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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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Facebook Groups: double-edged sword for privacy

by Larry Magid This article first appeared on CNET News.com Last week, Facebook announced its new Groups feature, which is designed to limit some of your communications to a subset of your Facebook friends. But there is the danger that you could actually be talking to lots of people who aren’t on your Friends list […]

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Survey: Parents Worry About Kids Online Privacy: But are Worries Based on Facts?

 by Larry Magid Common Sense Media’s “Protect Our Privacy – Protect Our Kids” campaign Common Sense Media on Friday announced the results of a survey showing that “92 percent of parents are concerned that kids share too much information online, and 85 percent of parents say they’re more concerned about online privacy than they were […]

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92% of 2 year-olds have online footprint

by Larry Magid This post first appeared on CNET News.com There has been a lot of concern about young people posting too much information about themselves online, but a study commissioned by security company AVG found that 92 percent of U.S. children have some type of online presence by the time they are 2 years […]

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Tyler Clementi’s death is a call to action

by Larry Magid This post originally appeared on CNET News.com 18 year-old Tyler Clementi took his own life after his roomate aledgedly live streamed his kissing another man The recent suicide of Tyler Clementi, which raised the visibility of cyberbullying and digital ethics, is serving as a call to action to end something much deeper […]

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