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Panic over teen sexting is overblown

November 12, 2015

By Larry Magid It's time to take a deep breath when it comes to teen sexting. It is an issue but it's not an epidemic and, in most cases, when it happens it doesn't result in anything terrible.

Why Kate Winslet is wrong about social media

November 7, 2015

By Maureen Kochan Actress Kate Winslet, who stars in the new film based on the life of Apple founder Steve Jobs, told the Sunday Times in the U.K. that she doesn’t allow her kids to use social media at home.

Cyber criminals often resort to simple trickery

November 5, 2015

By Larry Magid As it does every year, security firm Trend Micro has released its annual threat report, titled "Security Predictions for 2016 and Beyond." And, to me, the most profound statement in the report is "cybercriminals don't need to use the most advanced technologies or sophisticated methods to succeed. Sometimes, simply understanding the psychology behind each scheme and its targets can be enough to make up for the lack of sophistication."

How educators can talk with students about media literacy

November 2, 2015

By Kerry Gallagher Just over a decade ago a common understanding of the word “literacy” included only the abilities to read and write text. Today, literacy encompasses the abilities to interpret and create media that includes text, but also art, audio, video, animation, and the rest of the infinite possibilities available in a digital age.

Media Literacy Week and the U.S. election process

October 31, 2015

By Larry Magid Media Literacy Week is a time for both young people and adults to this about how we consume and produce media. And though the timing may be coincidental, all the coverage of the presidential campaigns are good examples of why media literacy is so important.

New federal law strengthens access to STEM

October 29, 2015

By Maria Spencer Now that Congress has expanded the definition of STEM subjects to include computer science there will be more opportunities and resources for all students including minorities to access some federal resources.
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