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Jul 07, 2020

Vint Cerf, One of the ‘Fathers' of the Internet, Looks Back - And Forward
It was such a pleasure to spend some time with Vint Cerf, widely known as one of the "fathers of the internet." We talked about his bout with Covid-19, his experiences during the very early days of the internet, what he has learned and how he has evolved over issues of permitted speech, safety and other issues. This is a great lesson in both history and where we are going as a species. Vint has never rested on his laurels. He thinks a lot about the future. Take a look and listen and let us know what you think. Podcast Listen to "Vint Cerf — one of the ‘fathers' of the internet" on Spreaker.

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Jul 07, 2020

Vint Cerf: One of the ‘fathers' of the internet
It was such a pleasure to spend some time with Vint Cerf, widely known as one of the "fathers of the internet." We talked about his bout with Covid-19, his experiences during the very early days of the internet, what he has learned and how he has evolved over issues of permitted speech, safety and other issues. This is a great lesson in both history and where we are going as a species. Vint has never rested on his laurels. He thinks a lot about the future. Take a look and listen and let us know what you think. Podcast Listen to "Vint Cerf — one of the ‘fathers' of the internet" on Spreaker.

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Jul 02, 2020

Dating in the Time of Covid-19 and Trump
We spoke with online dating expert Julie Spira about dating during Covid-19 and "dating in the age of Trump." We touched on sexting, teen dating and how to date safely, including when in quarantine. Podcast Listen to "Julie Spira: Dating in the age of Covid-19" on Spreaker.

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Jul 02, 2020

Julie Spira: Dating in the time of Covid-19 and Donald Trump
We spoke with online dating expert Julie Spira about dating during Covid-19 and "dating in the age of Trump." We touched on sexting, teen dating and how to date safely, including when in quarantine Podcast Listen to "Julie Spira: Dating in the age of Covid-19" on Spreaker.

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Jul 02, 2020

Facial recognition loses support as bias claims rise
This post first appeared in the Mercury News by Larry Magid Following the lead of San Francisco, Boston and several other cities, Detroit is poised to end a contract with a company that provides facial recognition technology to its police department. And it's not just cities that are backing away from the technology. In the wake of protests for racial justice, IBM, Microsoft and Amazon are now denying police departments access to their facial recognition technology. In June, Robert Williams, who is Black, "was wrongfully arrested because of a false face recognition match," according to a complaint filed by the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan. The ACLU said that Williams was handcuffed on his front lawn "in front of his wife and two terrified girls, ages two and five," and detained overnight. In an op-ed for the Washington Post, Williams said that police, investigating a crime, "showed me a blurry surveillance camera photo of a black man and asked if it was me. I chuckled a bit. ‘No, that is not me.'" He showed me another photo and said, ‘So I guess this isn't you either?'" I picked up the piece of paper, put it next to my face [...]

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Jun 30, 2020

Katherine Pforzheimer on remote learning bonus concert from Will Magid
This is a very special edition of ConnectSafely Live. To celebrate Larry Magid's birthday, he and Kerry Gallagher were joined by his two adult children, Katherine Magid Pforzheimer and Will Magid. Katherine talked about her work as a kindergarten teacher, how she transitioned to remote learning during the pandemic and her role as the person in charge of remote learning for 1st through 4th graders at Beechwood School in Menlo Park, Calif. Will, who is a world-class musician, played the trumpet and introduced a new as-yet-unreleased song. Podcast Listen to "Katherine Pforzheimer on remote learning bonus concert from Will Magid" on Spreaker.

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Jun 30, 2020

Remote Learning for Young Children Bonus Concert from Will Magid
This is a very special edition of ConnectSafely Live. To celebrate Larry Magid's birthday, he and Kerry Gallagher were joined by his two adult children, Katherine Magid Pforzheimer and Will Magid. Katherine talked about her work as a kindergarten teacher, how she transitioned to remote learning during the pandemic and her role as the person in charge of remote learning for 1st through 4th graders at Beechwood School in Menlo Park, Calif. Will, who is a world-class musician, played the trumpet and introduced a new as-yet-unreleased song. Podcast Listen to "Katherine Pforzheimer on remote learning bonus concert from Will Magid" on Spreaker.

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Jun 26, 2020

Media in the Middle Ep. 7: Merging Mindsets
During the pandemic, adult tech use has skyrocketed and our teens miss connecting in person. Learn how teens feel about the ways their parents and adult family members use technology and social media.

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Jun 25, 2020

Media Literacy - What It Is & Why It's Important
Larry Magid and Kerry Gallagher spoke with Renee Hobbs, founder of the Media Education Lab at Univ. of Rhode Island, about why digital and media literacy is more important than ever. Our conversation with Renee Hobbs can be described in many ways, including "delightful." The subject matter wasn't all that funny, but she was, as she not only demystified media literacy but challenged many assumptions — including some of our own. Podcast Listen to "Media Literacy expert Renee Hobbs" on Spreaker.  

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Jun 25, 2020

Interview with Media Literacy expert Renee Hobbs
Larry Magid and Kerry Gallagher spoke with Renee Hobbs, founder of the Media Education Lab at Univ. of Rhode Island, about why digital & media literacy is more important than ever. Our conversation with Renee Hobbs can be described in many ways, including "delightful." The subject matter wasn't all that funny, but she was, as she not only demystified media literacy but challenged many assumptions — including some of our own. Our conversation with Renee Hobbs can be described in many ways, including "delightful." The subject matter wasn't all that funny, but she was, as she not only demystified media literacy but challenged many assumptions — including some of my own. While I love all our ConnectSafe Live segments, I especially recommend this one for teachers, students, journalists, parents and anyone who consumes or creates media Podcast Listen to "Media Literacy expert Renee Hobbs" on Spreaker.

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Jun 23, 2020

Justin Patchin, Cyberbullying Research Center
We spoke with Justin Patchin, co-director of the Cyberbullying Research Center about how young people (and adults) are dealing with the pandemic and the fight for racial justice. We touched on whether the pandemic is increasing cyberbullying and how to encourage resilience. Justin talked about handling some  Podcast Listen to "Justin Patchin, co-director of the Cyberbullying Research Center" on Spreaker.

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Jun 23, 2020

Is Cyberbullying Increasing Amid Covid-19?
We spoke with Justin Patchin, co-director of the Cyberbullying Research Center about how young people (and adults) are dealing with the pandemic. We touched on whether the pandemic is increasing cyberbullying and how to encourage resilience. Podcast Listen to "Justin Patchin, co-director of the Cyberbullying Research Center" on Spreaker.

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Jun 18, 2020

‘Mediatrician' & Pediatrician Michael Rich
Michael Rich, MD, MPH, is Associate Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School, Associate Professor of Social and Behavioral Sciences at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, and practices Adolescent Medicine at Boston Children's Hospital. Pediatrician, researcher, father, and filmmaker, Dr. Rich is the Founder and Director of the Center on Media and Child Health (CMCH) and the first evidence-based medical program addressing physical, mental and social health issues associated with digital technology. We talked about screen time, video games, "problematic" media consumption and so much more, including who to speak with kids about the times we are living in Podcast Listen to "'Mediatrician' & Pediatrician Dr. Michael Rich" on Spreaker.

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Jun 16, 2020

Alan Miller, CEO of The News Literacy Project
Kerry Gallagher and Larry Magidf spoke with Alan Miller of The News Literacy Project about how to know what sources of news to trust and/or share, coverage of the Black Lives Matter movement, Covid-19 and more.

