

Caller ID Spoofing Another relatively simple method of phone hacking is to use a spoofing servicethat makes it appear as if the hacker is calling from the phone he or she is trying to break into.  As a convenience feature, many phone mail services allow you to avoid having to type in a PIN every time you check […]

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Google to (re) enter social networking arena

by Larry Magid It’s too early to know how it will affect kids and families, but Google is launching a new social networking service to compete with Facebook. Google has tried its hand at social networking before but has never hit a home run. Its Orkut social networking service is popular in Brazil but not […]

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Talk with your kids about being safer online

by Larry Magid Although there are plenty of tools that can be used to try to control or monitor what your kids are doing online, the best approach for most parents is that oldest of tools called conversation. Having an occasional chat with your kids about how they’re using technology can go a long way […]

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Talk with your kids about being safer online

by Larry Magid Although there are plenty of tools that can be used to try to control or monitor what your kids are doing online, the best approach for most parents is that oldest of tools called conversation. Having an occasional chat with your kids about how they’re using technology can go a long way […]

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Predator Panic Making a Comeback

by Larry Magid I thought we were past the days of “predator panic.”  Around 2006, when To Catch A Predator was on TV just about weekly, there were lots of news stories about the dangers kids face on the Internet.  A federally funded study conducted by the Crimes Against Children Research Center was being commonly misquoted […]

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Bullying expert recommends teens delete most ‘sexting’ messages

By Larry Magid Justin W. Patchin, Ph.D, Co-Director, Cyberbullying Research Center and Associate Professor of Criminal Justice  at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire has written a blog post that’s sure to engender some controversy.  Patchin, who is a leading researcher on cyberbullying, is recommending that “teens who receive a nude or semi-nude image of a classmate” should  ”immediately delete it” instead […]

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FTC Warns about Public Wi-Fi Hotspot Dangers

by Larry Magid The OnGuardOnline.gov Web site, operated by the Federal Trade Commission, Justice Department, Homeland Security,and other federal agencies, is warning people to be careful when using public Wi-Fi hot spots. The agency says users on public Wi-Fi hot spots should only log in to sites that are fully encrypted. Encrypted sites have an […]

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Vermont May Require Sex Offenders to Use Real Names on Social Networks

by Larry Magid The state of Vermont is considering a law that would make it illegal for convicted sex offenders to use a false name on social networking sites like Facebook. The proposed law, which would impose a prison sentence of not more than two years and/or a fine of $1,000, wouldn’t ban registered sex offenders from using […]

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