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Oct 21, 2021

Avoiding ‘Zoom Fatigue'
Over the past couple of years there has been an increased focus on screen time. Much of this has to do with the pandemic that has forced both adults and children into video meetings and learning during times when it was considered unsafe to gather in person.

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Oct 19, 2021

Ask Trish: How Much is Too Much Screentime?
Dear Trish: Everyone says I spend way too much time on my phone. How much time is too much time? First off, thank you for the fantastic question! Let me start by validating this concern. I can promise you that you're definitely not alone in feeling like you spend a lot of time on your […]

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Oct 14, 2021

Facebook News: It's Complicated
One of my favorite phrases is "it's complicated," because it expresses the fact that many things in life are not as simple as they seem.

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ConnectSafely
Oct 13, 2021

What is Digital Wellness?
By Kerry Gallagher This educators' series on digital wellness is being published in partnership with MASCD. Educators are surely familiar with the term "digital citizenship." We are familiar with coaching and modeling for our students the ways toward acting as an upstander, blocking and reporting bullies and bad actors, and making the internet a more […]

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ConnectSafely
Oct 13, 2021

Social media risks and solutions can be nuanced
One of my favorite phrases is "it's complicated," because it expresses the fact that many things in life are not as simple as they seem. That's especially true when you need to make an important decision. Should you buy or lease your next car - there are advantages and disadvantages to both options. Should a […]

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ConnectSafely
Oct 13, 2021

Parent's Guide to Amazon Fire TV
We live in a golden age of media with an incredible array of choices between what we can watch on regular TV, via cable and satellite, and the internet. But, despite—or perhaps because of—all that content, it's sometimes hard to pick appropriate content for each family member. 

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ConnectSafely
Oct 12, 2021

Ask Trish: Showing Up for Bullying Prevention Month
Dear Trish: What's bullying prevention month? (I mean, I know what it is…but why does it matter?) And how can I really "show up" this year? Hi everyone! After a mental health break last week — speaking of which, I hope you all enjoyed some self-care and a break this past Sunday, which was #WorldMentalHealthDay […]

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Oct 12, 2021

Ask Trish: How Can I Show Up for Bullying Prevention Month?
Dear Trish: What's bullying prevention month? (I mean, I know what it is…but why does it matter?) And how can I really "show up" this year? Hi everyone! After a mental health break last week — speaking of which, I hope you all enjoyed some self-care and a break this past Sunday, which was #WorldMentalHealthDay […]

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Oct 07, 2021

Parent's Quick-Guide to Instagram
The main things parents worry about are typical of all social media: mean behavior among peers, encountering -- or creating -- inappropriate or dangerous content, overuse, and of course, privacy.

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Oct 07, 2021

New law will make it easier to cancel online subscriptions
by Larry Magid This post first appeared in the Mercury News Even though this is a California law, it is likely to impact consumers nationwide. Because California is such a big state, U.S. companies are likely to change their policies for everyone. I'm not a cheapskate, but I don't like to throw-away money, and I'm […]

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ConnectSafely
Sep 30, 2021

Like fictional killer robots, even well-intentioned algorithms can do harm
by Larry Magid This post first appeared in the Mercury News In 1984, James Cameron directed a science fiction movie where Arnold Schwarzenegger starred as The Terminator — a robot capable of killing humans.  It's a common theme in movies. Robots with artificial-intelligence-driven algorithms become monsters that unleash horrors not fully intended by the humans […]

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Sep 28, 2021

Ask Trish: Help! Photoshopped Nudes
Dear Trish, Help! Some stranger followed me on social media and is now threatening to send these photoshopped nude pictures of me to all of my followers.

