MySpace will soon be releasing free software designed to let parents know if their kids have profiles on the site. Code-named "Zephyr," it's parental-notification software, not monitoring software, which makes sense because MySpace says it's designed to promote parent-child communication about social networking. It will be just another tool in the tech-parenting toolbox. MySpace wasn't ready to … [Read more...] about MySpace’s software for parents
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Educators are beginning to explore the idea of virtual worlds like Second Life as learning environments, CNN reports. People socialize, buy and sell products, advertising, and real estate, build stores, design clothes, and even operate news bureaus (e.g., Reuters in Second Life) in alternate-reality games like Second Life and Entropia – why not take classes? "More than 60 schools and educational … [Read more...] about ‘Second Life,’ 2nd campus?
A young person with a heartfelt idea and access to 100 million people on a social-networking site can help change the world now. Bich Ngoc Cao was an employee of MySpace, and it was because of her that the site (now with more than 100 million people and 3 million bands registered) launched its Rock for Darfur campaign this week, the Washington Post reports. Rock for Darfur, whose logo was designed … [Read more...] about Social networks: Powerful change agents?
The Deleting Online Predators Act (DOPA), which just passed the US House of Representatives (see this item), could actually do more harm than good, writes BlogSafety.com co-director Larry Magid in CBSNews.com (for full disclosure, I'm the other co-director). "It is ill-conceived because, rather than 'deleting' online predators, it deletes the ability of schools and libraries to determine whether … [Read more...] about DOPA: ‘Ill-conceived law’
What a concept! Instead of having some adult know-it-all design a Web site for teens about PC security, have a smart teenaged person design it! You would think this intuitive, but it's actually unprecedented. Just-launched SORTED is the only teen-designed and -built Web site of its kind. It represents the low-key brilliance of London-based Childnet International, a nonprofit online-safety … [Read more...] about Site for young PC-security fixers