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Jun 16, 2020

Pulizer-Prize Winning Reporter on How to Find Trustworthy News
Kerry Gallagher and Larry Magid spoke with Alan Miller of The News Literacy Project about how to know what sources of news to trust and/or share, coverage of the Black Lives Matter movement, Covid-19 and more. Podcast (audio only) Listen to "Alan Miller, CEO of The News Literacy Project" on Spreaker.

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Jun 09, 2020

Black Lives Matter & Education
Larry Magid and Kerry Gallagher talk with Newton North High School (Newton, Mass.) principal Henry Turner about how social media is facilitating a conversation about race, plus advice for parents and teachers about talking to students about what's happening. Listen to "High School Principal Henry Turner on Black Lives Matter & Education — advice for parents and teachers" on Spreaker.

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Jun 09, 2020

High School Principal Henry Turner on Black Lives Matter & Education
Larry Magid and Kerry Gallagher talk with Newton North High School (Newton, Mass.) principal Henry Turner about how social media is facilitating a conversation about race, plus advice for parents and teachers about talking to students about what's happening. Listen to "High School Principal Henry Turner on Black Lives Matter & Education — advice for parents and teachers" on Spreaker.

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Jun 02, 2020

Expert Researcher on Youth, Social media, Protests and Covid-19
Podcast Listen to "Researcher Sonia Livingstone on what's happening with youth, social media, protest and Covid-19" on Spreaker.

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Jun 02, 2020

Researcher Sonia Livingstone on what's happening with youth, social media, protest and Covid-19
Podcast Listen to "Researcher Sonia Livingstone on what's happening with youth, social media, protest and Covid-19" on Spreaker.

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Jun 02, 2020

Video & Podcast: Researcher Sonia Livingstone on what's happening with youth, social media, protest and Covid-19
Podcast Listen to "Researcher Sonia Livingstone on what's happening with youth, social media, protest and Covid-19" on Spreaker.

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Jun 02, 2020

Pilots for new radio segment: "ConnectSafely Report with Larry Magid"
Whether it's trolls on Twitter, bullies on Instagram, inappropriate content on Snapchat, foreign election interference, alleged bias in social media, or hackers going after our data, internet safety is almost always in the news. And's why ConnectSafely CEO and former CBS News Technology Analyst, Larry Magid is hosting a one-minute radio feature called "The ConnectSafely Report." Available online and at no charge to terrestrial radio stations, the program will offer advice, analysis, and news on all things related to online safety, civility, and fairness. The program is sponsored by ConnectSafely.org, an independent non-profit internet safety organization. Here are some preview shows ahead of its official launch. Listen to "ConnectSafely Report with Larry Magid" on Spreaker.

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May 28, 2020

Video & Podcast: Rosalind Wiseman - NY Times Best-Selling Author & Founder of Cultures of Dignity
Larry Magid and Kerry Gallagher spoke with NY Times Best-Selling Author & Founder of Cultures of Dignity Rosalind Wiseman about teens, parents, social media, gaming, and education today. The movie "Mean Girls" was based on her book Queen Bees & Wannabes. Podcast Listen to "Rosalind Wiseman - NY Times Best-Selling Author & Founder of Cultures of Dignity" on Spreaker.      

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May 26, 2020

Video: Tech Expert Ed Bott -Keeping Your Tech Working While Staying @ Home
We talk ‘tech support' during lockdown with Ed Bott, an award-winning technology writer with more than two decades' experience writing for mainstream media outlets and online publications. Ed recently wrote a column about why and how people should have remote software on their devices in case they need a knowledgeable and trusted friend to help them out. He'll also talk about other tech issues people should know about.    

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May 26, 2020

Video: Tech Expert Ed Bott — keeping your tech working while staying @ home
We talk ‘tech support' during lockdown with Ed Bott, an award-winning technology writer with more than two decades' experience writing for mainstream media outlets and online publications. Ed recently wrote a column about why and how people should have remote software on their devices in case they need a knowledgeable and trusted friend to help them out. He'll also talk about other tech issues people should know about.

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May 21, 2020

The Class of 2020: Graduating in a Pandemic (Media in the Middle Podcast)
The class of 2020 is navigating arguably the greatest impact on society since the Great Depression. Listen to the raw, real, and diverse youth voices as they share their perspectives on graduating during coronavirus, how their families feel, and how they believe this will impact them in the future. ConnectSafely is partnering with My Digital TAT2 for this teen-led podcast. Listen to youth voices share about how social media impacts their lives. The podcast teams explore topics that will help parents gain a deeper understanding of the struggles and challenges of living a 24/7 digital world. Listen to "Ep. 5: The Class of 2020: Graduating in a Pandemic" on Spreaker.

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May 21, 2020

Jacqueline Beauchere, Microsoft's Global Safety Advocate
Jacqueline Beauchere We speak with Jacqueline Beauchere, Microsoft's Global Safety Advocate about their research on digital civility as well as the company's campaign to educate parents and youth about online safety during the stay-at-home period Listen to "Jacqueline Beauchere, Microsoft's Global Safety Advocate" on Spreaker.

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May 21, 2020

Video & Podcast: Jacqueline Beauchere, Microsoft's Global Safety Advocate
Jacqueline Beauchere We speak with Jacqueline Beauchere, Microsoft's Global Safety Advocate about their research on digital civility as well as the company's campaign to educate parents and youth about online safety during the stay-at-home period Podcast (audio only) Listen to "Jacqueline Beauchere, Microsoft's Global Safety Advocate" on Spreaker.

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May 21, 2020

Avoiding negativity in social media and TV
by Larry Magid This post first appeared in the Mercury News These days, it's almost impossible to avoid distressing news, but there are ways to at least control your media diet and cut down on trolls, abusers, scam artists, and negativity on social media. Controlling media is simple. Step away from your TV or computer. I used to watch a great deal of cable news and I still watch some, but I mostly avoid it these days because the constant reiteration of sad news triggers me in ways that just increase my fear and anxieties without providing me with actionable information. I still go to lots of news sites during the day, watch one or two broadcast network news shows, and tip into cable programming, so I'm getting all the news I need without drowning in it.  I also try to tune into important briefings by my own governor and sometimes others and — if there is a White House briefing — I try to focus on what the experts — not the politicians — are saying. If the president says anything newsworthy, I'll hear about it later. I'm also trying to cut down on my consumption of talking heads [...]

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May 19, 2020

Video & Podcast: Compassion and care: Dr. Enoch Choi from the front-lines of treating Covid-19 patients
Larry Magid and Kerry Gallagher speak with Dr. Enoch Choi. Enoch is a physician working at Santa Clara County Medical Center, taking care of low-income patients, including those with Covid-19 (his views don't necessarily represent those of his employer).  In this webcast, he not only dispenses good medical advice, but care and compassion and a positive attitude that we can all use. For those of us who are doing the right thing, it will almost certainly be OK, he told us. So do watch or listen, follow his advice and be well and be kind.   Podcast (audio only) Listen to "Compassion and care: Dr. Enoch Choi from the front-lines of treating Covid-19 patients" on Spreaker.

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May 14, 2020

Video & Podcast: Amelia Vance from the Future of Privacy Forum
Privacy is always an important issue but never more so than during this Covid-19 pandemic when people are being asked to consider giving up some privacy in the name of public health. Whether it's tracing apps or decisions about who gets to go to work or school, there are plenty of privacy questions arising from our current situation. To explore this topic, Larry Magid and Kerry Gallagher of ConnectSafely spoke with Amelia Vance, Director of Youth and Education Privacy at the Future of Privacy Forum. Amelia advises policymakers, academics, companies, districts, and states on child and student privacy law and best practices. Podcast (audio only) Listen to "Amelia Vance from Future of Privacy Forum" on Spreaker.

