Author Archives: Larry Magid

PTA panel tackles digital citizenship (slideshow)

I was honored to be on a panel at the National PTA Conference in Austin, Texas focusing on digital citizenship (scroll down for a description and list of fellow panelists). Panelists explored both the meaning of digital citizenship and strategies for … Continue reading

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Aspen task force would take learning ‘back to the future’

This post first appeared in the San Jose Mercury News The Aspen Institute Task Force on Learning and the Internet released an outstanding report whose title, “Learner at the Center of a Networked World,” suggests a radical rethinking of how we … Continue reading

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Parents have a lot to learn about mobile safety, privacy and security: from their kids

After spending a lot of time writing and editing our new free booklet, A Parents’ Guide to Mobile Phones, my ConnectSafely.org colleagues and I came to the realization that parents do have a lot to learn — from their own kids. Sure, … Continue reading

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Aspen Institute Task Force takes on education in the Internet age

The report: Learner at the Center of a Networked World A task force report & a student bill of rights: Task Force member and ConnectSafely co-director’s commentary about the report and the work of modern-day student activists Make personalized learning a … Continue reading

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Google complies with “right to be forgotten” but is it the “right” ruling?

The European Union Court of Justice ruling about the “right to be forgotten” is more wrong than right. Of course I sympathize  with the individual who pressed the claim — a Spanish citizen who was upset that Google was linking to … Continue reading

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Missing Children’s Day — let’s bring them all home

Since it was founded 30 years ago, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) has helped reunite thousands of missing kids with their families. I have had the privilege of serving on NCMEC’s board for nearly two decades … Continue reading

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Internet security is a global issue that requires global cooperation

This post first appeared in the San Jose Mercury News PARIS — The National Cyber Security Alliance, or NCSA, is a Washington, D.C.-based organization that promotes online security and safety. Its board consists of representatives from Microsoft, Google, Facebook, Comcast and other … Continue reading

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Facebook changes new user default privacy setting to friends only — adds privacy checkup

This post first appeared on Forbes.com. Until now, when new Facebook users sent out their first post, the default setting was public, which means that anyone could see it. It’s long been easy to change the audience to Friends only but if … Continue reading

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Experts say UK’s optional filtering equals choice, not censorship

Under pressure from Prime Minister David Cameron and other British officials, major UK Internet service providers are now requiring customers to opt-in or out of Internet filters that affect every device in the home. And, starting this week, most public … Continue reading

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Do kids need special protections or do we all need them?

This post is a work in progress and subject to editing and updates by Larry Magid We have always taken child safety more seriously than adult safety, even where children are not necessarily at greater risk than adults. It’s probably instinctual. … Continue reading

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