New platform for self-exposure

Consider the privacy issue in light of the social networking that's becoming increasingly common on and with cellphones. "Almost 55% of all mobile phones sold today in the United States have the [GPS] technology that makes friend-and- family-tracking services possible," the New York Times reports, zooming in on one such service, loopt. In another article, […]

Read full story Comments { 0 }

Abduction by online predators rare

Contrary to what some people might imply, most kids who become victims of online sex predators are groomed not abducted.

Read full story Comments { 0 }

Copyright protction on social Web: Update

If your child loves creating his or her own music, ski, or skateboard videos or mixing others' footage and music into new mashups, that is really cool. But now would be a good time to talk with him or her about how Web sites are getting more strict about protecting copyrights. A handful of very […]

Read full story Comments { 0 }

Kids’ virtual worlds hot

There's a mini boom of kids' virtual world afoot, CNET reports, probably fueled the success of Webkinz and Neopets and Disney's acquisition of ClubPenguin. One reason: "more kids are flocking to imaginative, character-driven environments. An expected 53% of children on the Web will belong to a virtual world within four years, more than doubling the […]

Read full story Comments { 0 }

ICACs in all 50 states

There will soon be Internet Crimes Against Children task forces in every US state, TechnologyNewsDaily.com reports. "The Department of Justice announced that 13 new state and local law enforcement agencies will receive more than $3 million" to form the task forces in Alaska, California, Delaware, Florida, Idaho, Maine, Mississippi, Montana, North Dakota, Rhode Island, South […]

Read full story Comments { 0 }

Thais arrest child abuse suspect

Last week, in an unprecedented move, Interpol went public in its search for a child pornography suspect, and this week, with the help of leads that came in as a result, the man identified and arrested. Here's the AP's story about the arrest. Christopher Paul Neil is a 32-year-old Canadian schoolteacher, the Associated Press reported […]

Read full story Comments { 0 }

Facebook’s safety agreement

In a settlement it has reached with New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo, Facebook will now be replying to "the most serious complaints" by users about porn and unwelcome contacts within 24 hours, its chief security officer Chris Kelly told CBS News technology analyst Larry Magid in an

Read full story Comments { 0 }

Teens & stranger contact: New study

Researcher Aaron Smith likens the Internet to a park, mall, or any other public space, where most of teens' encounters with others are fine, but some can be scary or risky. "Just 7% of online teens have ever had an interaction with a stranger that made them feel scared or uncomfortable," though nearly a third […]

Read full story Comments { 0 }

Our audio interview with Facebook Chief Privacy Officer

ConnectSafely's Larry Magid, who is also technology analyst for CBS News, interviewed Facebook Chief Privacy Officer Chris Kelly about his company's settlement with the NY Attorney General's office.

Read full story Comments { 0 }

Fraud potential on social Web

Teens aren't the only people who need to watch what personal information they upload to social Web sites. "Nearly one in three [31%] social networkers on sites such as Facebook and Friends Reunited risk becoming victims of identity fraud because they are negligent with their personal details," reports the Motley Fool, "making them a prime […]

Read full story Comments { 0 }