Perfect for making Safer Internet Day 2013 smarter is a new study from Australia about how Net safety works best: open communication and growing competency on the part of parents every bit as much as kids. That's really boiling down an insightful study from the "Living Labs" at University of Western Sydney that paired up teens and peers' parents in front of computer screens to gain insights into … [Read more...] about Tech parenting smarts from teens: Australian study
Safer Internet Day
I meant the "Our" in the headline in a global way. All of us. We know this, of course, but we don't think about it enough: It's literally our Internet – across generations and borders, this very participatory, dynamic media environment that's updated by all of us in real time, 24/7, seven days a week. I love that the European Commission's Internet safety group – the source of Safer Internet Day, … [Read more...] about Our Safer Internet Day 2012…
There is little consensus on the definition of "digital literacy." One participant on a panel about it here at a Safer Internet Day conference in Moscow threw everything into the definition – media literacy, online safety, computer literacy, etc. Wikipedia basically defines it as "the ability to locate, organize, understand, evaluate, and analyze information using digital technology," suggesting … [Read more...] about Advancing digital literacy in the US
I was surprised by the surprise in the voice of a newspaper reporter interviewing me last week, when he asked me to repeat a point about how a youth police officer I know started talking with 4th-graders about online safety. Well, today – the European Union's Safer Internet Day – the UK's awareness campaign is aimed at 5-to-7-year-olds (see The Guardian's coverage). Wouldn't the reporter be … [Read more...] about Safer Internet Day: Wrong to focus on 5-to-7-year-olds?
To mark the fifth-annual Safer Internet Day today, the European Union unveiled a three-year study it sponsored of parental controls software and services. In the study, the big-name brands in the US "were all beaten to the top spot by a small partnership that employs no more than 50 people, mostly designers and developers in Ukraine," the BBC reports. The partners who created Magic Desktop, a … [Read more...] about Ukrainian parental controls got top spot