This is a significant sign of progress: The National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG) is working with Facebook on consumer privacy education. We're still only in the first half of this decade, and in the second half of the last one, the state attorneys general were threatening legal action against a social media service – MySpace, the most popular one of that time. Now NAAG is actually … [Read more...] about Law enforcement & social media now working together
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Note the phrase "social media safety" in the headline. There are many more milestones in Internet safety education overall, but here are two vital ones for youth safety in social media since its early days in the middle of the last decade: Milestone 1: the finding of the Berkman Center's Internet Safety Technical Task Force (now Berkman Klein Center) that not all young people are equally at … [Read more...] about Two milestones in social media safety ed
"Youth Safety on a Living Internet," the title of the just-released report of the Online Safety & Technology Working Group (OSTWG), is significant. It says a lot about the state of youth Internet safety because it says a lot about the state of the Internet now. This is not just technology or even "content" we're talking about, as we all know. It's behavior, or sociality, every bit as much as … [Read more...] about OSTWG report: Why a ‘living Internet’?
Hmm. It's arresting to think about what Stewart Wolf, MD, discovered and presented at medical conferences – as told by Malcolm Gladwell in Outliers – in the context of social media and online safety today. Back in the 1950s, he found a community in Pennsylvania statistically very free of the No. 1 medical concern of the time, heart disease, and looked into what was going on there. When Wolf … [Read more...] about Net safety: How social networks can be protective
The Online Safety & Technology Working Group, the first such national-level task force of the Obama administration, is well into the 12 months' work the law that formed it asked us to do (here's the text of the Protecting Children in the 21st Century Act signed into law last fall). ConnectSafely.org co-director Larry Magid, who leads the subcommittee about online-safety education, just published a … [Read more...] about Net-safety task force update