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  • Blog Post: Interesting Links 7 June 2010

    I tried to take most of last week off. Well I guess I actually did officially take most of the week off but somehow I spent more time than I should have on email and Twitter. Perhaps I have a problem. :-) But I didn’t really blog and I avoided most real work. I even made it to the beach for a while...
  • Blog Post: Interesting Links 10 May 2010

    You have to love the Internet and especially twitter. You can hear about things that you’d never hear about from the main stream media. For example, from Andrew Parsons (@ MrAndyPuppy ) I learned that there is an official Geek/Nerd Pride Day - May 25: Geek/Nerd day Information and Geek/Nerd Day Facebook...
  • Blog Post: Interesting Links 3 May 2010

    Last week was a struggle for me both blogging and otherwise. A lot of stuff going on at work and at home. Plus of course I spent a lot of my blogging energy on the Imagine Cup . I loved being at and blogging about the Imagine Cup though so it was worth it for me. I really hope a lot more top notch high...
  • Blog Post: Interesting Links December 21 2009

    This will probably be my last interesting links post for the year. I’m taking some vacation time and hope to take a break even from the Internet. Hopefully you all will  be getting some rest and recharge time as you prepare for the new year as well. I’ve got a few posts up and in the queue so if...
  • Blog Post: Bing, Explicit Content and Safe Searching For Schools

    One of the scary things about the Internet for schools and for parents is that explicit content is very easy to find – even by accident. Most web browsers have “safe search” settings but young people are savvy and it is not unheard of for them to change their settings. Content that comes indirectly,...
  • Blog Post: Internet Safety for the Whole Family

    I gave a presentation to parents at a local middle school last night about Internet safety. One of the things I left them with was a collection of useful links and online references for parents, teachers, and students. This seemed like a pretty useful list when I was done with it so I decided to post...
  • Blog Post: Students Need Internet-Safety Education

    According to this article ( Sending racy photos is common among teens ) in eSchool News, some 22% of teenage girls and 11% of girls 13-16 send nude or semi-nude pictures of themselves to others. Some 18% of boys are sending similar pictures of themselves as well. One third of teen boys and one quarter...
  • Blog Post: Teachers, Trust, Teaching and Filters

    So long time readers know that I am not a fan of filtering of the Internet in schools. My wife is a librarian who enthusiastically marks Banned Books Week every year for the chance to discuss censorship with her students so its a family thing I guess. We’ve both long embraced using student visits to...
  • Blog Post: Boston Public Schools Cyber Safety Program

    The Boston Public schools have a very nice cyber safety program with a home on the Internet. This site has resources for teachers, students and families. These resources include posters and presentations that can be downloaded and used. While they are clearly branded for the Boston Public Schools (BPS...
  • Blog Post: Advertising Free Wiki Space at WetPaint

    One of the problems with many "free" Internet services is that they are supported by advertising. Generally that is a pretty minor issue and for most applications where "free" as in no out of pocket costs is a requirement its a non-issue. In schools though this can be a huge issue. In fact it can be...
  • Blog Post: Top Posts From October

    Well October was an interesting month. In some cases I was pretty good at predicting which posts would get the most interest and in others I was pretty far off. I did think that the free download book on creating websites that sell would be popular but I had no idea how popular. ( My write up here...
  • Blog Post: Cyberbullying - Let's All Fight It

    I came across a moving video on cyberbullying last week. It is remarkably well done and tells the story that cyberbullying is bullying and that it really hurts people. The video can be found here . There you will also find a teacher's guide to help use the video in the classroom. Along with the main...
  • Blog Post: Phun with Phishing

    OK maybe phun (or even fun) isn't quite the word but some people at Carnegie Mellon University Usable Privacy and Security Laboratory have come up with an educational game to teach young people about phishing attacks called Anti-Phishing Phil . It's a cute little game where a fish tries to avoid getting...
  • Blog Post: Department of Learning Prevention

    Earlier I reported on a teacher who was seeing some interesting and positive results by letting students use tools (computer software tools) that are often blocked or banned in schools. Today we learn the other side of this coin. Ben Chun reports in his blog how his attempt to demonstrate how DNS...
  • Blog Post: FREE School Security Resource Kit

    While supplies last elementary and secondary schools can order a free security resource kit from Microsoft. The kit includes " a CD packed with informational resources, including fat sheets, flyers, and video resources - a multimedia collection of material you can share with students, teachers, and parents...
  • Blog Post: Kids Are Smarter Than You Think They Are

    I gave a couple of talks on Internet safety last week. I spoke to a group of middle school students and a group of third and fourth graders at a summer technology camp. As always I learned a lot from teaching kids. I asked the younger kids for examples of good passwords and was astounded at how great...
  • Blog Post: ClubTech - Technology Programs from the Boys and Girls Clubs

    Last week I met with someone from the national headquarters of the Boys and Girls Clubs of America to learn about their ClubTech programs. These programs are designed to teach young people technical skills and to integrate technology into the core program areas of participating Boys and Girls Clubs....
  • Blog Post: Parent's Guide to Windows Vista

    Most new PCs these days are coming with Windows Vista on them. If you are a parent, especially if your children are younger, this can be quite a boon to you as there are many new security features in Vista that can be helpful to parents. Blake Handler has done a very nice job of setting out step by step...
  • Blog Post: Hacker High School - Security Awareness for Students

    A link to the Hacker High School web site went to the AP CS list the other day. It is an interesting site with lessons and exercises about computer and network security. It appears to be designed to be used in either a classroom or a computer club or other after school program. Some students today...
  • Blog Post: How to break into and destroy someone's database!

    OK did that title get your attention? I suspect that if one started a classroom discussion with "How would you like to break someone's online database?" one would get the full attention of every student in the room. Well the fact is that doing this is far more simple than many people would imagine. ...
  • Blog Post: National Cyber Security Awareness Month

    This month is National Cyber Security Awareness Month. A joint program between Microsoft and the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) National Cyber Security Awareness Month is a campaign to help increase Internet security. This month there will be conferences and workshops in cities across the United...
  • Blog Post: Internet Safety Videos

    The netsmartz.org web site is a joint effort of the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children and the Boys and Girls Clubs of America. They have a number of excellent videos on cyberbullying and the risks of strangers children can meet online. Most of the videos also have activity cards (often...
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