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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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 […]
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 […]
Using and properly managing strong passwords is your best defense against an intrusion
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 […]
Some practical advice on how to stop and prevent cyberbullying
By Larry Magid Legal consequences aside, “sexting” is a dumb thing to do, especially for kids. Sexting is when you take a picture of yourself, typically from a cell phone, and send it to someone else. Even if you are comfortable with the person receiving the image, you never know for sure where else it […]
Some experts say concerns are overblown, but the legal and psychological consequences for teens cannot be taken too seriously. See why….
Some basic advice on how to configure Facebook's privacy settings
Parents, teachers, students, if anybody asks, here’s why it’s so important to think before you post.
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NetFamilyNews – by Anne Collier
- At the IGF: Youth participation = greater youth e-safety
- Enabling peer protection: Knowledge is empowerment
- Millennials’ changing social media use: Survey
- Heard of Twitch? Amazon has!
- Dealing with the nasties online
- Leadership in bullying prevention and so much more
- Kindness really could be going viral! Just look…
- More clarity on teens’ ‘Am I pretty?’ videos
Analysis & News – by Larry Magid
- UN bringing child rights into the digital age
- IGF attendees complain about censorship in Turkey while some advocate it for youth
- Internet Governance Forum topics include human rights, network neutrality and child protection
- Protecting children online needs to allow for their right to free speech
- It’s time for schools to upgrade both technology and pedagogy
- Why Google (and Facebook) should admit kids under 13
- As Ferguson struggles, Georgia teens create app to rate police departments
- Tech can make driving dangerous, but also safer