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Larry Magid
Larry Magid is a technology journalist and an Internet safety advocate.

He serves as on-air technology analyst for CBS News, is co-director of and founder of He also writes columns that appear on CNET News, and the San Jose Mercury News.

His technology reports can be heard several times a week on CBS News and CBS affiliates throughout the U.S. and he has a daily tech segment on KCBS radio in San Francisco. He’s a regular contributor to BBC World Service and an occasional guest on National Public Radio’s Talk of the Nation. He is often called upon for commentary by CBS television news, CNN and Fox News and has appeared on the CBS Evening News, ABC World News Tonight, the Today Show and CBS Early Show. He has also been a frequent contributor to the New York Times and was, for 18 years, a syndicated columnist for the Los Angeles Times.

Larry is co-author of MySpace Unraveled: A parents guide to teen social networking, (with Anne Collier.) He also wrote The Little PC Book, a critically acclaimed best seller. Other books include The Little Quicken Book, Cruising Online: Larry Magid’s Guide to the New Digital Highways, The Fully Powered PC and Electronic Link: Using the IBM PC to Communicate.

He’s written for Fortune, Family Circle, PC World, Information Week, ComputerWorld and numerous other publications.

Larry has a doctorate of education from the University of Massachusetts.

Entries by Larry Magid

Comcast Testing $10 a Month Broadband for Low Income Seniors

(0) Comments | Posted August 19, 2015 | 10:41 PM


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...

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Guide Helps Educators Navigate Social Media

(0) Comments | Posted August 18, 2015 | 12:11 PM

2015-08-18-1439913956-5124861-educover_LarryMagid_edit1.png The Educator's Guide to Social Media

You've heard the stories -- teachers who got themselves into trouble over what they posted in social media or were, perhaps, cyber bullied by students. And then there are tales of students wasting their time...

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Online Harassment Less Likely and Less Disturbing Than In-Person

(0) Comments | Posted June 5, 2015 | 10:54 AM

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An important study conducted by a group of elite researchers in the field of youth victimization leads me to conclude that the role of technology in youth harassment has been greatly exaggerated. The research, conducted by Kimberly J. Mitchell,...

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Students: The One Group Missing From Student Data Privacy Laws and Bills

(0) Comments | Posted May 26, 2015 | 5:40 PM

The one group missing in the conversation about student privacy rights is the very group the proposed laws are designed to protect. If you read the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA) or the proposed bills, including the Student Digital Privacy and Parental Rights Act of 2015,...

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Let's Not Create Moral Panic Over 'Game of 72' Rumors of Disappearing Kids

(0) Comments | Posted May 8, 2015 | 6:44 PM

2015-05-08-1431124947-4589573-ScreenShot20150508at3.27.36PM.png British tabloid speculates about the game's role in kids disappearing

The French English-language news site, The Local, is reporting about a supposed game where "teenagers have come up with a new Facebook challenge that dares them disappear without a trace for...

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Digital Trust Foundation Seeking Proposals on Digital Abuse Programs

(0) Comments | Posted March 27, 2015 | 5:37 PM

The Digital Trust Foundation is seeking grant proposals around digital abuse. As the Request for Proposals (RFP) states, "The Foundation has found several gaps in digital abuse research and action" and is addressing that concern by seeking to fund "empirical research to understand the prevalence of various forms...

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Facebook Clarifies Policies on Nudity, Hate Speech and Other Community Standards

(0) Comments | Posted March 16, 2015 | 8:10 PM

Facebook has always had community standards that govern what can and can't be posted and how it will deal with users that fail to follow its terms of service. Periodically the company updates these standards but, this week, Facebook decided to simply make them easier to understand.


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Arkansas Law Could Force Workers to Friend Their Boss

(0) Comments | Posted March 5, 2015 | 4:53 PM


The Arkansas House of Representatives passed a bill on February 23rd that could allow employers to require people who work for schools, religious organizations, summer camps and other youth-serving organizations and businesses to "friend" their employer so that the employer has access...

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Banning Yik Yak from College Campuses Is Counterproductive

(1) Comments | Posted March 1, 2015 | 11:38 AM

2015-03-01-yik.jpg Efforts to ban Yik Yak from college campuses violate free speech and are counterproductive.

