Much-less-social media on Facebook’s 20th birthday
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by Anne
4M ago
Facebook turns 20 today, but the platform is nothing like what it was in 2004 – or, more comparably, in 2008, when it overtook MySpace, it was open to all (not just uni students) and it had the reputation of being a “safe space,” Forbes reports, because everyone had to sign up with their real […] The post Much-less-social media on Facebook’s 20th birthday appeared first on NetFamilyNews.org ..read more
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What child online safety really needs, senators
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by Anne
4M ago
It was the 2024 version of public shaming – relentless on-camera questioning designed to send a message rather than hear answers. It seemed the lawmakers already had their answers. I get their frustration that… social media platforms can’t just “install” the digital version of car seats and seat belts or create product labeling like on […] The post What child online safety really needs, senators appeared first on NetFamilyNews.org ..read more
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Welcome to 2024!
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by Anne
6M ago
Happy New Year, dear readers! It was quite a year last year, eh? I’m sure that, like me, many of you are glad to move on. More on what we’re moving into in a moment, but first let’s use one of the biggest news stories (not just tech stories) of 2023 – generative AI – […] The post Welcome to 2024! appeared first on NetFamilyNews.org ..read more
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Supporting the youngest witnesses of this humanitarian crisis
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by Anne
8M ago
Sometimes we parents feel so helpless when our children come to us hurting as much as us when they see something awful happening in the world. In her email letter to our community, my friend, colleague and fellow parent Michelle Lipkin wrote, when her 19-year-old daughter asked her to explain what’s going on, “I tried […] The post Supporting the youngest witnesses of this humanitarian crisis appeared first on NetFamilyNews.org ..read more
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Should our kids learn how to use generative AI? Well…
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by Anne
9M ago
A teacher in an international school in Panama asks her students to critique essays “written” by ChatGPT, while others have their students fact-check AI material, according to Time. University of Pennsylvania professor Ethan Mollick requires his students to use generative AI while holding them accountable for the information in whatever they produce with it. These […] The post Should our kids learn how to use generative AI? Well… appeared first on NetFamilyNews.org ..read more
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Generative AI: July 2023 freeze frame
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by Anne
11M ago
It’s feeling like I need a large language model brain to write about safety with large language models. [I certify that I only wish I had such a brain, and I am a human; I’ve read that ChatGPT-4 can tell lies, which supports this certification’s credibility because the LLM probably wouldn’t out itself as a […] The post Generative AI: July 2023 freeze frame appeared first on NetFamilyNews.org ..read more
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Threads: The new social media kid
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by Anne
1y ago
“Picture Twitter but with a lot less Elon Musk” is how the Wall Street Journal is describing Threads, Meta’s new app. That right there is good news, maybe unusual where tech is concerned. I’ll give you a list of reasons in a moment, but first it’s only fair to state (or rather link to) my […] The post Threads: The new social media kid appeared first on NetFamilyNews.org ..read more
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Surgeon general’s advisory: Let’s take stock
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by Anne
1y ago
US Surgeon General Vivek Murthy advises that “we are experiencing a youth mental health crisis.” Based on the data, there’s no question about that. Where there is a question is whether tech and media are the cause. Some scholars simply assert they are (see the sidebar below), but neither the surgeon general nor the American […] The post Surgeon general’s advisory: Let’s take stock appeared first on NetFamilyNews.org ..read more
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Lawmakers, controlling and banning kids doesn’t help
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by Anne
1y ago
The “control paradigm” around child online safety, which researchers on three continents have been calling out for at least five years, is in full bloom now. The term comes from a 2019 book by three Australian scholars about how control and surveillance have come to define digital safety, inclusion and citizenship. (Does that give you […] The post Lawmakers, controlling and banning kids doesn’t help appeared first on NetFamilyNews.org ..read more
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New clarity on child sexual exploitation online
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by Anne
1y ago
A lot of important research insights and guidance on the forms and impact of CSE online have been published by researchers on both sides of the Atlantic recently. Here are some key findings pulled together in one place with links to academic sources and resources for better prevention education…. “Stranger danger” is just as problematic […] The post New clarity on child sexual exploitation online appeared first on NetFamilyNews.org ..read more
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