Parent’s Guide to Roblox

Parent’s Guide to Roblox

If your kids love to play online games, one of the names you may be hearing about a lot lately is Roblox. Here’s what you need to know.

Facebook offers tools to 'slow down' toxic conversations

Facebook offers tools to ‘slow down’ toxic conversations

by Larry Magid At Facebook 2019 F8 developer’s conference, CEO Mark Zuckerberg said that “groups are now at the heart of the experience, just as much as your friends and ...

Apple’s New Anti-Tracking Feature is a Boon to Privacy

 Apple video explains app tracking transparency by Larry Magid This post first appeared in the Mercury News The new version of Apple's iOS operating system for iPhones and iPads ...

My New Air Fryer is a Security Risk

Like a growing number of appliances, the "smart" air fryer I bought can connect to a home Wi-Fi network so that it can be controlled via a smartphone app or by voice through Amazon Alexa or Google Home smart speakers ...

Tips for Preventing ‘Ransomware’ Attacks

A ransomware attack can encrypt data or lock you completely out of your device. It can also be used as a form of blackmail or extortion if the hacker finds something that they think may embarrass or incriminate you. Although victims are often large companies or public agencies, it can affect small businesses or people at home ...
Family Guide to Parental Controls

Family Guide to Parental Controls

Download the PDF What are parental controls and what do they do? There are a variety of control tools and monitoring tools available to parents. Some are software products or mobile apps that you buy or subscribe to. Others are
Family Guide to Messenger by Facebook

Family Guide to Messenger by Facebook

Messenger has several features to put you in control of your privacy, safety and security. Here's what you need to know.
Parent's Guide to Snapchat

Parent’s Guide to Snapchat

Users love that they can share a moment that’s digital footprint-free — they don’t have to think about how their photos, videos or comments make them look to some unknown audience in the future.
Parent's Guide to Snapchat

Parent’s Guide to Snapchat

Users love that they can share a moment that’s digital footprint-free — they don’t have to think about how their photos, videos or comments make them look to some unknown ...
Parent's Guide to Amazon Alexa

Parent’s Guide to Amazon Alexa

Amazon's Alexa can assist in a seemingly endless number of ways. As with any connected technology, it’s important for parents and kids to talk about how to use Alexa, what ...
Parent's Guide to Roblox

Parent’s Guide to Roblox

If your kids love to play online games, one of the names you may be hearing about a lot lately is Roblox. Here's what you need to know ...
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Parent’s Guide to TikTok

What parents should know about TikTok, the wildly popular app that merges some of teenagers’ favorite things—social media and music—together on a platform where they can have fun creating content ...
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Parent’s and Educator’s Guide to Combating Online Hate Speech

How parents and educators can help prevent children from experiencing or engaging in hate speech as well as dealing with it in healthy ways when they encounter it ...
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Parent’s Guide to Instagram

Instagram is a social media app used by more than one billion people around the world to share photos, videos and messages ...
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Quick-Guide to Secure Passwords

The FBI along with other security experts are now recommending a “pass phrase” rather than simply a password. Such a phrase should be relatively long – at least 15 characters ...
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Tips for Dealing with Teen Sexting

“Sexting” usually refers to the sharing of sexually explicit images via mobile phones, but it can happen on other devices, too. First of all, research shows most teens don’t share ...
Tips to Help Stop Cyberbullying

Tips to Help Stop Cyberbullying

Guidance for parents and young people on cyberbullying, including advice for ending (or preventing) the cycle of aggression. For a more comprehensive look, see A Parents' Guide to Cyberbullying.  For ...
Advice on Sexting, Sextortion and Revenge Porn

Advice on Sexting, Sextortion and Revenge Porn

The safest way to avoid a picture getting into the wrong hands is to never take it, allow it to be taken, or share it. Sadly, there are cases (sometimes ...
Sexting, Sextortion and Revenge Porn

Sexting, Sextortion and Revenge Porn

Tips and advice Tips for Dealing with Teen Sexting Advice on Sexting, Sextortion and Revenge Porn FAQ on ‘Sexting’ and ‘Sextortion Articles: Panic over teen sexting is overblown Sexting & ...
Tips for Smart Cellphone Use

Tips for Smart Cellphone Use

Some 95% of Americans own cellphones of some kind, according to Pew Research Center - among 18- to 29-year-olds, the number is a whopping 100%. But no matter your age, ...
Strengthening Resilience During Tough Times

Strengthening Resilience During Tough Times

We spoke with Rabbi Kevin Bemel, a former US Navy chaplain, about resilience, relationships and thriving during difficult times. Bemel hosts "The Way to Wow" on YouTube. "The personal mantra ...
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New Dangers Facing Kids Online

Our interview with Internet Watch Foundation CEO Susie Hargreaves on rise of 'self-generated child sex abuse images and videos' and what can be done about it ...
Do Passwords Really Protect Us?

Do Passwords Really Protect Us?

Online security expert Andrew Shikiar of FIDO Alliance talked to us about phishing, vishing, social engineering, and what's wrong with passwords. "Simply put, passwords aren't up to the task." ...
Creating Inclusive Play Spaces

Creating Inclusive Play Spaces

Jill Asher, co-founder of Magical Bridge, talks about creating inclusive playgrounds across the US ...
How Empathy Helps Kids Succeed

How Empathy Helps Kids Succeed

Michele Borba, author of UnSelfie: Why Empathetic Kids Succeed In Our All About Me World, explains why empathic kids enjoy better mental health and overall resiliency. The good news is ...
Australia eSafety Commissioner Julie Inman Grant

Australia eSafety Commissioner Julie Inman Grant

We spoke with US-born Julie Inman Grant about her role as Australia’s eSafety Commissioner, the country's national independent regulator for online safety. Julie talked about her unique government role and ...
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Parenting for a Digital Future (Webcast)

When it comes to understanding how young people and their families are coping with today's technology, there are no better experts than Sonia Livingstone and Alicia Blum-Ross. Both have been
Teaching Kids Empathy & Kindness with Children's Author Trudy Ludwig

Teaching Kids Empathy & Kindness with Children’s Author Trudy Ludwig

Children's author Trudy Ludwig's books are not only delightfully written and illustrated but also teach and model empathy, caring and kindness. She joined us on ConnectSafely Live to talk about
Media in the Middle Ep. 10: Cancel Culture

Media in the Middle Ep. 10: Cancel Culture

Learn how young people feel about cancel culture, a practice of withdrawing support for (canceling) public figures and companies after they have done or said something considered objectionable or offensive.
Spirituality, Faith & Compassion During a Time of Crisis with Father Robert Ballecer, aka the "Digital Jesuit" (Webcast)

Spirituality, Faith & Compassion During a Time of Crisis with Father Robert Ballecer, aka the “Digital Jesuit” (Webcast)

Larry Magid and Kerry Gallagher speak with Father Robert Ballecer, a Jesuit priest currently at Jesuit Curia in Rome where he is spearheading an effort to use new media for
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Cybersecurity During COVID-19 (Webcast)

Larry Magid and Kerry Gallagher spoke with McAfee's Baker Nanduru, who had some excellent advice for all of us who are at a higher security risk due to all the
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Internet Ethics Amid Covid-19

Larry Magid and Kerry Gallagher speak with Irina Raicu, Director, Internet Ethics Program at the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics/Santa Clara University, about ethics and Covid-19 contact-tracing apps.
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