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
- Students called heroes in this 6th-grade class
- In the face of school violence, what do we default to?
- Popularity: The other kind of vulnerability
- FB & Oculus VR: The potential of a virtual-reality platform
- What’s (importantly) different about Snapchat
- We ‘like’ faces in social media: Study
- Yik Yak update: How the app came to geo-fence off US schools
- Smart safety: YouTube’s ‘neighborhood watch program’
Analysis & News – by Larry Magid
- Identity theft a problem from cradle to grave — Kids most vulnerable
- How to protect your family from Heartbleed security flaw (slideshow)
- Beware of Heartbleed inspired phishing scams
- Are sites you use vulnerable to Heartbleed security flaw?
- Microsoft ends support of Windows XP: Machines highly vulnerable to security risks
- The evolution of online safety: Lessons learned over 20 years
- Safety through mindfulness: Watch ‘The Science of Character’
- Adults spend 11 hour a day using electronic media