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May 13, 2020

Philippe Kahn on How Tech Can Help You Get Better Sleep
Larry Magid and Kerry Gallagher speak with Philippe Kahn, founder and CEO of Fullpower Technologies, which develops technology that measures both the quantity and quality of sleep. We talked about the importance of sleep, how to improve sleep and how sleep is affected during the period of self-isolation. Philippe is also known as the inventor of the camera phone among many other inventions. Podcast Listen to "Philippe Kahn on sleep during the period of Covid-19" on Spreaker.

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May 13, 2020

Philippe Kahn on how to get better sleep now and after self-isolation
Larry Magid and Kerry Gallagher speak with Philippe Kahn, founder and CEO of Fullpower Technologies, which develops technology that measures both the quantity and quality of sleep. We talked about the importance of sleep, how to improve sleep and how sleep is affected during the period of self-isolation. Philippe is also known as the inventor of the camera phone among many other inventions. Podcast Listen to "Philippe Kahn on sleep during the period of Covid-19" on Spreaker.

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May 12, 2020

Video & Podcast: Erica Pelavin adolescent psychologist & co-founder of My Digital TAT2
We speak with Erica Pelavin, co-founder of My Digital TAT2 and a practicing adolescent psychologist, about ways teens can support their peers and how schools can support students during Covid-19.   Podcast: Listen to "Erica Pelavin, co-founder of My Digital TAT2 and a practicing adolescent psychologist" on Spreaker.    

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May 07, 2020

Read Along by Google app helps children learn to read
? by Larry Magid This post first appeared in the Mercury News In 2018, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced that the company would appoint a content oversight board to act as the final decision maker when it comes to content moderation decisions. Like the U.S. Supreme Court, the board wouldn't look at all decisions, but a small selection that rise to the top, perhaps because they affect a great many people or because they are particularly thorny. Also, like the Supreme Court, the board's decisions are meant to be final. Even Zuckerberg can't override the board. On Wednesday, the newly formed oversight board announced its first 20 members and briefed the press on how it plans to operate. The roster of members reads like a Who's Who of international luminaries, including the former (and first woman) Prime Minister of Denmark, Helle Thorning-Schmidt. Other members include Nobel Peace Prize laureate Tawakkol Karman from Yemen; Pakistan's Nighat Dad, founder, Digital Rights Foundation; several law professors and other high level individuals from around the world. You can learn more about the board and its members at OversightBoard.com. At the press briefing, Facebook's policy director Brent Harris said "Facebook will implement the board's decisions [...]

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May 07, 2020

Video Podcast: Esther Wojcicki on How to Raise Sucessful People
Larry Magid and Kerry Gallagher speak with Esther Wojcicki about the subject of her latest book, How to Raise Successful People. Esther is the mother of Susan, Janet and Anne Wojcicki, who have forged successful careers at Google, UC SF Medical Center and 23 and Me. She is also a journalism teacher at Palo Alto High School where her unconventional teaching methods have become a model for educators around the world. Her book and this podcast are about T.R.I.C.K. — Trust, Respect, Independence, Collaboration and Kindness. Listen to "Esther Wojcicki on How to Raise Successful People" on Spreaker.

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May 07, 2020

Video and Podcast: Esther Wojcicki on How to Raise Sucessful People
Larry Magid and Kerry Gallagher speak with Esther Wojcicki about the subject of her latest book How to Raise Successful People. Esther is the mother of Susan, Janet and Anne Wojcicki, who have forged successful careers at Google, UC SF Medical Center and 23 and Me. She is also a journalism teacher at Palo Alto High School where her unconventional teaching methods have become a model for educators around the world. Her book and this podcast are about T.R.I.C.K. — Trust, Respect, Independence and Kindness. Listen to "Esther Wojcicki on How to Raise Successful People" on Spreaker.

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May 06, 2020

Facebook's new Oversight Board has important work to do
by Larry Magid In 2018, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced that the company would appoint a content oversight board to act as the final decision maker when it comes to content moderation decisions. Like the U.S. Supreme Court, the board wouldn't look at all decisions, but a small selection that rise to the top, perhaps because they affect a great many people or because they are particularly thorny. Also, like the Supreme Court, the board's decisions are meant to be final. Even Zuckerberg can't override the board, On Wednesday, the newly formed Oversight Board announced its first 20 members and briefed the press on how it plans to operate. The roster of members reads like  a Who's Who of international luminaries, including the former (and first woman) Prime Minister of Denmark, Helle Thorning-Schmidt. Other members include Nobel Peace Prize laureate Tawakkol Karman from Yemen, Pakistan's Nighat Dad, Founder, Digital Rights Foundation, several law professors and other high level individuals from around the world. You can learn more about the board and its members at OversightBoard.com. At the press briefing, Facebook's policy director Brent Harris said "Facebook will implement the board's decisions unless doing so violates the law." Helle Thorning-Schmidt, one [...]

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May 05, 2020

Video & Podcast: Mindy Brooks, Director of User Experience for Google Play and Google's Kids and Family Initiative
Mindy Brooks Listen to "Mindy Brooks, Director of User Experience for Google Play and Google's Kids and Family Initiative" on Spreaker.

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May 05, 2020

Video Podcast: Mindy Brooks, Director of User Experience for Google Play and Google's Kids and Family Initiative
Mindy Brooks, Director of User Experience for Google Play and Google's Kids and Family Initiative. Interviewed by Larry Magid and Kerry Gallagher.  Listen to "Mindy Brooks, Director of User Experience for Google Play and Google's Kids and Family Initiative" on Spreaker.

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Apr 30, 2020

Irina Raicu — Internet ethics and Covid-19
Larry Magid and Kerry Gallagher speak with Irina Raicu, Director, Internet Ethics Program at the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics/Santa Clara University Podcast Listen to "Irina Raicu, director of the internet ethics program at Santa Clara University." on Spreaker.

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Apr 28, 2020

Video Podcast: Michelle Ciulla Lipkin- National Association for Media Literacy Education
Larry Magid and Kerry Gallagher speak wth Michelle Ciulla Lipkin, Executive Director of National Association for Media Literacy Education. Podcast (audio only) Listen to "ConnectSafely Podcast: Parenting, Educating & Internet Safety" on Spreaker.

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Apr 28, 2020

Video & Podcast: Michelle Chulla Lipkin Exec Dir of National Association for Media Literacy Education
Larry Magid and Kerry Gallagher speak wth Michelle Chulla Lipkin Exec Dir of National Association for Media Literacy Education Podcast (audio only) Listen to "Michelle Ciulla Lipkin — Exec Director of National Association for Media Literacy Education" on Spreaker.

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Apr 28, 2020

Video & Podcast: Michelle Ciulla Lipkin- National Association for Media Literacy Education
Larry Magid and Kerry Gallagher speak wth Michelle Ciulla Lipkin, Executive Director of National Association for Media Literacy Education. Podcast (audio only) Listen to "ConnectSafely Podcast: Parenting, Educating & Internet Safety" on Spreaker.

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Apr 23, 2020

Video & Podcast: TikTok execs Jeff Collins and Lavanya Mahendran
On Thursday, April 23rd, ConnectSafely's Larry Magid and Kerry Gallagher spoke with Jeff Collins and Lavanya Mahendran about all things TikTok, including how people are creatively using the service during this period plus TikTok's new safety features   Podcast (audio only) Listen to "TikTok Executives Jeff Collins and Lavanya Mahendran on creativity & safety during Covid-19 & beyond" on Spreaker.

