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Internet Safety

Is the Internet Really a "Lawless Jungle?"

Stephen Balkam | Posted 08.13.2014 | 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 08.11.2014 | 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 07.21.2014 | 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.

Tips for Parents to Avoid 4 Online Traps for Kids

Russ Warner | Posted 06.16.2014 | Parents
Russ Warner

Technology is wonderful, useful, and helpful. But, it can also be distracting, dangerous, and hurtful... especially when a child innocently stumbles into an unknown area or person.

The Evolution of Online Safety: Lessons Learned Over 20 Years

Larry Magid | Posted 06.05.2014 | Technology
Larry Magid

Over time it became increasingly obvious that some of the biggest risks to kids came not from dangerous adults but from themselves and other kids.

9 Ways You're Being Spied On Every Day

2013-02-21-grandparentslogo.jpg | Sara Schwartz | Posted 04.03.2014 | Fifty

SPECIAL FROM Grandparents.com Casinos. Banks. Airports. We all know there are public places where we're being watched, ostensibly for crime-prevent...

In Defense of Internet Safety Education

Larry Magid | Posted 05.03.2014 | Technology
Larry Magid

There has been some discussion lately over whether there is still a need for Internet safety education. I say yes.

#StopMuploads -- Stop Posting Live Updates and Checking in on Social Media

Stephanie Be | Posted 05.03.2014 | Travel
Stephanie Be

How to Say Safe Online and Why You Don't Realize It's a Problem. This message isn't just for travel bloggers, bloggers, journalists, and models. It's...

Tips to Keep Kids Safe Online

Jeannie Borin | Posted 04.29.2014 | Parents
Jeannie Borin

Educating children on the best way to use websites such as Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Tumblr may protect them from potential problems.

New Parental Controls Nix the Fear, Up the Features

Common Sense Media | Posted 04.20.2014 | Parents
Common Sense Media

Parental controls -- the real, technical kind -- can support you in your efforts to keep your kids' Internet experiences safe, fun and productive. They work best when used openly and honestly in partnership with your kids.

Building Better Digital Citizens

Otha Thornton | Posted 04.16.2014 | Parents
Otha Thornton

While technology is a powerful tool for teaching and learning, it's just as important to help students think about the risks of their online behaviors including identity theft, exposure to inappropriate material and potential cyberbullying.

Giving Generation Z a Safe Place to Dream Big With a Little Passion and Persistence

Steve Mariotti | Posted 04.14.2014 | Impact
Steve Mariotti

When I first met Mark, I was blown away by what he was doing for kids: Redefining how they learn so that they could build a portfolio in various fields.

Safer Internet Day Celebration Tuesday to Feature Senator Chuck Schumer

Larry Magid | Posted 04.08.2014 | Technology
Larry Magid

Safer Internet Day event to be webcast from 9 a.m. to noon on Tuesday Safer Internet Day (SID) has been celebrated in Europe and around the wor...

When Apps Get a Bad Rap

Diana Graber | Posted 03.30.2014 | Parents
Diana Graber

I don't know about you, but restricting my kids from something they are already using or doing, especially without solid evidence of nefarious behavior on their part, is a parenting strategy that hasn't worked out particularly well for me.

Cybersecurity Industry Interview With Marsh's Matt McCabe: Part One

Brian E. Finch | Posted 03.10.2014 | Technology
Brian E. Finch

Specifically, in this interview, we delve issues concerning the cybersecurity insurance market, explaining risks, policies and costs.

Protect Your Teen From Dangerous Dark Net Drugs

Sedgrid Lewis | Posted 02.01.2014 | Parents
Sedgrid Lewis

The Dark Net and the sites that sale illegal drugs are hard to shut down. When one site is shut down then another site appears within a matter of days. Parents have to be vigorous in preventing teens from accessing these sites. Here are some helpful tips to prevent teens from accessing and obtaining drugs from the Dark Net.

Cyber Safety on Cyber Monday

Yvette Miller | Posted 01.27.2014 | Technology
Yvette Miller

As you go online to nab gifts for your loved ones (and maybe pick up something for yourself as well), here are a couple of common diversions and deceptions to watch for and navigate away from.

LOOK: We Think This Teacher Proved Her Point

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 11.27.2013 | Parents

Well, we think this teacher certainly got her point across. This teacher is basically winning the Internet as the above photo continues to be m...

Tell Us How You're Making the Internet and the World a Better Place

Larry Magid | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents
Larry Magid

"Goodness" can be infectious. We keep hearing about an epidemic of cyberbullying (actually there isn't one), but we'd much rather be talking about an epidemic of kindness because that's exactly what is happening right now.

Which Websites Should a Parent Block, Based on a Child's Age?

Russ Warner | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents
Russ Warner

Anyone old enough to hold a phone or tablet can access and browse the Internet. Within seconds, millions of pages are available. With that access, there are questionable users and explicit material within easy reach -- whether accessed intentionally or accidentally.