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ConnectSafely
Sep 28, 2021

Ask Trish: Photoshopped Nudes
  Dear Trish, Help! Some stranger followed me on social media and is now threatening to send these photoshopped nude pictures of me to all of my followers. What should I do?! *Trigger Warning: This blog post contains a potentially distressing discussion of sexual harassment.* I want to start by thanking you for being brave […]

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Sep 22, 2021

Ask Trish: My Boyfriend is Threatening Revenge Porn
By Trisha Prabhu Dear Trish: I had a bf, but I feel like I can't "escape" the relationship because he is now threatening to blackmail me with explicit pictures I sent. I am not sure what to do because this would ruin my life and my career if it were sent online to the public […]

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ConnectSafely
Sep 21, 2021

Parent's Guide to Discord
If you've got a teen in your house, there's a good chance you have Discord. We don't mean bickering—we're talking Discord with a capital D, the chat app that's especially popular with teens.

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ConnectSafely
Sep 21, 2021

Parent's & Educator's Guide to Media Literacy and False Information
By Kerry Gallagher, JD and Larry Magid, Ed.D. We hear a lot about misinformation, disinformation and "fake news," but whatever you call it, it's a symptom of much larger problems, including the lack of media literacy. In fact, in November 2016 Stanford Graduate School of Education recently found that more than 80% of middle and […]

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ConnectSafely
Sep 16, 2021

Protecting mental health on Instagram
by Larry Magid A recent Wall Street Journal article revealed internal Facebook documents proclaiming that "Instagram is toxic for teen girls."  The article quoted documents from Facebook researchers acknowledging "We make body image issues worse for one in three teen girls," and "Teens blame Instagram for increases in the rate of anxiety and depression." Some […]

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ConnectSafely
Sep 15, 2021

Quick Guide for Parents | TikTok
What is TikTok? TikTok is an app that allows people to view, create and share short videos with friends, family, or the entire world. Although used by lots of adults of all ages, the app is especially popular with teens and young adults, who enjoy using its tools to combine video, popular songs, and graphics […]

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ConnectSafely
Sep 14, 2021

Ask Trish: How To Be An Upstander
By Trisha Prabhu Dear Trish: You often say that we should be Upstanders to hate. But how can I actually do that, particularly when the "cyberbullies" are your friend? Intervening can be so hard to do, and I'm worried I'll be judged for saying something. First, thank you so much for your incredibly important, spot-on […]

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ConnectSafely
Sep 09, 2021

Smart glasses are yet another privacy challenge
by Larry Magid This post first appeared in the Mercury News Facebook and Ray-Ban are now collaborating on smart glasses, called "Ray-Ban Stories." It's not the first product of its kind but, it's particularly noteworthy because of its progeny. Facebook as you know, is — by far — the world's largest social media company, and […]

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ConnectSafely
Sep 09, 2021

Guide to Ray-Ban Stories: Bystander Privacy in a World of Wearable Cameras
Facebook Reality Labs and Ray-Ban have partnered Ray-Ban Stories, the companies' first generation of smart glasses. This relatively new product category brings up questions regarding safety for the user and privacy for anyone who happens to be near someone using the glasses.

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ConnectSafely
Sep 08, 2021

Ask Trish: Don't Fight It Out Online
"If someone says something rude to me online is it okay to say something rude back? At that point I'm just standing up for myself, right?" Hi there! Thank you for this week's important — and indeed, super nuanced and, at times, tricky — question. Right off the bat, the title of this blog post […]

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ConnectSafely
Sep 08, 2021

Ask Trish: Why You Shouldn't Fight It Out Online
"If someone says something rude to me online is it okay to say something rude back? At that point I'm just standing up for myself, right?" Hi there! Thank you for this week's important — and indeed, super nuanced and, at times, tricky — question. Right off the bat, the title of this blog post […]

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ConnectSafely
Sep 02, 2021

Seniors flocking to TikTok
By Larry Magid When you think about TikTok, it's easy to conjure up images of young teens lip-synching and horsing around in short videos they share with their peers. And while teens do make up about a quarter of TikTok's estimated 100 million active users in the United States, 64% are between 20 and 55 […]

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ConnectSafely
Aug 31, 2021

Anti-Hate 101 with Trish
"Tell us more about your work as an anti-hate activist and what myths you'd want to bust or lessons you'd want to share." Totally! First off, let me say that this is such a good question (thanks for asking!). As a brief overview: I first got into this work when I was just 13 years […]