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Apr 23, 2020

Video Podcast: TikTok execs Jeff Collins and Lavanya Mahendran
On Thursday, April 23rd, ConnectSafely's Larry Magid and Kerry Gallagher spoke with Jeff Collins and Lavanya Mahendran about all things TikTok, including how people are creatively using the service during this period plus TikTok's new safety features   Podcast (audio only) Listen to "TikTok Executives Jeff Collins and Lavanya Mahendran on creativity & safety during Covid-19 & beyond" on Spreaker.

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Apr 23, 2020

Video: ConnectSafely Live with TikTok execs Jeff Collins and Lavanya Mahendran
On Thursday, April 23rd, ConnectSafely's Larry Magid and Kerry Gallagher spoke with Jeff Collins and Lavanya Mahendran about all things TikTok, including how people are creatively using the service during this period plus TikTok's new safety features  

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Apr 21, 2020

Video Podcast: Tami Bhaumik — Roblox's VP of Marketing and Digital Civility
ConnectSafely's CEO Larry Magid and Dir. of K-12 Education Kerry Gallagher speak with Roblox's VP of Marketing and Digital Civility Tami Bhaumik. Podcast (audio only) Listen to "ConnectSafely Podcast: Parenting, Educating & Keeping Kids Safe & Productive Online" on Spreaker.

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Apr 21, 2020

Video & Podcast: Tami Bhaumik — Roblox's VP of Marketing and Digital Civility
ConnectSafely's CEO Larry Magid and Dir. of K-12 Education Kerry Gallagher speak with Roblox's VP of Marketing and Digital Civility Tami Bhaumik. Listen to "ConnectSafely Podcast: Parenting, Educating & Keeping Kids Safe & Productive Online" on Spreaker.

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Apr 18, 2020

Video Podcast: Facebook Global Head of Safety Antigone Davis
ConnectSafely's Larry Magid and Kerry Gallagher interview Facebook Global Head of Safety Antigone Davis Podcast (Audio only) Listen to "Antigone Davis Facebook's Head of Global Safety on Facebook's response to Covid-19" on Spreaker.

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Apr 16, 2020

Video & Podcast: Zoom Chief Product Officer Oded Gal
Larry Magid and Kerry Gallagher interview Zoom Chief Product Officer Oded Gal about how the company is handling its explosive growth and how to use Zoom's privacy, safety and security features. Part of the ConnectSafely Live webcast series Podcast (audio only) Listen to "Zoom Chief Product Officer Oded Gal on how Zoom's privacy and security issues" on Spreaker.

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Apr 16, 2020

Podcast: Zoom Chief Privacy Officer Oded Gal
Listen to "Zoom Chief Product Officer Oded Gal on how Zoom's privacy and security issues" on Spreaker. Larry Magid and Kerry Gallagher interview Zoom Chief Product Officer Oded Gal about how the company is handling its explosive growth and how to use Zoom's privacy, safety and security features.

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Apr 16, 2020

TikTok adds parental controls and disables direct messaging for users under 16
TikTok, the popular app that allows users to share short (typically 15 second) videos announced Family Pairing to give parents greater control over their teen's safety setting. The feature, which could be very useful for families with younger teens, allows parents to link their TikTok account with their teen's to control time management, restrict potentially inappropriate content and turn off their teen's ability to exchange direct messages with other users. Starting On April 30th, TikTok will automatically disable direct messaging for users under 16. In a blog post, TikTok's Turst & Safety officer, Jeff Collins, said the company is "advancing our commitment to building for the safety of our users by introducing Family Pairing, which allows parents and teens to customize their safety settings based on individual needs. " According to Collins, the new Family Pairing, will enable parents to: Control how long your teen can spend on TikTok each day. Limit the appearance of content that may not be appropriate for all audiences. Restrict who can send messages to the connected account, or turn off direct messaging completely Collins said that the company has partnered with "top creators to make short videos that appear right in the app and encourage users [...]

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Apr 15, 2020

Apple and Google building automated Covid-19 contact tracing technology
You may have heard about the technology developed jointly by Apple and Google to automate contact tracing to help alert people who may have been in proximity to someone infected with COVID-19. It uses Bluetooth to automatically exchange an anonymous identification key between two people who are near each other. If one person is later diagnosed with COVID-19, they can share that information through an app without revealing their name, location or other personal information,and the app will anonymously notify people who have been near them. The companies aren't developing apps, but an application program interface (API) that will make it possible for others to develop apps. They also plan to build this technology into their operating systems, but the companies won't be doing the tracing. They'll leave that to public health authorities. The technology uses Bluetooth Low Energy to communicate an anonymous key that doesn't contain location or any other identifying information. How it would work Two people come into close contact with each other and their phones exchange this key. Neither is given any information about that other person and no information is shared with authorities -not even their locations. If one of those people is later confirmed [...]

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Apr 14, 2020

Video: Combating domestic violence while sheltering at home
Larry Magid and Kerry Gallagher speak with Rachel Gibson of the National Network to End Domestic Violence about how sheltering at home can affect domestic violence survivors and what survivors and supporters can do.

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Apr 13, 2020

About ConnectSafely Live
ConnectSafely has launched a live video series, ConnectSafely Live. Hosted by ConnectSafely CEO and CBS News Technology Analyst Larry Magid, the program will feature guests from education, social media companies, health care, mental health, and other fields. Topics will include parenting and working from home, tips on technology tools and general discussions about the day's pressing events and issues. Members of the audience will be able to participate through Zoom and Facebook.

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Apr 07, 2020

How to keep ‘zoombombers' from disrupting your online meetings or classes
by Larry Magid As you may have heard, several school districts, including New York City, are banning the use of Zoom video conferencing because of security and privacy concerns. But — while no platform is 100% hack-proof, Zoom does offer tools that can protect your online meetings or class sessions from intruders. Zoom was designed to be used mostly by businesses, including large companies with IT departments. And their documentation seems to be written for professionals, not regular folks. So here is a simplified guide to protecting your sessions on Zoom. After multiple media reports about "Zoombombing" and other abuses by uninvited participants at meetings, personal video chats and online classes, Zoom CEO  Eric Yuan apologized in a blog post  said "we recognize that we have fallen short of the community's - and our own - privacy and security expectations," and then announced a number of changes, including turning on most privacy settings as the default.  Still, you should check you Zoom settings and make sure they're to your liking. You might want to turn on or leave on some privacy settings or relax others, depending on your needs and concerns. There are three places where you can set controls. [...]

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Apr 07, 2020

ConnectSafely Live: Avoiding Financial Fraud During Covid-19
ConnectSafely's CEO Larry Magid speaks with US Secret Service Special Agent in Charge Tom Edwards and Visa VP Lori Hodges about why financial fraud is expected to increase in the coming weeks and months and how to protect yourself. Take a look at our next show here.

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Apr 06, 2020

How to protect your Zoom Meetings from Zoombombing & unwelcome participants
NOTE A NOTE: Use a unique ID for large or public Zoom calls Require a meeting password Create an invite-only meeting Lock a meeting once it starts Remove attendees or put them on hold Keep Disable File Transfer settings active Zoom Meeting hosts have control over who can come into their meetings and — at any time during a meeting — can mute, turn off video or remove any person. There are two ways to conduct a meeting. You can click "host a meeting" from the upper right corner of your Zoom screen or you can Schedule a meeting. If you select Host the meeting starts right away. You can change some settings and evict or silence participants later (see below), but it's better to create rules in advance by scheduling the meeting. If you select Schedule a meeting, you get a screen with a number of options. If you scroll down, you'll see some of the security options including the meeting ID, the ability to require and set a meeting password,  whether the host or participants video is on or off, whether participants can joint before host, muting participants upon entry and enable waiting room       Some of [...]

