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Contrary to Popular Belief, Parents Are Not Clueless About Kids Use of Tech

Larry Magid | Posted 11.17.2016 | Technology
Larry Magid

Despite numerous articles about how parents are clueless and less tech savvy than their children, the study found that the majority of today's parents do feel they have a handle on how their kids are using technology.

Online Safety: What Does It Mean To You?

Sue Scheff | Posted 01.21.2015 | Parents
Sue Scheff

Everyone talks about online safety and we all need to implement it into our cyber-worlds but have you ever truly sat down and thought about what it really means?

The New Language Of Online Safety

Diana Graber | Posted 01.17.2015 | Parents
Diana Graber

Teaching kids the resiliency and coping skills that will help keep them safe online is not happening on a wide scale, at least not in American classrooms.

Time to Redefine and De-Silo Online Safety Efforts

Larry Magid | Posted 01.09.2015 | Technology
Larry Magid

For the longest time the Internet safety community has been divided into three camps: child safety, privacy and security. But all of these threats are related. We can no longer talk about "Internet safety" without talking about privacy and security.

Study: Teens Taking Steps to Avoid Identity Theft

Larry Magid | Posted 02.13.2014 | Technology
Larry Magid

You might think that kids and teens don't need to worry about identity theft but that's not the case. It turns out that ID thieves love kids because most have a clean credit record. Often teens won't find out that their identity has been stolen until they apply for their first credit card or a college loan.

Family Online Safety Institute Examines ID Theft and 'Internet of Things'

Larry Magid | Posted 01.23.2014 | Technology
Larry Magid

Even though humans may not be in the loop when it comes to thing-to-thing communications, we are often affected by them so there are plenty of privacy, security and safety implications.

Hey, It's Safer Internet Day -- Take The Pledge!

Stephen Balkam | Posted 04.06.2013 | Technology
Stephen Balkam

To mark Safer Internet Day, we are launching a pledge and a call to action. I realize there are many pledges out there, mostly sounding like the 11th Commandment: "I will not..." or "I shall not..." Instead, our Pledge for Good is positive, affirming and aspirational. And simple: "I will use my power for good."

For Kids and Parents, There's a Digital Generation Gap, but Maybe That's OKl

Larry Magid | Posted 01.14.2013 | Technology
Larry Magid

Some will undoubtedly fret over the perception gap between teens and parents, but I'm not all that concerned. I suspect that there has always been a gap between what parents think they know about their kids and what kids think their parents know.

Mind the Online Generation Gap

Stephen Balkam | Posted 01.14.2013 | Technology
Stephen Balkam

The kids are fearless and parents are clueless, right? Actually, research that we've launched today suggests that the picture is both more complex than that while also offering some reassurance that while gaps still exist: parents are catching up.

Digital Teens and the Three T's

Stephen Balkam | Posted 07.18.2012 | Technology
Stephen Balkam

It would certainly change the culture of deception that leads kids and many of their parents to lie about their dates of birth to join social networking sites in the first place and provide a much safer environment for tweens who are already there in droves.

Consumer Reports Privacy Survey Rings Alarm Bells

Stephen Balkam | Posted 07.04.2012 | Technology
Stephen Balkam

Consumer Reports' recent survey entitled, "Facebook & Your Privacy: Who Sees Your Data on the Biggest Social Network" raises some very important issues about the use of the details and data of our daily lives and how we are tracked in both the real world and across cyberspace.

They Shoot Laptops, Don't They?

Stephen Balkam | Posted 05.01.2012 | Parents
Stephen Balkam

First we had revengeful dad Tommy Jordan, who in response to his teen daughter's offensive video posting on Facebook, created a video of his own to "t...

Harvesting the Fruits of a Tech Revolution

Stephen Balkam | Posted 05.20.2012 | Technology
Stephen Balkam

We are only just beginning to understand the impact the Internet and communications technology is having on the Arab world.

Dad Shoots Daughter's Laptop, Misses an Opportunity

Stephen Balkam | Posted 04.15.2012 | Parents
Stephen Balkam

Mr. Jordan acted on his impulse and turned a teaching moment -- one that should have been behind closed doors and face-to-face with his daughter -- into a premeditated exhibition of force, petulance and destruction of property.

News Flash: Online Teens Actually Heed Parents' Advice

Larry Magid | Posted 01.15.2012 | Technology
Larry Magid

A study released last week by the Pew Internet and American Life Project had what might be surprising news about online teens. They actually listen to parental advice.

The Good, the Bad and the (Not So) Ugly of Teen Social Networking

Stephen Balkam | Posted 01.09.2012 | Technology
Stephen Balkam

We are in the middle of a remarkable social experiment as a generation of kids grows up with all-pervasive Internet access together with the most powerful social networking tools ever developed.

The Price of Advice

Stephen Balkam | Posted 12.12.2011 | Technology
Stephen Balkam

In a recent New York Times Magazine article, my organization, the Family Online Safety Institute (FOSI), was accurately referenced as a member of the ...

Survey: Parents Mostly Savvy on Kids Internet Use

Larry Magid | Posted 11.14.2011 | Technology
Larry Magid

2011-09-14-Screenshot20110914at9.00.14AM.jpg For the most part, parents do have a clue when it comes to helping their kids stay safe online.

Back to iSchool

Stephen Balkam | Posted 11.08.2011 | Education
Stephen Balkam

The debate over how best to integrate technology in schools, never mind the technology that kids bring to schools, will only intensify. Just take one example: social networking.

Not Backing Kids Tracking Bill

Stephen Balkam | Posted 09.17.2011 | Technology
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.

Why Tech Firms (and the White House) Should Appoint a Chief Safety Officer

Stephen Balkam | Posted 06.18.2011 | Technology
Stephen Balkam

Safety impacts a company's bottom line. Where there's more safety and trust, there will be more users willing to spend time and money.

Trust, but Verify

Stephen Balkam | Posted 05.28.2011 | Technology
Stephen Balkam

The new movie Trust is not easy to watch, particularly if, like me, you have a hyper-texting teenage daughter.

The President Uses His Bully Pulpit

Stephen Balkam | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Stephen Balkam

Turns out the young Barack Obama was teased and taunted -- a telling admission by the leader of the free world that words are as bad (and sometimes worse) than sticks or stones.

Egyptians Demonstrate Digital Citizenship

Stephen Balkam | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Stephen Balkam

We in the West and those of us laying the foundational stones for this emerging concept of digital citizenship have much to learn from our Arab friends.

The Boob Tube vs. YouTube

Stephen Balkam | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Stephen Balkam

While we are all consuming more media than ever, we are doing less of it together. That's why I often find myself switching on the television -- in order to spend some time with my family.