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May 26, 2022

Video: 5 Minutes with TikTok
We spoke with TikTok's head of policy for the Americas, Tracy Elizabeth, about the popular platform and what parents should know to keep their teens safe. Tracy, who's also a developmental psychologist who has studied teens and media, tells us what advice she gives her friends and family, why TikTok has different safety defaults for […]

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ConnectSafely
May 26, 2022

How to delete what Google knows about you
by Larry Magid This post is adapted from one that appeared in the Mercury News Like the weather, a lot of people like to complain about how Google impacts their privacy but, unlike the weather, there are things you can do about it. As a baseline, everyone should know what information Google is collecting about […]

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ConnectSafely
May 24, 2022

Ask Trish - Mental Health Awareness Month
By Trisha Prabhu Me, thinking to myself early last week: "I can't believe that May is coming to an end soon - and so is Mental Health Awareness Month here in the US. I think the Ask Trish community would really love some tips on how to support mental health on social media!" Hi there, […]

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ConnectSafely
May 24, 2022

Ask Trish: Mental Health Awareness Month
Mental Health Awareness Month is a time to raise awareness about mental health and the challenges millions of Americans - and many more global citizens - face with their mental health.

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ConnectSafely
May 23, 2022

Parent's Guide to TikTok
TikTok is an entertainment platform that lets people create and share short videos. People love using the platform's tools, filters, and special effects to combine video, music, and graphics into funny sketches, informational videos, and creative shorts. The app's users often emphasize quirkiness and novelty, and in that respect, TikTok is helping expand the creative […]

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ConnectSafely
May 19, 2022

Pair of California Bills to Protect Kids Online Show Promise, but there are Concerns
California lawmakers are considering a pair of bills to regulate kids' use of online services. The state's tech laws can impact the entire country.

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ConnectSafely
May 18, 2022

Podcast: Interview with California Assemblywoman Buffy Wicks
xx Listen to "Interview with co-sponsor of California Age Appropriate Design Code Act" on Spreaker.

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ConnectSafely
May 18, 2022

Naver Z (ZEPETO) and ConnectSafely Announce New Partnership Building A Safer Metaverse
Today almost half of Gen Z & Millennials say personal safety in the metaverse is a major concern. To address this head on, ConnectSafely and Naver Z Corp, developer of ZEPETO, are announcing a partnership to create a safer metaverse. Through this partnership, Naver Z and ConnectSafely will guide users, youth, educators, parents, and guardians […]

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ConnectSafely
May 17, 2022

Ask Trish: My Debut Book, ReThink the Internet
My debut book, ReThink the Internet, the world's first-ever by-youth, for-youth guide to safely navigating the digital world, is coming out at the end of this month, on May 31st.

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ConnectSafely
May 12, 2022

Ask Trish: How to Be An Internet Activist
I've been hearing a lot about online activism. What is it, how can I do it, and what should I not do?

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ConnectSafely
May 04, 2022

Musk Seems to Want to Take Twitter Back to its Not-So-Great Past
The one thing I know about Elon Musk is that I have no idea what he will do, regardless of what he says he'll do.

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ConnectSafely
May 04, 2022

Digital Wellness is Emotional Wellness
This series on digital wellness is being published in partnership with MASCD. Emotional wellness is an area our society is, thankfully, working to build awareness and progress. In schools it is often called "SEL" or social emotional learning and it is sometimes the focus of "self care" content in popular media. Emotional wellness refers to […]

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ConnectSafely
Apr 28, 2022

Unused apps can impact smartphone storage, performance and security
by Larry Magid This post first appeared in the Mercury News I'm old enough to remember those Black Flag commercials from the early '80s with the slogan "Roaches check in, but they don't check out." Today, the smartphone variation of that could be "Apps get installed but don't get uninstalled." While unwanted apps may not […]

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ConnectSafely
Apr 26, 2022

Ask Trish: Stressing About Social Media
I'm always so stressed about social media, like who's viewing my stories, how my pictures look, and if I "measure up" to everyone else. How do I let go?

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Apr 19, 2022

Ask Trish: Dealing With Online Sexual Harassment
Several of you have been reaching out about how to deal with online sexual harassment. Your messages are a reminder of how pervasive, scary, and deeply damaging this problem is - and why education on this topic is so important.

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ConnectSafely
Apr 19, 2022

Ask Trish: Dealing With Online Sexual Harassment - A Guide
By Trisha Prabhu *Trigger Warning: This blog post contains a potentially distressing discussion of online sexual harassment.*   "I connected with a person on Tinder and they recorded an intimate video. Now, they're demanding money for me not to send it to my Instagram friends. What can I actually do? Please help me. I'm so […]

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ConnectSafely
Apr 14, 2022

Quick Guide to Online Safety for Seniors
The number of online seniors is growing. A 2018 Pew Research Center survey found that 66% of Americans over 65 were internet users. That number is getting bigger all the time, especially since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, when the internet became the safest way to communicate with friends and family. Even before the […]

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ConnectSafely
Apr 07, 2022

Parental Control for Devices and Networks
Software, apps, devices and other resources for parental control and content filtering.

