One of the things we ConnectSafely folk often say to parents asking us about online safety measures is, first and foremost, "Talk with your kids." We say that for a number of reasons, the chief one being that there is no single safety measure – whether it's a rule or parental-control tool – that's right for all kids. Internet use, like life (and embedded in it), is very individual. We use that … [Read more...] about Rosalind Wiseman on how to talk with our sons
OSTWG report: Why a ‘living Internet’?
"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’?
This just in: Facebook makes privacy simpler
Simplicity is what Facebook says it has been hearing its users calling for, so simplicity is the main focus of the privacy-controls changes it announced today. More user control came in a close second. Here are the three key changes, which FB says it'll be rolling out "over the next few weeks": "One simple control to set who can see the content you post" – only friends, friends of friends, or … [Read more...] about This just in: Facebook makes privacy simpler
Debating cyberbullying legislation
It's called the Cyberbullying Prevention Act of 2009, but some are calling it the "Censorship Act of 2009." The bill, introduced in the House of Representatives by Rep. Linda Sanchez (D-CA), "is designed to prevent cyberbullying, making it punishable by a fine and up to two years in prison," FOXNews.com reports. One critic of the bill, UCLA law Prof. Eugene Volokh, said that - if the law were … [Read more...] about Debating cyberbullying legislation