Upcoming Webcasts

Thurs, August 20: Keeping Gamers Safe Online

Maria Oliveira Tamellini of GamerSafer talks about preventing crime and toxicity in online gaming. Join us on Aug. 20 at 10 AM PT our Facebook page or Zoom https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86829390857

Thurs, August 27: Children’s Author Trudy Ludwig

Trudy reads from her new picture book, THE POWER OF ONE: Every Act of Kindness Counts. Join us Aug. 27 at 10 AM PT on our Facebook page or Zoom https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82789267071


Recent Webcasts

Tues, August 11: Child Protection with Ernie Allen

Ernie Allen is a global expert on the digital economy; the dark side of the internet, public-private partnerships and child protection including the issues of child abduction, sexual exploitation, sexual violence, human trafficking and modern slavery.  


Tues, August 4: Father Robert Ballecer on Spirituality & Religion During Trying Times

Fr. Robert Ballecer, SJ is a Jesuit priest currently missioned to the Jesuit Curia (worldwide headquarters) in Rome where he is spearheading an effort to use new media for evangelization. A computer engineer by trade, Robert found his passion for all-things-tech early in his life: spending much of his childhood dumpster diving through the eWaste of Silicon Valley.


Thurs, July 30: Students As Part of the Solution

We speak with Kim Karr, co-founder of #ICANHELP, along with the organization’s lead intern, Malorie Bournazian, about mental health and digital wellness.


Tues, July 28: Cybersecurity During COVID-19

McAfee’s Baker Nanduru has some excellent advice for all of us who are at a higher security risk due to all the scammers exploiting COVID-19.


Thurs, July 23: Will Gardner, Childnet International

Will Gardner, CEO of London-based Childnet International, has been working in online safety for children for >20 years and has a great deal of insight not just about protecting kids but empowering them. This was an upbeat and optimistic conversation about a wide variety of topics ranging from sexting to youth activism. Take a look and listen.


Tues, July 21: John Carr – UK perspective on child safety

Larry Magid and Kerry Gallagher spoke with UK-based John Carr, Secretary of British Children’s Charity Safety Coalition, about child safety online. We also got a British perspective on issues facing both the US and the UK, including Covid-19 and racial justice.


Tues, July 14: Building Resilience in Kids

Mia Doces of Committee for Children talks to us about social-emotional learning during the pandemic, and how parents and teachers can help children build resilience and strengthen relations during the Covid-19 crisis.


Tues, July 7: Internet Founding Father Vint Cerf

It was such a pleasure to spend some time with Vint Cerf, widely known as one of the “fathers of the internet.” We talked about his bout with Covid-19, his experiences during the very early days of the internet, what he has learned and how he has evolved over issues of permitted speech, safety and other issues. This is a great lesson in both history and where we are going as a species. Vint has never rested on his laurels. He thinks a lot about the future. Take a look and listen and let us know what you think.


Thurs, July 2: Cyberdating Expert Julie Spira

ConnectSafely’s Larry Magid and Kerry Gallagher talk to cyber dating expert Julie Spira about how COVID-19 has changed online (and offline) dating.


Tues, June 30: Teaching and parenting young children during Covid-19. Bonus performance from DJ and trumpeter, Will Magid

ConnectSafely’s Larry Magid and Kerry Gallagher talk with kindergarten teacher Katherine Magid Pforzheimer, M.Ed, about teaching young children during the pandemic. Katherine (who is Larry’s daughter) is now teaching online and working on plans for safe on and offline teaching in the fall.

It’s Larry’s birthday so, as a bonus, his son Will Magid, a renowned trumpet player and DJ, whose music was featured in a 2020 Superbowl commercial, will perform at the beginning and end of the program.


Thurs, June 25: Media Literacy expert Renee Hobbs

Larry Magid and Kerry Gallagher spoke with Renee Hobbs, founder of the Media Education Lab at Univ. of Rhode Island, about why digital & media literacy is more important than ever.


Tues, June 23: Justin Patchin, Cyberbullying Research Center

We spoke with Justin Patchin, co-director of the Cyberbullying Research Center about how young people (and adults) are dealing with the pandemic and the fight for racial justice. We touched on whether the pandemic is increasing cyberbullying and how to encourage resilience. Justin talked about handling some of the problems online as well as celebrating how social media is being used for positivity.

We spoke with Justin Patchin, co-director of the Cyberbullying Research Center about how young people (and adults) are dealing with the pandemic and the fight for racial justice. We touched on whether the pandemic is increasing cyberbullying and how to encourage resilience. Justin talked about handling some 


Thurs, June 18: Pediatrician Dr. Michael Rich

We talked to Dr. Michael Rich from Harvard Medical School and Boston’s Children’s Hospital about kids and screen time, plus how the Covid-19 pandemic is affecting kids’ mental and physical well-being.


Tues, June 16: Alan Miller, CEO of The News Literacy Project

Kerry Gallagher and Larry Magid spoke with Alan Miller of The News Literacy Project about how to know what sources of news to trust and/or share, coverage of the Black Lives Matter movement, Covid-19 and more.

