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Dec 07, 2017

How Evil is Tech? A Response.
By Kerry Gallagher I believe in the power of technology to connect people, to empower people to be creative, and to open doors to opportunities that would otherwise be closed. This does not mean that there aren’t mistakes that people can make with technology. I have made it my mission and my work to educate people so they can know the difference and use technology to make real positive change in their lives. Unfortunately, in a recent op-ed for the New York Times, David Brooks focuses only on the mistakes and boldly states: “Some now believe tech is like the tobacco industry — corporations that make billions of dollars peddling a destructive addiction. Some believe it is like the N.F.L. — something millions of people love, but which everybody knows leaves a trail of human wreckage in its wake.” Brooks starts his argument by talking about teenagers. He references data from Jean Twenge, to whom I responded in this recent post, showing that teens on social media are less likely to “hang out with friends, date, and work.” He failed to recognized data that demonstrates today’s teens are actually more healthy than their parents were as teens. The Center for Disease Control recently found, [...]

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Dec 07, 2017

What parents need to know about Facebook Messenger Kids
Messenger Kids, announced Monday, isn''t exactly an education app, but it''s tailored to give kids 6 to 12 the ability to engage in conversations as well as exchange messages, videos and images with parent-approved friends and family.

ConnectSafely
Nov 27, 2017

Safe holiday online shopping tips
One of the biggest obstacles to online shopping is the fear of fraud or a security scam and that can be an issue regardless of whether you’re shopping from a web browser or a mobile app. While security is an issue, it''s important not to overblow the fear. If you shop in physical stores you run the risk of getting into an accident on the way, having your car dinged in the parking lot or having your pocket or purse picked. There is even a risk of in-store credit card fraud, where a clerk copies down all your information. These risks are low, but so are the risks of online shopping. Most of us don''t encounter fraud, identity theft or merchandise that never shows up. The most important thing you can do is to be sure you''re dealing with a reputable company. Even if it looks like a merchant you know, take a careful look at the site''s web address (URL). If it''s Sears, for example, make sure it''s really Sears.com and not something like Sears.somethingelse.com. If you’re using an app, make sure it’s from the company you think it’s from. Sometimes you’ll find apps in the app store when you [...]

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Nov 19, 2017

Larry Magid's CBS News radio segments on Family Online Safety Institute conference 2017
Here are some radio segments on CBS News Radio and its affiliates WTOP (Washington) and KCBS (San Francisco) on the 2017 Family Online Safety Institute’s conference.   http://www.connectsafely.org/wp-content/uploads/weekend-roundup-magid-nov-18.mp3   http://www.connectsafely.org/wp-content/uploads/17-Magid-Tech-Talk-FOSI-Conf-WITH-NOISE-REDUCTION.mp3     http://www.connectsafely.org/wp-content/uploads/larry-wtop-2020.mp3     http://www.connectsafely.org/wp-content/uploads/kcbs-magid-fosi-2017.mp3  

ConnectSafely
Nov 19, 2017

CBS News and affiliate segments on Family Online Safety Institute Conference 2017
http://www.connectsafely.org/wp-content/uploads/weekend-roundup-magid-nov-18.mp3   http://www.connectsafely.org/wp-content/uploads/17-Magid-Tech-Talk-FOSI-Conf-WITH-NOISE-REDUCTION.mp3   http://www.connectsafely.org/wp-content/uploads/kcbs-magid-fosi-2017.mp3 The KCBS audio is missing the introduction identifying the segment as being about the FOSI conference. ccc Coming soon: Audio from WTOP Washington DC

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Nov 17, 2017

Sen. Al Franken's stupid & sexist 2006 photo is a lesson for us all
by Larry Magid The picture of Al Franken appearing to grope a sleeping fellow USO entertainer should serve as a warning to everyone. It’s easy to take (or be in) an inappropriate picture and it’s equally easy to share it online. But, as Franken found out, an image can resurface at any time and possibly during a time when its impact will be more severe than the day it was taken. I make no excuses for Franken — it was sexist, stupid, insensitive and dumb but if he had taken a moment to think about the long-term implications, perhaps he might have avoided the stupid incident. There is a common statement “think before you post” which I live by. There are times when I’m tempted to post something that could later get me into trouble, even if it feels innocent at the time. I’m sure I don’t always get it right. I probably do occasionally post things that I might later regret and I suspect I am frequently over cautious and avoid posting things that probably wouldn’t be an issue. These decisions can be nuanced. Still, there are some clear lines. My guideline is to never post anything that is likely [...]