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ConnectSafely
Apr 07, 2022

Despite Laws and FCC Rules, Robocalls Remain a Problem
Google the term "robocall," and you'll find an FCC webpage that begins, "Unwanted calls - including illegal and spoofed robocalls - are the FCC's top consumer complaint and our top consumer protection priority."

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ConnectSafely
Apr 06, 2022

Digital Wellness is Cognitive Wellness
We actually have the power to improve our brain's ability to acquire, understand, and apply information. But sometimes our screen use can get in the way.

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ConnectSafely
Apr 05, 2022

Resisting the ‘Pressure to be Perfect'
We all want to be our best and look our best but none of us are perfect, including the seemingly "perfet people" we see on social media. That amazing look, the perfect vacation, that great looking car or house, or that awesome social life  you see others portray online, probably isn't as perfect as it […]

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ConnectSafely
Apr 05, 2022

Ask Trish: Unwanted Online Comments
Dear Trish: I have so many annoying comments from people I don't even know on my Insta posts. Help!

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ConnectSafely
Apr 01, 2022

Like airlines, tech companies shouldn't compete on safety
A recent Washington Post story, Facebook paid GOP firm to malign TikTok accused Facebook's parent company Meta of  "one of the biggest Republican consulting firms in the country to orchestrate a nationwide campaign seeking to turn the public against TikTok." I'm not in a position to confirm or refute the details of the story but, […]

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ConnectSafely
Apr 01, 2022

Tech companies shouldn't (and usually don't) compete on safety
A recent Washington Post story, Facebook paid GOP firm to malign TikTok accused Facebook's parent company Meta of  "one of the biggest Republican consulting firms in the country to orchestrate a nationwide campaign seeking to turn the public against TikTok." I'm not in a position to confirm or refute the details of the story but, […]

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ConnectSafely
Mar 29, 2022

Ask Trish: Women's History Month
In honor of Women's History Month, we'll shine a light on three women who helped build the internet

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ConnectSafely
Mar 24, 2022

Social Media Can Contribute To Despair About War But Also Provide Relief
Like many people, I've spent a lot of time in front of my phone, computer and TV, focused on the war in Ukraine. On some TV news programs, it's literally the only subject covered, sometimes in minute detail.

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ConnectSafely
Mar 23, 2022

Metaverse and Virtual Reality Safety Tips for Parents
You've probably heard the term "Metaverse" which is a broad term for what many people think will be the next generation for the internet.  At the heart of the metaverse is "virtual reality" and its close cousin "augmented reality."  While much of the metaverse is about the future, virtual reality headsets from Meta-owned Oculus and […]

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ConnectSafely
Mar 22, 2022

Ask Trish: What exactly is "Web3"?
So many ppl I know keep talking about web3. What is web3? How is it different from the internet?

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ConnectSafely
Mar 22, 2022

Ask Trish: What is "Web3"?
So many ppl I know keep talking about web3. What is web3? How is it different from the internet?

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Mar 11, 2022

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Mar 09, 2022

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Mar 09, 2022

Quick-Guide to Misinformation & Media Literacy
What is media literacy and why is it important? In short, media literacy is the ability to think critically about the information you consume and create. It includes the ability to distinguish fact from opinion or even false information and to understand how media can sometimes be used to persuade people. A 2019 study by […]

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ConnectSafely
Mar 09, 2022

How to talk with your kids about war in Ukraine
by Larry Magid Whether it's via TV, radio, or the internet, kids and teens, just like adults, are learning about what's happening in and around Ukraine, and many are likely concerned, worried or even scared. For those in the United States, Ukraine is thousands of miles away - separated by an ocean and, while that […]

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ConnectSafely
Mar 08, 2022

Ask Trish: Supporting Ukraine, Offline and Online
In light of the horrifying and deeply troubling invasion of Ukraine by Russia, this week, Ask Trish will help readers understand how they can take action to support Ukraine, both online and offline.

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ConnectSafely
Mar 04, 2022

2022 Edit: Larry Magid's Speech at Russia's 2012 Safer Internet Day Event
NOTE: What follows is a talk I wrote to give at one of two Safer Internet Day events in February, 2012. I delivered this speech to an event sponsored by Russia's Safer Internet Day Committee, attended by academics, students, some government officials and Russian tech executives. The next day I was scheduled to speak again […]

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ConnectSafely
Mar 03, 2022

Russian Cyberattacks are Possible. Be Prepared But Not Panicked.
Although it's very unlikely that average Americans will be directly targeted by a Russian cyberattack, it is quite possible to become an indirect victim of an attack against a company, health care organization or government agency we rely on.