No doubt about it: There are some vile posts on Yik Yak and other social media platforms. But, just because some people use these platforms to intimidate and...

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YouTube Kids Is a Parent's Best Friend

(0) Comments | Posted February 23, 2015 | 11:17 AM


My wife and I were having dinner with some friends recently when I decided to show their four year-old twins a video from YouTube. I loaded up the app on my phone, searched for a video and played it but -- all...

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A Conversation with Esther Wojcicki on 'Moonshots in Education'

(0) Comments | Posted February 21, 2015 | 6:05 PM

2015-02-21-cover.png Moonshots in Education

Esther Wojcicki is an award winning journalism teacher and the author of a new book on education called Moonshots in Education: Launching Blended Learning in the Classroom. The book explores digital and online learning with models and...

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Senate: 'Tread Carefully' Before Regulating Internet of Things

(8) Comments | Posted February 18, 2015 | 5:05 PM

I was not surprised to learn that the Senate is looking into the Internet of Things. Senators are concerned about safety, privacy and security issues now that the tech industry is focusing on ways to connect devices to the Internet and to each other.

There are just over 7 billion...

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Safer Internet Day With Sheryl Sandberg, Kamala Harris and the Spirit of Martin Luther King Jr.

(0) Comments | Posted February 3, 2015 | 9:05 AM

California Attorney General Kamala D. Harris and Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg to speak at Safer Internet Day

In 2004 a project of the European Commission launched "Safer Internet Day," which became an annual event held on the second Tuesday of...

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CEO Mark Fields Drives Ford into the 'Mobility' Business (Post + Podcast)

(0) Comments | Posted January 22, 2015 | 7:48 PM

2015-01-23-larry_fields.jpg Larry Magid interviews Ford CEO Mark Fields
As you walk around the parking lot, garage and labs at Ford's newly opened Silicon Valley Research Center, you see plenty of cars and trucks along with all sorts of electronic gear. But there are...
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Facebook to Issue Amber Alerts: An Interview With John Walsh

(5) Comments | Posted January 13, 2015 | 8:27 AM

2015-01-13-amber_edit.jpg Amber Alerts on Facebook provide timely details on missing kids
Facebook and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) are teaming up to put Amber Alerts about missing children on Facebook News Feeds, but only for Facebook members in the...
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Empowering Youth to Combat Bullying and Cyberbullying

(0) Comments | Posted January 1, 2015 | 8:47 AM

community matters

Youth Bullying (and adult bullying too) has been around for a very long time, but over the past couple of decades it's evolved -- hence the term "cyberbullying."

At the end of the day, bullying -- whether in school or online...

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Sexual Harassment Victim's Secret Weapon -- 'Telling Their Mothers'

(0) Comments | Posted December 2, 2014 | 11:07 AM

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Alanah Pearce, a 21-year-old game reviewer from Brisbane, Australia, has had more than her share of online hate, including rape threats. But, she told Alternet about her plan for dealing with her young harassers.

I only realized quite recently...
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The Good Side of Anonymous Apps

(0) Comments | Posted November 26, 2014 | 9:55 AM

Some worry about what can go wrong, but there's a lot to like about anonymity

There are a growing number of social media apps that encourage anonymity. Popular services such as, Secret, Whisper and Yik Yak allow people to post under an assumed name, or no name at...

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Time to Redefine and De-Silo Online Safety Efforts

(0) Comments | Posted November 9, 2014 | 5:26 PM

I'm in Washington DC to attend the Family Online Safety Institute's (FOSI) annual conference that gets underway on Wednesday. This year's theme is Redefining Internet Safety, and while I don't yet know how others will redefine it, I do know that the professionals involved in helping people be safer and...

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Digital Citizenship Week Is a Time to Recognize Youth Rights

(0) Comments | Posted October 21, 2014 | 2:55 PM

As we celebrate digital citizenship week, there will be a lot of discussion about good online behavior, including treating others with respect. And that's certainly a very important part of what it means to be a good citizen, whether "digital" or otherwise.

But it's also useful to look up the...

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