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ConnectSafely
Aug 31, 2021

Ask Trish: Anti-Hate 101 with Ask Trish
"Tell us more about your work as an anti-hate activist and what myths you'd want to bust or lessons you'd want to share." Totally! First off, let me say that this is such a good question (thanks for asking!). As a brief overview: I first got into this work when I was just 13 years […]

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ConnectSafely
Aug 30, 2021

Parent & Educator Guide to Media Literacy & Fake News
By Kerry Gallagher, JD and Larry Magid, Ed.D We hear a lot about "fake news," but that term, which was coined fairly recently, is really a symptom of much larger problems, including the lack of media literacy. In fact, in November 2016 Stanford Graduate School of Education recently found that more than 80% of middle and […]

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ConnectSafely
Aug 30, 2021

Parent's Guide to Cyberbullying
Bullying is a serious, long-standing social problem that now occurs in digital spaces as well as physical ones. But, contrary to what you might have heard or read, it isn't just a youth problem, it isn't getting worse, and it isn't more of a problem online than offline. Because of the rise of social media […]

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ConnectSafely
Aug 25, 2021

Quick Guide for Online Safety for Seniors
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ConnectSafely
Aug 25, 2021

The Senior's Guide to Online Safety
  Most American seniors are now online. As of 2018, nearly 66% of Americans over 65 were Internet users, according to a Pew Research Center survey.That number is getting bigger all the time, and for good reason. The Internet is a great way to read the latest news, stay in touch with family, get medical […]

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ConnectSafely
Aug 25, 2021

Parent's Guide to Instagram
Instagram is a social media app used by more than one billion people around the world to share photos, videos and messages. Whether it's through Stories, Feed, Live, IGTV (an app from Instagram that lets users share longer videos) or Direct, teens use Instagram to celebrate big milestones, share everyday moments, keep in touch with […]

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ConnectSafely
Aug 24, 2021

Ash Trish: Mis/Disinformation Online
"I feel like misinformation has been everywhere in the news lately. What exactly is misinformation and how can I avoid it?"

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Aug 17, 2021

Ask Trish: A Fresh Look at Finstas
"What's your take on Finstas?"

I'm so glad you asked! But first, let's start with the basics. For those of you who aren't familiar, "Finstas" refers to "Fake Instas" or "fake instagram accounts." Hold your horses: these are not fake accounts.

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ConnectSafely
Aug 17, 2021

Ask Trish: A Fresh Look at Finstas (Or Fake Instas)
"What's your take on Finstas?"

I'm so glad you asked! But first, let's start with the basics. For those of you who aren't familiar, "Finstas" refers to "Fake Instas" or "fake instagram accounts." Hold your horses: these are not fake accounts.

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ConnectSafely
Aug 17, 2021

Ask Trish: Finstas
"What's your take on Finstas?" I'm so glad you asked! But first, let's start with the basics. For those of you who aren't familiar, "Finstas" refers to "Fake Instas" or "fake instagram accounts." Hold your horses: these are not fake accounts, or accounts that have stolen someone's identity. Instead, they're often a social media user's […]

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ConnectSafely
Aug 12, 2021

Benefits of Apple's image abuse scanning outweigh risks
by Larry Magid This post first appeared in the Mercury News There has been quite a bit of controversy around Apple's recent announcement that it will scan images stored in iCloud from iPhone, iPad and Mac users for Child Sexual Abuse Material (CSAM), which is sometimes referred to as "child porn." Some privacy and human […]

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ConnectSafely
Aug 10, 2021

Ask Trish: Passive-Aggressive on Social Media
"Sometimes mean behavior on social media is super casual. Instead of being harassed, my friends just don't tag me in a picture. How do I deal with the drama? Is it possible I'm overreacting?" Ah, yes…drama online (as this week's TikTok depicts — scroll down — there's no dearth of it; am I right?). Let […]

