RSS Great Stuff From Connect Safely

  • Students: The one group missing from student data privacy laws and bills
    by Larry Magid: The one group missing in the conversation about student privacy rights is the very group existing and proposed laws are designed to protect. If you read the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA) or the proposed bills including the Student Digital Privacy and Parental Rights Act of 2015 proposed […]
    Larry Magid
  • Emotional spring cleaning helps develop grit
    By Annie Fox: Longer days deliver more light through my windows. The better to see the doggie nose prints. And now it’s much harder to ignore all the crap I’ve been dumping on my desk for the past year. Time for serious spring cleaning – not just to clear the clutter, but to gain fresh […]
    Annie Fox
  • Social contexts of youth bullying
    By Warren J. Blumenfeld: While studying a number of bullying prevention programs, I find that, while providing good overall theoretical and conceptual foundations and strategies for prevention and reduction of incidents, some crucial components are still missing. We must also discuss and examine the social and cultural contexts wherein bullying attitudes and behaviors often stem. […]
    Warren Blumenfeld
  • Most teens don’t use anonymous apps but here’s advice for those who do
    by Larry Magid: A study published in April by Pew Research found that only 11% of cellphone-owning teens use anonymous question and answer apps like Yik-Yak, Whisper and Girls (13%) are more likely than boys (8%) to use such apps as are Hispanics (16%) compared to whites/non-Hispanic (9%) and Black, non-Hispanic (7%). And while the study didn’t […]
    Larry Magid
  • New Flickr 4.0 will store ALL your family photos for free and help you find and organize them
    by Larry Magid: It’s been years since I paid much attention to Yahoo’s Flickr but, with the new Flickr 4.0, it’s a compelling service that I’m pretty excited about. In fact, I’m so excited that I’m now about 12,000 files into uploading my entire collection of nearly the nearly 50,000 photos on my hard drive. […]
    Larry Magid
  • Let’s not create a moral panic over ‘Game of 72′ rumors of disappearing kids
    The French English-language news site, The Local, is reporting about a supposed game where “teenagers have come up with a new Facebook challenge that dares them disappear without a trace for up to three days without contacting their family.” The site reports that a 13-year old girl named Emma from northern France went missing for […]
    Larry Magid
  • Site shows publicly available information based on your phone number
      Burner, the company that makes an app that issues disposable phone numbers, is making a point about how much information your number can reveal about you. Their new site, (which works on the web and mobile devices) Burner Challenge, displays information about you obtained from publicly available sources. How much can depend. In my […]
    Larry Magid
  • Controversial anonymous app Secret to close
    By Maureen Kochan: Controversial anonymous app Secret, sometimes seen as the poster child for all that is wrong with anonymous social apps, will close, said co-founder David Byttow. “This has been the hardest decision of my life and one that saddens me deeply,” Byttow wrote in a post announcing the decision. Like competitors Yik Yak and Whisper, […]
    Maureen Kochan
  • ConnectSafely releases A Parents’ Guide to Student Data Privacy
    Click here to view A Parents Guide to Student Data Privacy Palo Alto, CA, (April 28, 2015) –, a leading non-profit Internet safety organization, today released A Parents’ Guide to Student Data Privacy, in partnership with the Future of Privacy Forum and the National PTA. “Data privacy and security is much more than protecting […]
  • Curious launches free ‘lean-back’ online courses
    by Larry Magid: is adding free learning channels to its collection of online courses, allowing potential customers to “lean back” and learn while encouraging viewers to sign-up for their paid “lean in” service. The Menlo Park company, which was founded in 2012, has interactive courses on a variety of subjects — food preparation, guitar […]
    Larry Magid

RSS Great Stuff from Net Family News

  • Help us build & pilot a Social Media Helpline for schools! May 13, 2015
    Hey, everybody! We at NetFamilyNews and iCANHELP would greatly appreciate your help in spreading the word about (and if possible contributing to) our just-launched crowd funding campaign at Indiegogo. We’re in the process of creating a hotline schools can call for help with problems in social media which we’ll pilot this coming school year in […]
  • ‘Game of 72′: Let’s apply a little ‘social norming’ May 11, 2015
    This is a perfect example of why we need to apply what we know about social norming to social media panics. And in a rare show of levelheadedness from the news media, Global News in Canada helps us get there. “The Game of 72 – a viral prank urging kids to disappear for 72 hours […]
  • Wise words on bullying from 11-year-old star of ‘Little Boy’ April 24, 2015
    Remarkable actor Jakob Salvati is only 11 – and he was only 8 when he played the title role in the film Little Boy released today – but he already gets a core truth about bullying: “Usually the person bullying is someone who is hurting on the inside and hiding it,” he wrote me via […]
  • The universe in an app: Will youth create a trend within the trend? April 21, 2015
    The days of simple, single-use apps may be over. Or not, depending on the user, his or her context and a whole lot of other factors. But there is a bit of a trend among messaging apps. Not all apps – particularly the No. 1 messaging app, Facebook’s WhatsApp with 600+ million users – are […]
  • Digital parenting: Individual, situational, contextual April 16, 2015
    It’s so interesting to see what British psychologist Sonia Livingstone zooms in on in American psychologist Lynn Schofield Clark’s book on parenting digital media users, The Parent App. Dr. Livingstone picked up on what I liked most about the book too: diversity and depth of insight. Dr. Clark interviewed “46 very different families” for a […]
  • The real privacy dilemma: Private or convenient? April 10, 2015
    When I read this sentence in a New York Times review of the Apple Watch, I thought of the privacy spectrum of the digital age: Apple “seems to be pushing a vision of the Watch as a general-purpose remote control for the real world, a nearly bionic way to open your hotel room, board a […]
  • Growing empathy: How VR could augment our humanity online April 2, 2015 reporter Dave Smith recently experienced social virtual reality – not the videogame kind anybody who has demo’d VR has experienced, where you find yourself in some exotic activity like standing on top of a skyscraper or snorkeling by Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. And Smith says, “social is the killer app of virtual reality,” likely […]
  • How brave commenters are growing the power of Lewinsky’s talk March 27, 2015
    “Together, we have the power to protect the most vulnerable among us.” There never was a truer, more urgent call to the world’s social media users. It’s from Nadia Goodman, TED’s social media editor, in a blog post about the digital aftermath of posting the video of Monica Lewinsky’s TED talk in the TED site. […]
  • Social circles, more than social media, cause stress: Study March 26, 2015
    Social media itself doesn’t increase our stress levels, but our social lives can. We knew that, right? Caring about others can cause us stress when we see them suffering, and that’s one of the things social media does: expose our friends’ challenges. We can probably extrapolate a few things about our children’s experiences from the […]
  • Monica Lewinsky’s talk going viral: A sign March 23, 2015
    At some point yesterday, shortly after TED posted it, Monica Lewinsky’s 2015 TED Talk had about 198,000 views. One day later, as of this writing, it had gotten 644,394. I believe the reason for this is not just because we’re encouraged ourselves when someone has the courage to turn horrific public humiliation into social change. […]