Welcome to the Net Family Newsletter, published in partnership with SafeKids.com. This is an index to issues of our weekly newsletter for 2003. For previous years: complete archives of 2002 2001, 2000, 1999, and an index of this newsletter's predecessor, the monthly newsletter we published in 1997 and '98 as The Sage Letter (please be advised that some of the links in previous years' issues will no longer work). Here is the current year's archive.
December 19 Staying in touch, with gamer kids and everybody else; Serious RIAA setback; Canada OKs MP3 downloading; Camera phones - top tech; Can spam law signed; Face-scanning in school; break or pop-ups; iTunes & Wal-Mart; UN summit wrap-up.... December 12 New ICRAplus filter; MP3 players explained; A subscriber on teen blogs' upside; Connected in the kitchen; UN's tech summit; Anti-spam laws; Spam from hijacked PCs and what to do; Net creates kid sex predators?; Prosecutor provides software.... December 5 Virtual hard hats - kids' personal Web sites; BT's calling on kids; Are you a spammer?; Milestone anti-spam law; Cell phone worms; Shopping for gadgets?; Debit cards for young e-shoppers?; Gamer-customized games; File-sharing back in the news.... November 21 Concerned mother on teens 'e-journals; Create an adult domain; P2P parents' resource; UK parents' Net safety awareness; Tech helps kids' self-esteem?; Beware PayPal virus; Porn spam via instant messaging; 'Grand Theft Auto' teen shooters' case.... November 14 File-sharing detection software for parents; Try blogging, The new 'Office,' E-encyclopedias; US kids' top Web picks; How police are doing with Net crimes against kids; Child porn in file-sharing; Latest Microsoft patches; Death knell for pop-ups?.... November 7 Teen's-eye-view on P2P (plus that of young musicians); Family computer security - advice & software reviews; FTC fights stealth pop-ups; 'Social-networking'; Scam victim; MIT service challenged; Are ratings working?; Inside virus writer's mind.... October 31 2 key studies on 2 sides of the Atlantic; 90% of US kids...; New digital-divide data; MIT students have P2P answer?; 3 scary games; UK's new legal music service; 17-year-old Aussie arrested; Spam's hot -useful news for home PC users.... October 24 Games: 'More violence to choose from'; More file-sharing lawsuits; New file-sharing resource for parents & other P2P news; US Senate's new anti-spam bill; Spam study; 'Phishing' spam increase; Protecting young cell phone users.... October 17 Students can 'Speak Up'!; COPA back to Supreme Court; 'Net-Detectives' in Australia; Net vigilantes; Norway crackdown on sex spam; US youth media use; Aussie parents more vigilant; Free phone calls; No-frills Netscape; Getting rid of pop-ups.... October 10 Bullying: The online version; UK teen allegedly sabotaged US port; Teen techies aid lawsuit; The network generation; Prolific UK pedophile jailed; Secret monitoring; Anti-predator tools for cops; Arizona's child porn law challenged; Nokia's game phone.... October 3 Tell kids - watch out for spyware spam; What parents can do; Links for family discussion; Huge child-porn bust in Europe; Sketchy online child porn figures; Growth surge for Europe's young surfers; 2nd teen (alleged) worm writer arrested.... September 26 MSN shuts down free chat; Porn surge on Web, filter co. says; Beware IM pop-ups; Camera phone risks; Calif.'s anti-spam law; School gadget rules; ISPs limit Net time; Phones/walkie talkies; Ulifeline; Web & tech resources for online families.... September 19 Nasty new virus!; 'Mom's afraid we'll get sued' (parental liability & other legal issues); File-sharing ethics; New P2P tech coming; Childnet Academy opens doors; Teen pleads innocent; E-pharmacy closed; China's 30k 'Net nannies'.... September 12 Lawsuits, amnesty offer, porn warning for file-sharers young & old; A subscriber on taking responsibility online; PA's unusual child-porn case; Kids' easy