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Online Safety

5 Ways You'll Be Hacked On Cyber Monday

Shelly Palmer | Posted 11.25.2014 | Technology
Shelly Palmer

There's a reason Gmail sent that email to your Spam folder. Leave it there. If you didn't ask for it, don't click on it!

Online Safety: What Does It Mean To You?

Sue Scheff | Posted 11.21.2014 | 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?

Small Business Poised to Receive a Big Holiday Gift This Year

David L. Brown | Posted 11.18.2014 | Small Business
David L. Brown

With high-profile security breaches continuing to hit major national retailers, affecting tens of millions of shoppers since the 2013 holiday season, it's no surprise to see the that these events are influencing consumers to shop small businesses this year.

The New Language Of Online Safety

Diana Graber | Posted 11.17.2014 | 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.

Time to Redefine and De-Silo Online Safety Efforts

Larry Magid | Posted 11.10.2014 | 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 10.28.2014 | 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.

Why Social Media Guidance Is Important

Jeannie Borin | Posted 10.25.2014 | College
Jeannie Borin

Social media Web sites have become a global information network that undoubtedly has many benefits. However, with this increased exposure, it is vital to make sure our students are wise and remain safe as they post information online.

The 6 Steps To Good Digital Parenting

Stephen Balkam | Posted 10.22.2014 | Parents
Stephen Balkam

This is probably the first technological era in human history where the kids are leading the adults. It is very humbling to have a 7-year-old explain how to upload a video.

Parenting In The Time Of Viral

Megan Egbert | Posted 10.08.2014 | Parents
Megan Egbert

I aim to connect with people through sharing stories. But where do my rights as a parent end and my children's rights as digital citizens begin? In a huge gray area of unknown, that is where.

3 Ways to Stop Your Teen From Making Risky Choices About Dating and Sex

Dr. Suzanne Gelb | Posted 10.06.2014 | Parents
Dr. Suzanne Gelb

Know where your children are, who they are with and what they are doing, at all times. When it comes to dating, this means supervising your teenager's dates.

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 11.08.2014 | 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 10.10.2014 | 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.