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Apr 06, 2020

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Apr 06, 2020

Media in the Middle Podcast
Listen to youth voices share about how social media impacts their lives. The podcast teams explore topics that will help parents gain a deeper understanding of the struggles and challenges of living a 24/7 digital world. Media in the Middle is a joint production of My Digital TAT2 and ConnectSafely.  This is a listener supported podcast and donations are needed and very welcome. Please donate here. Listen to "Episode 2: QuaranTeen: Coronavirus and Mental Health: Sheltering in Peace" on Spreaker. Listen to "Episode 1: QuaranTeen: The Struggle is Real" on Spreaker.

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Apr 02, 2020

Live video chat: ‘Parenting & Working While Sheltering @ Home'
Next chat: Tuesday April April 7th at 10:00 AM Pacific/1:00 PM Eastern Archive of previous chats Larry Magid & Kerry Gallagher with tips and resources: (from April 2nd) ConnectSafely's has launched a live video series, Parenting & Working While Sheltering at Home. Hosted by ConnectSafely CEO and CBS News Technology Analyst Larry Magid, the program will feature guests from education, social media companies, health care, mental health, and other fields. Kerry Gallagher, ConnectSafely's Director of K-12 Education and Assistant Principal for Teaching and Learning at St. John's Prep in Danvers, Mass., will be a frequent contributor. The program is produced and directed by ConnectSafely COO Maureen Kochan. The program will also feature guests from the tech and entertainment industries, education and medicine.  Topics will include parenting and working from home, tips on technology tools and general discussions about the day's pressing events and issues. Members of the audience will be able to participate via video, audio and text through both Zoom and Facebook Live. Next chat: Tuesday April April 7th at 10:00 AM Pacific/1:00 PM Eastern Video Archive   April 2, 2020 Webcast

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Apr 02, 2020

New Webcast Series: ConnectSafely Live
ConnectSafely's has launched a live video series, ConnectSafely Live. Hosted by ConnectSafely CEO and CBS News Technology Analyst Larry Magid, the program will feature guests from education, social media companies, health care, mental health, and other fields.  Topics will include parenting and working from home, tips on technology tools and general discussions about the day's pressing events and issues. Members of the audience will be able to participate via video, audio and text through both Zoom and Facebook Live. Next chat: Tuesday, April 7th at 10:00 AM Pacific/1:00 PM Eastern  Past Episodes

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Apr 02, 2020

Twice weekly live video chat: ‘Parenting & Working While Sheltering @ Home'
  Next chat: Tuesday April April 7th at 10:00 AM Pacific/1:00 PM Eastern Archive of previous chats Larry Magid & Kerry Gallagher with tips and resources: (from April 2nd)    ConnectSafely's has launched a live video series, Parenting & Working While Sheltering at Home. Hosted by ConnectSafely CEO and CBS News Technology Analyst Larry Magid, the program will feature guests from education, social media companies, health care, mental health, and other fields. Kerry Gallagher, ConnectSafely's Director of K-12 Education and Assistant Principal for Teaching and Learning at St. John's Prep in Danvers, Mass., will be a frequent contributor. The program is produced and directed by ConnectSafely COO Maureen Kochan. The program will also feature guests from the tech and entertainment industries, education and medicine.  Topics will include parenting and working from home, tips on technology tools and general discussions about the day's pressing events and issues. Members of the audience will be able to participate via video, audio and text through both Zoom and Facebook Live. Next chat: Tuesday April April 7th at 10:00 AM Pacific/1:00 PM Eastern Archive of previous chats Larry Magid & Kerry Gallagher with tips and resources: (from April 2nd)    

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Apr 02, 2020

ConnectSafely Live Webcast Tues & Thurs @ 10 AM PT/1 PM ET
Join our Zoom Webcast or watch on Facebook Live every Tues & Thurs 10 AM PT/1 PM ET

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Apr 02, 2020

Resources for Coping, Learning, and Shopping While Stuck Home
This post first appeared in the Mercury News There is never a good time for a pandemic, but the silver lining on this very dark cloud is that it's happening at a time when we have the ability to communicate, learn and relax online. For millions of us, the internet has become our lifeline. If we have kids whose schools are doing telelearning, it's become their classroom. Through video chat services like Google Hangouts, Zoom, Skype and Facetime, it's become the way we get together with friends and family. My wife and I attended our monthly book club online last week and hung out with our adult children. It's also the way many doctors are seeing patients, and, of course, there are tons of educational and entertainment offerings. The Magical Bridge, which normally operates playgrounds for people of all abilities, is sponsoring a daily noon sing-along at https://www.facebook.com/MagicalBridge. Everyone knows about Netflix, Amazon Prime and Hulu, but there are many other entertainment options from big companies, like Disney and Apple TV along with lesser known offerings like Kanopy and Hoopla (both offered for free by many libraries). Many teachers are conducting classes through Zoom, Google Hangouts and other video platforms, [...]

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Apr 02, 2020

Resources for coping, learning, shopping while stuck home
This post first appeared in the Mercury News There is never a good time for a pandemic, but the silver lining on this very dark cloud is that it's happening at a time when we have the ability to communicate, learn and relax online. For millions of us, the internet has become our lifeline. If we have kids whose schools are doing telelearning, it's become their classroom. Through video chat services like Google Hangouts, Zoom, Skype and Facetime, it's become the way we get together with friends and family. My wife and I attended our monthly book club online last week and hung out with our adult children. It's also the way many doctors are seeing patients, and, of course, there are tons of educational and entertainment offerings. The Magical Bridge, which normally operates playgrounds for people of all abilities, is sponsoring a daily noon sing-along at https://www.facebook.com/MagicalBridge. Everyone knows about Netflix, Amazon Prime and Hulu, but there are many other entertainment options from big companies, like Disney and Apple TV along with lesser known offerings like Kanopy and Hoopla (both offered for free by many libraries). Many teachers are conducting classes through Zoom, Google Hangouts and other video platforms, [...]

ConnectSafely
Apr 02, 2020

Replay the webinar with Larry Magid and Kerry Gallagher
Watch the replay on Facebook ConnectSafely is launching a regular video webinar hosted by our CEO and CBS News Technology Analyst Larry Magid with guests from social media companies, education, health-care and more. The inaugural program, this Thursday, April 2 at 10:00 a.m. PT (1 p.m. ET), will also feature Kerry Gallagher, ConnectSafely's Director of K-12 Education and Assistant Principal for Teaching and Learning at St. John's Prep in Danvers, Mass. Larry and Kerry will talk about issues and opportunities of working, learning and playing from home. Audience participation is encouraged. When we go live, you can watch and comment on Facebook Live or participate by joining us via Zoom.