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ConnectSafely
Aug 05, 2021

Senior's Guide to TikTok
If you have teenage children or grandchildren, there's a good chance they use TikTok. But so do tens of millions of adults. Only about a third of TikTok users are under 20, according to a June 2020 Statistica Report. Just under 14% are between 40 and 49, and over 7% are over 50. There's no […]

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ConnectSafely
Aug 03, 2021

Ask Trish: Marginalized Groups & Online Hate
"Sometimes mean behavior on social media is super casual. Instead of being harassed, my friends just don't tag me in a picture. How do I deal with the drama? Is it possible I'm overreacting?" *Trigger Warning: This blog post contains distressing facts about and descriptions of harassment against women and marginalized groups.* Ah, yes…drama online […]

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ConnectSafely
Aug 03, 2021

Ask Trish: Passive-Aggressive Behavior on Social Media
"Sometimes mean behavior on social media is super casual. Instead of being harassed, my friends just don't tag me in a picture. How do I deal with the drama? Is it possible I'm overreacting?" Ah, yes…drama online (as this week's TikTok depicts, there's no dearth of it; am I right?). Let me start by thanking […]

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ConnectSafely
Jul 29, 2021

Why it is essential to keep your operating systems up to date
Regardless of what device you're using -- an iPhone or iPad, an Android phone or tablet, a Mac, a Windows PC or even a smart home appliance -- it's important to keep operating systems, apps and browsers updated with the latest security patches.

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ConnectSafely
Jul 26, 2021

Ask Trish: The Pressure to Be Perfect
"I sometimes feel like the pressure to be perfect on social media can be so overwhelming. Do you have tips for managing social media anxiety and being authentic online?" First and foremost, let me start by saying: I get it and trust me, you're not alone. I can't tell you how many times I've gotten […]

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ConnectSafely
Jul 09, 2021

Ask Trish: Welcome To The "Ask Trish" Project
Let's be real: the internet can be so sucky sometimes. From harassing DMs, to the ever-constant pressure to be "perfect," to passive-aggressive behavior, the digital world can be a lot to face. Ask Trish, our new project, is here to help.

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ConnectSafely
Jul 09, 2021

Welcome To The "Ask Trish" Project
Let's be real: the internet can be so sucky sometimes. From harassing DMs, to the ever-constant pressure to be "perfect," to passive-aggressive behavior, like when your friends post the one pic that you don't like on Insta, the digital world can be a lot to face. And too often, it can feel like…well, there's no […]

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ConnectSafely
Jul 08, 2021

Ask Trish
Let's be real: the internet isn't perfect. From harassing DMs, to the ever-constant pressure to be "perfect," to passive-aggressive behavior, like when your friends post the one pic that you don't like on Insta, the digital world can be a lot to face. And too often, it can feel like…well, there's no one to turn […]

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ConnectSafely
Jul 08, 2021

New Column: Ask Trish
Let's be real: the internet isn't perfect. From harassing DMs, to the ever-constant pressure to be "perfect," to passive-aggressive behavior, like when your friends post the one pic that you don't like on Insta, the digital world can be a lot to face. And too often, it can feel like…well, there's no one to turn […]

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ConnectSafely
Jun 18, 2021

Facebook offers tools to ‘slow down' toxic conversations
by Larry Magid At Facebook 2019 F8 developer's conference, CEO Mark Zuckerberg said that "groups are now at the heart of the experience, just as much as your friends and family are."  He was talking about an initiative to get Facebook users to join semi-private groups where they can connect with people who share their […]

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ConnectSafely
Jun 03, 2021

Parent, Educator & Youth Guide to LGBTQ Cyberbullying
By Warren J. Blumenfeld, Ed.D. All young people deserve to grow up in a world where they are accepted, loved and treated with compassion, but sadly, that's not the case for everyone. Some young people are vulnerable to bullying, discrimination and abuse. That's especially true for groups that are marginalized, including lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender […]

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ConnectSafely
May 25, 2021

Quick-Guide to Secure Passwords
The FBI along with other security experts are now recommending a "pass phrase" rather than simply a password. Such a phrase should be relatively long - at least 15 characters.

