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Instagram Testing Age Verification Technology

Instagram Testing Age Verification Technology

Instagram has announced new ways to verify the approximate age of its users, including Face-Based-Age-Prediction (FBAP) technology that can anonymously determine a person’s approximate age.: How it works and why it matters

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.

Ask Trish: Digital Boundaries

Ask Trish: Digital Boundaries

Trish, my friend keeps posting pics of us on her Insta, and I look so bad in all of them. I once asked her to check with me first but she keeps forgetting and I don’t want to ask over and over. What do I do? ...

Ask Trish: Finding Positivity Online

Trish, how do you find positive things online? Or is it all just doomed to be bad (lol)? ...

How to Make Google Search Safer or More Precise

Just about everyone uses Google to search the internet but, what some people may not know, is that Google offers lots of search options, including “SafeSearch,” which filters out links to explicit content ...

Ask Trish: Phone Distraction

Hey Trish, I am SO distracted by my phone all the time. What tips do you have for staying focused and away from my phone? ...
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.

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.

Quick-Guide to Cybersecurity

Quick-Guide to Cybersecurity

Download Quick-Guide (PDF) Why should we care about security? Insecure devices and accounts can jeopardize your privacy, financial well-being and even personal safety. And it can affect others because insecure ...
Parent's and Educator's Quick-Guide to Hate Speech

Parent’s and Educator’s Quick-Guide to Hate Speech

Download Quick Guide (PDF) What is hate speech? Hate speech is more than just harsh words. It can be any form of expression intended to vilify, humiliate, or incite hatred ...
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 & Educator's Guide to Media Literacy & False Information

Parent’s & Educator’s Guide to Media Literacy & False Information

We hear a lot about misinformation, disinformation and “fake news,” but whatever you call it, it’s a symptom of much larger problems, including the lack of media literacy ...
Parent's Quick-Guide  to TikTok

Parent’s Quick-Guide to TikTok

TikTok is an app that allows people to view, create and share short videos with friends, family, or the entire world. Although used by lots of adults of all ages, ...
Guide to Ray-Ban Stories: Bystander Privacy in a World of Wearable Cameras

Guide to Ray-Ban Stories: Bystander Privacy in a World of Wearable Cameras

Facebook Reality Labs and Ray-Ban have partnered Ray-Ban Stories, the companies’ first generation of smart glasses. This relatively new product category brings up questions regarding safety for the user and ...
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Quick-Guide to Secure Passwords

The FBI along with other security experts are now recommending a “pass phrase” rather than simply a password. Such a phrase should be relatively long – at least 15 characters ...
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Tips for Dealing with Teen Sexting

“Sexting” usually refers to the sharing of sexually explicit images via mobile phones, but it can happen on other devices, too. First of all, research shows most teens don’t share ...
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 ...
Advice on Sexting, Sextortion and Revenge Porn

Advice on Sexting, Sextortion and Revenge Porn

The safest way to avoid a picture getting into the wrong hands is to never take it, allow it to be taken, or share it. Sadly, there are cases (sometimes ...
Sexting, Sextortion and Revenge Porn

Sexting, Sextortion and Revenge Porn

Tips and advice Tips for Dealing with Teen Sexting Advice on Sexting, Sextortion and Revenge Porn FAQ on ‘Sexting’ and ‘Sextortion Articles: Panic over teen sexting is overblown Sexting & ...
Tips for Smart Cellphone Use

Tips for Smart Cellphone Use

Some 95% of Americans own cellphones of some kind, according to Pew Research Center - among 18- to 29-year-olds, the number is a whopping 100%. But no matter your age, ...
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 ...
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New Dangers Facing Kids Online

Our interview with Internet Watch Foundation CEO Susie Hargreaves on rise of 'self-generated child sex abuse images and videos' and what can be done about it ...
Do Passwords Really Protect Us?

Do Passwords Really Protect Us?

Online security expert Andrew Shikiar of FIDO Alliance talked to us about phishing, vishing, social engineering, and what's wrong with passwords. "Simply put, passwords aren't up to the task." ...
Creating Inclusive Play Spaces

Creating Inclusive Play Spaces

Jill Asher, co-founder of Magical Bridge, talks about creating inclusive playgrounds across the US ...
How Empathy Helps Kids Succeed

How Empathy Helps Kids Succeed

Michele Borba, author of UnSelfie: Why Empathetic Kids Succeed In Our All About Me World, explains why empathic kids enjoy better mental health and overall resiliency. The good news is ...
Australia eSafety Commissioner Julie Inman Grant

Australia eSafety Commissioner Julie Inman Grant

We spoke with US-born Julie Inman Grant about her role as Australia’s eSafety Commissioner, the country's national independent regulator for online safety. Julie talked about her unique government role and ...
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Parenting for a Digital Future (Webcast)

When it comes to understanding how young people and their families are coping with today's technology, there are no better experts than Sonia Livingstone and Alicia Blum-Ross. Both have been
Teaching Kids Empathy & Kindness with Children's Author Trudy Ludwig

Teaching Kids Empathy & Kindness with Children’s Author Trudy Ludwig

Children's author Trudy Ludwig's books are not only delightfully written and illustrated but also teach and model empathy, caring and kindness. She joined us on ConnectSafely Live to talk about
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.
Spirituality, Faith & Compassion During a Time of Crisis with Father Robert Ballecer, aka the "Digital Jesuit" (Webcast)

Spirituality, Faith & Compassion During a Time of Crisis with Father Robert Ballecer, aka the “Digital Jesuit” (Webcast)

Larry Magid and Kerry Gallagher speak with Father Robert Ballecer, a Jesuit priest currently at Jesuit Curia in Rome where he is spearheading an effort to use new media for
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Cybersecurity During COVID-19 (Webcast)

Larry Magid and Kerry Gallagher spoke with McAfee's Baker Nanduru, who had some excellent advice for all of us who are at a higher security risk due to all the
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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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