access to cigarettes online; Google's 5th birthday; Interactive reference 'books'.... September 5 The dad behind NetSafeKids.org; File-sharing families; Net 'time out'; Net plagiarism growing; More on alleged teen worm writer; Net's effect on young brains?; 'Mousetrapper' arrested; Bulgarian schools' Net-safety rules; UK parents 'unconcerned'.... August 29 DibDabDoo.com for kid-safe searching; Teen alleged to be Net worm co-author; Net 'red-light district' revisited; Game sites where kids earn cash?; MIT's free e-courses; Online suicide pacts in Japan; 'Extreme coder' (new career); US Net habits study.... August 22 Perfect PC for college, Laptops in school, and more family & school tech; The teen chat culture; US/UK on 'grooming'; Child porn sites up 64%; Minneapolis librarians' settlement; Euro ISPs study; German camp for 'Net-addicted' kids.... August 15 Parents on family Net-use policy, teens' passwords; Nasty worm; COPA to Supreme Court again; Hard lessons from an acquittal; Net users do better in school; Web cams in classrooms; Sharing a family PC; Cell phones for 5-year-olds.... August 1 GetNetWise relaunched!; One very wired family; FTC's file-sharing warning; iTunes's pluses; EFF's file-sharers search; Unsupervised teen Net use; Online cliques; Web No. 1 for teens; Who downloads porn?; Porn spam surge; Spam filters.... July 25 Hundreds of US file-swappers subpoenaed, including kids & parents; Bill to protect child file-sharers; 4,000 Spanish file-swappers to be sued; Child images database launched; Mobile Net; Teen identity thief; Do-not-spam?; Disney films online.... July 18 'Hack the porn hackers!'; Filtering in schools; File-swappers' counter-measure; Jail time swappers?; Net chat as tool for credit card theft; AOL joins blogging fray; French teen hacker allegedly defaced sites; 'Digital shoplifting' in Japan.... July 11 Teen role-playing online; Games on campus; Scandinavian kids' online habits & their parents' views; Video game ratings updated; Family album, Sims-style; Sony PS2 as a Web browser; 'Operation Predator' announced; Monitoring software reviews.... June 27 Supreme Court upholds library-filtering law, CIPA - Net-mom's & other views; To get rid of spyware; On making the Net 'kid-safe'; RIAA to sue regular file-swappers; How spammers send porn; Confused about privacy; Picture phones & kids.... June 20 Kids and spam - They're deluged too; Ideas for parents; Global anti-spam efforts; Blurry law on Harry Potter fan sites; FCC's new parents site; NASA blogs for kids; Senator's surprise; New job title - e-auction concierge; Suicide site could be shut down.... June 6 Interesting games in the pipeline; New parenting resource; High-speed access risks; FBI's teen consultants; Online community not so virtual; Rewards for legal file-sharing; Blogs on the summit; Texting in the US?!... May 30 Critical thinking: Kids' best tool for research, online-safety; 'Growing up wired'; IM good for teen writers; 10,000 Norwegian kids tricked; 'Clean Net' for Thai kids; How spam-blockers could ruin email; 3G file-sharing; New US ratings system.... May 23 Parents get blogged too; IM-ing middle-schoolers; Family digital slide shows; HighlightsKids.com certified; Potential challenges to the PROTECT Act; Parents on video games; The anthropology of teens & cell phones; Teens on CokeMusic.com.... May 16 Conversations with teens about tech, Part 4: Parents views!; Dot-kids info site launched; Software trade association's site for kids, parents; Have mobile phone, will survive; Schools & libraries want more e-rate reforms; Recycled computers in S. Africa.... May 9 Conversations with teens about tech, Part 3: Online lifestyles; 'Creeping parental incompetence'; Spyware's growth; Great-grandmother/email fan; Child p-rn ring 'smashed'; Disney's new online game; You the spammer?; Pan-Europe game ratings.... May 2 Conversations with teens about tech, Part 2: File-sharing; 2003 