Tag Archives: internet safety

Social Discovery: What Parents Need to Know

by Larry Magid One of the hottest new trends is social discovery — websites and smartphone apps that help people meet new people. Although there can be some overlap, these services differ from both dating sites like Match.com and traditional … Continue reading

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Parents’ Guide to Facebook 2012 Edition Now Available

ConnectSafely.org, the non-profit organization where I serve as co-director along with Anne Collier, has just released A Parents Guide to Facebook (PDF), a free 36-page downloadable guide to help parents and their kids get the most from the world’s largest social … Continue reading

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Survey: Parents mostly savvy on kids’ Internet use

For many years I have said that the best way to protect children on the Internet is to develop the filter that runs in the computer between their ears and, based on a recent survey commissioned by the Family Online … Continue reading

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Internet safety video could win you $10K

Computer Security firm Trend Micro has an offer for any teen or adult who cares about Internet safety and security and wants to become an award winning filmmaker. The company has launched a contest called “What’s Your Story,” where the … Continue reading

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FTC advice on talking with kids about online safetyFT

The Federal Trade Commission has published an excellent guide for parents about helping kids and teens stay safe and protect their privacy and reputation online and on mobile devices. The booket covers sexting, cyberbullying, texting, computer security, parental controls and … Continue reading

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Web 2.0 schools – something more profound is happening

by Nancy Willard This is my first post at SafeKids.com and it was generated by a question from a reporter: “I am currently working on a story about the explosion of Facebook and other social networking sites and their use … Continue reading

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Should schools end Internet safety nights?

by Larry Magid Ever since I founded SafeKids.com back in the mid-nineties I’ve been giving talks at school events, typically on “Internet safety night.” For years the attendance at those events was quite sparse but interest started to pick up … Continue reading

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Online Safety Technology Working Group Convenes

by Larry Magid WASHINGTON — Last year, Congress passed the Protecting Children in the 21st Century Act,which called for yet another committee to study Internet safety. By statute, the Online Safety and Technology Working Group (OSTWG) is made up of … Continue reading

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Net safety task force says predation risk exagerated

by Larry Magid A long awaited report from the Internet Safety Technical Task Force concludes that children and teens are less vulnerable to sexual predation than many have feared. The report also questions the efficacy and necessity of some commonly … Continue reading

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Guest commentary: Don’t stop the dialogue!

By Hemanshu Nigam It’s New Year’s Eve, and your teen is all decked out and ready for a big party. She’s got her iPhone, BlackBerry, or some other cell phone with a camera in her pocketbook. And she’s ready to … Continue reading

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