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Nov 14, 2017

The Parent's Guide to Educational Technology
By Kerry Gallagher, J.D., and Larry Magid, Ed.D. Click Here For Full Guide (PDF) We all know children use devices like smartphones, tablets, Chromebooks, and laptops at school and they also often use a vocabulary full of technology jargon that may seem completely foreign. One reason is that both tech-savvy and tech-hesitant parents are not always familiar with the world of education technology, or 'edtech.' The truth is that education technology is an important part of education today and parents should feel excited – not intimidated – by what their children are able to learn and do. This guide provides an overview of edtech for parents. Our goal isn''t to make you a tech expert - that''s not necessary - but to help you understand how your children and their teachers are likely using technology and how you can support that use both at school and at home. Edtech Defined Education technology, or 'edtech,' is the study and practice of teaching and learning processes and strategies that incorporate devices, apps, programs, and media. Edtech can be used in traditional classrooms, at home, and as part of learning in almost any setting. . Why are Schools and Teachers Eager to Use [...]

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Nov 14, 2017

2020 Vision: The future of online safety
by Larry Magid This post first appeared on Forbes.com The Family Online Safety Institute (FOSI) convenes its annual conference on Thursday, when internet safety experts from around the world will meet at the Newseum in Washington DC to talk about making the online world “safer for kids and their families through enlightened public policy, industry best practice and good digital parenting.”  I’ll be there, as I have nearly every year since FOSI started holding these events in 2007. This year I’m co-facilitating a discussion called “2020 Vision: The Future of Online Safety,” along with Living in Digital Times founder and former tech-journalist Robin Raskin. In preparing for the workshop, I’ve been thinking about what the net will look like in 2020. Here’s Robin’s essay ahead of this workshop Yesterday, today and tomorrow In tech, three years is a long time so my OLED ball (crystal is so passé ) is a bit fuzzy. Still, I have some ideas as to what we may be grappling with, just as FOSI conference organizers did three years ago as you can see from their 2014 agenda when they were precient enough to focus on such issues a wearable technology and the Internet of Things, (IoT), the explosion of the app [...]

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Nov 10, 2017

Conference explores causes and impact of physical and cyberbullying
As researchers Elizabeth Englander and Sheri Bauman pointed out at the conference, most of the research on cyberbullying focuses on adolescents, but there is a growing concern about the behavior of younger children.

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Nov 10, 2017

I spent three days this week at the International Bullying Prevention Association (ibpaworld.org) in Nashville, where several hundred bullying experts from around the world gathered to consider the latest research and strategies to counteract bullying. There were several sessions that got my attention including one that focused on cyberbullying among pre-adolescent children and another that looked at the recent increase in bias-based bullying based on victims' characteristics such as gender, sexual orienta
by Larry Magid I spent three days this week at the International Bullying Prevention Association (ibpaworld.org) in This post first appeared in the San Jose Mercury News Nashville, where several hundred bullying experts from around the world gathered to consider the latest research and strategies to counteract bullying. There were several sessions that got my attention including one that focused on cyberbullying among pre-adolescent children and another that looked at the recent increase in bias-based bullying based on victims'' characteristics such as gender, sexual orientation, weight and special needs. Before I go on, I want to demystify the common conception that cyberbullying is common. It''s not. The statistics vary by year and study, but a report from the National Center for Education Statistics found that 'In 2013, approximately 7 percent of students ages 12 to 18 reported being cyber-bullied anywhere during the school year.' The agency also said that 'about 16 percent of students in the United States reported being electronically bullied in 2015.' Although the numbers vary, every reputable study finds that most students aren''t cyberbullied and don''t cyberbully others. As researchers Elizabeth Englander and Sheri Bauman pointed out at the conference, most of the research on cyberbullying focuses on adolescents, but [...]

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