Category Archives: Child safety

Let’s stop persecuting ‘Auschwitz selfie girl’ for smiling at a camera

I grew up Jewish so I’m naturally very sensitive to the horrors that took place at Auschwitz during the Holocaust. I’m also very critical of Holocaust deniers and those who would minimize what the Nazis did to Jews, gays and … Continue reading

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Privacy and security tips for newly-minted college students

This post first appeared on Forbes.com by Larry Magid Congratulations. After a long and sometimes stressful childhood you (or your teen) are ready for college. It’s a big step that involves a great deal of freedom and independence and an exciting … Continue reading

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LG’s new tracking watch for young children

There are lots of apps that can allow a parent to track their child’s phone. Assuming the phone and kid are together and the phone is turned on and in range, you can also use those apps to track your kid. … Continue reading

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The ‘real world’ is a lot more dangerous than cyberspace

by Larry Magid This post first appeared on Forbes.com The media is full of horror stories about online dangers, but — in all but a few categories — offline risk dwarfs its online equivalent. Stranger danger vs. trusted adults Let’s start with … Continue reading

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Why I don’t want to hear about any new parental control products

It’s hard to get through a week without hearing about a new product designed to protect children online or on mobile devices. Some of these products block content, others give parents some control over who their kids can communicate with … Continue reading

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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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