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 it does and doesn’t do, what information it collects and to set some guidelines.

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 I've adopted over the last 6 months is 'courage at all times,'" he says. '

Google-Owned Cellular Service Becomes More Family Friendly

Google-Owned Cellular Service Becomes More Family Friendly

Google Fi cellular service has been around since 2015, but it just got some new features that make it more family-friendly ...

Facebook’s Messenger & Instagram’s Disappearing Act

Snapchat may have pioneered disappearing posts in social media, but Facebook is adding a disappearing act to messaging. Vanish Mode, for Facebook's Messenger and Instagram, enables users to send messages ...

Keeping Kids Safe on Roblox

If you have children in your life, there is a very good chance they play games on Roblox — a popular gaming platform that allows people to play games that others create or create games for others to play. Think of it as YouTube for video games — most people are there to play, but some use the Roblox platform to create and promote their own ...

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 ...
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.
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. ConnectSafely is partnering with My Digital TAT2 for this teen-led
Well-Being on Instagram: The Latest Advice

Well-Being on Instagram: The Latest Advice

We had a wide-ranging discussion with Instagram's head of safety, Vaishnavi J, about feeling pressure to present a certain body image on social media, how parents can talk with their kids about Instagram, plus the latest safety tools parents -
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How do we get electronics out of our kids’ bedrooms?

How do we get electronics out of our kids’ bedrooms?

by Michael Rich, MD Q: We would like to get devices (smartphones, laptops, kindles, tablets) out of our kids’ bedrooms, but we don’t know how to do this. They use their ...
Parents: Check your (online) behavior

Parents: Check your (online) behavior

By Sue Sheff We frequently hear and discuss the behavior of youth on social media, but we rarely discuss how adults behave online. And while you’ve probably heard how kids ...
Sony's hacked emails present a teachable moment

Sony's hacked emails present a teachable moment

by Larry Magid The Sony hack, which the FBI is now blaming on North Korea, wound up exposing emails between Sony executives and others in the entertainment industry, including some ...
Smartphones are popular holiday gifts for kids that come with responsibility

Smartphones are popular holiday gifts for kids that come with responsibility

There will be lots of smartphones under Christmas trees and Hanukkah bushes this year, but if you plan to get one for a teen or pre-teen, consider first having "that ...
Perfect digital parenting doesn't exist

Perfect digital parenting doesn't exist

By Anne Collier I'm stating the obvious – that perfect digital-age parenting doesn't exist – but let me explain why it doesn't. Writer Heather Havrilesky got me thinking about this ...
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Dealing with the nasties online

By Anne Collier Pondering positive ways to deal with online negativity seems to be a trend – maybe even a blooming social norm! Because, in response to social cruelty like ...
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Katherine Pforzheimer on remote learning + bonus concert from Will Magid

Katherine Pforzheimer on remote learning + bonus concert from Will Magid

This is a very special edition of ConnectSafely Live. To celebrate Larry Magid’s birthday, he and Kerry Gallagher were joined by his two adult children, Katherine Magid Pforzheimer and Will ...
Media Literacy - What It Is & Why It's Important

Media Literacy – What It Is & Why It’s Important

Renee Hobbs, founder of the Media Education Lab at Univ. of Rhode Island, explains why digital and media literacy are more important than ever. Our conversation with Renee Hobbs can ...
Is Cyberbullying Increasing Amid Covid-19?

Is Cyberbullying Increasing Amid Covid-19?

We spoke with Justin Patchin, co-director of the Cyberbullying Research Center about how young people (and adults) are dealing with the pandemic. We touched on whether the pandemic is increasing ...
'Mediatrician' & Pediatrician Michael Rich

‘Mediatrician’ & Pediatrician Michael Rich

Michael Rich, MD, MPH, is Associate Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School, Associate Professor of Social and Behavioral Sciences at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, and ...
Black Lives Matter & Education

Black Lives Matter & Education

Larry Magid and Kerry Gallagher talk with Newton North High School (Newton, Mass.) principal Henry Turner about how social media is facilitating a conversation about race, plus advice for parents ...
Expert Researcher on Youth, Social Media, Protests and Covid-19

Expert Researcher on Youth, Social Media, Protests and Covid-19

Podcast Listen to "Researcher Sonia Livingstone on what's happening with youth, social media, protest and Covid-19" on Spreaker ...
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Tech New Year's Resolutions for Educators

Tech New Year’s Resolutions for Educators

A conversation between journalist Larry Magid and veteran educator Kerry Gallagher about New Year's resolutions for educators. They talk about risk taking and how to encourage your colleagues to take
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Protecting Children from Inappropriate Content in the UK

We talk to John Carr about internet safety for kids in the UK and newly regulated laws to protect children from inappropriate content and the proper education methods to seek
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Media Literacy for Educators and Families with Young Children

ConnectSafely’s CEO Larry Magid and K-12 Education Director Kerry Gallagher talk about media literacy aimed at young children and teens. Kerry talks about approaching media literacy in the classroom as
AI, Machine Learning Battle Child Sexual Exploitation

AI, Machine Learning Battle Child Sexual Exploitation

I’ve seen a steady increase in the number of reports to the organization’s CyberTipline about online child sexual abuse images (child porn) and other crimes against children.
National Cyber Security Awareness Month

Symantec's Paige Hanson on How to Stay Safe Online

Podcast | ConnectSafely CEO and CBS News Tech Analyst Larry Magid spoke with Paige Hanson, Symantec’s Chief of Identity Education about all things security. They not only spoke about the
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Relay ‘Walkie-Talkie’ & Other Tech for Families with Young Children

ConnectSafely's CEO Larry Magid and K-12 Education Director Kerry Gallagher talk about products aimed at families of young children, including the Relay  screenless communication device that Kerry and her two
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