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Harvard Rescinds Admission To Students After Explicit Posts on Facebook

This generation going off to college next fall may be “digital natives,” but some of them certainly have a lot to learn yet about digital etiquette, safety, and privacy.  Harvard College canceled admission offers to at least ten prospective students of the Class of 2021 because of racist and sexually explicit memes they posted in a private Facebook chat, according to the a recent report. The individuals were informed in April that their admissions offers to the prestigious Ivy League institution were under review, then later rescinded, because they had posted memes mocking the Holocaust, sexual assault and child abuse, among other topics, in a private Facebook messaging group that was formed late last year, according to The Harvard Crimson. This incident certainly should be part of all parents’ discussion about how nothing you post is really private online and anything you post, no matter how exclusive the group, can come back to haunt you.

Watch Out for Spectacles

The company formerly known as Snapchat surprised the world recently by unveiling Spectacles, its first hardware product. The sunglasses, which record videos in 30-second increments, are expected to be available for sale sometime soon. Snap Inc., as the company is now called, says it will be producing the glasses in small quantities. Spectacles are wirelessly connected and record video snippets that get saved to a Snapchat Memories account. The camera, which looks like a circular logo on the front of the sunglass lens, has a 115-degree viewing radius meant to more accurately reflect how humans see. The glasses will cost $130, come in one size, and be available in three colors: black, teal, and coral. Images are transferred to a smartphone via WiFi. While the device is likely to intrigue children and other Snapchat users, it also brings some privacy concerns, as filming someone secretly– for good or bad – will just get that much easier.

Finstagrams Take a Bow

More than half of the 92 percent of teenagers ages 13 to 17 who go online daily use Instagram

Don’t Take Anything at Face Value - Misinformation

For a long time many watchers of the digital landscape have quietly been saying that the biggest cybersecurity risk is not identity theft, but misinformation.

Take Five: Posting on Social Media

Educators have stirred debate about the use of social media, both locally and elsewhere, sometimes garnering national attention for their online posts.

Helping Your Kids Build a Positive Identity Online

Every time any of us search, purchase or post something online it becomes a piece of data that forms our online identity.

Facebook Revamps Its Takedown Guidelines

Facebook has added sections to its Community Standards page designed to help people better understand what is acceptable to