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Europe Could Kick Majority of Teens Off Social Media, and That Would Be Tragic

Larry Magid | Posted 12.10.2016 | Home
Larry Magid

While I'm sure there are well-meaning intentions behind this proposal, I worry that it could actually endanger and disenfranchise young people at the very time when we should be doubling down on their engagement in social media and world events.

What You Should Know About the Internet and the Law

Suren Ramasubbu | Posted 07.24.2016 | Home
Suren Ramasubbu

Any law is enforceable only with cooperation from all parties involved - the legislature, executive, judiciary, and most importantly the public. Legal systems that oversee the Internet are geographically restricted.

Google Apps for Education Behind the Screens

Sue Scheff | Posted 07.12.2014 | Home
Sue Scheff

We should commend Google for their apparent change of heart on the commercialization of our kids. But lingering questions still exist, especially those raised by privacy experts: what took Google so long and what is going to happen with the data Google has been collecting for the past seven years?

5 Things Parents Should Know About COPPA

Tara Settembre | Posted 11.24.2013 | Home
Tara Settembre

Do you have a child that uses the Internet or plays with an app on your phone or tablet? Unless you live in Mad Men times, you've probably answered "yes" to these questions. Then, you should have heard about COPPA, right? As a new parent, I didn't until recently.

Teaching Children to Respect Privacy By Respecting Theirs

Christina Gagnier | Posted 09.09.2013 | Home
Christina Gagnier

While COPPA may be viewed by the private sector as another set of "rules" that must be complied with, we should consider what such regulation represents.

Avoiding the "Big Stick" Approach: Regulators Seek to Aid Transparency for App Developers

Christina Gagnier | Posted 06.12.2013 | Home
Christina Gagnier

The issue is not necessarily that the information is being collected. The issue is that users must have information about what is being collected and be put in a position to make a meaningful choice about the tradeoff of using the application or not.

Prioritizing Privacy Online And Off

Youth Radio -- Youth Media International | Posted 03.11.2013 | Home
Youth Radio -- Youth Media International

By: Malachi Segers Facebook says you’ve got to be at least 13 to sign-up, yet there are millions of underage users, giving away their personal info...

How He Designed A Safe Social Network For Kids

Posted 12.28.2012 | Home

When 11-year-old Zachary Marks' parents found out that he lied about his age to sign up for a Facebook account, they banned him from using the social ...

Don't Post That!

By Kevin Wei and Aaliyah Gibson Kevin is a senior Neuqua Valley High School and Aailyah is a senior at Whitney Young Magnet High School. They are s...

McDonald's Endangered Kids' Privacy?

The Huffington Post | Ron Dicker | Posted 10.23.2012 | Home

Months after McDonald's was accused of violating child online privacy laws in a complaint filed with the Federal Trade Commission, the fast food giant...

Cybersecurity Under the COPPA Cabana

Alex Palombo | Posted 12.03.2012 | Home
Alex Palombo

It came to my attention looking through my own Facebook Timeline that children being born now could very well have their entire lives documented online -- from birth. Children are growing up online now and need security.

Could New Government Rules Jeopardize Children's Privacy and Safety?

Larry Magid | Posted 11.24.2012 | Home
Larry Magid

Requiring that parents submit child's name and age to both the site operator and to the source of the embed, is a "remedy" that's more harmful than the disease it seeks to cure.

Unintended Consequences of FTC's New COPPA Children's Online Privacy Rules

Larry Magid | Posted 08.04.2012 | Home
Larry Magid

While the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act is a well-intentioned law and the new proposed rules do bring it into the 21st century, there are unintended negative consequences.

Live Discussion: Thirteen Year-Olds on Facebook?

Alicia Menendez | Posted 06.26.2012 | Home

Join us Tuesday for a live chat: Should pre-teens be allowed to have their own Facebook accounts?

Cured Meats: The Solution For A Quick Meal

Julie R. Thomson | Posted 04.04.2013 | Home

Cured meats are not really a big part of our culinary history in the U.S., but they're quickly making their way into our high-end restaurants and supe...

No Analytics for You; How Children's Education Apps Could Suffer Under New Regulations

Morgan Reed | Posted 01.07.2012 | Home
Morgan Reed

Flurry Analytics, the leading provider of app analytics, recently decided to no longer allow its services to be used by apps for children.

Why Parents Help Tweens Violate Facebook's 13+ Rule

danah boyd | Posted 12.31.2011 | Home
danah boyd

Parents often want their children to learn how to be responsible digital citizens. Allowing them access is often the first step.

Regulators Want Tougher Online Privacy Protections For Kids

L.A. Times | Posted 11.15.2011 | Home

Federal regulators on Thursday proposed tougher privacy protections for preteens surfing the Internet as the government seeks to update safeguards put...

Not Backing Kids Tracking Bill

Stephen Balkam | Posted 09.17.2011 | Home
Stephen Balkam

Who could possibly be against protecting kids on the Internet? It's not that hard to create a bi-partisan consensus that our kids need special protection online. The devil, however, is in the detail.

Zuckerberg Was Right: Why Facebook Should Welcome Kids Under 13

Larry Magid | Posted 08.01.2011 | Home
Larry Magid

We could all ignore the reality that children 12 and under want to be on Facebook too, but the smarter and safer approach would be to acknowledge it and embrace it by creating a service optimized for them.

Disney-Owned Gaming Company Fined Millions For Violating Children's Privacy

The Huffington Post | Amy Lee | Posted 07.12.2011 | Home

Internet game company Playdom has agreed to pay $3 million for illegally collecting and sharing children's personal information without parents' conse...

Are the Kids All Right? The "Digital Natives"

Christina Gagnier | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Christina Gagnier

Concern for children has been an issue since the popularization of Internet use in the mid-1990s. But while children of the digital revolution they are, natives of culture driven by the digital they are not.

Leave Them Kids Alone

Leslie Harris | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Leslie Harris

Should the law require teens to get their parents' consent before signing up for a gaming site, ordering a book online, or downloading a mobile application?