Site shows publicly available information based on your phone number

  Burner, the company that makes an app that issues disposable phone numbers, is making a point about how much information your number can reveal about you. Their new site, (which works on the web and mobile devices) Burner Challenge, displays information about you obtained from publicly available sources. How much can depend. In my […]

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Controversial anonymous app Secret to close down

By Maureen Kochan: Controversial anonymous app Secret, sometimes seen as the poster child for all that is wrong with anonymous social apps, will close, said co-founder David Byttow. “This has been the hardest decision of my life and one that saddens me deeply,” Byttow wrote in a post announcing the decision. Like competitors Yik Yak and Whisper, […]

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ConnectSafely releases A Parents’ Guide to Student Data Privacy

Click here to view A Parents Guide to Student Data Privacy Palo Alto, CA, (April 28, 2015) – ConnectSafely.org, a leading non-profit Internet safety organization, today released A Parents’ Guide to Student Data Privacy, in partnership with the Future of Privacy Forum and the National PTA. “Data privacy and security is much more than protecting […]

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Curious launches free ‘lean-back’ online courses

by Larry Magid: Curious.com is adding free learning channels to its collection of online courses, allowing potential customers to “lean back” and learn while encouraging viewers to sign-up for their paid “lean in” service. The Menlo Park company, which was founded in 2012, has interactive courses on a variety of subjects — food preparation, guitar […]

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The policy of student data privacy

By Maria Spencer: Last fall, California passed the Student Online Personal Information Protection Act (SOPIPA), which applies to websites, applications and online services. It prohibits the use of targeted advertising and requires security measures which may require that data be encrypted. SOPIPA has become the “benchmark” law in the area and now serves as model legislation […]

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News & views from ConnectSafely: April 23, 2015

Recent articles Cyberbullying is not a joke: Celebrities and public figures can make a difference Facebook’s Scrapbook encourages photos of children, but think before you post Pew Survey: Reports of Facebook’s demise among teens greatly exaggerated Should I worry about my teens texting? Chromebooks & Google Apps appeal to schools & consumers Raising digital kids: […]

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Cyberbullying is not a joke: Celebrities and public figures can make a difference

By Sue Scheff: Sadly, we live in a culture of digital cruelty that no one is immune to. Whether you are a celebrity, the child of a sports figure or an average person trying to get through life — you can be struck down by the emotional keystrokes of cyber-bullets. Internet trolls can quickly become […]

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Facebook’s Scrapbook encourages photos of children, but think before you post

By Larry Magid: Facebook is testing a feature that lets parents create a “Scrapbook” of pictures of their children — including kids who are much too young to have their own Facebook account, The Scrapbook feature enables you to add a child of any age as a family member and then tag images with that […]

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Pew Survey: Reports of Facebook’s demise among teens greatly exaggerated

by Larry Magid: A new survey by the Pew Research Center finds that 71% of American teens use Facebook, followed by Facebook owned Instagram (52%), Snapchat (41%) and Twitter and Google+ (both 33%). There have been numerous reports about teens pulling back from Facebook but the Pew results show that teens continue to use the […]

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Should I worry about my teens texting?

By Michael Rich, MD: Q: I’ve noticed that many parents worry a lot about their children texting. But when we were kids, we would spend hours on the phone, sometimes not even talking much. When my teens are texting with friends at home, I liken it to those phone calls of yesteryear. I don’t allow […]

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