It took him 500 hours, but 17-year-old George Hotz figured out how to unlock his iPhone from the AT&T networking and use it on T-Mobile. "He posted his 10-step hack on his blog Thursday, along with a video illustrating it on YouTube; by early Friday afternoon, his video had been viewed by some 130,000 people," […]
If a gamer at your house has ambitions to work in the videogame industry, the Detroit Free Press talked to one who's in it. Jeremy Lee, 27, at The Collective in Newport Beach, Calif., told the Free Press that he "knew he wanted to get into videogames as a career when he was a student […]
Ernie Allen, CEO of the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, welcomes you to ConnectSafely and warns parents about risks kids face.
Aside from the obvious – avoid pornography, hate speech and spewing out all sorts of personal information – there are more subtle ways to get in trouble.
A 15-year-old student in Finland has been fined for posting a YouTube video "showing a karaoke performance of his teacher and for claiming she was a lunatic," the Associated Press reports. The video depicts his teacher singing karaoke at a party. The student said that he did it as a prank "and had not intended […]
Donna Rice Hughes, chairman and president of Enough Is Enough, argues for a law that would help law enforcement and social sites “keep predators at bay.”
Who woulda thunk? Even the CIA is getting into social networking now (do parents need more evidence that this is not a passing fad?). The agency's "working on a social networking site so its spies can swap spycraft tips and enjoy some of that online/social fun that us civvies so love," according to Pocket-Lint.co.uk. It'll […]
John Carr, Internet safety adviser to the British government, explains that it is possible for government, industry and safety groups to work together for the benefit of children.
You might find a 17-year-old's perspective on 40+-year-olds in social-networking sites as interesting as I did, so see this CNET piece by summer intern Sabena Suri. "Before I get to why I think most of the older folks hanging out on MySpace and Facebook are creepy, here (in the spirit of open-mindedness) are a few […]
To lure more young customers, retailers are trying to make online shopping a more social experience. They're creating "elaborate online worlds that may have little to do with their products [and] employing video-sharing, social networking and even virtual reality to target the teenagers who drove sites like YouTube and Facebook to popularity," the Washington […]
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NetFamilyNews – by Anne Collier
- Takeaways from premier US anti-bullying conference
- Do surveys about parents’ concerns increase digital-parenting confidence?
- The next version of ‘Internet safety': A look under the hood
- Perfect digital parenting doesn’t exist
- Less parental control, more support of kids’ self-regulation: Study
- Social media snapshot: Indonesia
- Of young people’s (not just digital) citizenship
- About our strange way of understanding teen sexting
Analysis & News – by Larry Magid
- Anonymous apps get bad raps, but they fill gaps: The good side of anonymity
- Americans lack confidence about controlling privacy
- Survey finds parents mostly OK with kids’ use of tech
- Time to redefine and de-silo online safety efforts
- Tech and Ebola — Facebook’s initiative and the Ebola Care app
- Media guidelines for reporting on youth risk surveys
- Online harassment is a problem we all must confront
- Digital citizenship applies to adults as well as youth: Conversation with Rebecca Randall of Common Sense Media