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Parent’s Quick-Guide to Instagram

Parent’s Quick-Guide to Instagram

The main things parents worry about are typical of all social media: mean behavior among peers, encountering — or creating — inappropriate or dangerous content, overuse, and of course, privacy.

Parent’s Guide to Discord

Parent’s Guide to Discord

If you’ve got a teen in your house, there’s a good chance you have Discord. We don’t mean bickering—we’re talking Discord with a capital D, the chat app that’s especially popular with teens.

Avoiding 'Zoom Fatigue'

Avoiding ‘Zoom Fatigue’

Over the past couple of years there has been an increased focus on screen time. Much of this has to do with the pandemic that has forced both adults and children into video meetings and learning during times when it was considered unsafe to gather in person. ...

Ask Trish: How Much is Too Much Screentime?

Dear Trish: Everyone says I spend way too much time on my phone. How much time is too much time? First off, thank you for the fantastic question! Let me ...

Facebook News: It’s Complicated

One of my favorite phrases is “it’s complicated,” because it expresses the fact that many things in life are not as simple as they seem ...

What is Digital Wellness?

Educators are surely familiar with the term “digital citizenship.” We are familiar with coaching and modeling for our students the ways toward acting as an upstander, blocking and reporting bullies and bad actors, and making the internet a more positive and truthful place ...
Senior’s Guide to TikTok

Senior’s Guide to TikTok

Seniors like TikTok for some of the same reasons as teens. It’s fun and entertaining and — if you choose to post videos — it’s an easy way to express yourself and build a community. What you need to know to get started on the popular app.

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 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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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.
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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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