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Young people’s own tactics for public image management online

The bottom line is, we need to keep in mind at all times that there’s always a present and future audience to whatever we post in digital media.

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Examples of Research-Based Safety Advice

Parents’ Guides A Parents’ Guide to Facebook A Parents’ Guide to Google+ Safety Tips FAQ on Sexting and Sextortion Tips to Prevent Teen Sexting Tips for Smart Videogaming Safety Tips for GPS Location-Sharing Cellphone Safety Tips Safety tips en Español View all safety tips and advice here. Other Select Articles & Commentary by Larry Magid and […]

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Of fearless parenting in this unmapped landscape

An author, pundit and parent on helping our kids think about the mark they’re leaving in this connected world, not just in social media

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One mom’s cellphone contract for her son

Rules are fine, but experts suggest we need to control our anxiety more than our kids, in most cases, for their sake. By Anne Collier When I first read Janell Hoffman’s 18-point contract for her 13-year-old son Greg’s cellphone use, I was a little put off. So it really helped to watch Good Morning America’s […]

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Sign a family contract for online safety and smart use of technology

by Larry Magid   Several years ago, my site SafeKids.com, developed a Family Contract for Online Safety and every few months I make sure it’s up-to-date. The idea of a contract, or series of pledges, is to get everyone in the family on board as to what it means to use today’s technologies safely and […]

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Parenting or (digital) public humiliation?

A look at 2 digital parenting extremes might suggest how to use social media to strengthen parent-child relations rather than harm them. By Anne Collier After I wrote “The trust factor in parenting online kids,” I read an insightful commentary by parent, author, and professor Lynn Schofield Clark in Psychology Today – “Disciplining Teens for […]

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Tips for secure online holiday shopping

by Larry Magid This post fist appeared in the San Jose Mercury News By all accounts, the online holiday sales season got off to a good start. Tracking companies reported big increases for this year’s Thanksgiving weekend and Cyber Monday, including a 70 percent increase in shopping from mobile devices. Of course, Thanksgiving weekend and Cyber Monday […]

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The trust factor in parenting online kids

Not only are tech parental controls Swiss-cheese-style solutions, they can send kids underground, making parental care – and thus safety – even more scarce.

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ConnectSafely texting while driving survey

With the support of AT&T, ConnectSafely.org is about to unveil a national survey of teens about texting while driving – their perceptions, practices, and openness to getting smart about it. We’ll release the full report on December 3, but because Americans are preparing for holiday travel, here are previews from our co-directors, Larry Magid and […]

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One of the best back-to-school messages I’ve seen

Well, two great back-to-school messages, actually. I’ll get to the one from two organizations in a minute. First, one from a parent: At a time when so many families are feeling swamped with stuff added to schedules and school supplies lists – and that’s on top of run-of-the-mill, everyday parental pressures that probably include worries […]

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