Every Day Can Be ‘Safer Internet Day’

Every Day Can Be ‘Safer Internet Day’

  Officially, Safer Internet Day was Tuesday, February 9th, recognized in more than 100 countries around the world.  But, in the U.S., the official Safer Internet Day celebration was online and asynchronous, which means all of the resources, videos and activities...

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.

My new air fryer is a security risk

My new air fryer is a security risk

Like a growing number of appliances, the "smart" air fryer I bought can connect to a home Wi-Fi network so that it can be controlled via a smartphone app or by voice through Amazon Alexa or Google Home smart speakers ...

Tips for preventing ‘ransomware’ attacks

A ransomware attack can encrypt data or lock you completely out of your device. It can also be used as a form of blackmail or extortion if the hacker finds something that they think may embarrass or incriminate you. Although victims are often large companies or public agencies, it can affect small businesses or people at home ...

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 ...

New Research & Resources for Online Wellness

It’s been a big week when it comes to resources for promoting wellness and helping protect children online. with new resources from Google and Instagram and a study from Common Sense Media ...
Family Guide to Parental Controls

Family Guide to Parental Controls

Download the PDF What are parental controls and what do they do? There are a variety of control tools and monitoring tools available to parents. Some are software products or mobile apps that you buy or subscribe to. Others are
Family Guide to Messenger by Facebook

Family Guide to Messenger by Facebook

Messenger has several features to put you in control of your privacy, safety and security. Here's what you need to know.
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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The Parent’s Guide to Cybersecurity

DownloadFull Guide (PDF)Quick Guide (PDF) Just about everyone is online these days, including the vast majority of teens and a growing number of young children. Whether by using a smartphone, ...
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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