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ConnectSafely
May 13, 2021

Risk of ransomware to national infrastructure
By Larry Magid This post first appeared in the Mercury News The shutdown of Colonial Pipeline, which delivers gasoline, diesel, and aviation fuel to much of the East Coast, is a reminder that essential institutions and the people they serve are vulnerable to potentially devastating cyberattacks. The pipeline, which resumed operations on Wednesday, provides about […]

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ConnectSafely
Apr 29, 2021

Apple's new anti-tracking feature is a boon to privacy
? Apple video explains app tracking transparency by Larry Magid This post first appeared in the Mercury News The new version of Apple's iOS operating system for iPhones and iPads has a feature that requires users to opt-in before an app on your device can track you across other apps and websites. When you first […]

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ConnectSafely
Apr 22, 2021

My new air fryer is a security risk
Like a growing number of appliances, the "smart" air fryer I bought can connect to a home Wi-Fi network so that it can be controlled via a smartphone app or by voice through Amazon Alexa or Google Home smart speakers.

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ConnectSafely
Apr 15, 2021

Tips for preventing ‘ransomware' attack
by Larry Magid This post first appeared in the Mercury News A friend called last week in desperation. Her husband responded to a "ransomware" demand that he pay $3,000 to unlock data on his computer that was encrypted by the hacker. He was told to pay in gift cards and, unfortunately, he complied. He was […]

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ConnectSafely
Apr 15, 2021

Tips for preventing ‘ransomware' attacks
by Larry Magid This post first appeared in the Mercury News A friend called last week in desperation. Her husband responded to a "ransomware" demand that he pay $3,000 to unlock data on his computer that was encrypted by the hacker. He was told to pay in gift cards and, unfortunately, he complied. He was […]

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ConnectSafely
Mar 27, 2021

Tips for Dealing with Teen Sexting
"Sexting" usually refers to the sharing of sexually explicit images via mobile phones, but it can happen on other devices, too. First of all, research shows most teens don't share sexually explicit images. And most of those who do experience no negative consequences. But for teens who do share sexually explicit images, there are both […]

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ConnectSafely
Mar 18, 2021

Parent's Guide to Snapchat
Snapchat is all about fun and spontaneity. By default, the text, photos and videos you send disappear seconds after viewed by the receiver - you get to decide how long your friends get to view them. Users love that they can share a moment that's digital footprint-free - they don't have to think about how […]

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ConnectSafely
Mar 18, 2021

New research & resources for online wellness
It's been a big week when it comes to resources for promoting wellness and helping protect children online. with new resources from Google and Instagram and a study from Common Sense Media.

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ConnectSafely
Mar 18, 2021

Big Week for Kids & Wellness Online
By Larry Magid It's been a big week when it comes to resources for promoting wellness and helping protect children online. Instagram announced that it will now prevent adults from sending messages to people under 18 who don't follow them and will send safety notices encouraging teens to be cautious in conversations with adults they're […]

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ConnectSafely
Mar 18, 2021

A big week for wellness, social media and online safety
It's been a big week when it comes to resources for promoting wellness and helping protect children online. Instagram announced that it will now prevent adults from sending messages to people under 18 who don't follow them and will send safety notices encouraging teens to be cautious in conversations with adults they're already connected to. […]

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ConnectSafely
Mar 15, 2021

Safer Internet Day 2021 Podcasts
  TikTok's top safety executive — having fun and staying safe https://api.spreaker.com/download/episode/43899639/the_law_enforcement_officers_stamping_out_crime_online.mp3 Stamping out online crimes against children https://api.spreaker.com/download/episode/43899639/the_law_enforcement_officers_stamping_out_crime_online.mp3 Talking Amazon Kids https://api.spreaker.com/download/episode/43899629/talking_amazon_kids.mp3 School librarian and activist K.C. Boyd on libraries, pandemic and racial justice movement https://api.spreaker.com/download/episode/43899599/school_librarian_and_activist_k_c_boyd_on_libraries_pandemic_and_racial_justice_movement.mp3 Listen to "Safe dating in the digital age" on Spreaker. Listen to "Safe dating in the digital age" […]

