By Larry Magid I got a call recently from a woman who works for a company that makes an app designed to “keep kids safe” by enabling parents to monitor their texts and social media activities. The pitch included some dire statistics such as “70% of kids are cyberbullied” and — like other companies that […]
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Beware of the Internet Safety Industrial Complex
Will Maryland AG’s project with Facebook teach him about social media?
Schools and parents may be interested to hear about a pilot program Facebook has put in place with Maryland’s Attorney General Douglas Gansler, because – if successful – it may roll out nationwide. The “Educator Escalation Channel” offers school staff dealing with cyberbullying (one point person per school system) a “direct channel” to Facebook staff […]
Students in social media: There’s monitoring & then there’s monitoring
There’s an upside and a serious downside to monitoring students in social media, and the upside doesn’t involve outsourcing (that was an understatement). You’ll see what I’m talking about when you get to the downside down there, but let’s start with where and how it would actually help.… In her thoughtful commentary, “What inner city […]
Challenging ‘Internet safety’ as a subject to be taught
“Way back” in 2008 – at least a decade after “online safety” was starting to be seen as a subject that needed to be taught to children – I suggested that it was becoming obsolete. Now what I’m seeing is that it never really was a single stand-alone subject that could become obsolete. We’ll look […]
Addendum: What about CIPA?
US educators may wonder if schools can adopt the model I’m proposing above and still be compliant with the Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA). Here’s my answer: If you’re asking “What about CIPA?”, you’re probably a school administrator or district official in the US, and it’s a good question. In order for US schools (and […]
Guarding against hacker attacks
This post is adapted from one that appeared in the San Jose Mercury News The recent hacker attacks against The New York Times and Twitter are a reminder that the Internet has become a battleground for global conflict with businesses and consumers as collateral damage. It doesn’t matter whether the “Syrian Electronic Army,” which took credit for the […]
‘The Kids Are (mostly) All Right’ when it comes to privacy and bullying
This post is adapted from one that appeared in the San Jose Mercury News The question of “what’s the matter with kids today?” has probably been with us for millenniums, but it was certainly the top of mind in 1963 when the lyrics for the song “Kids” from the movie “Bye Bye Birdie” asked that question […]
Product that lets parents/employers remotely install spy software is bad idea
You don’t have to work for the NSA to spy on people. All you need is $79 to buy a piece of software called SniperSpy that you can remotely install on other people’s computers. “No physical access is needed to the computer for installation.” The software, according to a company press release, “is completely hidden […]
A much-needed national debate about privacy is now underway
This post is adapted from one that appeared in the San Jose Mercury News It’s been quite a couple of weeks for the national debate on privacy. At a press conference earlier this month, President Barack Obama implied that he’ll back the development of technologies to help people protect themselves from the very government he […]
New Parents’ Guides: Cyberbullying and Cybersecurity
Also check out Connectsafely’s Parents’ Guides to both Instagram and Snapchat.
NetFamilyNews – by Anne Collier
- Students hacking iPads: Mostly good, isn’t it?
- Rosalind Wiseman on how to talk with our sons
- Mistakes, aggregated extortion and second chances
- Will Maryland AG’s project with Facebook teach him about social media?
- Students in social media: There’s monitoring & then there’s monitoring
- Cybersecurity where kids are concerned
- AG’s office apologizes for a school Net safety preso
- The smart smartphone social backlash
Analysis & News – by Larry Magid
- Google may feature adults in ads (unless you opt-out)
- Parents can help prevent cyberbullying
- Facebook to no longer let you opt-out of being found via search
- Beware of the Internet Safety Industrial Complex
- Author behind ‘Mean Girls’ focuses on ‘boy world’ (podcast)
- Cybersecurity is everyone’s business
- ADL and Facebook sponsor panel on free speech, civility and the challenge of cyberhate
- Cyber Security Awareness Month’s Michael Kaiser: ‘We’re all connected’ (podcast)
Parents can help prevent cyberbullying
While bullying has been around forever, there was no such thing as cyberbullying until about 20 years ago when people discovered the ability to use technology to display their mean, cruel, annoying and generally negative side. And since the late 1990s we’ve seen lots of stories about the “epidemic” of cyberbullying among young people. But as […]