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Social norming: Increasingly key to kids’ Net safety

Starting with the youngest virtual-world users, creating home, school, and online cultures that support good behavior and celebrate kids who engage in it helps to up the safety level.

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Dealing with cyberbullying on YouTube

Some basics for how to avoid or deal with nasty comments posted under your videos

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‘Soft power’ parenting works better

Why an authoritarian style or sudden imposition of parental controls – against sexting or any other troubling new issue – don’t work very well in parenting social Web users

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How to hide your Facebook friends list

By Larry Magid In December 2009, Facebooky announced new privacy settings that give users some additional control over what information they share, while taking away the ability to hide a few pieces of information from the general public. One particular piece of publicly available information–users’ friends lists–caused a bit of an uproar from a number […]

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‘How to bully-proof yourself on Facebook’

Facebook has some great tips for dealing with cyberbullying on its site, but don’t forget the most important prevention tip!

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Avoiding social networking scams

By Larry Magid This post originally appeared in the San Jose Mercury News More and more people are using social networking sites, including, sadly, criminals seeking to take advantage of the rest of us. Threats on those sites include applications and quizzes, as well as malware, worms and viruses. But the main risk, says Trend […]

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Perspective on media sharing, advice against over sharing

There are good reasons for all this user-produced media, but here’s advice for families and anybody concerned about it. By Anne Collier Why do people share innermost thoughts, unretouched photos, and rants and what they ate for lunch in texts, photos, and blogs? And why is this not just a narcissistic passing fad like streaking […]

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Compassion on list of back to school social networking tips

by Larry Magid Back-to-school time is an excellent time for kids, parents, and teachers to think and talk about the safe and appropriate use of the Internet and social-networking tools. My message to parents and teachers is simple: embrace the technology that kids use, recognize that whatever you may lack in technology knowledge you make […]

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How to create and remember strong passwords

Using and properly managing strong passwords is your best defense against an intrusion 

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Don’t let your PC become a zombie

by Larry Magid Twitter has confirmed that its massive outage on August 6th and subsequent intermittent problems were due to an ongoing denial-of-service attack. Facebook also “encountered network issues related to an apparent distributed denial-of-service attack, that resulted in degraded service for some users,” according to a company spokesperson. Typically a DoS attack, which is […]

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