ConnectSafely
Apr 02, 2020

Live webinar with Larry Magid and Kerry Gallagher — 10 AM PT
Join us Thursday, April 2 at 10 a.m. PT! ConnectSafely is launching a regular video webinar hosted by our CEO and CBS News Technology Analyst Larry Magid with guests from social media companies, education, health-care and more. The inaugural program, this Thursday, April 2 at 10:00 a.m. PT (1 p.m. ET), will also feature Kerry Gallagher, ConnectSafely's Director of K-12 Education and Assistant Principal for Teaching and Learning at St. John's Prep in Danvers, Mass. Larry and Kerry will talk about issues and opportunities of working, learning and playing from home. Audience participation is encouraged. When we go live, you can watch and comment on Facebook Live or participate by joining us via Zoom. At 10 a.m. PT on Thursday, April 2, click either link to: Watch on Facebook Live  — or Watch and participate on Zoom  

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Apr 02, 2020

ConnectSafely Live: Parenting & Working While Sheltering at Home
ConnectSafely's CEO Larry Magid speaks with ConnectSafely's Director of K-12 Education Kerry Gallagher about parenting and working while sheltering at home.

ConnectSafely
Apr 01, 2020

ConnectSafely launches live video series via Zoom, Facebook Live and YouTube
ConnectSafely launches live video series via Zoom, Facebook Live and YouTube (PALO ALTO, CA  April 1, 2020) ConnectSafely.org is launching a live video series, Parenting & Working while Sheltering from Home. Hosted by ConnectSafely CEO and CBS News Technology Analyst Larry Magid, the program will feature guests from education, social media companies, health care, mental health, and other fields. Kerry Gallagher, ConnectSafely's Director of K-12 Education and Assistant Principal for Teaching and Learning at St. John's Prep in Danvers, Mass., will be a frequent contributor. The program is produced and directed by ConnectSafely COO Maureen Kochan. The program will also feature guests from the tech and entertainment industries, education and medicine.  Topics will include parenting and working from home, tips on technology tools and general discussions about the day's pressing events and issues. Members of the audience will be able to participate via video, audio and text through both Zoom and Facebook Live. "Social distancing doesn't have to mean social isolation," said ConnectSafely CEO Larry Magid. "People around the world are finding creative ways to use technology to stay connected with friends, family, classmates and co-workers. Our goal is to explore the issues raised by our current ‘new normal,' not [...]

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Mar 31, 2020

Join our ConnectSafely Webinar this Thurs at 1:00 PM Pacific/ 4:PM ET
ConnectSafely is launching a regular video webinar hosted by our CEO and CBS News Technology Analyst Larry Magid with guests from social media companies, education, health-care and more. The inaugural program, this Thursday at 1:00 PM pacific (4 ET), will also feature Kerry Gallagher, ConnectSafely's director of K-12 Education. Larry and Kerry will talk about issues and opportunities of working, learning and playing from home. Audience participation is encouraged. You can watch on Facebook Live (click here for link) or both watch and participate on Zoom (click here for Zoom meeting)  

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Mar 26, 2020

Prepare now in case you need remote tech support during coronavirus
This post first appeared in the Mercury News by Larry Magid If you're like most people, you probably have occasional problems with your PC, Mac or other devices. And while some people have the technical skills to solve these problems themselves, most people rely on help from tech support lines, tech repair professionals or tech-savvy friends and relatives.  In normal times, a friend or a professional might come over to diagnose the problem or you might bring your device to the Apple or Microsoft store, Best Buy or the local tech fixit shop. But these aren't normal times. You're probably staying at home and, even if someone was willing to come over and help, you might not want to risk having them there. And good luck reaching a company's tech support department by phone. In good times they are often hard to reach. Now there may not be anyone there to answer the phone. Fortunately, there are ways to diagnose and often fix many tech problems. In most cases, a problem that arises is based on a software issue, not a hardware failure, and software issues can usually be fixed by someone who knows what they're doing.  Trouble is, they [...]

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Mar 25, 2020

Video & Podcast: Tech tools to engage your family in fun or educational activities
There are plenty of tools out there to keep every member of the family engaged during this period when many of us are staying at home. In fact, for some of us, we're experiencing the opposite of social isolation — having virtual meals with friends and extended family, playing online games and, of course chatting by phone and video. In this ConnectSafely podcast (and now on video tool), ConnectSafely CEO Larry Magid and K-12 Education Director Kerry Gallagher talk about how parents, educators, kids and every one can make the best of what is clearly a bad situation. Scroll down for both the video and audio-only podcast.   Here's the audio only podcast

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Mar 18, 2020

Podcast & Post: Parenting and working while sheltering at home
A blog post by Larry Magid and a podcast with Larry and ConnectSafely education director, Kerry Gallagher about working from home while your kids are at home engaged in home-based learning.

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Mar 18, 2020

Podcast: Parenting and working while sheltering at home
ConnectSafely.org CEO Larry Magid chats with parent and veteran educator Kerry Gallagher about tips for parenting and educating kids at home while you're potentially working at home. Kerry is K12 Education Director at ConnectSafely and the Assistant Principal for Learning at St. John's Prep in Danvers, Mass

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Mar 18, 2020

Tools to help identify real vs. false online information
This post first appeared in the Mercury News Daniel Patrick Moynihan is credited as once saying "Everyone is entitled to his own opinion, but not his own facts," but we now live at a time when some people apparently feel they are entitled to making up facts.  And that's a major problem, because even though we have a right to disagree on how to interpret facts or what to do about them, our democracy and even our health depends on being able to determine what is and isn't credible. This is especially important in an election year and during the current global pandemic. Important decisions need to be made not just by policymakers but by all of us, whether it's in how we vote or how often we wash our hands or gather together without keeping "social distance." Good sites There are some pretty well known sites with great information including the Centers for Disease Control, the World Health Organization  and Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center. Misinformation Much of the misinformation that we are dealing with comes online, from social media and from both reputable and dubious websites. And it's up to everyone to do all we can to try [...]

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Mar 12, 2020

Comcast expands access and increases speed of Internet Essentials due to Corona Virus
? A lot of communities are closing schools and, of course, many of those workers who can are now working from home. This makes a lot of sense, but there are families who simply can't afford high-speed home Internet. Since 2011, Comcast has offered a program called Internet Essentials, which offers broadband to eligible low income customers for $10 a month. And now it's offering new customers free access for 60 days. Higher speed Until now, the speeds were capped at 15 megabits per second (MBPS) for downloads and 2 MBPS for uploading but Comcast is increasing them to 25 and 3, which should be more than enough for distance learning and telecommuting applications, including video conferencing. Existing customers don't need to do anything — they will automatically get the speed increase. New customers will get a free self-install kit that includes a cable modem with a Wi-Fi router. There will be no term contract or credit check and no shipping fee. The service is available for people who are eligible for public assistance programs such as the National School Lunch Program, Housing Assistance, Medicaid, SNAP, SSI and others. You can sign up at www.internetessentials.com or call 1-855-846-8376 for English and 1-855-765-6995 for Spanish. [...]

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Feb 21, 2020

TikTok to give parents more control over teen's account
TikTok is adding a Family Safety Mode to give parents more control over their teen's account

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Feb 15, 2020

Videos from Safer Internet Day 2020
Videos from U.S. Safer Internet Day event at Computer History Museum in Mt. View, CA

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Feb 03, 2020

ConnectSafely Hosts U.S. Safer Internet Day
PALO ALTO, CA — ConnectSafely.org, the nonprofit organization dedicated to educating users of connected technology about safety, privacy and security, is hosting the official U.S. Safer Internet Day events in Mountain View, Calif. on Tuesday, February 11th. Safer Internet Day (#SID2020) is a global event, celebrated on the same day in more than 100 countries around the world. The event gained official recognition in the U.S. in 2012, with a joint agreement between the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the European Commission to work together to build a better internet for youth. ConnectSafely was appointed U.S. host in 2013. The 2020 theme is "Together for a better internet." There are two events this year. A daytime event aimed at high school and middle school students takes place at the Computer History Museum, brings students together with policy makers and tech industry leaders to discuss internet safety and engage in an interactive educational activity around how to improve the internet during the 2020s. A panel, featuring industry leaders, educators and students, will focus on "Maximizing Impact: How Stakeholders Can Promote a Climate of Civility and Safety." There will also be a fireside chat with Philippe Kahn, CEO of FullPower and inventor of the [...]

