Family Guide to Parental Controls

Family Guide to Parental Controls

Filters can usually prevent young children from accidentally stumbling on troubling or inappropriate material, but they are less effective at keeping older kids and teens from deliberately visiting blocked sites ...
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Connected devices at CES raise security, privacy and safety questions

It seems as if almost every exhibitor at CES was showing things that connect to other things. LG showed off washing machines and kitchen appliances that send messages to smartphones ...
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Sony's hacked emails present a teachable moment

Sony's hacked emails present a teachable moment

by Larry Magid The Sony hack, which the FBI is now blaming on North Korea, wound up exposing emails between Sony executives and others in the entertainment industry, including some ...
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Smartphones are popular holiday gifts for kids that come with responsibility

Smartphones are popular holiday gifts for kids that come with responsibility

There will be lots of smartphones under Christmas trees and Hanukkah bushes this year, but if you plan to get one for a teen or pre-teen, consider first having "that ...
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Protecting student privacy calls for student participation

Protecting student privacy calls for student participation

By Anne Collier This era of big data and big exposure – of all aspects of life to peers, the public and even perpetrators – calls for big participation. Because ...
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Why cybersecurity is patriotic and humanistic

Why cybersecurity is patriotic and humanistic

I'd like to add National Cyber Security Awareness Month to the 4th of July, Memorial Day and Veterans Day as yet another patriotic holiday. And while we're at it, let's ...
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Massive data breach shows skills of Russian hackers

I grew up during the Cold War and, like most people at the time, was conditioned to fear the Soviet Union, which many people simply referred to as "Russia," even ...
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From 'Big Data' to 'Big Parent': Student privacy developments

From 'Big Data' to 'Big Parent': Student privacy developments

By Anne Collier Have you been watching the Big Parent response to Big Data? Great lede from Politico.com's Stephanie Simon: "You’ve heard of Big Oil and Big Tobacco. Now get ...
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Family Contract for Smartphone Use

Pledge for kids and teens I will not touch or look at my phone when it's dangerous to do so such as driving, riding a bike or walking. I will ...
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ConnectSafely’s Security Center

ConnectSafely's Security Center features our Parents' Guide to Cybersecurity plus useful resources to help protect your family's devices and networks ...
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