iOS app Android app

Online Safety

The Evolution of Online Safety: Lessons Learned Over 20 Years

Larry Magid | Posted 04.07.2014 | 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.

Teens, Drugs and the Internet: The Perfect Storm

Sue Scheff | Posted 03.25.2014 | Parents
Sue Scheff

It's nothing new that teens put peers' input above that of their parents. But what has changed? The input comes not just from classmates and neighbors, but from complete strangers who enter our children's lives through their virtual world -- the Internet.

The Cost of Internet Defamation

Sue Scheff | Posted 03.05.2014 | Parents
Sue Scheff

With the electronic frontier evolving, online defamation has reared an ugliness that has ruined lives both emotionally and financially.

In Defense of Internet Safety Education

Larry Magid | Posted 03.04.2014 | 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 03.03.2014 | 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 02.28.2014 | 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.

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...

Why You Should Care about Social Network Over-Sharing

Russ Warner | Posted 04.03.2014 | Technology
Russ Warner

Everybody has a "friend" on social media that clogs up the newsfeed with excessive posts and pics that are more nuisance than news. This "friend" may share too many items, too often. Let's face it, in some cases, that "friend" could be you.

Afraid to Try an Online Bank? You Need to Read This

Casey Bond | Posted 03.24.2014 | Money
Casey Bond

Americans are becoming increasingly comfortable with socializing, going to school, even finding their soul mates (or mistresses) online. So when it comes to something as mundane as banking, why aren't more people ditching their traditional banks for the online version?

3 Ways to Protect Your Teen from Her Selfie

Melissa Maypole | Posted 03.23.2014 | Parents
Melissa Maypole

Though your first instinct may be to cringe in fear and horror at the very notion of your teen posting any selfie at all on the web, not all selfies are terrible.

How the Grinch Steals Christmas: He Follows Your Kid on Instagram

Adam Levin | Posted 02.18.2014 | Technology
Adam Levin

Hardly a day goes by that you can't log into one of those services and see your "friends" talking about airport delays, creating their own vacation trip hashtags or Instagramming pictures of where they are -- thereby letting the world at large know where they aren't. And if adults can't resist, you know teenagers can't.

Cyber Bullying: Teens Speak Out

Dr. G | Posted 02.11.2014 | Parents
Dr. G

Is bullying getting worse? Studies show that more kids and parents are reporting bullying, but even more concerning is higher rates of kids surveyed anonymously say they don't report bullying.

Kids and Life Online: Are Parents' Fears Warranted?

Robert Weiss | Posted 01.26.2014 | Parents
Robert Weiss

Sometimes parents think that if they simply keep a watchful eye on their kids' digital activity, everything will be fine. It's a nice theory, but putting it into practice is significantly more difficult than one might think.

Creating New Habits: The Challenge

Stephanie Jelley | Posted 01.25.2014 | Impact
Stephanie Jelley

My next goal is to help others create healthy online habits, particularly among our youth who unfortunately may not fully understand the impact of their updates and sharing across the web.

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.

How to Keep Your Child Safe on the iPod Touch, iPhone and iPad

Russ Warner | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents
Russ Warner

These devices are used by kids for socializing, videos, games, music, reading, studying and much more. Although each of these things is positive, there is one potential danger area for kids -- unlimited Internet access through Wi-Fi or a carrier network.

5 Ways to Empower Your Kids This School Year

Jen Groover | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents
Jen Groover

It's more important now than ever to empower children by giving them the tools they need to develop their own identity and the personal strength to achieve their goals and become their own role models for positive living.

Meet the Cyberbully

Russ Warner | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents
Russ Warner

Most kids don't tell their parents about bullying. Maybe its due to feeling embarrassed or defenseless, or feeling that nothing can be done, or feeling that they will get in trouble for telling their story. For these reasons and more, parents need to maintain open lines of communication with their child.

Could Facebook's New Privacy Rules Endanger Your Kids?

Adam Levin | Posted 01.23.2014 | Technology
Adam Levin

Not a week goes by without another story of an adult doing something colossally stupid on social media and paying the price. So why in the world did Facebook think it advisable to allow 13-year-old kids to make their pictures and status updates public?

New Hacker Threat -- Targeting You Through Your Kids

David Kennedy | Posted 01.23.2014 | Technology
David Kennedy

It's important for parents to realize that just because you have parental controls on your computer, that doesn't mean your child is safe from online criminals. There are dozens of ways your kids could be targeted online, but here are the ones most likely to happen in your home.

Let's Not Underestimate the Impact of Cyberbullying

Larry Magid | Posted 01.23.2014 | Technology
Larry Magid

Each child is different and each child is precious and -- at the risk of repeating an oft-used phrase, "even one case is one too many."

Cybersecurity Is Everyone's Business

Larry Magid | Posted 01.23.2014 | Technology
Larry Magid

It's like public health. If you don't get a flu shot, you're putting me at risk because -- if you get sick -- you might pass it on to others. Security flaws, too, can be infectious.

10 Reasons People Are Mean Online

Joe Boyd | Posted 01.23.2014 | Technology
Joe Boyd

Why pay to be entertained when you can stir up trouble for the cost of broadband? Being mean is sometimes a byproduct of good old-fashioned boredom. By and large I have found that bored human beings are very dangerous creatures.

How to Keep Your Child Safe Online

Dr. Gail Gross | Posted 11.30.2013 | Parents
Dr. Gail Gross

While online computer exploration opens a world of possibilities for children, it can also open the door to dangerous sexual predators, cyberbullying and interactions with financial and legal consequences.