Childnet Award winners; Spam's hot!; E-music & file-sharing news; PROTECT Act now law; FCC revamps e-rate; FTC after Net auction fraud; Teacher sues over student's site.... April 25 Conversations with teens about tech, Part 1: Instant-messaging; Amazon.com challenged on kids' privacy, takes action; Parents rally to stop 'cyber-bullying'; Madonna's twist on P2P control; Schools unwiring?; Software piracy & you; Blogging ethics.... April 18 'Over the transom' resources for parents, educators, kids; Google - family privacy fix and other news; Helping Iraqi kids online; Who uses the Net anyway? - latest Pew data; 'Barn-raising for civilization'; FTC sues porn spam operator.... April 11 COPPA's birthday: Reality check on kids' privacy/safety online; Google & kids' safety; Major US child-protection law passed; Recording industry sues students; Why police pose as kids; Kids in connected libraries; Child porn on P2P services.... March 28 New study, five new sites from PBS; A subscriber on overly online teens; Action on deceptive domain names; Monitoring kids by mobile phone;Librarians sue over porn; Anti-spam startup; Dealing with pop-ups; Grandparents on Kazaa.... March 21 Talking with kids about war - help on the Web; Teen's alternate (online) reality; Porn exceeds music in file-sharing; Net's new prominent wartime role; Finding out who filters; Spam-stopping tricks; Dell will help recycle.... March 14 Cell phones, the Net, and teens - heads-up; File-sharing porn; Marketing to kids with blogs; Online predators; 'Groomed' for 3 years; Alternate reality gaming; New twist on 'porn addiction' cure; Web browser's 10th birthday; Online music update.... March 7 Online kids' exposure to porn - 2 studies in 2 countries; COPA struck down again; Library filtering at Supreme Court; Student disciplined for spamming; US seizes piracy site; Teen's big chat mistake; ME laptop program thrives.... February 28 Child-porn fight - several fronts; Web awareness in Canada; New private/public partnership; Drug gear e-sales crackdown; Euro online games surge; Japanese teen's online death threat; Web cams in classrooms?; Teen cons conman.... February 21 How a 15-year-old Webmaster took on Warner Bros.; Think before you click!; Net use in US from UCLA's perspective; Microsoft gets some clues?; Blogs more mainstream; CIPA at Supreme Court; 'A Word a Day' via email.... February 14 For Valentines: 'Just called to say I love you'; 'Mousetrapping' still happening; The anti-spam fight; E- panhandling; Tool for the child porn battle; 'I was groomed online'; Lots of US personal-Web-site owners; A cell-phone techno-phobe.... February 7 Black History Month on the Web; University student's illegal 'hobby'; Net's role in shuttle disaster; 'Assisted suicide' online; Scottish kids' exposure to sex online; Closer look at 'camgirls' sites; Unhappy with your ISP?; .... January 31 Online youth activists - '03 Childnet Awards finalists; Teen-designed Web browser; Online kid-porn commentary; Milestone action against prescription drug sales online; Parents in the loop; Do not download Xupiter!; Leonardo da Vinci, 'geek'.... January 24 'Big Macs and small fries'; TiVo fans; Teen reports serious past mistake; Net factor in US anti-war rallies; Net's role in pedophilia; Peer-to-peer porn; ISPs & online pirates; US wants online comments; Programmers anti-spam.... January 17 'Profile' of a smart 9-year-old surfer; E-rate 'fraught with fraud; 13-year-old victims; Music file-sharing update; Online health scam; Tracking kids and others; Computers 'n' girls; Go 'There.com'?; More on PC recycling; You@yourdomain.com.... January 10 UK aims to lead world in kids' online safety; E-returns & e-leftovers; Norwegian teen acquitted; Users' raised expectations; Beware virus hoaxes; Professors' challenge; AlcoholEdu online; 2 cases against students; How bootlegging works; Blog's year....
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