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9 Most Dangerous Apps for Kids, Parenting Kids, Christian Parents. In 2013, a twelve-year-old girl was lured away from her home by a 21 year-old-man.

9 Most Dangerous Apps for Kids, Parenting Kids, Christian Parents

Once they met, he took her to a motel and took advantage of her. How did this little girl meet this terrible stranger? Through an app called Whisper on her handheld device (yep, the one her parents bought her). And Whisper is only one of many dangerous apps, apps that every parent should be aware of. The Scary Truth. The First Company To Build Your Identity Into Your Phone Wins The Next Decade.

Editor’s note: Rebekah Cox is a product designer at Quora and previously a product design lead at Facebook.

The First Company To Build Your Identity Into Your Phone Wins The Next Decade

This post is a followup to a recent tweet, and first appeared on Quora. It’s important to understand what identity isn’t: Identity is not a password, it’s not root access, it’s not your calendar, it’s not your email, it’s not a technical achievement, it’s not your location, it’s not a user account in a system, it’s not your contacts and it’s not a feature. So, what is identity? I think in its most basic form, your identity is the product of how you manage your attention and others’ access to that attention. Those areas where your attention is focused assemble to form a set of experiences that shape and influence where you’ll direct future attention. Then there’s the phone. Email works so well because it is another opportunity for access and people have formed a collective habit of actively directing attention toward their inboxes at regular intervals. [Image via] The 'Busy' Trap. Teenage Sexting Is Becoming The Norm.

“Under most existing laws, if our findings were extrapolated nationally, several million teens could be prosecuted for child pornography,” explains a new study on teen sexting, which finds that a whopping 28% of teenagers text fully-nude pictures of themselves.

Teenage Sexting Is Becoming The Norm

We took a deep dive into the much reported Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine article, and found some weird insights into a 21st century trend that is quickly becoming the norm among teenagers. 1. White kids love sexting. More than any other demographic (Hispanic, African American, and Asian), white students reported sexting in the highest percentage (35%), nearly double that of Asians (19).

African Americans were a somewhat distant second at 27%, followed by Hispanics (21%), and Asians. 2. 3. 4. 5. As sexting moves closer to becoming the norm, it begs the question of whether sexting will be seen as deviant to the next generation, just as out-of-wedlock sexual relations became the norm for previous generations. Thousands of Twitter passwords exposed. Twitter is investigating the release of what appear to be thousands of user account passwords and e-mail addresses.

Thousands of Twitter passwords exposed

"We are currently looking into the situation. In the meantime, we have pushed out password resets to accounts that may have been affected," Twitter spokesman Robert Weeks told CNET in an e-mail. Twitter Downplays Breach That Exposed Passwords - Security - Attacks/breaches. Nearly 60,000 Twitter usernames and passwords released via Pastebin, but social networking service says half are for blocked spam accounts or duplicates.

Twitter Downplays Breach That Exposed Passwords - Security - Attacks/breaches

Tens of thousands of Twitter users' email addresses and passwords have been dumped online. The leaked information, comprising 58,978 username and password combinations, appeared Monday on Pastebin. While Twitter said that it's investigating the breach, it’s also downplayed the supposed size and severity of the data dump. "We are currently looking into the situation," said spokeswoman Rachel Bremer via email. NETS for Coaches. What If School Was More Like Twitter. April 17, 2012 by tomwhitby Every educator knows what their school is like, but few really understand what Twitter is like.

What If School Was More Like Twitter

The Twitter experience, like school, is different for everyone. One’s contribution to the effort in either of these endeavors has a great deal to do with producing the outcomes. Simply put, the more you put in, the more you get out. That at least is the theory. I am fortunate to have a very large base of educators that I follow on Twitter and an even larger number of educators follow me. A bulk of the information exchange available on Twitter for instance comes in the form of links, or URL’s, which are internet addresses to pages of information. Another thing that Twitter offers us is the ability to respond to ideas and have a general discussion about those responses. Reflection is very big on Twitter. Twitter offers a great deal of variety in opinion. A big, big Twitter plus is the access educators have to education experts. Teaching kids to be ‘digital citizens’ (not just ‘digital natives’) - The Answer Sheet. This was written by John Merrow, veteran education reporter for PBS, NPR, and dozens of national publications.

Teaching kids to be ‘digital citizens’ (not just ‘digital natives’) - The Answer Sheet

He is the president of the nonprofit media production company Learning Matters. Hacked DC School Board E-Voting Elects Bender President. Kids' Cognition Is Changing—Education Will Have to Change With It - Megan Garber - Technology. This morning, Elon University and the Pew Internet and American Life Project released a report about the cognitive future of the millennial generation.

Kids' Cognition Is Changing—Education Will Have to Change With It - Megan Garber - Technology

Based on surveys with more than 1,000 thought leaders -- among them danah boyd, Clay Shirky, David Weinberger, and Alexandra Samuel -- the survey asked thinkers to consider how the Internet and its environment are changing, for better or worse, kids' cognitive capabilities. The survey found, overall, what many others already have: that neuroplasticity is, indeed, a thing; that multitasking is, indeed, the new norm; that hyperconnectivity may be leading to a lack of patience and concentration; and that an "always on" ethos may be encouraging a culture of expectation and instant gratification.

It also offers its experts' predictions about what the most-desired life skills (for young people, but ostensibly for everyone else, too) will be in the year 2020. How Target Figured Out A Teen Girl Was Pregnant Before Her Father Did. Apple’s iPad and the Human Costs for Workers in China. Fighting cyber-bullying in the classroom. Oh Shit, I’m A Racist. “I don’t think Mike Arrington is a racist” – Angela Benton It’s never a good day when people you don’t know are having a raging Internet debate about whether or not you’re a racist.

Oh Shit, I’m A Racist

But that’s exactly what’s happening, thanks to CNN. In July CNN reached out to me and AOL to ask if I’d do an on camera interview with Soledad O’Brien. Not A SINGLE WORD about the actual topic of the interview. Here’s their pitch: We are producing, what we think is the first major broadcast news documentary on the Silicon Valley accelerator phenomenon and start-up culture.

I ignored the request as I do most press inquiries. AOL was excited, though, and pestered me to do it. But I was talked into it by AOL. In fact, CNN went to great lengths to hide the truth about the topic of the interview, as you can see from their email above. So I sit down in the chair, with lights on me from everywhere and Soledad in my face and she starts asking me why there aren’t any black entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley. Nope. What If This Is No Accident? What If This Is The Future? The New Luddites are back, and they’re packing heat.

What If This Is No Accident? What If This Is The Future?

The mighty Economist writes of “the disturbing thought” that “America’s current employment woes stem from a precipitous and permanent change caused by not too little technological progress, but too much … A tipping point seems to have been reached, at which AI-based automation threatens to supplant the brain-power of large swathes of middle-income employees.”