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Momo. Again.

Net Family News - March 02, 2019 4097

I hardly need to weigh in because I already did – in depth, last summer, at the peak of the last Momo wave. But I will only to highlight the best thinking I’ve seen this go round and add 4 points – lessons from this – to consider when the next wave hits (because this […]


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Safer Internet Day 2019: Risk vs harm, online & offline

Net Family News - February 05, 2019 2733

What better way to mark Safer Internet Day than with clarity on the difference between risk and harm. Because, where online safety’s concerned, the two words have been used interchangeably – inaccurately – for years. It was EU Kids Online, after surveys of more than 25,000 9-16 year-olds across Europe, that first made the distinction, […]


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Facebook’s ‘Oversight Board’ & Internet safety’s next big step

Net Family News - January 30, 2019 2397

This could almost be a sidebar to what I wrote earlier this month about the new middle layer of user care that’s organically developing for the new conditions of today’s media environment – a layer of care that’s independent of government and corporations and lies between “the cloud” and long-established care on the ground. But […]


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Wellbeing, digital or analog: A paper, a podcast

Net Family News - January 17, 2019 1667

Confused about all that you’re hearing about the impacts of digital media and tech on young people? A just-published paper should clear that confusion up, reports Scientific American. Drawing from data on more than 350,000 teens, the paper, “show[s] persuasively that…technology use has a nearly negligible effect on adolescent psychological well-being.” Its authors, Oxford University […]


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Digital safety 2019: The new ‘middle layer’ of user care (Part 2)

Net Family News - January 07, 2019 1125

Part 1 of this series was 2018 highlights. Now it’s time to shine light on some interesting ideas and developments that people have surfaced for a better Internet in 2019 and beyond. We’ll look at a new middle layer of user care that’s being discussed by some – and gradually being built out, little by […]


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Digital safety, wellbeing: 2018 highlights (Part 1)

Net Family News - December 27, 2018 521

This may not be the Internet safety look-back on 2018 you’d expect, what with all the news about data breaches, “fake news,” “tech addiction,” algorithmic bias, election manipulation, hate speech, etc., etc. Not a pretty picture. But it’s also not the whole picture. By definition, the news reports airline crashes, not safe landings. But even […]


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