ConnectSafely
Jan 20, 2020

Research finds teens may not be suffering from too much tech use
by Larry Magid Numerous articles have been published linking tech use among adolescents with increase rates of depression, suicide and other harms. Back in 2011, an article in the journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics coined the term "Facebook Depression," but I was able to refute it based on interviews with the author and her sources. Another highly cited article from the Atlantic, Have Smartphones Destroyed a Generation, was also the subject of much scrutiny, including my own analysis from 2018. But now there is some good news published in The Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry on the question of whether there is a link between teens' use of mobile phones and social media and negative consequences, with the authors finding that "the focus on negative effects has been based on weak correlational data." The research review, Adolescent mental health in the digital age: facts, fears, and future directions, "synthesized data from three sources: (a) narrative reviews and meta-analyses conducted between 2014 and 2019, large-scale preregistered cohort studies and intensive longitudinal and ecological momentary assessment studies" and found that " technology usage and mental health, show that that associations between time online and internalizing symptoms are often (a) [...]

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Nov 21, 2019

AI, cyberbullying hot topics at safety conference
by Larry Magid I'm on my way to Washington, D.C., for the Family Online Safety Institute's (FOSI) annual conference. I have attended almost all of these events since they started in 2007, usually as a speaker, in my role as CEO of ConnectSafely.org. Simply looking at the event's agenda gives us an idea what's concerning internet safety advocates, technology executives and government policy makers. The first session, "Online Safety in an AI World" highlights the concern around artificial intelligence. AI can be incredibly beneficial. Along with speech recognition, it powers home digital assistants like Amazon Echo, Google Home and Apple SIRI. It enables companies like Santa Cruz-based Full Power Technologies to analyze your sleep patterns with a net-connected device under your mattress to analyze sleep patterns and make recommendations.  AI is the driving force behind self-driving cars and a crucial component of face and voice recognition, which can help make us safer and more secure. Indeed, a paper to be presented at the conference points out that AI can be used to "combat the spread of child sexual abuse material through technologies such as Microsoft's PhotoDNA." But it's "not without its risk," pointing to "misinformation such as deep fake content," as an example. AI can [...]

ConnectSafely
Nov 08, 2019

Podcasts from International Bullying Prevention Association Conf.
ConnectSafely's Larry Magid and Kerry Gallagher are at the International Bullying Prevention Association  Conference in Chicago, interviewing speakers and other experts on bullying and related issues.

ConnectSafely
Nov 08, 2019

Podcasts from International Bullying Prevention Association Conference
ConnectSafely's Larry Magid and Kerry Gallagher are at the International Bullying Prevention Association  Conference in Chicago, interviewing speakers and other experts on bullying and related issues.

ConnectSafely
Sep 12, 2019

The Parent, Educator & Youth Guide to LGBTQ Cyberbullying
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.

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Aug 29, 2019

The Parent's and Educator's Guide to Saturn
Click Here For Full Guide (PDF) Saturn is an online platform that allows high school students to track and manage their classes, homework assignments, and activities. Students can keep their calendars private, or share them with other students, which opens up the possibility of sharing notes about homework assignments and other activities. Saturn was created in 2018 by high school student Dylan Diamond, an experienced app builder, as a simple calendar app. The idea for Saturn developed out of his frustration from managing his school's confusing "block schedule." The app grew  in popularity among students in Dylan's school, then surrounding schools. Saturn uses notifications to update students on homework assignments, school delays or cancellations, schedule changes, and friend requests. Calendars can be private or shareable with others in a student's school. Communities are closed so only people who go to that school can join that network. Each student's calendar shows their courses, gives them information on when it starts and ends, and more.  Teachers and administrators at each school are free to use Saturn to keep track of their schedule and better organize their school days. They may not, however, communicate with students on Saturn.  Saturn currently operates on iOS [...]

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Aug 13, 2019

Cheapskate Mystery Box 2019 Raises Funds for ConnectSafely, Hunger Project & TAPS
Larry speaks with CNET and Cheapskate columnist Rick Broida, who has launched the Cheapskate Mystery Box 2019 Edition, a bundle of tech goodies from a variety of great companies. 1000 mystery boxes are available, pay $75 to get $250 of tech products with 100% of proceeds going towards ConnectSafely, The Hunger Project and TAPS! Head over to the Mystery Box sign-up page and enter your name and email address for a chance to purchase a box. You have until midnight ET on Wednesday, Aug. 14.

ConnectSafely
Aug 13, 2019

CNET Cheapskate Mystery Box Raises Funds for ConnectSafely, Hunger Project & TAPS
Larry speaks with CNET and Cheapskate columnist Rick Broida, who has launched the Cheapskate Mystery Box 2019 Edition, a bundle of tech goodies from a variety of great companies. 1000 mystery boxes are available, pay $75 to get $250 of tech products with 100% of proceeds going towards ConnectSafely, The Hunger Project and TAPS! Head over to the Mystery Box sign-up page and enter your name and email address for a chance to purchase a box. You have until midnight ET on Wednesday, Aug. 14.

ConnectSafely
Aug 05, 2019

Data refute President's linkage between violent video games & mass shootings
President Trump links recent mass shootings with violent video games. by Larry Magid Scroll down for podcast interview with Dr. Christopher Ferguson In his address to the nation following a weekend of two mass shootings, President Trump made a reference to violent video games, suggesting that these games may have something to do with shootings such as the ones that took place in El Paso and Akron. "We must stop the glorification of violence in our society. This includes the gruesome and grisly video games that are now commonplace. It is too easy today for troubled youth to surround themselves with a culture that celebrates violence." President Donald Trump, August 5, 2019 As it turns out, there is a lot of research on this issue and most of it found no meaningful link between playing violent video games and committing acts of violence. Sure, there are murderers who are among the roughly 90% of young men who had played violent video games, but the vast majority of those young men never act out. And there is no clear indication that those who do commit violent crimes were influenced by playing those games. The American Psychological Association reported  that "research demonstrates [...]

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Aug 05, 2019

Data refutes President's linkage between violent video games & mass shootings
In his address to the nation following a weekend of two mass shootings, President Trump made a reference to violent video games, suggesting that these games may have something to do with shootings such as the ones that took place in El Paso and Akron. As it turns out, there is a lot of research on this issue and most of it found no meaningful link between playing violent video games and committing acts of violence. Sure, there are murderers who are among the roughly 90% of young men who had played violent video games, but the vast majority of those young men never act out. And there is no clear indication that those who do commit violent crimes were influenced by playing those games. The American Psychological Association reported a link between playing violent games and increased aggression, but acknowledged that such aggression doesn't typically lead to violence. And even that finding, according to two leading researchers, Dr. Christopher Ferguson and Andrew K. Przybylski is subject to question. In a 2019 research report in the journal Royal Society Open Science Przybylski found that "Violent video game engagement is not associated with adolescents' aggressive behaviour." In an email interview he [...]