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ConnectSafely
Mar 03, 2021

Protect Against Identify Theft
In 2019, the Federal Trade Commission's Consumer Sentinel Network took in a 650,572 identity theft reports which represented 20% of all fraud reports. The agency said that 88% of those were credit card fraud with 29% tax fraud — an important reminder as we approach the April 15th tax filing deadline. There are victims in […]

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ConnectSafely
Feb 24, 2021

Family Guide to Parental Controls
What are parental controls and what do they do? There are a variety of control tools and monitoring tools available to parents. Some are software products or mobile apps that you buy or subscribe to. Others are free and some are already present on your phone, tablet or computer operating systems or available from your […]

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ConnectSafely
Feb 23, 2021

Iowa bill could prevent social media from preventing cyberbullying and other harms to children
A bill being debated by the Iowa legislature could have the unintended consequence of preventing social media companies from protecting children  as well as adults from cyberbullying, harassments, sexual solicitation, unwanted advertising and other harms. S.F. 402, which is currently before the state Senate, would, among other things "prohibit the state and political subdivisions from […]

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ConnectSafely
Feb 23, 2021

Iowa bill could prevent social media from preventing cyberbullying and other harms to children and adults
  A bill being debated by the Iowa legislature could have the unintended consequence of preventing social media companies from protecting children  as well as adults from cyberbullying, harassments, sexual solicitation, unwanted advertising and other harms. S.F. 402, which is currently before the state Senate, would, among other things "prohibit the state and political subdivisions […]

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ConnectSafely
Feb 18, 2021

Tips to remember and manage passwords
Passwords are the bane of our existence, and I'm hoping that they will soon go away. Indeed there are already alternatives to having to enter passwords. My bank lets me use my fingerprint to log in on its phone app, but like most biometric methods, there is still a password that you may have to […]

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ConnectSafely
Feb 17, 2021

test Draft
  Officially, Safer Internet Day was Tuesday, February 9th, recognized in more than 100 countries around the world.  But, in the U.S., the official Safer Internet Day celebration was online and asynchronous, which means all of the resources, videos and activities remain available. This year's global theme is "Together for a Better Internet," but ConnectSafely […]

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ConnectSafely
Feb 15, 2021

Facebook safety chief on policy nuances and user safety tools
As Facebook's head of global safety, Antigone Davis has a tough job. She has to help develop and enforce guidelines that govern how more than 2.4 billion people in world use the company's platforms. And she has to juggle competing demands that don't just include how to balance safety with the company's need to make […]

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ConnectSafely
Feb 14, 2021

Insight Videos Safer Internet Day 2021
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ConnectSafely
Feb 14, 2021

Safer Internet Day 2021 Videos
We interviewed leadrs from the worlds of education, technology, nonprofits and law enforcement about a range of urgent issues, including online toxicity, racial justice, free speech, misinformation, how to manage screen time while staying connected during the pandemic and the very real pressure to be "perfect" online. Vaishnavi JInstagram Antigone DavisFacebook Eric HanTikTok Rob NewtonGoogle […]

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ConnectSafely
Feb 14, 2021

How Every Day Can Be ‘Safer Internet Day'
  Officially, Safer Internet Day was Tuesday, February 9th, recognized in more than 100 countries around the world.  But, in the U.S., the official Safer Internet Day celebration was online and asynchronous, which means all of the resources, videos and activities remain available. This year's global theme is "Together for a Better Internet," but ConnectSafely […]

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ConnectSafely
Feb 14, 2021

How everyday can be ‘Safer Internet Day'
Officially, Safer Internet Day was Tuesday, February 9th, recognized in more than 100 countries around the world.  But, in the U.S., the official Safer Internet Day celebration was online and asynchronous, which means all of the resources, videos and activities remain available. This year's global theme is "Together for a Better Internet," but ConnectSafely took […]

