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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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Think twice before sharing on social networks

This post first appeared in the San Jose Mercury News by Larry Magid As far as I can tell, Google engineer Steve Yegge never intended to become famous for criticizing the company he works for. But if you use his company’s search engine to google his name, you’ll find plenty of references to his recent Google+ post […]

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Technology doesn’t cause bullying and –despite some claims — it can’t prevent it

by Larry Magid(this article is a work in progress and subject to editing and revision) My inbox is full of pitches for products and services that claim to prevent bullying.  Most use some type of word recognition to either block offensive messages or report them to parents.  But even if you add the word “cyber” to […]

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Internet Governance Forum to tackle child porn, digital citizenship & other global issues

I’m in Nairobi, Kenya, this week to serve as a panelist at the United Nations’ Internet Governance Forum (IGF). I’m not sure what will be accomplished, but it’s an opportunity for “multi-stakeholders” from around the world to talk about important Internet-related issues such as child protection, cybercrime, privacy, censorship, managing critical Internet resources and making […]

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Although it’s not our most pressing issue, and sister have always supported efforts to educate children and teens on the importance of respecting other people’s digital property rights.  Indeed, one of the points in SafeKids’ Teen Pledge for Being Smart Online is “I will respect other people’s digital property and space. I won’t steal, […]

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Survey: Parents mostly savvy on kids’ Internet use

By Larry Magid For many years I have said that the best way to protect children on the Internet is to develop the filter that runs in the computer between their ears and, based on a recent survey commissioned by the Family Online Safety Institute (FOSI), a lot of parents apparently agree. For the most part, […]

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Cyberbullying: A serious problem, but not an epidemic

This is an updated version of post that first appeared on in 2009. Updated to coincide with CBS News 48 Hours special on bullying. by Larry Magid The first things you need to know about cyberbullying are that it’s not an epidemic and it’s not killing our children. Yes, it’s probably one of the more […]

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