Tues, June 9: Educator Henry Turner

Larry Magid and Kerry Gallagher talk with Newton (Mass.) North High School principal Henry Turner about how social media is facilitating a conversation about race and how educators are dealing with racial issues. Plus advice for parents and teachers about talking to students about what’s happening.


June 2: Researcher Sonia Livingstone on What’s Happening with Youth, Social Media, Protest and Covid-19

Larry and Kerry speak with Sonia Livingstone — one of the world’s leading researchers on youth and social media. We talked about the protests in the streets of America, the rights of youth, the impact of Covid-19 on young people’s use of social media, and much more. Please watch and please share this video with your friends on Facebook.


May 28: 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 “Mean Girls” was based on her book Queen Bees & Wannabes.


May 26: Expert Advice from Tech Advice Columnist Ed Bott

We talk ‘tech support’ during lockdown with Ed Bott, an award-winning technology writer with more than two decades’ experience writing for mainstream media outlets and online publications.


May 21: Microsoft’s Global Safety Advocate

We speak with Jacqueline Beauchere, Microsoft’s Global Safety Advocate, about the latest research from Microsoft on digital civility.


May 19: Covid-19 from a Doctor’s Perspective

Larry Magid and Kerry Gallagher speak with Dr. Enoch Choi. Enoch is a physician working at Santa Clara County Medical Center in California, taking care of low-income patients, including those with Covid-19. In this webcast, he not only dispenses good medical advice, but care and compassion and a positive attitude that we can all use. For those of us who are doing the right thing, it will almost certainly be OK, he told us. So do watch or listen, follow his advice and be well and be kind.


May 14: Privacy Amid Covid-19

Privacy is always an important issue but never more so than during this Covid-19 pandemic when people are being asked to consider giving up some privacy in the name of public health. Whether it’s tracing apps or decisions about who gets to go to work or school, there are plenty of privacy questions arising from our current situation.

To explore this topic, Larry Magid and Kerry Gallagher of ConnectSafely spoke with Amelia Vance, Director of Youth and Education Privacy at the Future of Privacy Forum. Amelia advises policymakers, academics, companies, districts, and states on child and student privacy law and best practices.


May 13: Tech Inventor Philippe Kahn on Importance of Sleep & How to Improve It

Larry Magid and Kerry Gallagher speak with Philippe Kahn, founder and CEO of Fullpower Technologies, which develops technology that measures both the quantity and quality of sleep. We talked about the importance of sleep, how to improve sleep and how sleep is affected during the period of self-isolation. Philippe is also known as the inventor of the camera phone among many other inventions.


May 12: How Teens Are Coping During Covid-19

We speak with Erica Pelavin, co-founder of My Digital TAT2 and a practicing adolescent psychologist, about ways teens can support their peers and how schools can support students during Covid-19.


May 7: Esther Wojcicki: How to Raise Successful People

Larry Magid and Kerry Gallagher speak with Esther Wojcicki about the subject of her latest book, “How to Raise Successful People.”


May 5: Balancing Screen Time, Plus Advice for Picking Kids’ Apps

We spoke with  Mindy Brooks, Director of User Experience for Google Play and Google’s Kids and Family Initiative.


April 30: Internet Ethics Amid Covid-19


April 28: How Schools and Parents Can Promote Media Literacy

Michelle Ciulla Lipkin, executive director of National Association for Media Literacy Education, speaks with ConnectSafely’s Larry Magid and Kerry Gallagher about why media literacy is more important than ever.


More Webcasts

April 23: How TikTok Is Addressing Covid-19 Crisis

ConnectSafely’s CEO Larry Magid and Dir. of K-12 Education Kerry Gallagher speak with TikTok’s Senior Director of Global Trust & Safety, Jeff Collins and Lavanya Mahendran, TikTok’s Senior Policy Manager about how the platform is helping teens during Covid-19.


April 21: Roblox VP of Marketing & Digital Civility Tami Bhaumik

ConnectSafely’s CEO Larry Magid and Dir. of K-12 Education Kerry Gallagher speak with Roblox’s VP of Marketing and Digital Civility Tami Bhaumik about how kids use Roblox, plus what parents gain when they game with their kids.


April 16: Zoom Chief Product Officer Oded Gal

Larry Magid and Kerry Gallagher interview Zoom Chief Product Officer Oded Gal about how the company is handling its explosive growth and how to use Zoom’s privacy, safety and security features.


April 14: Domestic Violence Amid the Covid-19 Crisis

We speak with Rachel Gibson of the National Network to End Domestic Violence about how sheltering at home is affecting domestic violence survivors and what they can do to try to prevent or end abuse.


April 9: “Physically Distant But Socially Connected: Safety & Well-Being During Covid-19”

ConnectSafely’s Larry Magid and Kerry Gallagher interview Facebook Global Head of Safety Antigone Davis

April 7: “Avoiding Financial Fraud During the Covid-19 Crisis”

Tom Edwards, U.S. Secret Service & Lori Hodges, Visa

April 2: “Parenting & Working While Sheltering at Home”

Larry Magid & Kerri Gallagher, ConnectSafely