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Promoting Pornography-free Schools: The Role of the US Dept. of Education

Our children’s health and well-being affects not only them as individuals, but greatly determines the overall health and well-being of our families, our communities, our country. Among the greatest threats our youth are currently facing is exposure to harmful pornography and sexually graphic material which can greatly affect their short and long-term mental, physical, and…

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Corporations in the Classroom: What are Google and EBSCO teaching our kids?

Corporations and brands shape culture, and unfortunately their influence has permeated into our education system. Due to the steadily growing reliance on technology in schools—exponentially increased during the pandemic—already powerful companies are influencing and even determining the content our kids are consuming, shaping their young minds. Two corporate giants that dominate EdTech include Google and…

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Student Online S-A-F-E-T-Y: Is your school making the grade?

Covid has laid bare many social truths—not least how truly essential our teachers and our schools are to the health and wellbeing of our children, our families, our communities. Parents and guardians across the nation developed a deeper appreciation for the many challenges our teachers face as they were thrust into the role of teacher…

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The ABCs of Safe Online Home Learning 

We get it. We’re parents too and this is not the school year beginning any of us envisioned for our children. Parents and guardians would much rather be rummaging ransacked shopping aisles for that last available three-ring binder than negotiating complex schooling decisions affecting our kids against this ever-shifting landscape. One thing is certain amidst…

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Banner from the National Center on Sexual Exploitation's Dirty Dozen List page for the American Library Association

The American Library Association and Its Longstanding Pornography Problem, Explained

When most of us think about our local library, we picture a safe place for students to research, senior citizens to read, and children to listen to stories read aloud by one of the librarians. It is a pleasant picture. But, as many individuals and families enjoy the benefits of their local libraries, the American…

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What NCOSE Is Doing About Internet Safety Month 2020

*This blog is the first in a series for Internet Safety Month. The first part covers current actions NCOSE supports in order to fight for internet safety. The second installment covers progress that still needs to be made on this front.* As designated by the U.S Senate, June is National Internet Safety Month in the…

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STATEMENT – Google Fails to Protect Kids on School Sanctioned Chromebooks

National Center on Sexual Exploitation Calls on Google to Create Safer Products for Kids Amid COVID-19 and Internet Safety Month Washington, DC (June 10, 2020) – In recognition of Internet Safety Month, the National Center on Sexual Exploitation (NCOSE) is calling on Google to make necessary fixes to Chromebook laptops to prevent children from easily…

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Young woman on a Zoom video call with a censored "Zoombombing"

How to Secure Zoom Calls and Protect from Exploitative “Zoombombing”

As more groups and individuals turn to Zoom for video conferencing during the COVID-19 pandemic, a problematic trend called “Zoombombing” is on the rise. Unfortunately for the many thousands (likely millions) of people who are using Zoom video conferencing for the first time for work, school, and socializing, Zoom isn’t as secure as it should…

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Children using a tablet together

5 Things You Can Do to Ensure Your Children are Safe Online During Quarantine

COVID-19. SARS-CoV-2. Call it what you want, but the novel coronavirus is all anyone is talking about anymore. The COVID-19 health pandemic has closed schools, cancelled most activities, and isolated a large swath of the population at home all at once. In the midst of the social distancing, self-isolation, quarantines, and lockdowns, we’re all feeling…

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7th Grade Girl Exposed to Porn on School Device

Excerpt from ky3 Some Springfield parents are concerned about inappropriate material that’s accessible on their children’s school-issued Chromebooks. They contacted KY3 News about those concerns, specifically that pornography being viewed by young children in an ad at the bottom of a web page. “I started teaching in public schools over 20 years ago, and for…

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