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Mar 02, 2022

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Mar 02, 2022

Tech Checklist to prepare for disasters and power failures
Whether it's earthquakes, tornadoes, impending fires or even massive hack attacks, it's important to make sure that your tech is ready and able to operate even in the event of a power failure.

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ConnectSafely
Feb 24, 2022

Real-time location sharing can enhance, jeopardize safety
by Larry Magid This post first appeared in the Mercury News Snapchat is the latest app to add real-time location sharing, which means you can use it to inform friends and family of your exact location even if the app is closed. Google Maps for both iOS and Android, Apple's Find My app and Glympse […]

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ConnectSafely
Feb 22, 2022

Ask Trish: Black Women Who Changed Tech
Dear Trish: Black History Month has got me thinking more about Black representation in tech, how can we shine a light on this history?

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ConnectSafely
Feb 15, 2022

Ask Trish: Youth & Safer Internet Day 2022
Me, thinking to myself last week: "I know what next week's blog post is going to be about…Safer Internet Day 2022!"

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ConnectSafely
Feb 10, 2022

Interview with Antigone Davis, Meta head of global safety
Video:   Audio podcast Listen to "Interview with Antigone Davis, Meta head of global safety" on Spreaker.  

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ConnectSafely
Feb 10, 2022

Author Rosalind Wiseman urges parents to be respectful of young people
As part of ConnectSafely's 2022 Safer Internet Day program, CEO Larry Magid spoke with author and Culture of Dignity founder Rosalind Wiseman. Wiseman is the author of several books, including Queen Bees and Wannabees, which was the basis for the movie Mean Girls. Here's her full bio.   Video (scroll down for audio podcast) Audio […]

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ConnectSafely
Feb 10, 2022

TikTok's Creator Community Director on what makes a good creator
As part of Safer Internet Day 2022, ConnectSafely CEO Larry Magid and Youth Advisor Trisha Prabhu spoke with Kudzi Chikumbu, TikTok's Director, Creative Community, about what makes a good creator. Watch the video or listen to the audio portion. The program is 18 1/2 minutes long. Watch video (scroll down for audio podcast) Audio podcast […]

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ConnectSafely
Feb 08, 2022

Today is Safer Internet Day: Programs for Home & School
We're particularly proud of the experts and influencers we've lined up for this year's program. Videos and other resources for families and schools are free and available now.

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ConnectSafely
Feb 08, 2022

Safer Internet Day: Programs for Home & School
We're particularly proud of the experts and influencers we've lined up for this year's program. Videos and other resources for families and schools are free and available now.

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ConnectSafely
Feb 01, 2022

Ask Trish: How to Talk to Your Parents About Tech
Dear Trish: My digital resolution was to do a better job of talking to my parents about my phone and my social media. How do I actually do that?

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ConnectSafely
Jan 27, 2022

Safer Internet Day Programs for Home & School
We're particularly proud of the experts and influencers we've lined up for this year's program. Videos and other resources for families and schools are free and available now.

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ConnectSafely
Jan 25, 2022

Ask Trish: Doing Online Dating Right
By Trisha Prabhu Dear Trisha: I'm thinking about getting on an online dating app but I'm kinda skeptical because I've heard scary stories from friends. Do you have any tips? Hi there! Thank you SO much for this incredibly relevant question. Not only is online dating more common than ever, Valentine's Day is coming up […]

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ConnectSafely
Jan 20, 2022

Metaverse: What's the Risk?
You've probably heard the term "metaverse," which is being embraced by numerous tech companies. The company formerly known as Facebook is so committed to the idea, that it's renamed itself "Meta" to symbolize its deep dive into this new online world.

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ConnectSafely
Jan 18, 2022

Ask Trish: The Myth of Likes
Dear Trish: I'm always super stressed about my likes on social media. I've even deleted posts when they don't get enough likes. Help!

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ConnectSafely
Jan 11, 2022

Ask Trish: What's the Metaverse?
Everyone keeps talking about "the Metaverse" but I'm not sure what exactly that is. Can you tell me more?

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ConnectSafely
Dec 21, 2021

Ask Trish: Making Digital Resolutions
Me, thinking to myself earlier this week: "What's the one thing I want to leave the Ask Trish community with in 2021?"

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ConnectSafely
Dec 21, 2021

Ask Trish: Digital Resolutions
Me, thinking to myself earlier this week: "What's the one thing I want to leave the Ask Trish community with in 2021?"

