Parent’s Guide to Tech for Tots

Parent’s Guide to Tech for Tots

Teaching even our youngest children how to use devices and interact with digital content in a healthy way has become an important part of parenting.

Getting Ready for ‘Virtual School’

Getting Ready for ‘Virtual School’

Fortunately, most families already have a broadband connection and either a computer or tablet, but there is still a digital divide as was evidenced by that now-famous photo of two young girls sitting in a parking lot of a Salinas Taco Bell to access the restaurant’s WiFi because they didn’t have internet at home.

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 -
The Parent's Guide to Snapchat

The Parent’s Guide to Snapchat

DownloadFull Guide (PDF) Jump to Top 5 Questions about Snapchat from Parents   Snapchat is all about fun and spontaneity. By default, the text, photos and videos you send disappear ...
The Parent's Guide to Kik

The Parent’s Guide to Kik

DownloadFull Guide (PDF) 5 Questions (PDF)   Jump to Top 5 Questions Parents Ask About Kik Kik is a community chat app that allows users to connect with brands or ...
The Parent's Guide to Student Data Privacy

The Parent’s Guide to Student Data Privacy

Schools have always held a wide range of data about our children and families: Name, address, names of parents or guardians, date of birth ...
A Parent's Guide to Mobile Phones

A Parent’s Guide to Mobile Phones

It seems just about everybody has a mobile phone now, including more than three-quarters of U.S. teens and a rapidly growing number of younger kids ...
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Tips for Safe GPS Location-Sharing

Tips for Safe GPS Location-Sharing

Most "smart phones" and even some regular cellphones allow you to run location-sharing software that uses the phone’s GPS capability to let friends and family know your exact location ...
Tips for Getting Cached Content Removed

Tips for Getting Cached Content Removed

We recently helped a 17-year-old get a topless photo and fake profile removed from a social networking site. But even though content was deleted from the service, the picture and ...
How to Disable Location on your Mobile Device

How to Disable Location on your Mobile Device

What you need to know about disabling location settings on mobile phones ...
Can the Internet ruin your life? 5 tips to help you avoid online trouble

Can the Internet ruin your life? 5 tips to help you avoid online trouble

By Sue Scheff It's a fact of life: people today spend more time digitally connected than ever before. This generation of youth, as well as young adults and parents, are ...
Tips for safe online holiday shopping

Tips for safe online holiday shopping

By Larry Magid With the holiday season upon us, a lot of people will be shopping online this year. For the most part, it's pretty safe but there are some ...
Identity theft can hit children too

Identity theft can hit children too

by Larry Magid Identify theft can be a serious problem for victims. It can destroy your credit, get you in trouble with the IRS and sometimes even result in your ...
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 ...
cyber security

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 ...
Protecting Kids Online (Webcast)

Protecting Kids Online (Webcast)

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 ...
John Carr - UK Child Safety Advocate (Webcast)

John Carr – UK Child Safety Advocate (Webcast)

Larry Magid and Kerry Gallagher spoke with UK-based John Carr, Secretary of British Children’s Charity Safety Coalition, about child safety online ...
Social-Emotional Learning & Mindfulness (Webcast)

Social-Emotional Learning & Mindfulness (Webcast)

We speak with Mia Doces of Committee for Children about social-emotional learning during the pandemic, and how parents and teachers can help children build resilience ...
Vint Cerf, One of the 'Fathers' of the Internet, Looks Back - And Forward

Vint Cerf, One of the ‘Fathers’ of the Internet, Looks Back – And Forward

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 ...
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
Safety and Privacy of Smart Displays and Speakers at Home and in the Classroom

Safety and Privacy of Smart Displays and Speakers at Home and in the Classroom

We discuss our use of the Facebook Portal as well as other smart displays and speakers that they have tested. There are privacy and safety implications, but they can be
finding balance

Balancing Tech and Low-Tech During Kids’ Summer Break

Summer is almost here, which means that kids will be out of school. While that means that they do have more time to use their devices, it's also time for
Helping Kids Survive Bullying and Other Trauma

Helping Kids Survive Bullying and Other Trauma

ConnectSafley CEO Larry Magid and K-12 Education Director Kerry Gallagher talk about how adults can support youth who have been affected by bullying. Why do some kids have a horrible
Larry Maghid and Kerry Gallagher

Helping Students Cope with Flood of Presidential Election News

The Presidential election campaign is heating up. And with it will come lots of claims, counterclaims and, likely, plenty of inaccuracies.
Why Facebook Instituted its Policy to Ban Support for White Nationalism and White Supremacy

Why Facebook Instituted its Policy to Ban Support for White Nationalism and White Supremacy

ConnectSafely CEO and CBS News Technology Analyst, Larry Magid speaks with human rights expert Brittan Heller on why Facebook instituted its new policy to ban support for white nationalism and

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