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Parents Spying on Their Kids on Facebook – An Infographic Parents Spying on Their Kids on Facebook – An Infographic
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What are your kids doing on Facebook? 55% of parents can answer that question, according to a study depicted in an infographic from OnlineSchools.com. The sources of the info in this graphic are a Bullguard Internet Security Survey and Parents, …

Netflix Gets More MTV, Nickelodeon, Comedy Central Shows Netflix Gets More MTV, Nickelodeon, Comedy Central Shows
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Netflix is adding yet more content to its streaming offering. This time, the company’s existing partnership with Viacom and MTV Networks is getting an expansion that sees more episodes of popular television shows coming to Netflix’s on-demand service, effective immediately. …

Today’s Google Doodle is Doodle 4 Google Winner Today’s Google Doodle is Doodle 4 Google Winner

Today’s Google Doodle comes to you from seven year old Matteo Lopez. A student at Monte Verde Elementary School in San Francisco, his doodle entitled “Space Life” was announced yesterday as the overall winner of the 2011 Doodle 4 Google …

AOL Gives Parents Tool for Eavesdropping on Kids’ Social Networking
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AOL has released the results from a new survey, conducted by Nielsen, about parenting and social networking. The survey found that over half of children don’t knows all of their "friends" personally.

The survey also found that 76% of parents with kids on Facebook have "friended" their teenagers, while 29% of these teens would un-friend their parents if they were given the option. Heartwarming isn’t it? These kids are twice as likely to un-friend their mothers as opposed to their fathers.

McAfee Studies What Teens Are Getting Away with Online
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McAfee has released the results of a study today, finding that nearly half of online teens have shared personal information with strangers. The study looked at this and other areas of concern for parents.

Addressing The Problem Of Bullying On Facebook

Yesterday, Tony Orsini, my son’s middle school principal sent a blunt letter to all parents telling us that we should ban social networks for our middle school children. I was unsure whether it was acceptable for me to print the latter when I got it, but our New York CBS TV station had a headline today, "NJ Principal Asks Parents To Ban Social Networking" in which it prints the whole letter. You should read it for yourself. I respect Tony, but he’s wrong on this one.

FTC Launches Site To Teach Kids About Advertising

The Federal Trade Commission has launched a new advertising literacy campaign aimed at helping older children understand the ads they say and become smarter consumers.

"Today’s kids see advertising everywhere – in movies and TV shows, outdoors, on phones, in games," said David C. Vladeck, Director of the FTC’s Bureau of Consumer Protection. 

Google Gives Users a Way to Lock SafeSearch

Google has launched a new way to lock SafeSearch. What this accomplishes is, users will have to enter their password to change the setting, and Google Search results will be visibly different than when SafeSearch is not locked.

Google demonstrates how to to lock SafeSearch with the following short clip:

Twitter is for Old People?
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I heard a story on NPR yesterday where they talked to kids about social networks. The popular opinion (at least among the kids talked to for the piece) was that Facebook was "in" and Twitter was for old people.

PayPal Intros New Student Accounts

eBay-owned PayPal has launched a new way for teenagers to shop online with PayPal and in stores with the "Student Card," part of the "Student Account." The account comes with a number of capabilities for parental monitoring.

Features include:

Study Shows Parents Out of Loop on Social Networking
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Interesting survey results come from Common Sense Media, which suggest that social networking is changing the very nature of childhood.

Google Talks Online Child Safety

Google is part of the "PointSmart ClickSafe Task Force," which is an organization that was set up to help keep kids safe online. This week, the task force released its Recommendations for Best Practices for Online Safety and Literacy, which it has been working on for nearly a year.

Kids Spending More Time Online
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In May, children aged 2-11 consisted of nearly 16 million, or 9.5 percent of active Internet users, according to a new report from Nielsen Online.

Staples Utilizing Facebook For A Worthy Cause

How about a nice ‘feel good’ story to take you into the weekend? The news in the Internet marketing industry has been focused on negative numbers, downturns and dire forecasts for quite a while now. Personally, I get a little worn out by it. It’s good to be reminded, however, of just how potentially life altering (a little hyperbole never hurt anyone) the use of social media can be.

Kids/Teens Drawn to Virtual Worlds, Not Marketers
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What do you get when you cross a video-game with social networking? Virtual worlds – and they’re no joke, particularly with younger generations who are immersing themselves in increasing numbers.

Kid’s Brains Affected By Social Media

You may have thought that the headline should read “Social Media Changes Minds” because of all the brain-picturewonderful things that social media adds to our lives (I’ll let you determine what wonderful things it does for you). But across the pond there’s concern that social media is actually changing the brains of young users.

YouTube, Disney, Top Video Sites For Kids
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Initially, it’s nice to think that kids and teens watching more online video at home than adults is because, with work and responsibilities and all that, adults just don’t have that kind of time. But considering adults watch most of their online video at work, that half-hour less they spend at home watching belies that conventional wisdom.

Students and Twitter

Ever since teaching 6th graders about blogging, I’ve paid more attention to how social media sites can enhance learning.

Blogging certainly can improve writing skills and at the same time introduce children to ideas that will make them more marketable when they hit the job force (assuming they do).

One Laptop Per Child Needs a Spreadsheet Solution
Dan Bricklin has ported the SocialCalc spreadsheet to the OLPC XO as an Open Source project. 

Generation Google: True and False

Kids these days. All crazy with the texting and the AIM and the Facebook and the Google. I just don’t understand them.

PBS Site for Kids 3 to 6

Small children are fighting their parents for the mouse these days.

Pretty soon they’ll demand their own laptops and want money to spend on their own music and web sites.

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