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Metaverse: What’s the Risk?

Metaverse: What’s the Risk?

You’ve probably heard the term “metaverse,” which is being embraced by numerous tech companies. The company formerly known as Facebook is so committed to the idea, that it’s renamed itself “Meta” to symbolize its deep dive into this new online world.

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.

Ask Trish: The Myth of Likes

Ask Trish: The Myth of Likes

Dear Trish: I’m always super stressed about my likes on social media. I’ve even deleted posts when they don’t get enough likes. Help! ...

Technology to Help Care for Elderly Loved Ones

Amazon is jumping into the elder-care market with products to enable people to monitor and assist elderly loved-ones ...

Parent’s Guide to Amazon Parent Dashboard

Amazon Parent Dashboard is the free hub where parents and guardians manage and customize their kids’ experiences across Amazon devices and the Amazon Kids + subscription. ...

Computing Has Gone Full Circle, and It’s Time to Go Back a Bit

My very first computer was a Cyber 70. I didn’t own it nor did I ever get within a few feet of it. It was a giant mainframe housed at the University of Massachusetts Amherst Graduate Research Center ...
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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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

Larry Magid and Kerry Gallagher interview Mindy Brooks, Director of User Experience for Google Play and Google’s Kids and Family Initiative. Listen on Spreaker: ...
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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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