Getting Ready for ‘Virtual School’

Getting Ready for ‘Virtual School’

Fortunately, most families already have a broadband connection and either a computer or tablet, but there is still a digital divide as was evidenced by that now-famous photo of two young girls sitting in a parking lot of a Salinas Taco Bell to access the restaurant’s WiFi because they didn’t have internet at home.

For Kids, Summertime Doesn’t Have to Mean More Screentime

Summertime is almost here, which means that kids will soon be out of school, perhaps with plenty of time on their hands. That’s great, but it also means that they’ll have more time to interact with their devices. For some kids, this can be problematic.

Parent Guides

Parent’s Guide to Amazon Fire TV

Parent’s Guide to Amazon Fire TV

Download Free Guide (PDF) What is Fire TV, and how much does it cost? Amazon Fire TV is a media player that streams video, music, and games to your TV. It plugs into the HDMI port of your television and turns any modern TV into a smart TV. There are several models,...

Parent’s Guide to Roblox

By Maureen Kochan and Larry Magid, Ed.D. Download Quick Guide (PDF) If your kids love to play online games, one of the names you may be hearing about a lot lately is Roblox. Launched in 2006, Roblox’s popularity among gamers 8-years-old and up has exploded, and it is...

Parent’s and Educator’s Guide to Combatting Hate Speech

By Brittan Heller, JD and Larry Magid, Ed.D. Download Free Guide (PDF) Download Free Quick Guide (PDF) The internet is making it possible for people around the world to communicate with lightning speed and, for the most part, it’s a good thing. Whether it’s keeping up...

Parent’s Guide to Education Technology

  By Kerry Gallagher, J.D., and Larry Magid, Ed.D. Download Guide (PDF)   We all know children use devices like smartphones, tablets, Chromebooks, and laptops at school and they also often use a vocabulary full of technology jargon that may seem completely foreign....

Parent’s Guide to Google Family Link

If you’re a parent, chances are that you have a smartphone and maybe a tablet, and it’s equally likely that your child would like one as well. You may be hesitating, because perhaps your child isn’t yet old enough to take full responsibility when it comes to all the...

Wellness and Safety

Configuring your Phone to Enhance Well-Being

Configuring your Phone to Enhance Well-Being

by Larry Magid This post first appeared in the Mercury News We live in stressful times, and unfortunately, that phone in your pocket or hand can make things worse. But if you're willing to use them, both iPhone and Android phones have tools to help manage your or your...

Quick Guide to Online Safety for Seniors

Download the guide (PDF) The number of online seniors is growing. A 2018 Pew Research Center survey found that 66% of Americans over 65 were internet users. That number is getting bigger all the time, especially since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, when the...

Parent’s Guide to Cyberbullying

Download Guide (PDF) Download Quick Guide (PDF) Bullying is a serious, long-standing social problem that now occurs in digital spaces as well as physical ones. But, contrary to what you might have heard or read, it isn't just a youth problem, it isn't getting worse,...

Parent’s Guide to Google Search

Note: This guide applies only to Google Search and not other search tools. If you or your children are using other sites, please familiarize yourselves with their settings and safety features. Download the Guide (PDF) How Google Search works While performing a basic...

Podcasts

Podcast: How to Dodge Techno and Moral Panics

Podcast: How to Dodge Techno and Moral Panics

In this second episode with Jeff Jarvis, Larry and Jeff discuss regulation, encryption, the dangers of techno-moral panics, and Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, which has been quite controversial in the United States. Find out more in this follow-up with...

Media in the Middle Ep. 10: Cancel Culture

Learn how young people feel about cancel culture, a practice of withdrawing support for (canceling) public figures and companies after they have done or said something considered objectionable or offensive. ConnectSafely is partnering with My Digital TAT2 for this...

Videos

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2. Smart Digital Parenting: Navigating Screens with Children & Teens

3. New Gaming Research

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