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Things to Think About During the Internet Safety Month

Suren Ramasubbu | Posted 07.02.2015 | Technology
Suren Ramasubbu

The U.S. Congress, supported by the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA), has designated June as National Internet Safety Month. As we near the end of the month, what are the lessons we have learned about cyber safety so far?

I Can't Unplug (and I Don't Want to)

TueNight | Posted 06.29.2015 | Women
TueNight

I've never lost the sense of wonderment or appreciation about the opportunities presented personally and professionally because of our connected online world. Not once.

Parents' Top 5 Questions to Keep Kids Safe Online

Common Sense Media | Posted 06.10.2015 | Parents
Common Sense Media

Lots of kids start playing around online during the preschool years, but many parents wait until kids are in elementary school to get them started. Whatever you choose, these guidelines will give you and your kid a good beginning.

Dear Graduates, Put Your Online Superpowers To Work

Diana Graber | Posted 06.02.2015 | Parents
Diana Graber

I spend a lot of time teaching students about online safety, reputation management, cyberbullying, privacy and all that a jazz. Of course I hope that when they graduate they will remember every lesson, but frankly, I'd be satisfied if they remembered just the last one.

Cheap, Distance Learning Alternatives to an MFA in Creative Writing

Michael Ernest Sweet | Posted 05.11.2015 | Education
Michael Ernest Sweet

I've known for the past year of so that I would have a special opportunity coming up in my life. Namely, time away from work to do something for mys...

Site Stroke

Dean Opperman | Posted 05.29.2015 | Technology
Dean Opperman

I've done some imbecilic things in my life but nothing tops trying to build my own website without professional help. What I thought would be a fun weekend project made me go gray in places I didn't know I had hair.

Magazines Thrive, Still Surprise

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 06.29.2015 | Media
Magda Abu-Fadil

Can print magazines survive, thrive and surprise, what with all the existing online, digital and mobile fare? Absolutely, say media industry experts, adding that those who have declared magazines' demise are off-track.

Will Apple's Shift in Retail Strategy From Store Lines to Online Be Good or Bad?

Ira Kalb | Posted 06.15.2015 | Business
Ira Kalb

Some believe the abandoning of lines is a gutsy move that exudes confidence in the Apple Watch. Others believe it shows insecurity for fear that long lines may not form. Time will tell if the Apple Watch is a big hit or falls below expectations.

What Parents Can Learn About the Internet From Kim Kardashian

Dr. Jodi Gold | Posted 06.07.2015 | Parents
Dr. Jodi Gold

Children take their cues from their parents' behavior and reactions. Parents' fear of too much screen time is valid, but outdated and not useful in carving out a thoughtful road map.

Your Tween's Private Photo Could Go Viral. Here's How.

Galit Breen | Posted 05.18.2015 | Parents
Galit Breen

Our kids aren't all that different then we were at this age. But their access to social media makes their quickly made decisions capable of being a little bigger, a little louder, have a little more impact, a bigger punch, if you will.

I Set Out To Expose A Hate Movement In Gaming -- So They Set Out To Destroy My Life

Ravishly | Posted 05.18.2015 | Women
Ravishly

Photos of my immediate family members that had passed away were sent to me with vile messages -- some blaming me for their deaths. I was tweeted pictures of my house, along with messages asking if I would rather be shot or stabbed.

Why You Should Write for Free... and When You Should Stop

Kristen Houghton | Posted 05.18.2015 | Books
Kristen Houghton

Your free work has provided you with a résumé. List the sites for which you have written and are writing. List any accolades or awards the sites have received; it reflects well for you that you're part of those sites.

Are Digital Schools the Wave of the Future?

Suren Ramasubbu | Posted 04.22.2015 | Education
Suren Ramasubbu

Virtual schools are operative in 26 states in the country, and digital learning encompasses fully online schools, supplemental online courses and schools that have integrated digital content and tools into their existing instructional setup.

Belgian Comic Strip Center, Not Just a Laughing Matter

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 04.12.2015 | Media
Magda Abu-Fadil

Fast-forward to the 20th Century when comic strips took on a life of their own, became animated, went from 2D to 3D, discovered marketing, morphed into a mega industry, and started raking in millions of dollars.

Peacebuilding Reboot

Sheldon Himelfarb | Posted 03.24.2015 | Impact
Sheldon Himelfarb

The overwhelming majority of conflict resolution work done in the 1990s and 2000s was funded by governments. But today's peacetech projects are launched by digital humanitarians bootstrapping their own startups.

Unfriend/Unfollow: Why You Should Delete (Almost) Everyone

Tina Plantamura | Posted 03.23.2015 | Technology
Tina Plantamura

Would you go out of your way to surround yourself with people who make you cringe in real life? So why do you do it online? You deserve better. Here are a few of probably dozens of reasons to clean up your list of social media "friends" in order to improve your pursuit of happiness.

Why Do Married Men Pretend to Be Single Online?

Stephen Snyder MD | Posted 03.09.2015 | Divorce
Stephen Snyder MD

Let's teach our children to be careful with their hearts and those of others. Let's teach them that real relationships usually aren't so dazzling. The real ones tend to disappoint in a gradual fashion, often from the start.

Our Family's Time OFF Has Turned into Time ON... LINE

Susan Stiffelman | Posted 03.01.2015 | Parents
Susan Stiffelman

If you walk into our house after dinner, you'll see five people each staring at a screen. How can I get my family to unplug and spend some down time together?

Online Education, With Great Investment, Can Provide Extraordinary Opportunities for Students and Faculty

James Goldgeier | Posted 02.08.2015 | College
James Goldgeier

In recent months, news has emerged from universities around the country indicating that a significant level of skepticism remains about online education.

Do You Dabble in Scrabble?

Stephanie D. Lewis | Posted 01.30.2015 | Comedy
Stephanie D. Lewis

It all started when my children coaxed me to download the App, "Words With Friends" on my cellphone. What a neighborly sounding game it was! A few clicks and voilà! -- suddenly it was just as I remembered from my own childhood -- except you could take all day long to formulate one word and nobody minded.

12 Best YouTube Channels for Kids and Teens

Common Sense Media | Posted 01.21.2015 | Parents
Common Sense Media

We set out to find the 10 best channels for kids on YouTube; we wound up with 12. Along the way, we learned a lot, laughed out loud, and fell in love with what YouTube -- at its best -- can bring to your kids. (We estimated age targets and recommend you watch with your kid to familiarize yourself with the content.)

Online "Sigheh"in Iran: Revolutionary or Restricting?

Mehrnaz Samimi | Posted 01.18.2015 | World
Mehrnaz Samimi

A new form of engaging in sexual relationships has sprung upon Iran's virtual scene as of late, and is being widely criticized. The significant differ...

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.

Where Are My Rape Threats?

David Trumble | Posted 12.23.2014 | Women
David Trumble

The malignant only threaten those who make inroads, who carve out spaces where they can be heard and can affect change, who realize their independent and collective power and wield it, from every dark corner into every dark corner.

Can Slacktivism Lead to Activism?

Rabbi Geoffrey A. Mitelman | Posted 12.08.2014 | Impact
Rabbi Geoffrey A. Mitelman

Even those who are involved wonder how much of an impact they are truly making on certain social issues. Indeed, they may ask, how much of the purpose of these programs is simply to make people feel good that they are helping?