I’m stating my bias right up front because ConnectSafely contributed to this little app, but isn’t it kind of cool that there are digestible little bytes of fixed and mobile online-safety education right in people’s pockets now? This is safety and security ed for the smallest screens, and you can download the Net Safety On-the-Go app here. “This app provides quick, practical, friendly advice for you and your family. It’s delivered … one tip at a time to help you use the Internet and your phone safely,” the site explains. “You set the frequency for receiving new tips. One a day? One a week? Whenever you choose. Your status bar will notify you when they’ve arrived.” For now it only runs on cellphones running the Android operating system. It’s a project of the Washington-based Internet Education Foundation, of which I’m a huge fan (they educate lawmakers on all aspects of Internet technology and policy and put on the annual State of the Net Conference, this year’s having just been held this month). Net Safety OTG is supported by Google and Verizon, and our fellow content contributors are CommonSenseMedia.org, OnGuardOnline.gov, and GetNetWise.org. Here’s the press release.
NetFamilyNews – by Anne Collier
- New Facebook policy targets guns, other regulated items
- Google’s new learning tool that learns
- The flap over Talking Angela the chatbot app
- About the worldwide ‘selfie’ phenomenon
- How technology will improve the well-being of young adults
- Calling our children narcissists on ‘a sociopathic scale’: Really!?
- Nothing complicated about this: Read ‘It’s Complicated’!
- Teens’ own (wise) perspectives on life with social media
Analysis & News – by Larry Magid
- Adults spend 11 hour a day using electronic media
- Smartphones that promise user privacy
- Author danah boyd on why teens and social media are ‘complicated’
- Security experts at RSA decry government hacking
- In defense of Internet safety education
- ‘Neknominate’ is a stupid and potentially deadly online dare game
- Confessions of a binge viewer
- People who suffer from so-called ‘game addiction’ have other problems