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RESPECT: Makes Young People Safer Online

Larry Magid | Posted 09.30.2014 | Technology
Larry Magid

Something as complex as the way we interact with connected technology can't really be reduced to a soundbite or even an acronym, but that didn't stop me from trying. I'm paying homage to Aretha Franklin, whose classic song "R-E-S-P-E-C-T" sets the tone for how I think we should be talking about youth online safety and rights.

Why Feeding Online Trolls Only Feeds Online Trolling

Melissa Schwartz | Posted 09.08.2014 | Media
Melissa Schwartz

On the Internet, a guy in his boxer shorts shouting at the computer in his mother's basement can get as much attention as a senior executive logging in from her Wall Street office.

Back to School: Teens and Digital Stress

Sue Scheff | Posted 08.10.2014 | Parents
Sue Scheff

Being a teenager today is not easy. As schools open throughout the country during August and September, teens are dealing with more than the normal stress that we dealt with before technology.

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.

Why I Don't Want to Hear About New Parental Control Products

Larry Magid | Posted 09.06.2014 | Technology
Larry Magid

Controls that block inappropriate content usually work well for young children but not for older ones. Products to monitor Internet or mobile use may be necessary for some kids, but not for most.

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?

Google+: A Playground For Predators? What Parents Need to Know

Sue Scheff | Posted 08.03.2014 | Parents
Sue Scheff

Parents may feel helpless in the shadow of the world's biggest Internet company, but we all have the power to change this, even if Google continues to be unwilling to make things right. Until Google lives up to its own "Do no evil" motto, it's up to parents to protect children.

The Things We Tell Our Girls

Katie Lowe | Posted 07.28.2014 | Women
Katie Lowe

Misogyny and shame culture go hand in hand, because they both perpetuate an idea that women have to look and behave a certain way -- to perform a certain role -- in order to play their part in society.

Cyber Restriction: When Your Teen Abuses Their Digital Privileges

Sue Scheff | Posted 07.19.2014 | Parents
Sue Scheff

Most families have implemented boundaries and rules that their kids and teens have to follow when it comes to their gadgets. Hopefully, parents today understand that digital citizenship is as important to their children as potty training was to them as toddlers.

The Real Heroes -- Standing Up to Sexual Predators

Avital Zeisler | Posted 07.14.2014 | Crime
Avital Zeisler

By taking action, Michael M. and John Kirby were able to provide investigators with information. As difficult as this must have been for them, they acted not to save themselves but to help prevent other boys from being exploited by a sexual predator.

10 Tips to Protect Yourself on Social Networks

Robert Siciliano | Posted 07.13.2014 | Crime
Robert Siciliano

Yes, social networks are all about staying in touch with friends and family, and sharing events in your life, but perhaps it's too easy to share information?

Do Kids Need Special Online Protections or Do We All Need Them?

Larry Magid | Posted 07.04.2014 | Technology
Larry Magid

We have always taken child safety more seriously than adult safety, even where children are not necessarily at greater risk than adults. It's probably instinctual. As every parent knows, protecting one's offspring is not something we even have to think about. We just do it.

Geo-Fencing: Just One Tool to Protect Kids From Cyber Bullying

Diana Graber | Posted 06.29.2014 | Parents
Diana Graber

I'll be the first to admit it, parents today need all the help they can get, especially when it comes to keeping track of our kids and their behaviors, virtually and physically. But just like a physical fence can be scaled or circumvented, so can a virtual fence

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.

Teens, Drugs and the Internet: The Perfect Storm

Sue Scheff | Posted 05.21.2014 | 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 05.05.2014 | 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 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.

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.