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Apps Aimed at Kids Raise Privacy Concerns

TB By Eleanor Yang Su The number of mobile apps marketed to kids is growing at a rapid pace, yet a recent report by the Federal Trade Commission raises new concerns about child privacy and the lack of disclosure about the personal data being collected. The FTC reviewed the promotional pages for 400 apps aimed … Continue reading Apps Aimed at Kids Raise Privacy Concerns →

Kids Online: the Risks and the Realities

TB The Internet seems like another member of the family sometimes. It lives in our home and follows us wherever we go, it vies for our attention, and it entertains us. The habits we fall into around our online lives has a profound effect on our family relationships, especially when it comes to parents and … Continue reading Kids Online: the Risks and the Realities →

Dispelling Myths About Blocked Websites in Schools

Larry Gonzalez I’m at a small gathering of education journalists, policymakers and school leaders today, and in attendance is the Department of Education’s Director of Education Technology, Karen Cator. Cator told me that teachers continue to thank her for outlining these important clarifications about schools blocking access to Web sites. For those who haven’t seen … Continue reading Dispelling Myths About Blocked Websites in Schools →

ACLU Blasts Schools for Blocking Gay Teen Support Web Sites

The American Civil Liberties Union announced this week that it notified Oroville Union High School District in Northern California that the school is “improperly configured to block access to Web content geared toward the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities.” Oroville Union isn’t the first to receive this message from the ACLU — a number … Continue reading ACLU Blasts Schools for Blocking Gay Teen Support Web Sites →

How Well Are Schools Teaching Cyber Safety and Ethics?

Earlier this week we looked at proposed legislation in California that would change how social networking websites handle privacy and security — not just for minors online but for all Internet users. Several commenters responded that, when it comes to children online, it should be up to parents, not legislators, to handle these sorts of … Continue reading How Well Are Schools Teaching Cyber Safety and Ethics? →

Parents, Kids, and the Internet: the Problem of “Juvenoia”

It’s hard to find stories in the media about kids and the Internet that don’t propagate fearful messages. Parents are bombarded with stories about depression and isolation, and the imminent dangers lurking behind the screen. Ann Collier’s NetFamilyNews blog provides a refreshing antidote. Collier writes with insight and depth about parents’ negotiating the tricky territory … Continue reading Parents, Kids, and the Internet: the Problem of “Juvenoia” →

Students Complain About Being Shut Out of the Internet

Project Tomorrow has just released the results of its Speak Up 2010 survey that asked over 300,000 students (and 43,000 parents, 35,000 teachers, and 3,500 administrators) about their thoughts on technology and learning in the classroom. The results confirm what many of us already know: Children have access to a wide variety of technologies, both … Continue reading Students Complain About Being Shut Out of the Internet →

8 Social Media Sites Just for Kids

Flickr: P i c t u r e Y o u t h By Sara Bernard Technically, Facebook doesn’t allow kids under the age of 13 to register for the site. That hasn’t stopped pre-teens from simply lying about their birthdates. But kids under 13 don’t have to be left out of the social media … Continue reading 8 Social Media Sites Just for Kids →

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