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FTC advice on talking with kids about online safety

March 16, 2010

The FTC’s excellent Internet safety booklet “Net Cetera” The Federal Trade Commission has published an excellent guide for parents about helping kids and teens stay safe and protect their privacy and reputation online and on mobile devices. The booket covers sexting, cyberbullying, texting, computer security, parental controls and pre-teen privacy. The free booklet, called Net [...]

Internet safety video could win you $10K

March 16, 2010

Trend Micro giving away $10,000 to best Internet safety video (credit: Trend Micro) Computer Security firm Trend Micro has an offer for any teen or adult who cares about Internet safety and security and wants to become an award winning filmmaker. The company has launched a contest called “What’s Your Story,” where the person who submits the best short video (no more than 2 minutes) can win [...]

A Nobel Peace Prize for the Internet?

March 14, 2010

by Larry Magid It’s an odd concept but there is a movement to nominate “the Internet” for the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize. There’s even a Web site, InternetForPeace.org, to advocate that the “Nobel Peace Prize should go to the Net. A Nobel for each and every one of us.” There are some heavyweights behind the idea, including Iranian human rights activist and 2003 [...]

March 12, 2010

by Larry Magid This article initially appeared on CNET News.com Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski laid out the “broadband plan for children and families” Friday at the National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C. FCC chairman gets help from Elmo in promoting broadband plan for kids. (Credit: FCC video of speech via YouTube) Referring to children [...]

ICANN postpones .xxx decision

March 12, 2010

At approximately noon Nairobi time (4:30 AM Eastern), the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) board voted to postpone any decision about ICM Registry’s bid to offer a .XXX top level domain until its June meeting in Brussels. Here is the text of the resolution: (the “wherases” were not transcribed but they’re in <4 min audio file at end of post) “It is resolved [...]

FCC Chaiman outlines kids’ broadband plan

March 12, 2010

by Larry Magid This article initially appeared on CNET News.com Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski laid out the “broadband plan for children and families” Friday at the National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C. FCC chairman gets help from Elmo in promoting broadband plan for kids. (Credit: FCC video of speech via YouTube) Referring to children as [...]

Net oversight board to consider .xxx domains

March 10, 2010

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) board at its meeting Friday will consider a proposal from ICM Registry for adult sites to use the .xxx top-level domain instead of or in addition to .com. This is hardly the first time ICANN has dealt with this issue. It rejected similar proposals in 2000, again in 2006 and most recently in 2007. In an telephone interview Wednesday [...]

Gay & Lesbian youth likely victims of cyberbullying

March 10, 2010

A study by Iowa State University researchers Warren Blumenfeld and Robyn Cooper found about half of “lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) and allied youths are regular victims of cyberbullying, which causes psychological and emotional distress to victims — producing thoughts of suicide in some who are repeatedly victimized.” “Allied youth” refers to young people who are openly [...]

Will new Cisco router really “forever change the Internet?”

March 9, 2010

A Cisco subsidiary offers Internet and networking routers starting at under $50 and those Linksys devices are really good at distributing data around a home or office. But companies that are in the business of distributing data within the Internet infrastructure and between Internet service providers across long distances need to spend a tad bit more for their routers. How does $90,000 grab you? [...]

Study identifies strategies for dealing with bullying

March 7, 2010

by Larry Magid Two studies released this week shed some light on the issue of bullying and, by implication, cyberbullying. One found that bullying is actually on the decline while the other determined that talking with an adult or a friend was most likely to “make things better.” Both of these studies were about physical bullying, but there is a very strong link between bullying in [...]
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