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Exposure to educational television has been shown to have positive effects on the social, intellectual, and educational development of children. Is it possible to find truly educational content on broadcast television? Articles below deal with 1) television broadcasters' obligation to provide educational programming for children, 2) efforts to shield children from indecenct programming, 3) advertising aimed at children and 4) children and violence.

White House announces new tech jobs initiative

Location:
The White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC, 20500, United States

The White House will put at least $200 million in grant funding towards bolstering STEM and Computer Science education “particularly among historically underserved groups,” the administration announced.

About 6 in 10 young adults in U.S. primarily use online streaming to watch TV

Location:
Pew Research Center, 1615 L Street, NW, Washington, DC, 20036, United States

The rise of online streaming services such as Netflix and HBO Go has dramatically altered the media habits of Americans, especially young adults.

Parents Television Council Urges Netflix to Toughen Parental Controls

Location:
Parents Television Council, 707 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA, 90017, United States

Spurred in part by the news that T-Mobile will be giving Netflix to its subscribers (and their families) for free, the Parents Television Council is urging Netflix CEO Reed Hastings to employ content protections.

Can Public Schools Close the Digital Divide?

Location:
USA, United States

As students across the country head back to school this week, you might imagine their school leaders consumed by last-minute hiring decisions, meetings with principals and other school leaders, and ongoing management of the district’s finances and facilities. But for Pam Moran, superintendent of Albemarle County Public Schools in Virginia, there’s another topic weighing on her mind: the district’s broadband infrastructure—or the network of equipment and technologies needed to provide high-speed internet service to Albemarle’s classrooms.

Melinda Gates: I spent my career in technology. I wasn’t prepared for its effect on my kids.

Location:
Microsoft Corporation, One Microsoft Way, Redmond, WA, 98052-7329, United States

I spent my career at Microsoft trying to imagine what technology could do, and still I wasn’t prepared for smartphones and social media.

New study dives into public radio habits of millennials

Location:
USA, United States

A new study of millennial public radio listeners suggests that stations should focus on delivering more local and on-demand content to bolster their appeal to the country’s largest generation.

These 42 Disney apps are allegedly spying on your kids

Location:
Walt Disney Co., Burbank, CA, 91521, United States

The Walt Disney Co secretly collects personal information on some of their youngest customers and shares that data illegally with advertisers without parental consent, according to a federal lawsuit filed late last week in California.

Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood and Center for Digital Democracy to FCC: Don't Weaken Kids Rules

Location:
Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood, 89 South St, Boston, MA, 02111, United States

Advocates called Aug 4 on the Federal Communications Commission to reject an effort by major media companies to “eliminate or weaken important rules for children’s television.”

CoSN to Improve Student Success Through New Technology Collaboration

Location:
Consortium for School Networking (CoSN), 1025 Vermont Avenue, Washington, 20005, United States

CoSN (the Consortium for School Networking), the national professional association of school system technology leaders, announced a new collaboration with Team4Tech, a nonprofit based in Redwood City (CA) to create resources for rural school districts in the United States.

We tested apps for children. Half failed to protect their data.

Location:
University of California, Berkeley, Berkeley, CA, 94708, United States

More than 50 percent of Google Play apps targeted at children under 13—we examined more than 5,000 of the most popular (many of which have been downloaded millions of times)—appear to be failing to protect data.

Don’t Make Applying for E-rate Fiber Even Harder

Location:
SHLB Coalition, 1250 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC, 20036, United States

Applying for E-rate funding is not simple, especially for applicants seeking fiber-based services. Applicants must have an in-depth knowledge of dark vs. lit fiber, self-provisioning, and special construction, and that’s just the beginning. The vast majority of schools and libraries have to hire consultants to guide them through the labyrinth of E-rate rules and procedures. So the last thing we should want is to make the E-rate application even more difficult.

Program for rural internet in schools, libraries in jeopardy

Location:
Common Sense Media, 650 Townsend, San Francisco, CA, 94103, United States

The federal E-rate program plays a critical role in allowing Kansas kids to harness the power of technology in schools and libraries.

This trend in teen communication just may make the world a better place

Location:
USA, United States

Social media used to be a place where people could go to post photos of cute animals, link to weird articles, and share mundane status updates with friends and relatives. But as events such as the 2016 US presidential election have shown, social media has tipped into feeling primarily like a breeding ground for messages of hate and a forum for bullying.

School-to-Home report: Understanding Why 24/7 Access to Broadband is Essential to Student Learning

Location:
Consortium for School Networking (CoSN), 1025 Vermont Avenue, Washington, 20005, United States

Students increasingly must gain 21st century technology skills to succeed in life after high school. Despite the technological shift driven by rapid innovations, approximately 5 million US households with school-age children still do not have access to high-speed Internet at home. The paper gives school leaders guidance to improve digital access in their communities.

Supreme Court strikes down sex offender social media ban

Location:
Supreme Court of the United States, One First Street, NE, Washington, DC, United States

The Supreme Court struck down a North Carolina law that bars convicted sex offenders from Facebook, Twitter and other popular sites. The justices ruled unanimously in favor of North Carolina resident Lester Packingham Jr.

Poor Students Face Digital Divide in How Teachers Learn to Use Tech

Location:
USA, United States

Over the past decade, the "digital divide" in America's public schools has shifted. Classrooms in nearly every corner of the country have been flooded with devices and software. High-speed internet connectivity has expanded dramatically. Undoubtedly, there are still big disparities in the technologies available to the haves and the have-nots. But in places like Pittsburgh's southwestern suburbs, where some local school districts are engaged in a kind of ed-tech arms race, just offering kids the latest-model laptop isn't enough.

