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ConnectSafely
Feb 23, 2018

The connection between online safety and those amazing kids from Parkland Florida
Like many, I have been deeply moved by the action of student survivors of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas school shootings on Valentine's Day.  These teens - some who lost friends and teachers - have been courageous, articulate and passionate in turning their grief into action - demanding that our leaders do everything possible to prevent more tragedies like the one they experienced. As CEO of ConnectSafely, I've been struggling to find ways to support these students and make a connection between the gun safety issues they're fighting over and the internet and connected technology safety issues that ConnectSafely works on.   The more I think about it, the more I realize that there is a connection between the two. Obviously, our mission to protect children and teens online does  extend to their offline presence as well because there is no real dividing line beween online and off, especially for youth. But it goes deeper than that because we have long argued that media literacy and critical thinking are essential to online safety and that student engagement and activism along with supportive adults, are the keys to creating a safe environment in school. And that's exactly what these students are demonstrating. These [...]

ConnectSafely
Feb 23, 2018

The connection between online safety and those amazing kids from Parkland, Florida
By Larry Magid Like many, I have been deeply moved by the action of student survivors of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas school shootings on Valentine's Day.  These teens - some who lost friends and teachers - have been courageous, articulate and passionate in turning their grief into action - demanding that our leaders do everything possible to prevent more tragedies like the one they experienced. As CEO of ConnectSafely, I've been struggling to find ways to support these students and make a connection between the gun safety issues they're fighting over and the internet and connected technology safety issues that ConnectSafely works on. The more I think about it, the more I realize that there is a connection between the two. Obviously, our mission to protect children and teens online does extend to their offline presence as well because there is no real dividing line between online and off, especially for youth. But it goes deeper than that because we have long argued that media literacy and critical thinking are essential to online safety and that student engagement and activism along with supportive adults, are the keys to creating a safe environment in school. And that's exactly what these students [...]

ConnectSafely
Feb 19, 2018

The Parent & Educator Guide to Media Literacy & Fake News
By Kerry Gallagher, JD and Larry Magid, Ed.D  Click Here to Download  Full Guide (PDF) Top 5 Questions (PDF) Additional resources for Media Literacy & Fake News 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 high school students surveyed were unable to distinguish between advertisements and real news stories. As parents and educators, it's our job to help our students become more savvy consumers of information. But it's not just kids who need a lesson in media literacy. Adults do as well. A December 2016 Pew study found that nearly a quarter of adults admited to sharing fake news in the past. Most didn't know it was fake when they shared it. Until fairly recently, media were concentrated in the hands of a few organizations, but now it's all around us. In addition to the so-called "mainstream media" outlets, there are now many online blogs, podcasts and videos from a wide variety of providers from all walks of life, as well as social [...]

ConnectSafely
Feb 08, 2018

The internet does and should forever belong to you: FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn @ Safer Internet Day USA
Remarks of Commissioner Mignon L. Clyburn U.S. Safer Internet Day Austin, Texas February 6, 2018 FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn Good morning, everyone. What an honor it is, to take part in Safer Internet Day 2018 with you, the future leaders of this state and nation. For more than eight years, I have had the privilege to serve as one of five members of the Federal Communications Commission. The FCC is an 84-year-old agency, which makes rules and sets policies for many of the communications services you use every day, like wireless and landline telephones, cable and free over-the-air television, radio stations, satellite companies and yes, the internet. Regulators like me realize, accept and embrace our duty, obligation, and responsibility to nurture and protect you. Like those adults who did the same for me, how we go about it today is in many ways different. But in some ways, it is the same as it was when I was in middle and high school. Our police officers and firefighters still take a vow to protect and serve; teachers and counselors maintain their commitment to educate and offer guidance; nurses, doctors and clinicians continue to take an oath, to help us heal. [...]

ConnectSafely
Feb 02, 2018

Watch ‘Clicky's' happy Safer Internet Day animation


ConnectSafely
Jan 31, 2018

Safer Internet Day a good time to think about your use of connected tech
Watch the live stream of Safer Internet Day starting at 8:30 AM Pacific (11:30 ET) on Tues   by Larry Magid Tuesday, February 6th is Safer Internet Day. The big U.S. celebration will be in Austin, but you don't have to come to Texas to participate. It will be live streamed starting at 11:30 AM eastern. This year's theme is  "Create, connect and share respect: A better internet starts with you." FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn will be the keynote speaker. Safer Internet Day started in 2004 as an initiative of the European Union. It gained official recognition in the U.S. in late 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.org, the nonprofit internet safety group where I serve as CEO, was asked to become the U.S. host. As we say on our SaferInternetDay.us website, "Safer Internet Day aims to not only create a safer internet but also a better internet, where everyone is empowered to use technology responsibly, respectfully, critically and creatively." It's an important reminder of how the internet can empower individuals and communities to improve their lives and make the world a better [...]

