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‘Being Ginger’: A film for anyone addressing bullying

Being Ginger is really about being human. In a fundamentally kind, sometimes humorous, amazingly un-moralistic way, director Scott Harris shows what it both feels and looks like to be dehumanized and what healing from that looks like, even as the casual cruelty he documents continues. Sometimes he asked for it while doing his filming but […]

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Social media reality check from Canadian youth: Key study

Before releasing its report on online conflict, MediaSmarts presented a much broader picture of young Canadians’ experiences in social media: “Life Online.” This is important context for any discussion about cyberbullying and other negative aspects of digitally informed life, whether we’re setting policy at the household, school or national levels. “There are a lot of […]

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Nothing complicated about this: Read ‘It’s Complicated’!

Why is the title of social media researcher danah boyd’s new book “It’s Complicated“? Not just because “the social lives of networked teens” are complicated (the book’s subtitle), but growing up in a networked world is too. And I’d add that it’s further complicated when the adults in a teen’s life don’t have any idea […]

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The kids who are most at risk offline (& online)

In 2009, the Internet Safety Technical Task Force published a finding that the young people most at risk online are those most at risk offline, a clear indicator to me that online risk is not a unique new problem brought on by the Internet. In their thorough review of the online risk literature released right […]

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We need to neutralize ‘negativity bias’ against kids’ Net use

This post is not about technology. It’s about how we (humankind) have been wiring our brains to think about technology. We have quite a hole to climb out of. Not only are our brains already “wired to scout for the bad stuff,” the Huffington Post reports, referring to what neuropsychologist and author Rick Hanson calls […]

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New parental controls for Chromebooks

Just in time for parents’ holiday shopping, Google announced its new “Supervised Users” tool for Chromebooks. You know about Chromebooks, right? They’re a very viable alternative to tablets that are just as (in some cases more) low-cost and offer a more laptop-like experience, and this tool makes them an even more viable option for families. […]

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Spreading out emotional risk in digital social spaces

It’s a kind of digital-age product segmentation or mitosis (remember learning about how cells divide and multiply in biology class?), all the different communication options that have come with the rise of digital media – texting, liking, social gaming, social networking, tweeting, snapchatting, skyping, etc. Each one seems to be associated with a certain level […]

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ConnectSafely releases A Parents’ Guide to Cyberbullying

Free 8-page guide offers families context and concrete advice on what to do about cyberbullying Palo Alto, CA, October 15, 2013 – ConnectSafely.org, a leading Internet safety nonprofit organization, today announced the publication of A Parents’ Guide to Cyberbullying, answering the Top 5 questions parents have about bullying in digital spaces: What is cyberbullying, anyway? How likely is it […]

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ConnectSafely Releases ‘A Parents’ Guide to Cybersecurity’

Guide provides families with the best ways to keep everybody’s devices and the home network secure Palo Alto, CA, October 1, 2013 – ConnectSafely.org, a leading Internet safety nonprofit organization, today announced the publication of A Parents’ Guide to Cybersecurity, answering the Top 5 questions parents have about keeping computers, phones and family networks safe and secure: What are […]

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Why Louis C.K. doesn’t let his kids have phones

The video has gone pretty viral over the past few days. On Conan O’Brien’s show last week, Emmy-award-winning comedian Louis C.K. explained why he didn’t want to give his daughters (aged 7 and 10) smartphones. [You can watch it at Slate.com.] What he says was – as my friend and fellow parent Anastasia Goodstein commented […]

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