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How an Email Facilitated a Discussion On Feminism

Lara Lillibridge | Posted 05.05.2015 | Women
Lara Lillibridge

To be a feminist mother of two boys is a gift. It is an opportunity to stop the cycle of objectifying women and ridiculing women who are not conventionally attractive. Raising boys who do not tolerate sexism is just as important as raising strong girls.

How To Protect Your Privacy When Dating Online

Laurie Davis | Posted 04.28.2015 | Women
Laurie Davis

"Can't I date online more privately?" my client Michelle* asked. She's an executive working in a male-dominated industry and is wary of bumping into people from her boardroom. It happened once on The League, an exclusive, invite-only dating app. Awkward.

The 3 Teachable Moments Every Digital Parent Should Seize

Stephen Balkam | Posted 03.19.2015 | Parents
Stephen Balkam

It goes without saying that your teen will pay much more attention to what you do than what you say. If you are constantly on the phone, text at stop lights, bring your phone to bed and are not present for your own kids, then they will follow your lead.

4 Biggest Targets For Identity Theft

Simple. Thrifty. Living. | Posted 03.16.2015 | Money
Simple. Thrifty. Living.

Identity theft is a growing threat throughout the world. Thieves continue to create more advanced, sophisticated and unpredictable methods to steal valuable personal information. In 2012 alone, 16.6 million Americans were victims of identity theft. The risk is real, and everyone is a target.

Let's Choose to Create a Better Internet

Stephen Balkam | Posted 04.12.2015 | Impact
Stephen Balkam

In a small way, we are co-creators of the Internet every time we log on, send a text or upload a photo. In what might seem to be in an insignificant way, we add to the tone, tenor and nature of the web by our actions, by what we contribute and by what we choose not to respond to.

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

Larry Magid | Posted 04.05.2015 | Technology
Larry Magid

I'm particularly excited by the upcoming Safer Internet Day panel titled "Using Technology to Effect Social Change" because it will cover how today's connected devices are helping people all over the planet make small and large changes to improve their lives.

Online Safety Redefined: The 3 Key Elements

Stephen Balkam | Posted 03.13.2015 | Technology
Stephen Balkam

Online safety has come of age. Kids now create the content we used to try and keep them away from and they do it with immensely powerful devices they carry around with them in their pockets. So it behooves us to take a step back and ask ourselves what we mean by online safety in 2015

6 Scary Stories That Will Make You Rethink The Black Hole That Is The Internet

Erin Kelly | Posted 01.08.2015 | Crime

The world is a scary place -- but the Internet can be even scarier. Between a simple Google search and scrolling through your Facebook feed, there ...

How to Get a 4.0 in Fraud Prevention

Mary Johnson | Posted 03.08.2015 | College
Mary Johnson

Living with roommates, making online purchases and communicating through social media channels are just a few of the ways students can leave themselves dangerously open to thieves on the hunt.

Electronic Etiquette in the Digital Age

Dr. David Greenfield | Posted 02.01.2015 | Technology
Dr. David Greenfield

My prediction is that many pubic places will begin to develop digital use policies--just as some restaurants are offering meal discounts if you agree to leave your phone in the car! In fact, that might not be a bad idea... to be in the social world without the intrusive digital distraction.

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?

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.

Digital Citizenship Week: Share Awesome Online

Otha Thornton | Posted 12.28.2014 | Parents
Otha Thornton

Given how ubiquitous technology is, and with kids getting more tech-savvy than ever and new gadgets, social media platforms and apps being released every day, keeping children safe online is very important.

Parents Are Watching: A Software Satire

Leah Plunkett | Posted 12.07.2014 | Comedy
Leah Plunkett

Parents, now you can have a new high-tech cop on the beat in your own home with PAW! (Parents Are Watching), an online service that monitors everything your child does through any Internet-enabled device.

Anonymity Is Part of Humanity

Hemanshu Nigam | Posted 11.05.2014 | Parents
Hemanshu Nigam

So, what's hot? Apps based on anonymity, where kids and adults can explore questions that can be asked or answered anonymously, are rising in popularity.

Will Your Kids Be Getting These Digital Lessons This Year?

Diana Graber | Posted 11.04.2014 | Education
Diana Graber

Cyber Civics prepares kids for their digital lives by teaching them how to protect their online privacy, manage their digital reputation, prevent and/or respond appropriately to cyberbullying, avoid plagiarism and copyright infringement and so much more

Artist To Exhibit Jennifer Lawrence's Leaked Nudes As 'Art'

The Huffington Post | Priscilla Frank | Posted 09.04.2014 | Arts

When a 4chan user leaked a cache of celebrity nude photos last week, including those of Jennifer Lawrence and Kate Upton, internet users responded in ...

Is the Internet Really a "Lawless Jungle?"

Stephen Balkam | Posted 10.13.2014 | Technology
Stephen Balkam

I welcome efforts to tackle difficult and complex issues such as cyberbullying, sexting and online addictions and to help kids and their parents find existing resources and where to get help.

How to Keep Your Car from Becoming a High-Tech Death Trap

Jeff Fox | Posted 10.10.2014 | Technology
Jeff Fox

What if driving your car exposed you to the tender mercies of online criminals the same way that using a credit card at Target last fall did?

The Unregulated World of YouNow

Eli Lebowitz | Posted 09.20.2014 | Technology
Eli Lebowitz

For a young child, in the safety of her own house and her own room, the adoration of strangers can hold strong allure, and the unknown people at the other end of the internet might not seem real. But the risks being faced and the risks being taken are very real.

5 Ways Kids Can Surf the Web Safer This Summer

Ivory Thompson | Posted 08.11.2014 | Technology
Ivory Thompson

For kids, summer means freedom and spending time with friends but that extra time on their hands can also mean more time to find trouble and where else but on the internet?

Teens and Screens: The Breakdown of Digital Parenting

Sue Scheff | Posted 08.05.2014 | Parents
Sue Scheff

We have taught our kids about stranger danger in the parks and playgrounds, and we talked to them about the chatrooms where predators can linger. However, are our teens prepared for when people that they really don't know want to friend them on social media?

Without WiFi, Life Would End (aka Teen Internet Addiction)

Russ Warner | Posted 07.22.2014 | Parents
Russ Warner

The Internet is just like the world. It can be wonderful and amazing or frightening and terrible. Each person must choose the path to take.

When A Heartbleed Strikes, It's Everyone's Responsibility

Jeffrey Lyon | Posted 07.01.2014 | Technology
Jeffrey Lyon

As the conversations surrounding the Heartbleed bug continue to multiply, and as is the case with any widespread security breach, individually, we are often left with a lingering question: Who caused this and who is responsible for fixing the problem?

Fake Facebook Pages and Promos May Steal Your Identity

Russ Warner | Posted 06.23.2014 | Technology
Russ Warner

Be cautious about the pages you like on Facebook and the things your friends share. Be wary of company Facebook pages with few posts. And if a promotion sounds too good to be true, it probably is.