There used to be two bodies of research most relevant to kids online: social-media research and youth-online-risk research (as co-chair of an online-safety task force last year, I tried to bring more of the former into the discussion). But that binary is fading fast, as it should; since the Internet mirrors virtually all of human life, what's happening on it should be looked at by researchers in … [Read more...] about Various fresh findings on Facebook use
I have been following online safety news for more than a dozen years and have rarely seen a reporter get it so right. Check out eSchool News on the Net-safety report we delivered to Congress on Friday: "Youth Safety on a Living Internet: Report of the Online Safety and Technology Working Group." Managing editor Laura Devaney nailed it. I think it's pretty unusual for somebody so involved in a … [Read more...] about Great reporting on OSTWG
"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’?
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