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ConnectSafely
Dec 14, 2021

Ask Trish: I'm the Target of Digital Rumors
Dear Trish: I found a post on FB where this woman, a stranger, is saying bad things about me! She shared a photo from my public LinkedIn profile. Everything she's writing is a complete lie, but FB won't take the post down. The whole situation is disturbing my mental health, and I don't know what to do. Please help!

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ConnectSafely
Dec 09, 2021

Technology to help care for elderly loved ones
By Larry Magid This post first appeared in the Mercury News Amazon is jumping into the elder-care market with products to enable people to monitor and assist elderly loved-ones. A new service, called Alexa Together, uses Echo smart speakers and displays and optional fall-detection devices to call for help in case of an emergency. The […]

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ConnectSafely
Dec 02, 2021

Generosity is Great, But Be Cautious When Giving to Charity
by Larry Magid "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 […]

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ConnectSafely
Nov 30, 2021

Ask Trish: ??Social Media 101 (Part 2)
"I'm new to social media and curious what I should know about each platform. Are there certain things I should keep in mind?" Ask Trish is back again with Social Media 101 — Part 2! As you'll all recall, last week, we had a question from a new social media user (I've included it above!) […]

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ConnectSafely
Nov 23, 2021

Ask Trish: I'm New to Social Media
Dear Trish: I'm new to social media and curious what I should know about each platform. Are there certain things I should keep in mind?

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ConnectSafely
Nov 16, 2021

Ask Trish: Social Media and Mental Health
Dear Trish: Maybe it's just me but I just feel really bad about myself when I'm on social media. Like literally everyone seems to be living their best life and it reminds me how much is wrong with mine. How can I feel better?

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ConnectSafely
Nov 16, 2021

Social Media and Mental Health
Dear Trish: Maybe it's just me but I just feel really bad about myself when I'm on social media. Like literally everyone seems to be living their best life and it reminds me how much is wrong with mine. How can I feel better?

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ConnectSafely
Nov 12, 2021

Parent's Guide to Amazon Parent Dashboard
Amazon Parent Dashboard is the free hub where parents and guardians manage and customize their kids' experiences across Amazon devices and the Amazon Kids subscription.

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ConnectSafely
Nov 11, 2021

Computing has gone full circle, and it's time to go back a bit
By Larry Magid This post first appeared in the Mercury News My very first computer was a Cyber 70. I didn't own it nor did I ever get within a few feet of it. It was a giant mainframe housed at the University of Massachusetts Amherst Graduate Research Center. I accessed it via a terminal […]

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ConnectSafely
Nov 04, 2021

Facebook not alone in embrace of ‘metaverse'
As you've undoubtedly heard, Facebook has renamed itself Meta. Some people thought that was in response to the company's recent troubles, but a company the size of Facebook doesn't go through a major rebranding in a matter of weeks. It's clearly been on the drawing board for months, if not longer.

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ConnectSafely
Nov 02, 2021

Physical Digital Wellness
Physical wellness is often associated with sleep, nutrition, and exercise but your technology habits are also having an influence.

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ConnectSafely
Nov 02, 2021

Ask Trish: Being Funny vs. Mean, Online Edition
Dear Trish: My friends and I love to joke around online. But recently one of my friends said something on social media that actually hurt another friend's feelings. How can we tell if we're being mean or funny online?

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ConnectSafely
Nov 02, 2021

Ask Trish: Being Funny vs. Mean: Online Edition
Dear Trish: My friends and I love to joke around online. But recently one of my friends said something on social media that actually hurt another friend's feelings. How can we tell if we're being mean or funny online?

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ConnectSafely
Oct 28, 2021

How to request removal of images of a child in Google search
Google has announced a new policy that allows people under 18 or their parents or guardians to request the removal of images in Google search. This does not necessarily remove them from the internet and Google suggests that you also contact the website to request they remove the image.  According to a Google blog post […]

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ConnectSafely
Oct 28, 2021

Removing Child Images from Google Search
Google has announced a new policy that allows people under 18 or their parents or guardians to request the removal of images in Google search. This does not necessarily remove them from the internet and Google suggests that you also contact the website to request they remove the image.  According to a Google blog post […]

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ConnectSafely
Oct 26, 2021

Ask Trish: A (Brief) Privacy Education
Dear Trish: I've been seeing all of this stuff in the news about privacy and it's got me thinking about how to protect myself. I think privacy is really important but I'm not sure what to do.

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ConnectSafely
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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ConnectSafely
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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ConnectSafely
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: 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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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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ConnectSafely
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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ConnectSafely
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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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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ConnectSafely
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Aug 25, 2021

Quick Guide for Online Safety for Seniors
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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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