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  • Does the Internet really make children unhappy? Sad boyBy Sonia Livingstone Children and youngsters spend more and more time online (as do we all), often alone or at least only in touch with others remotely through the Internet. This poses various questions for parents concerned about what their children ...
  • Encryption is a form of child protection password-704252_640By Larry Magid One of the main arguments for those worried about encryption is that it can shield terrorists and those who exploit children, because of the concern that criminals can use encryption to “go dark.” And, while that can be ...
  • Snapchat adds playful video & audio chat features SnapchatBy Larry Magid Even though I helped write ConnectSafely’s Parents’ Guide to Snapchat, I’ve never been a heavy user of the service. Sending a picture that disappears in 10 seconds isn’t high on my priority list. But thanks to some new features, ...
  • How Facebook (and soon Instagram) prioritize what you see facebook-like-logo-vector-400x400By Larry Magid Facebook-owned Instagram will change the order of the posts people see “to show the moments we believe you will care about the most.” In this regard, it’s following in the footsteps of its parent company, which made a similar ...
  • Contest to award $10K to youth and school for video on what ‘Internet means to you’ download (1)By Larry Magid If you’re an aspiring student filmmaker or a K-12 teacher with some talented students, consider entering the What’s Your Story video contest to share your or your students thoughts on what the Internet means to you.

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We’ve all seen the stories about trolls, bullies and hate mongers. But guess what? The majority of things that happen online are positive. So the goal of the One Good Thing project is to drown out whatever negativity exists by showing all the great things that people are doing online and with connected technology to make the world (and the Internet) a better place. Share your story at OneGoodThing.org.

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