Online Safety

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Privacy & Security What Educators Should Know About Digital Self-Harm During Hybrid and Remote Learning
Some research suggests the phenomenon known as "digital self-harm" is on the rise and schools need to address it more directly.
Mark Lieberman, February 16, 2021
6 min read
Classroom Technology Complaints Over Offensive Content Lead Schools to Drop Online Learning Provider
Acellus Learning Accelerator, used by 6,000 schools nationwide, is under fire for lessons that parents and educators have decried as racist, sexist, and age-inappropriate.
Benjamin Herold, August 31, 2020
7 min read
Classroom Technology With Students' Media Illiteracy In Mind, State Legislatures Taking Action
Legislative proposals seek to promote students' online savvy through the creation of new curricular materials, increasing access to media specialists, and other means.
Jake Maher, February 12, 2020
3 min read
School & District Management Fake News Is Everywhere. But Students Can Be Taught to Spot It, New Study Finds
Researchers at the Reboot Foundation found that interventions as simple as reading a short article or watching a three-and-a-half-minute long educational video can make an immediate difference in students' abilities to pick out fake news.
Jake Maher, January 29, 2020
3 min read
Privacy & Security Apple Dumps Vaping-Related Apps Amid Public Health Crisis
Apple removed 181 vaping-related apps from its App Store in an effort to limit teens' exposure to content that could lead to harm or illness.
Mark Lieberman, November 15, 2019
1 min read
Privacy & Security Instagram's Removal of 'Like' Counts Meant to Combat Anxiety, Depression
Instagram will begin hiding "like" counts on photos for some U.S. users, pleasing some child advocates while raising red flags for Instagram-friendly teachers.
Mark Lieberman, November 11, 2019
2 min read
School Climate & Safety Meet the Students Who Might Hack Your Schools
New research suggests that many young hackers tend to have the same qualities as other students who engage in more traditional troubled behavior.
Alyson Klein, October 8, 2019
6 min read
Privacy & Security States Have Tried to Ban Cellphones in Schools. It Hasn't Gone Well.
Four U.S. states tried to restrict cellphone use in schools last year, but met with little success.
Alyson Klein, September 10, 2019
2 min read
States Texas Law Requires Districts to Plan for Cyberattacks. Will Other States Follow?
The law is one of the few state state-level policies taking responsibility for the growing online threat.
Maggie Campbell, August 22, 2019
3 min read
Classroom Technology Districts Often Out of Touch with Teachers' Biggest Tech Needs, Survey Finds
A recent report from Common Sense Media reveals that teachers don't feel they have the right tech for their classrooms.
David Feller, April 26, 2019
3 min read
States Staff Email Addresses Removed From District Websites to Improve Cybersecurity
Some district technology leaders say having staff email addresses publicly available opens the door for phishing scams and potential hacks.
Lauraine Genota, December 5, 2018
3 min read
Privacy & Security Majority of District Leaders Concerned About Cyber Threats, Project Tomorrow Report Finds
According to a new Project Tomorrow/iboss report, 71 percent of district administrators are concerned about the security of their networks.
Lauraine Genota, November 28, 2018
3 min read
Equity & Diversity Cyberattacks During FCC's 'Net Neutrality' Fight? Didn't Happen, Agency Now Says
During its contentious debate over net neutrality, the FCC said its public comment system was slowed by cyberattacks. Now the agency says those claims were unfounded.
Sean Cavanagh, August 7, 2018
4 min read
Curriculum Common Sense Media Overhauls Popular Digital Citizenship Curriculum
From fake news to digital self-harm, a host of new online challenges has prompted the nonprofit group to update its widely used K-12 digital citizenship resources.
Benjamin Herold, June 25, 2018
7 min read