Each November Internet-safety organizations, tech and media companies, researchers, authors and policymakers gather in Washington, D.C., to get an update on young people’s social media practices, safety and privacy at “FOSI,” the nickname for the Family Online Safety Institute’s annual conference. That update just happened, and here are my top takeaways. Internet safety not really […]
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A lightbulb went on when I read “Learning for a World of Constant Change” by authors John Seely Brown and Douglas Thomas. I think I understand now why there’s so much cognitive dissonance at the intersection of new media and learning, not to mention “online safety.” It has a lot to do with how media […]
Over the 15-or-so years I’ve been covering family technology, I’ve noticed a kind of siege mentality that developed among parents about kids’ use of digital media. Then, a few years ago, when sociology professor David Finkelhor at the University of New Hampshire gave his milestone talk, “The Internet, Youth Deviance & the Problem of Juvenoia,” […]
This is a sidebar to my post about EduCon 2.5, held at the end of each January in Philadelphia at the Science Leadership Academy. Author, entrepreneur and pundit Seth Godin is a parent too, father of two, so in the interview with Krista Tippett (also a parent) for her show on American Public Media, parenting […]
Child sexual exploitation has long been part of the Internet safety discussion, so here’s a tip for good prevention online and offline: We need to talk with and listen to our children using correct language that’s free of cultural taboos – and keep the communication channels wide-open. “Child-sexual-abuse educators believe teaching and confidently using universally […]
It takes a team of strong firefighters to manage and direct a fire hose with all the pressurized water coming through it. That’s a good metaphor for today’s media, which seems to come at us at that level of pressure but less regulated than ever because produced by literally anybody; it’s user-driven, and for teens […]
Back in 2005, a friend in Massachusetts referred to his daughters’ constant instant messaging (remember that?!) as “a window into their lives that I wouldn’t have otherwise. [My daughter] leaves her computer on a table beside my desk, and I get to watch a bunch of this stuff happening. Sort of like me working while […]
Disney was smart to acquire a property that gets online/offline community and social networking that involves family and school in the “real world” and can help Disney see there’s more to (kid) life than socializing in virtual, or imaginative, worlds.
Study shows parents and teens surprisingly in sync on teen social networking, but 72% of parents do monitor their kids’ use of the social Web.
More and more parents are taking away the cellphone, laptop, or Xbox as a disciplinary measure, and sometimes it even works!