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Jul 26, 2019

Overall increase in cyberbullying — girls 3 times more likely to be cyberbullied than boys
by Larry Magid The National Center for Educational Statistics is out with its 2016 to 2017 report on bullying at school. Overall, the bullying rate hasn't changed much from 2014 to 2015. In the latest report it's 20.2% of students compared to 20.8% in the previous report. But when it comes to "online or by text" it rose from 11.5 in 2014 to 2016 to 15.3% in the 2016 to 2017 report. Scroll down for the two most recent set of statistics. Cyberbullying among boy is only slightly up from 6.1% to 6.8% but among girls it's up from 15.9% to 21.4%. That means that girls are more than 3 times more likely to be bullied then girls. There is a lot more data in the study (scroll down), including breakdowns by race, grade level, household income and more The overall numbers are actually lower than reported by Pew Research in 2018. More data is available from the Cyberbullying Research Center, which reports that "On average, about 28% of the students who have been a part of our most recent 11 studies have said they have been the victim of cyberbullying at some point in their lifetime. " Analysis The [...]

ConnectSafely
Jul 19, 2019

FaceApp requires caution, not fear
This post first appeared in Mercury News. There are four lessons when it comes to FaceApp. Number one, it's important to understand the privacy implications of it and every other app you use. Number two, don't believe every rumor you hear about horrible things apps might do. Number three, don't assume that every app or piece of technology coming out of Russia is necessarily nefarious and number four: it's fun. FaceApp is a popular iOS and Android app that lets you see how you're going to look when you get older and remind you how you may have looked when you were younger. You can also apply it to pictures of other people. It's a fun app, but it has also raised both real and imagined privacy concerns. Let's start with the imagined one. There were widespread rumors and media reports that the app was sending all of your photos, including screenshots, to its developers in Russia and implications that these images were being turned over to the Russian government.  Senator Chuck Schumer called for FBI and Federal Trade Commission investigations because of the app's "national security and privacy risks for millions of U.S. citizens." But both the AP and [...]

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Jun 07, 2019

FCC allows phone companies to block robocalls
The Federal Communications Commission voted unanimously on Thursday to allow phone companies to block unwanted robocalls. Companies will now be allowed to block these calls by default but if you want unwanted calls (which is of course an oxymoron), you can unblock them.  The ruling, according to the FCC, "also clarifies that providers may offer their customers the choice to opt-in to tools that block calls from any number that does not appear on a customer's contact list or other ‘white lists.' This option would allow consumers to decide directly whose calls they are willing to receive." Companies will be able to use technology that authenticates the origin of the calls to prevent "spoofing," which scammers often use to disguise where the calls are coming from. There is some concern that the technology could affect legitimate calls such as calls from doctors who deliberately hide their numbers or robocalls from pharmacies telling you that your prescription is ready. I'm sure, however, that there are ways to accommodate these edge cases. For example, a doctor could route calls through a clinic or hospital so that its number shows up instead of the doctor's. For more details, see this post at CNET

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Jun 05, 2019

YouTube cutting hateful and extremist videos
YouTube is pulling the plug on thousands of videos that promote bigoted views, including "videos that promote or glorify Nazi ideology, which is inherently discriminatory," according to a company blog post. YouTube will also remove "content denying that well-documented violent events, like the Holocaust or the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary, took place," said the post. The company outlined several categories of videos including those that claim "that a group is superior in order to justify discrimination, segregation or exclusion." Categories include: age gender race caste religion sexual orientation veteran status YouTube also said that seeks to reduce the spread of content "that comes right up to the line, "such as videos promoting a phony miracle cure for a serious illness, or claiming the earth is flat." The company began demoting such videos in the U.S. earlier this year and said "the number of views this type of content gets from recommendations has dropped by over 50%."

ConnectSafely
Jun 04, 2019

Podcast: Safety and privacy of smart displays and speakers at home and in the classroom
ConnectSafely CEO Larry Magid and K-12 Education Director Kerry Gallagher. Click to listen   ConnectSafely CEO Larry Magid and educator and ConnectSafely K-12 Education Director  Kerry Gallagher talk about their use of the Facebook Portal as well as other smart displays and speakers that they have tested. There are privacy and safety implications, but they can be managed. http://www.blogtalkradio.com/connectsafely/2019/06/04/safety-and-privacy-of-smart-displays-and-speakers-at-home-and-in-the-classroom.mp3

ConnectSafely
Jun 04, 2019

Safety and privacy of smart displays and speakers at home and in the classroom
ConnectSafely CEO Larry Magid and K-12 Education Director Kerry Gallagher. Click to listen   ConnectSafely CEO Larry Magid and educator and ConnectSafely K-12 Education Director  Kerry Gallagher talk about their use of the Facebook Portal as well as other smart displays and speakers that they have tested. There are privacy and safety implications, but they can be managed. http://www.blogtalkradio.com/connectsafely/2019/06/04/safety-and-privacy-of-smart-displays-and-speakers-at-home-and-in-the-classroom.mp3

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May 17, 2019

Despite free-speech concerns, banning hate a good thing
by Larry Magid There was big news from Paris this week where 18 countries and numerous companies, including Facebook, Google, Amazdivon and Twitter, signed the Christchurch Call, pledging to work together "to eliminate terrorist and violent extremist content online." The document, which was not signed by the United States, says that "respect for freedom of expression is fundamental. However, no one has the right to create and share terrorist and violent extremist content online." Signed two months after the horrific terrorist attack on a mosque in Christchurch New Zealand, the effort was led by New Zealand Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern, and French President, Emmanuel Macron. The non-binding "call," was more of a pledge than a mandate and it's aspirational, not regulatory. But it's an example of how governments and big tech companies can come together to agree on how to solve a thorny and sometimes controversial issue. As an internet safety advocate (I'm CEO of ConnectSafely.org, which receives support from tech companies including Google and Facebook), I agree with the Christchurch Call's efforts to curtail violent extremism and I'm also good with Facebook terminating the accounts of known violent, racist, hateful, anti-semetic, Islamophobic individuals including Alex Jones and Louis Farrakhan. [...]

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May 11, 2019

Podcast: Balancing tech and low-tech during kids' summer break
ConnectSafely CEO Larry Magid and K-12 Education Director Kerry Gallagher Summer is almost here, which means that kids will be out of school. While that means that they do have more time to use their devices, i's also time for fresh air, exercise  and — for many — family vacations. In this episode, ConnectSafely CEO Larry Magid and K-12 Education Director Kerry Gallagher talk about how parents can help their kids achieve a balance between tech and low-tech activities during their summer break. http://www.blogtalkradio.com/connectsafely/2019/05/11/balancing-tech-and-low-tech-during-kids-summer-break.mp3  

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May 06, 2019

Helping kids survive bullying and other trauma
ConnectSafley CEO Larry Magid and K-12 Education Director Kerry Gallagher talk about how adults can support youth who have been affected by bullying. Why do some kids have a horrible time after being bullied while others are able to bounce back. The answer lies, in part, with resilience, but also on support from adults and other upstanders ConnectSafely CEO Larry Magid and K-12 Education Director Kerry Gallagher

ConnectSafely
Apr 29, 2019

Helping students cope with flood of presidential election news
  ConnectSafely CEO Larry Magid and K-12 Education Director Kerry Gallagher http://www.blogtalkradio.com/connectsafely/2019/04/29/helping-students-cope-with-flood-of-presidential-election-news# The Presidential election campaign is heating up. And with it will come lots of claims, counterclaims and, likely, plenty of inaccuracies.  In this conversation, ConnectSafely.,org CEO Larry Magid and K-12 Education Director, Kerry Gallagher, talk about how teachers and parents can help young people process it all.

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