Using Public Wi-Fi. How to Protect Yourself.

Welcome to part three of "Be Smart, Secure and Safe. A Guide to Managing Your Online Privacy."...more

Bloggers! Ask Rep. Markey About Kids and Online Privacy

Do you worry about your kids' privacy online? Do you even know what information marketers are gathering about your child and his or her online habits? Representative Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) -- who authored the Children’s Online Privacy Protect Act of 1998 (COPPA) for the House -- is holding a conference call for bloggers with Jim Steyer from Common Sense Media at 1:30PM EST/12:30 PM CT/10:30 AM PT on Thursday, February 2nd (that's this week!) to discuss a new bipartisan bill he's co-sponsoring, H.R. 1895, Do Not Track Kids Online -- and he wants our questions, BlogHers! ...more
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Are You Safely Shopping Online?

Welcome to Part Two of "Be Smart, Secure and Safe. A Guide to Managing Your Online Privacy."I am going to walk you through factors to consider before making an online purchase. Shopping online is increasingly becoming more popular and more convenient....more

How Parents Normalized Teen Password Sharing

In 2005, I started asking teenagers about their password habits. My original set of questions focused on teens' attitudes about giving their password to their parents, but I quickly became enamored with teens' stories of sharing passwords with friends and significant others. So I was ecstatic when Pew Internet & American Life Project decided to survey teens about their password sharing habits. Pew found that one third of online 12-17 year olds share their password with a friend or significant other and that almost half of those 14-17 do. I love when data gets reinforced....more
@dj4am Thanks vr link ! Goeie invalshoek: veel kids die aan ouders hun paswoord (moeten) ...more

Be Smart, Secure and Safe. A Guide to Managing Your Online Privacy.

I am doing an online privacy series called "Be Smart, Secure and Safe. A Guide to Managing Your Online Privacy."...more

Hiding in Plain Sight: Writing a Blog Anonymously

In case you haven't figured it out, Her Royal Fabulousness is not the name on my birth certificate. Confession: I am still living in the blogging closet. Although I desperately want to come out of the shadows, I am still grappling with the idea of blogging publicly, under my real name. As a member of the blogging community (specifically infertility blogging), I see my fellow bloggers split into three camps. There are those who are completely open about their identities, those who blog with real first names but no other identifiable information, and those who use assumed identities, like mine. We all have reasons for choosing our preferred level of privacy, but my decision has left me unsettled. ...more
@The Bearded Iris i started a blog 'asafeplacetoblog' haha! never used it though. i'm ok with ...more

#tickgate In Conclusion

Over the last few days, myself and Mammasaurus have locked ourselves into a dark, windowless room to research #tickgate. Ok, not really, but we have  had a little poke around and we have come across a few interesting things.Firstly, we are both agreed that one of the most important thing to come from this is our desire for it not to happen to anyone else. But it has also thrown up other important issues that we feel need covering. You can read Mamasaurus post here....more

Why Parents Help Children Violate Facebook's 13+ Rule

"At what age should I let my child join Facebook?" This is a question that countless parents have asked my collaborators and me. Often, it's followed by the following: "I know that 13 is the minimum age to join Facebook, but is it really so bad that my 12-year-old is on the site?"...more
I was very nervous about my kids using facebook at first...then I discovered they and their ...more

"Mommy, a Man Videotaped Me!"

It was one of those mellow early-fall afternoons that demand to be embraced and savored. "Mommy! Mommy!" Breaking into my reverie, my daughter came running, almost tripping over the grass in her excitement. "A man just took a videotape of Tori and me!" She grinned and clasped her hands together. "He says we're going to be on TV!"...more
I saw someone photograph my daughter at the occupy Seattle event...I took it as a compliment and ...more

Weighing in: Google's naming policy

I was listening to CBC Spark Episode 155 in which they were discussing Google Plus' anti-pseudonym policy. Personally, I think that we get what we pay for with free social networks and it's all caveat emptor. But I do find this particular policy interesting because of the other potential implications....more