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When ‘fake news’ becomes real: What next with ‘Blue Whale’?

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The term “fake news” has largely (and rightfully) been discredited because, at best, it’s simplistic and, at worst, used to dismiss or discredit legitimate news providers. But there is such a thing as real fake news: misinformation and disinformation that goes viral in this digital age and then leads to real tragedy. So the “Blue Whale” […]


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6 takeaways from 20 years of Net safety: Part 2

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Now that I’ve just passed the 20-year of writing about youth and digital media, I thought I’d share with you my top takeaways as a participant observer in the Internet safety space. Here‘s Part 1. Now the three chunks of Part 2: 4. It’s individual, situational and contextual. Internet safety works best from the inside […]


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6 takeaways from 20 years of Net safety: Part 1

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I usually write about other people’s work – especially that of the researchers I’ve followed through the years. But now that I’ve just passed the 20-year mark in writing about youth and digital media (yikes!), I thought I’d share with you my own top takeaways as a participant observer of Internet safety’s early years. Here’s […]


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Student voice for meaning, self-actualization, safety (ISTE 2017)

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“Our kids can be experts in the world,” said visionary educator Chris Lehmann (@chrislehmann), meaning right now, as students, in school, in digital spaces, in life. Then he asked, “How can we help them be that?” He was speaking last week at ISTE, the world’s largest ed tech conference. I went to ISTE to see […]


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Game-changing insights on bullying from a top US researcher

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This is Part 1 of my 2017 update on bullying and cyberbullying in the U.S. Part 2 will be insights from students themselves. If we want schools to be safe for all kids, we cannot ignore the direct connections between bullying, sexual harassment and homophobic name-calling in middle school. That’s according to groundbreaking research presented […]


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The Limits of Community and the Future of Going Gradeless

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To what extent is grading an unexamined process that is part of a system that’s less about learning and more about sorting, stigmatizing, and sickening our children in pursuit of a perfection that is neither attainable nor healthy? Source: The Limits of Community and the Future of Going Gradeless