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ConnectSafely
Feb 14, 2021

Every Day Can Be ‘Safer Internet Day'
  Officially, Safer Internet Day was Tuesday, February 9th, recognized in more than 100 countries around the world.  But, in the U.S., the official Safer Internet Day celebration was online and asynchronous, which means all of the resources, videos and activities remain available. This year's global theme is "Together for a Better Internet," but ConnectSafely […]

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ConnectSafely
Feb 12, 2021

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ConnectSafely
Feb 12, 2021

Safe online dating during and after the pandemic
? When it comes to online dating safety there is good advice that's been around for years and new advice based on the pandemic.  And that's why we spoke with Catherine Connelly, co-founder and Senior Vice President Marketing at The Meet Group, which operates several dating sites, including MeetMe, Skout, Tagged, LOVOO and GROWLr. General […]

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ConnectSafely
Feb 11, 2021

Rethink finder on how app promotes kindness & decency
by Larry Magid ReThink founder and CEO Trisha Prabhu on what motivated her to create the app Rethink founder Trisha Prabhu is on a mission. The 20-year-old Harvard student who created the first version of the app when she was 13, is out to "to help cultivate the next generation of responsible digital citizens," she […]

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ConnectSafely
Feb 11, 2021

Rethink Founder on How App Promotes Kindness & Decency
Rethink founder Trisha Prabhu is on a mission to help cultivate the next generation of responsible digital citizens.

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ConnectSafely
Feb 11, 2021

Good and not-so-good news about digital civility
While adults showed some improvement, teens did significantly better than previous years.

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ConnectSafely
Feb 04, 2021

Parents' Guide to parental controls
What they are and what they do There are a variety of control tools and monitoring tools available to parents. Some are software products or mobile apps that you buy or pay or subscribe to. Others are free and some are already present on your phone, tablet or computer operating systems or available from your […]

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ConnectSafely
Feb 03, 2021

Safer Internet 2021 Day Goes Online
Safer Internet Day is a global awareness-raising campaign that started in Europe in 2004 and is now celebrated in more than 100 countries.

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ConnectSafely
Feb 03, 2021

Safer Internet Day 2021 goes online
Last year, on the second Tuesday of February, about 300 mostly high school students gathered at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, California to celebrate Safer Internet Day. That night, families from across the Bay Area gathered at TikTok's Bay Area office to learn how seniors, parents, teens and even younger internet users could […]

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ConnectSafely
Feb 03, 2021

Safer Internet Day goes online
Last year, on the second Tuesday of February, about 300 high school and middle school students from across the Bay Area gathered at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, Calif. to celebrate Safer Internet Day. That night, families came to TikTok's Bay Area office to learn how seniors, parents, teens and even very young […]

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ConnectSafely
Jan 28, 2021

Guide to Facebook Privacy and Security Settings
It's pretty common for users of Facebook and other social media companies to keep their default settings. But, it's worth exploring what you can do to change those settings, especially when it comes to privacy and security. Facebook offers extensive and highly customizable privacy controls which, among other things, allow to you to determine who […]

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ConnectSafely
Jan 28, 2021

Battening down your Facebook hatches
Controlling who can see your friends list is only one of many optional privacy settings.

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ConnectSafely
Jan 28, 2021

Facebook Privacy and Security Settings
Last week my wife, Patti, received several emails and Facebook messages from friends who said that they had received Facebook friend requests from her. The reason they were concerned is because they were already her Facebook friend so there was no reason for a new request. Others simply accepted that friend request, perhaps thinking they […]

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ConnectSafely
Jan 22, 2021

Managing Tech for Tots
Over the past several years we've seen an explosion in the use of tablets and other devices by children who are barely out of diapers.

