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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An Ikea table top and four adjustable legs allows you to tailor the height of your desk

Safe computing includes minding your ergonomics

 I recently set up a new home office, which not only involved countless trips to Ikea, but also having to deal with ergonomics -- something I hadn't thought much about ...
Don’t let stalkers or abusers and creeps track your phone’s location

Don’t let stalkers or abusers and creeps track your phone’s location

Modern cell phones know where you are. This can be a very good thing, but — in the wrong hands — it can also lead to potential abuse ...
For our kids & ourselves: Presence in a digital age

For our kids & ourselves: Presence in a digital age

By Anne Collier Presence has never been harder or more needed – in this age of hyper transparency, connection, opinion and information, all in a media environment that's networked, so ...
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Privacy and security tips for newly-minted college students

This post first appeared on Forbes.com by Larry Magid Congratulations. After a long and sometimes stressful childhood you (or your teen) are ready for college. It's a big step that involves ...
Advice for reducing risk when using mobile phones

Advice for reducing risk when using mobile phones

This article first appeared in the San Jose Mercury News I recently helped write a free online booklet called "A Parents' Guide to Mobile Phones," available at connectsafely.org/mobile, but much ...
Examples of Research-Based Safety Advice

Examples of Research-Based Safety Advice

Parents’ Guides A Parents’ Guide to Facebook A Parents' Guide to Google+ Safety Tips FAQ on Sexting and Sextortion Tips to Prevent Teen Sexting Tips for Smart Videogaming Safety Tips ...
Video & Podcast: Rosalind Wiseman – NY Times Best-Selling Author & Founder of Cultures of Dignity

Video & Podcast: Rosalind Wiseman – NY Times Best-Selling Author & Founder of Cultures of Dignity

Larry Magid and Kerry Gallagher spoke with NY Times Best-Selling Author & Founder of Cultures of Dignity Rosalind Wiseman about teens, parents, social media, gaming, and education today. The movie ...
Video & Podcast: Jacqueline Beauchere, Microsoft’s Global Safety Advocate

Video & Podcast: Jacqueline Beauchere, Microsoft’s Global Safety Advocate

We speak with Jacqueline Beauchere, Microsoft’s Global Safety Advocate about their research on digital civility as well as the company's campaign to educate parents and youth about online safety during ...
Video + Podcast: Mindy Brooks, Director of User Experience for Google Play and Google’s Kids and Family Initiative

Video + Podcast: Mindy Brooks, Director of User Experience for Google Play and Google’s Kids and Family Initiative

Mindy Brooks, Director of User Experience for Google Play and Google’s Kids and Family Initiative. Interviewed by Larry Magid and Kerry Gallagher. Listen to "Mindy Brooks, Director of User Experience ...
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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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How Schools and Parents Can Promote Media Literacy

Michelle Ciulla Lipkin, executive director of National Association for Media Literacy Education, speaks with us about why media literacy is more important than ever ...
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Why Teens Love TikTok

We spoke with Jeff Collins and Lavanya Mahendran about all things TikTok, including how people are creatively using the service during this period plus TikTok's new safety features ...
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