ConnectSafely
Jan 31, 2018

U.S. Safer Internet Day Celebration — watch the live stream Tuesday
Watch the live stream of Safer Internet Day starting at 8:30 AM Pacific (11:30 ET) on Tues   by Larry Magid Tuesday, February 6th is Safer Internet Day. The big U.S. celebration will be in Austin, but you don't have to come to Texas to participate. It will be live streamed starting at 11:30 AM eastern. This year's theme is  "Create, connect and share respect: A better internet starts with you." FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn will be the keynote speaker. Safer Internet Day started in 2004 as an initiative of the European Union. It gained official recognition in the U.S. in late 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.org, the nonprofit internet safety group where I serve as CEO, was asked to become the U.S. host. As we say on our SaferInternetDay.us website, "Safer Internet Day aims to not only create a safer internet but also a better internet, where everyone is empowered to use technology responsibly, respectfully, critically and creatively." It's an important reminder of how the internet can empower individuals and communities to improve their lives and make the world a better [...]

ConnectSafely
Jan 31, 2018

Two factor authentication instructions for major online services
Apple Facebook Google Microsoft Twitter Description of Two-Factor authentication: One way to greatly strengthen your password is to enhance it with another authentication system. It's called "two factor" or "multi-factor" authentication and it works the same way your ATM card does. Access requires something you have and something you know. The most common form of dual factor authentication, supported by Google, Facebook, Apple and many other companies, is requiring that you access your smartphone before you can use a site from an unknown device. In some cases, you get a text message with a code that you have to type in before you can access the site. Others require that you use an app on your phone to provide permission when logging on to another device. Either way, you need to have physical possession of your phone as well as your password to get in. To avoid annoying you constantly, most dual factor authentication schemes only kick-in when you are using a device or a browser that you haven't previously used with that service. That won't prevent someone who has access to your PC or phone from logging in if they know your password, but it will make it considerably [...]

ConnectSafely
Jan 25, 2018

Online privacy day reminds us to stay alert year 'round
by Larry Magid Sunday is 'Data Privacy Day,' when a host of companies, nonprofits and government agencies remind people to take steps to protect their privacy. The event is sponsored by the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) This post first appeared in the San Jose Mercury News Alliance executive director Russell Schrader said in a recent interview that 'everyday should be Data Privacy Day,' and I agree. We need to think about our privacy regularly. Still, it''s a good time for industry and the government to concentrate on policies, procedures and their enforcement, and for the rest of us to focus on our personal privacy. On a similar note, Feb. 6 is 'Safer Internet Day,' which is hosted by my nonprofit, ConnectSafely.org. We''ll be holding an event that day for middle and high school students in Austin, Texas, that will be live-streamed at SaferInternetDay.us/livestream. When I asked Schrader to share his top privacy tips, his answers seemed like a primer for security, which makes sense because privacy and security go hand-in-hand. 'Always update your software,' was his main advice. 'There are bugs that are constantly being fixed behind the scenes,' he said, 'but they don''t do any good unless you install them.' [...]

ConnectSafely
Jan 24, 2018

ConnectSafely Hosts U.S. Safer Internet Day in Austin, TX on February 6th
ConnectSafely Hosts U.S. Safer Internet Day in Austin, TX on February 6th FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn to keynote PALO ALTO, CA — Jan 25, 2018, — 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 celebration in Austin, Texas on Tuesday, February 6th. Safer Internet Day (SID) 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 2018 theme is 'Create, connect and share respect: A better internet starts with you.' This year''s main event, which takes place at Austin''s Omni Hotel, brings together hundreds of Austin-area middle and high school students, policy makers and tech industry leaders to discuss internet safety. FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn will provide a keynote address. Other speakers include Austin Independent School District superintendent Paul Cruz, National PTA President James Accomando and executives from Google, Facebook, Trend Micro, After School, [...]

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