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ConnectSafely
Jan 22, 2021

Mangaging Tech for Tots
By Larry Magid Over the past several years we've seen an explosion in the use of tablets and other devices by children who are barely out of diapers. And now, because of the pandemic, tech use among very young children has grown substantially as computers, tablets and phones become the only safe way for some […]

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ConnectSafely
Jan 21, 2021

Join ConnectSafely for Safer Internet Day Feb. 9
You're invited to join us and 100 countries around the world in celebrating Safer Internet Day on Tuesday, Feb. 9. This year, Safer Internet Day in the U.S. focuses on the idea that everyone plays an important role in making the internet better. The theme is "The Internet starts with I" — asking everyone to […]

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ConnectSafely
Jan 14, 2021

How we got here
by Larry MagidThis post first appeared in the Mercury News Because they've been written about extensively, there's no need for me to repeat how the internet - Facebook, Twitter and lesser-known sites like Gab and the now-suspended Parler have contributed to the division, vitriol and violence that has shaken our country. What I want to know […]

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ConnectSafely
Jan 14, 2021

Pew report: 40% of Americans have experienced online harassment and it is getting more severe
by Ed Baig At the risk of belaboring the obvious we live in highly contentious times, and this has been the state of affairs long before the insurrection that (as I write this) will almost certainly result in the second impeachment of President Trump. Social media has had much to do with this reality as […]

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ConnectSafely
Dec 24, 2020

How Smart Watches Monitor Your Health
So, now that I have all this health technology on my wrist and my phone, there's only more thing I need to do and that's to relax and lower my anxiety which, ironically, means spending more time enjoying life and less time looking at the data from the watch I'm wearing.

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ConnectSafely
Dec 24, 2020

Smart watches monitor your health
by Larry Magid I've long been conscious about health and fitness, but in the midst of a global health crisis, staying healthy has become a bit of an obsession. In many ways, that's a good thing, but thinking about your health can be a double-edged sword if it winds up causing anxiety which, ironically, can […]

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ConnectSafely
Dec 22, 2020

Parent's Guide to Tech for Tots
By Kerry Gallagher, JD and Larry Magid Ed.D Sixty-one percent of parents say that parenting is more difficult than it was 20 years ago, with many citing technology as the reason why, according to a 2020 Pew Research Center survey. Teaching even our youngest children how to use devices and interact with digital content in […]

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ConnectSafely
Dec 10, 2020

Misinformation amplified by social media
As Daniel Patrick Moynihan once wrote, "Everyone is entitled to his own opinion, but not his own facts.

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ConnectSafely
Dec 03, 2020

Generosity is Great, But Be Cautious When Giving to Charity
"Giving Tuesday," which is now behind us, is really the start of the end-of-the-year holiday giving period. For the remainder of the month, expect to see even more pitches for end-of-the-year donations from charities you have supported in the past and ones that you may not be so familiar with. Charities always seek donations this […]

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ConnectSafely
Dec 03, 2020

Family Guide to Messenger by Facebook
Messenger has several features to put you in control of your privacy, safety and security. Here's what you need to know.

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ConnectSafely
Nov 19, 2020

Google-owned cellular service becomes more family friendly
by Larry Magid This post first appeared in the Mercury News Google Fi cellular service has been around since 2015, but it just got some new features that make it more family-friendly. Like nearly all cellular carriers, Google Fi has long offered family discounts if you have two or more people sharing an account. But, […]

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ConnectSafely
Nov 13, 2020

Parent's Guide to Amazon Alexa
Coming Soon!

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ConnectSafely
Nov 12, 2020

Facebook's Messenger & Instagram's Disappearing Act
Snapchat may have pioneered disappearing posts in social media, but Facebook is adding a disappearing act to messaging. Vanish Mode, for Facebook's Messenger and Instagram, enables users to send messages that disappear once they are viewed and the viewer leaves the conversation. MORE ON FORBES.COM Listen to "The ConnectSafely Report with Larry Magid" on Spreaker.

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ConnectSafely
Nov 05, 2020

Keeping Kids Safe on Roblox
If you have children in your life, there is a very good chance they play games on Roblox — a popular gaming platform that allows people to play games that others create or create games for others to play. Think of it as YouTube for video games — most people are there to play, but some use the Roblox platform to create and promote their own

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ConnectSafely
Oct 29, 2020

Social Media Conspiracy Theories Could Hurt Kids
Conspiracy theories have been circulating on social media and getting ever more convoluted. Facebook, Twitter and other companies have taken some actions to reduce their visibility, but they are still present in one form or another.

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