How We Got Here

How We Got Here

by Larry MagidThis post first appeared in the Mercury News Because they’ve been written about extensively, there’s no need for me to repeat how the internet – Facebook, Twitter and lesser-known sites like Gab and the now-suspended Parler have contributed to the...

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.

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 ...

Misinformation Amplified by Social Media

As Daniel Patrick Moynihan once wrote, “Everyone is entitled to his own opinion, but not his own facts ...

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 ...
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.
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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Tips for Smart Videogaming

Tips for Smart Videogaming

More than just fun 'n' games. They can be a social experience – in a single room or over the Internet. For some families, they can be a way to ...
'Soft power' parenting works better

'Soft power' parenting works better

Why an authoritarian style or sudden imposition of parental controls – against sexting or any other troubling new issue – don't work very well in parenting social Web users ...
The Net effect

The Net effect

Parents, teachers, students, if anybody asks, here's why it's so important to think before you post ...
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Tech Tools to Engage your Family in Fun or Educational Activities

There are plenty of tools out there to keep every member of the family engaged during this period when many of us are staying at home. In fact, for some ...
family screen time

Parenting and Working While Sheltering at Home

A blog post by Larry Magid and a podcast with Larry and ConnectSafely education director, Kerry Gallagher about working from home while your kids are at home engaged in home-based ...
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