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The evolution of online safety: Lessons learned over 20 years

When I wrote the original version of Child Safety on the Information Highway (click here for 20th anniversary updated version), in 1994, “online safety” was largely defined as keeping kids away from porn and predators and the solution was pretty … Continue reading Continue reading

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Scuttle the “Bully Pulpit” Metaphor

Guest post by Warren Blumenfeld New words join while some words perish from all languages. Some words remain though altering or transforming their meanings to varying degrees between eras. A number of words even expand to include additional parts of … Continue reading
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Preventing and recovering from bullying — what works and what doesn’t

For the past several days I’ve taken a deep dive into the world of bullying and cyberbullying at two back-to-back conferences – the Family Online Safety Institute (FOSI) conference inWashington DC last week and, this week, the International Bullying Prevention Association (IBPA) conference … Continue reading
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Let’s not underestimate the impact of cyberbullying

For advice on how to deal with cyberbullying, check out ConnectSafely.org’s new free online booklet, A Parents’ Guide to Cyberbullying I’ve written several columns about how people tend to exaggerate the number of kids who are affected by cyberbullying, but … Continue reading
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Parents can help prevent cyberbullying

While bullying has been around forever, there was no such thing as cyberbullying until about 20 years ago when people discovered the ability to use technology to display their mean, cruel, annoying and generally negative side. And since the late 1990s … Continue reading
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Beware of the Internet Safety Industrial Complex

By Larry Magid I got a call recently from a woman who works for a company that makes an app designed to “keep kids safe” by enabling parents to monitor their texts and social media activities. The pitch included some … Continue reading
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Author behind ‘Mean Girls’ focuses on ‘boy world’ (podcast)

by Larry Magid This post first appeared on CNET News.com Rosalind Wiseman is known for writing “Queen Bees and Wannabes,” a book about teenage girls that was the basis for the movie “Mean Girls.” But now she’s focused on boys. … Continue reading
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Choosing the right anti-bullying program

Guest post by Hemanshu Nigam Opinions expressed in guest posts are those of the author and not necessarily  SafeKids.com With millions of students returning to schools across the country over the coming weeks, dedicated educators and concerned parents must work together to … Continue reading
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Bullying and suicide: Let’s not jump to conclusions

Guest post by Justin W. Patchin Many are now familiar with the tragic case of Hannah Smith, the 14-year-old from Leicestershire, England, who hanged herself on August 2nd after reportedly being harassed online for months. Cruel messages received principally on the social … Continue reading
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Adults show kids how to bully

There has been a great deal written and said lately about bullying among children and teens. Some claim there’s an epidemic of bullying. As it turns out, there is no evidence of any increase in bullying. If anything there seems to be a slight decrease over the past few years. Still, it remains a problem [...] Continue reading

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Social norms research: Exaggerating bullying could increase bullying

by Larry Magid As I previously wrote, cyberbullying is a serious problem, but not an epidemic.  Yet, there continue to be widespread reports that bullying has reached epidemic proportions. This misinformation can actually have the unintended consequence of increasing bullying. One study, from the Crimes Against Children Research Center, showed that bullying has actually decreased in recent years, and [...] Continue reading

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Cyberbullying: a serious problem, but not an epidemic

This is an updated version of post that first appeared on SafeKids.com in 2009. by Larry Magid I’m glad that media outlets and public officials are shining a light on cyberbullying and bullying in general. It’s important to pay attention to this serious problem, but we need to keep it in perspective. As bad as [...] Continue reading

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