Congresswoman Anna Eshoo on U.S Safer Internet Day 2015

Congresswoman Anna Eshoo, who represents much of Silicon Valley, on her support of Safer Internet Day and ConnectSafely. It was Rep. Eshoo who, in 2014, wrote the critical letter to the European Commission that assured ConnectSafely’s appointment as U.S. Safer Internet Day host.

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Safer Internet Day With Sheryl Sandberg, Kamala D. Harris and the Spirit of Martin Luther King Jr

In 2004, a project of the European Commission launched “Safer Internet Day,” which became an annual event held on the second Tuesday of February. This year represents the 11th Safer Internet Day, which is now being celebrated in more than 100 countries, including the United States. Last year, ConnectSafely.org, the nonprofit Internet safety organization that […]

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Youth participation’s growing momentum

It’s exciting to see the signs of adult support for youth voices and participation multiplying. It’s important and it’s time. Here is just a sampler of this encouraging trend: Agency for citizenship. In Internet safety circles, we’re seeing increasing focus more on citizenship (online and offline) rather than on safety alone – safety as a […]

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Preventing and dealing with revenge porn

Links to tips, articles, resources and organizations Tips How to stop from being a victim of revenge porn (from DCMA.COM) Helpful Tips for Victims of Revenge Porn (from Ridder, Costa and Johnstone, LLP) Revenge porn FAQ (from End Revenge Porn)  Articles When revenge porn laws backfire Responding to revenge porn: Challenges to online legal impunity […]

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National PTA announces #ShareAwesome contest finalists

ConnectSafely.org partner National PTA announced today the finalists of the #ShareAwesome contest, a national campaign supported by LifeLock, Inc., to celebrate positive use of digital and social media and to empower families to make smart, safe decisions when using the Internet and mobile devices. The #ShareAwesome campaign is designed to spotlight and address important issues of online […]

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Of student digital privacy & schools demanding passwords

For Data Privacy Day (today, 1/28), let’s take a look at students’ data privacy – as in the data on their cellphones and whether school administrators have the right to search the devices. The ACLU says they don’t. It called out a school board in Tennessee for violating the constitutional rights of students by implementing […]

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Sexting & the plummeting teen pregnancy rate

Don’t believe anything you hear about sexting causing an increase in teen pregnancy. There is no way it can be true. How can I say that? Because teen pregnancy in the US has plummeted since 2007. “For five years now, America’s teen birth rate has plummeted at an unprecedented rate, falling faster and faster. Between […]

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Ford CEO Mark Fields on mobility, connected cars & teen safety

It may seem odd for an Internet safety organization like ConnectSafely to be featuring an interview with the CEO of a car company, but cars are no longer just motor vehicles. They’re connected computers on wheels. And Ford is no longer just in the car and truck business. As you walk around the parking lot, garage […]

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‘State of the Union’ & the student part of student privacy protection

There’s a lot of confusion in the air about student data privacy, and some widely quoted words about it from President Obama in his address Tuesday night didn’t help (but I suspect his speechwriters were just looking for a spot to put a high-priority topic into “a simple, dramatic message about economic fairness,” as the New […]

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Tech and the State of the Union

On Tuesday night, President Obama fulfilled one of his constitutional duties to “give to the Congress information on the State of the Union” (SOTU) before a joint session of Congress. Millions watched the address on TV and followed along on social media. (The increasing role of social media in contemporary SOTUs is a far cry from […]

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