RSS Great Stuff From Connect Safely

  • Teen pledge for being smart and safe online August 27, 2015
    I will be respectful to myself and others. I won’t bully and won’t tolerate bullying by others. I will be a good online friend and be supportive of my friends and others who might be in trouble or in need of help. I won’t post or send pictures or other content that will embarrass me, get me […]
    Maureen Kochan
  • Since moving, my teen son spends more time with screens – not making friends August 20, 2015
    by Michael Rich, MD Q: Our family moved recently from the U.S. to Mexico for my husband’s job, and while most things have been transitioning smoothly, I am concerned that my 14-year-old son is spending too much time with screens and not enough time making friends. Since moving, he spends a lot of time Skyping […]
    Maureen Kochan
  • Comcast testing $10 a month broadband for low income seniors August 20, 2015
    by Larry Magid Several years ago, Comcast launched a program called Internet Essentials where families with at least one child in a free school lunch program can get high-speed (10 mbps) Internet access for $9.95 a month along with a free modem and WiFi router and access to digital literacy training materials online, in print or in […]
    Larry Magid
  • Guide helps educators navigate social media August 18, 2015
      The Educator’s Guide to Social Media is free from ConnectSafely by Larry Magid You’ve heard the stories — teachers who got themselves into trouble over what they posted in social media or were, perhaps, cyberbullied by students. And then there are tales of students wasting their time using social media in class. These are […]
    Larry Magid
  • ConnectSafely releases The Educator’s Guide to Social Media August 18, 2015
    Contact Hani Khan —  Press@ConnectSafely.org / 650-346-7045 The Educator’s Guide to Social Media by Larry Magid and Kerry Gallagher Palo Alto, CA, (August 18, 2015) – ConnectSafely.org, a leading non-profit Internet safety organization, today released  The Educator’s Guide to Social Media to help K-12 educators better understand how to use social media in the classroom and […]
    Larry Magid
  • The Educator’s Guide to Social Media August 17, 2015
    Some educators hesitate to use social media in class and in their personal and professional lives. This guide shows how educators can use these powerful tools productively and safely while enhancing -- not risking -- their professional reputation.
    Larry Magid
  • Intel and Apple release diversity reports: Progress but still a long way to go August 13, 2015
    This post first appeared in the San Jose Mercury News by Larry Magid It’s no secret that Silicon Valley tech companies are a bit of a White and Asian boys club. In an open letter, the Rev. Jesse Jackson, who founded the Rainbow Push Coalition, pointed out that Blacks and Latinos are grossly unrepresented in […]
    Larry Magid
  • How social media helps transcend grief August 11, 2015
    by Sue Scheff Cyberbullying, harassment, bullying, shaming, digital cruelty, just downright being mean to each other. The modern human race (at all ages) has become a culture of cruelty.
    Maureen Kochan
  • Bluetooth headphones protect children’s hearing August 10, 2015
    Puro Kids headphones by Larry Magid If you have kids, chances are very good that they are listening to music through earbuds or earphones. No problem with that, but if the volume is too high, it can affect your child’s hearing. That’s why it makes sense to equip them with headphones or earbuds that limit the […]
    Larry Magid
  • Teen social media & mobile use helps maintain friendships August 6, 2015
    by Larry Magid A majority (57 percent) of teens have met at least one new friend online while 29 percent say they have met at least five friends that way.
    Larry Magid

RSS Great Stuff from Net Family News

  • iCanHelpline launched! August 17, 2015
    I’m thrilled to tell you that, after a successful crowdfunding campaign and with support from a number of social media companies and the Digital Trust Foundation, iCanHelpline.org, launched today. A joint project of Net Family News and #iCANHELP, it’s the California pilot for a national social media “helpdesk” for schools. Though there are Internet helplines […]
    Anne
  • Social media & what our kids could be teaching us August 15, 2015
    Two years ago, when “selfie” was named “Word of the Year” and the spontaneous snapping of self-portraits on cellphones was being vilified as yet another example of youth’s narcissism, author and educator Rachel Simmons posted a bit of healthy disruption. She wrote in Slate, “Consider this: The selfie is a tiny pulse of girl pride […]
    Anne
  • Social media literacy 101 (for adults) June 14, 2015
    “I can’t even” possibly know what I’m seeing in teens’ tweets, texts and posts. Not until I ask them. The very fact that I continued that sentence past the close quote demonstrates that. What do I mean? They hide meaning in plain site. Have you heard researcher danah boyd’s term “social steganography”? It means hiding […]
    Anne
  • Tech likely not the main problem in cyberbullying: Breakthrough study June 10, 2015
    There are some groundbreaking takeaways (and many more insights) in new research from the University of New Hampshire – “The Role of Technology in Peer Harassment: Does It Amplify Harm for Youth?” – and my headline is one of them. Another one is the answer to the question posed in the authors’ headline: “no,” their […]
    Anne
  • For kids’ sake, don’t ‘black box’ social media June 5, 2015
    For our children’s sake, it’s more important than ever that we not “black box” our media, whether as researchers or as parents and educators. An essay from psychologist and media professor Sonia Livingstone in the new scholarly journal Social Media + Society got me thinking about this. Dr. Livingstone observes that scholars in disciplines other […]
    Anne
  • Supreme Court decision & our kids: About context not free speech June 1, 2015
    Today’s decision by the US Supreme Court sent a clear message about the importance of context for making decisions about what we see online. It was bad news for victims of online harassment and their advocates but good news for parents of kids not thinking about the impact of their online speech and actions. “The […]
    Anne
  • Help us build & pilot a Social Media Helpline for schools! May 13, 2015
    Hey, everybody! We at NetFamilyNews and iCANHELP would greatly appreciate your help in spreading the word about (and if possible contributing to) our just-launched crowd funding campaign at Indiegogo. We’re in the process of creating a hotline schools can call for help with problems in social media which we’ll pilot this coming school year in […]
    Anne
  • ‘Game of 72′: Let’s apply a little ‘social norming’ May 11, 2015
    This is a perfect example of why we need to apply what we know about social norming to social media panics. And in a rare show of levelheadedness from the news media, Global News in Canada helps us get there. “The Game of 72 – a viral prank urging kids to disappear for 72 hours […]
    Anne
  • Wise words on bullying from 11-year-old star of ‘Little Boy’ April 24, 2015
    Remarkable actor Jakob Salvati is only 11 – and he was only 8 when he played the title role in the film Little Boy released today – but he already gets a core truth about bullying: “Usually the person bullying is someone who is hurting on the inside and hiding it,” he wrote me via […]
    Anne
  • The universe in an app: Will youth create a trend within the trend? April 21, 2015
    The days of simple, single-use apps may be over. Or not, depending on the user, his or her context and a whole lot of other factors. But there is a bit of a trend among messaging apps. Not all apps – particularly the No. 1 messaging app, Facebook’s WhatsApp with 600+ million users – are […]
    Anne