In a Fake Fact Era, Schools Teach the ABCs of News Literacy

Location:
News Literacy Project, Washington, DC, United States

"Fake news is nothing new, and its impact on the national conversation is nothing new, but public awareness is very high right now,” says Peter Adams, who leads educational initiatives for News Literacy Project.

FCC Kidvid Rule: What is Your Function?

Location:
Washington, DC, United States

After 20 years, it's time to reconsider the Federal Communications Commission guideline effectively requiring TV stations to air three hours of educational and informational children programming each week.

Kids can handle the truth

Location:
New York Times, 620 Eighth Avenue, New York, NY, 10018, United States
Recommendation:
1

On May 13, The New York Times ran a special kid-focused news section that included a full page of “truths” about children. What a shame that the editors didn’t believe in their own statement.

Corporation for Public Broadcasting Statement on the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2017

Location:
Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), 401 Ninth Street, NW, Washington, 20004-2129, United States
Recommendation:
3

The US Congress passed the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2017, which provides $445 million for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting's (CPB) FY 2019 advance appropriation, $50 million for upgrading and replacing the public broadcasting interconnection system and $25.741 million for the Department of Education’s Ready To Learn program.

How Do Teens With Limited Internet Apply to College?

Location:
USA, United States
Recommendation:
3

But between getting into college and figuring out how to pay for it, a strictly online application process can become an additional challenge for teens who have limited financial means and minimal access to the internet.

Spying on Students: School-Issued Devices and Student Privacy

Location:
Electronic Frontier Foundation, 454 Shotwell Street, San Francisco, CA, 94110-1914, United States
Recommendation:
2

Technology providers are spying on students—and school districts, which often provide inadequate privacy policies or no privacy policy at all, are unwittingly helping them do it.

2017 IT Leadership Survey

Location:
Consortium for School Networking (CoSN), 1025 Vermont Avenue, Washington, 20005, United States
Recommendation:
3

The shift to mobile learning, student data privacy and budget constraints are top of mind for school district technology leaders. These are among the key findings CoSN revealed today from its 2017 IT Leadership Survey.

California lawmakers want to mandate internet for kids in juvenile detention

Location:
California State Legislature, 1315 10th St, Sacramento, CA, 95814, United States
Recommendation:
3

Internet access brings all sorts of benefits: Education, jobs, and connection to friends and family. But youth in the criminal justice and foster care systems often don't have access to it. That's why some lawmakers in California want to make it their right.

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The FCC Should Preserve Broadband Access for All Schools

Former Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler discusses the E-rate program, and poses four questions for the current FCC to consider as it works to preserve broadband access for all schools. This article originally appeared on the blog of the Aspen Institute, where Wheeler serves as a senior fellow in the Aspen Institute Communications and Society Program.

The FCC Should Preserve Broadband Access for All Schools

Location:
Aspen Institute Communications and Society Program, One Dupont Circle, NW, Washington, DC, 20036-1133, United States
Recommendation:
3

Until we see otherwise, we should take the Trump Federal Communications Commission at its word that it’s serious about improving the E-Rate program rather than cutting the number three federal aid to education program (like the Trump budget proposes for number one and number two). But those who propose changes must do what any 10th grader would do: their math homework. So, for this homework assignment, let’s ask four questions.

Education’s Top Chief Technology Officers Look Ahead

Location:
Consortium for School Networking (CoSN), 1025 Vermont Avenue, Washington, 20005, United States
Recommendation:
3

Amidst a sea of suits, Melissa Dodd, Chief Technology Officer of San Francisco Unified School District, became the second woman named as the top CTO of the year by the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN). Most provocative was Tom Wheeler, former chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, who CoSN lauded for his public service.

Stanley McChrystal: Save PBS. It Makes Us Safer.

Location:
McChrystal Group, 333 N Fairfax St, Alexandria , VA, 22314, United States
Recommendation:
3

like to say that leadership is a choice. As our leaders in Washington confront tough decisions about our budget priorities, I urge them to continue federal funding for public broadcasting. Public broadcasting makes our nation smarter, stronger and, yes, safer. It’s a small public investment that pays huge dividends for Americans. And it shouldn’t be pitted against spending more on improving our military. That’s a false choice.

FTC, Amazon to Withdraw Appeals, Paving Way for Consumer Refunds Related to Children’s Unauthorized In-App Charges

Location:
Federal Trade Commission (FTC), 600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC, 20580, United States
Recommendation:
3

The Federal Trade Commission and Amazon have agreed to end appeals related to 2016’s court findings that the company billed consumers for unauthorized in-app charges incurred by children, paving the way for affected consumers to seek refunds from the online retailer shortly.

Records show deep ties between FBI and Best Buy computer technicians looking for inappropriate content

Location:
Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), 935 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW J. Edgar Hoover Building, Washington, DC, 20535-0001, United States
Recommendation:
3

Technicians for Best Buy’s “Geek Squad City” computer repair facility had a long, close relationship with the FBI in “a joint venture to ferret out child porn,” according to claims in new federal court documents, which also note that Best Buy’s management “was aware that its supervisory personnel were being paid by the FBI” and that its technicians were developing a program to find child pornography with the FBI’s guidance.

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