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If Facebook Lets in Preteens, They Better Not See Any Ads and Parents Better Have Control, Say Consumer Groups If Facebook Lets in Preteens, They Better Not See Any Ads and Parents Better Have Control, Say Consumer Groups
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Facebook’s longstanding rules on preteens accessing the service may be changing, as we learned earlier this month that the company was mulling the possibility of letting kids under the age of 13 join the network. Of course, opening up Facebook …

Google Discusses Its Safe Browsing Record Google Discusses Its Safe Browsing Record

No, this isn’t an advertisement for the benefits Google’s Chrome browser provides. Not even vicariously. Instead, the latest post over at the Google Security Blog is discussing the measures Google has taken to keep browsers safe through a number of …

New App Wants To Be An iWitness To Crime New App Wants To Be An iWitness To Crime
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It’s a rough world out there, and you can find yourself in a dangerous situation in the blink of an eye. There have always been a variety of tools that people carry in order to feel safe – pepper spray, …

Facebook May Soon Let Kids Under 13 Join The Party Facebook May Soon Let Kids Under 13 Join The Party
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Facebook’s Statement of Rights and Responsibilities section 4, article 5 clearly states that “You will not use Facebook if you are under 13.” But according to sources quoted by the Wall Street Journal, that may soon be changing. Apparently, Facebook …

Parents, Pre-Teens, and the Facebook Minefield Parents, Pre-Teens, and the Facebook Minefield
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Do you remember the first thought that popped into your head when your pre-teen cousin sent you a friend request on Facebook? If you don’t I’ll attempt to jog your memory. It probably went something like this: “What the hell? …

Google Is Being More Careful With Your Password Google Is Being More Careful With Your Password
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Google put out its monthly list of algorithm changes today. There were 50 changes in all, though technically not every single one of them is related to the Google algorithm. There was an interesting changes listed related to users’ passwords. …

NASA HUD Glasses Help Pilots See Through Foggy Skies NASA HUD Glasses Help Pilots See Through Foggy Skies

While Google’s anticipated HUD glasses may appeal to more pedestrian tastes, NASA has developed a similar type of head-gear with the nobler ambitions of safely steering pilots through difficult flying conditions. Essentially, the heads-up display for NASA’s glasses will overlay …

Volvo Introduces New Airbag Volvo Introduces New Airbag
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Swedish automaker Volvo has introduced the world’s first external airbag for pedestrians. Volvo, long known for it’s excellent safety standards for drivers, has been developing ways to ensure the safety of those outside of a vehicle as well. The company …

FTC Approves Integrity Children’s Privacy Compliance Program Thanks to Aristotle FTC Approves Integrity Children’s Privacy Compliance Program Thanks to Aristotle

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) approved The Integrity Children’s Privacy Compliance Program, designed by Aristotle International, as a “safe harbor” program under the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) on Friday. The COPPA rule grants websites that target viewers ages …

Travel Warnings To Mexico: Don’t Display Electronic Devices! Travel Warnings To Mexico: Don’t Display Electronic Devices!
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The U.S. State Department has updated a warning to Americans who wish to travel to Mexico. Travel.State.Gov makes several safety recommendations regarding travel to Mexico and personal safety while visiting there: “U.S. travelers should be aware that the Mexican government …

Online Digital Photos Could Endanger Kids Online Digital Photos Could Endanger Kids
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A study published in the International Journal of Electronic Security and Digital Forensics this month suggests that parents and caregivers could be putting children at risk if they upload digital photos that are automatically “geotagged” by their camera. Joanne Kuzma …

Facebook And Twitter Built Into Your Car? Facebook And Twitter Built Into Your Car?
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If you’re already concerned about how much people actually pay attention when they’re driving, you may have even more cause for alarm. More distractions are on the way. Responding to demand from their customers, more and more auto manufacturers are …

New FAA Rules Could Make It Easier On Travelers New FAA Rules Could Make It Easier On Travelers
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President Obama is expected to sign a long-term funding bill for the FAA in the coming weeks. The first since 2007, the bill will cost taxpayers $63 billion and will cover the industry until 2015. Fortunately, the heavy cost may …

Good To Know: Google Advertises Offline To Attract People Online Good To Know: Google Advertises Offline To Attract People Online

If it starts to look like the things you typically see online are starting to spill over into Real Life, you’re not imagining things. For one reason or another, Google has decided to launch an in-print and outdoor ad campaign …

Facebook Safety and Security Tools and Resources Launched Facebook Safety and Security Tools and Resources Launched
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Facebook has introduced a set of new safety and security tools and resources. This starts with a newly redesigned Family Safety Center. At the Family Safety Center, users can find articles related to safety and privacy. It has sections on …

Anti-Domestic Violence Group Joins Facebook Advisory Board

To be clear: there have been no recent headline-making complaints on the subject, and no signs that Facebook’s poised to change anything.  But it looks like Facebook might soon be better-equipped to alter or improve its privacy features, as the National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV) has joined the social network’s Safety Advisory Board.

Facebook Panic Button Reaches 55,000 Downloads
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The UK’s Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP) said today its ClickCEOP application on Facebook has been downloaded 55,000 times since its launch on July 12.

The ClickCEOP app gives Facebook users a link to advice, help and the ability to report a problem to CEOP if they are worried about someone’s behavior toward them online.

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YouTube Safety Mode Goes Beyond Human Review

This week, YouTube launched Safety Mode, an opt-in setting that helps users screen out potentially objectionable videos. We asked YouTube how it works. For example, is there human intervention involved?

"Safety Mode goes above and beyond the flagging system and manual review to use community signals to filter out content that may be objectionable," YouTube tells WebProNews. "YouTube’s filters use proprietary technology and algorithms to identify and filter potentially objectionable content."

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:

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.