Larry Magid is a technology journalist and an Internet safety advocate.
Larry serves as on-air technology analyst for CBS News, is co-director of ConnectSafely.org and founder of SafeKids.com. He also writes columns that appear on CNET News, Huffington Post, Forbes.com and the San Jose Mercury News.
His technology reports can be heard daily on CBS News and CBS affiliates throughout the U.S. and he has a daily tech segment on KCBS radio in San Francisco. He’s a regular contributor to BBC World Service and an occasional guest on National Public Radio’s Talk of the Nation. He is often called upon for commentary by CBS television news, CNN and Fox News, BBC, and Al Jazeera and has appeared on the CBS Evening News, ABC World News Tonight, Good Morning America, the Today Show and CBS This Morning. He has also been a frequent contributor to the New York Times and was, for 18 years, a syndicated columnist for the Los Angeles Times.
Larry is co-author of A Parents Guide to Facebook as well as MySpace Unraveled: A parents guide to teen social networking, (with Anne Collier.) He also wrote The Little PC Book, a critically acclaimed best seller. Other books include Cruising Online: Larry Magid’s Guide to the New Digital Highways, The Fully Powered PC and Electronic Link.
He’s written for Fortune, Family Circle, PC World, Information Week, ComputerWorld and numerous other publications.
Internet Safety work
In 1993, in an effort to save Polly Klass, Magid was the first person to post an image of a missing child online, which led to his work with the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children where he now serves on its board of directors.
In addition to being co-director of ConnectSafely.org, Magid founded and operates two popular Internet safety sites: SafeKids.com and SafeTeens.com.
He has written several Internet safety guides including, Child Safety on the Information Highway and Teen Safety on the Information Highway for the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children.
He served on the Obama administration’s Online Safety & Technology Working Group where he chaired the education sub-committee and wrote the education section of the report to Congress.
He is on the advisory boards of the Internet Education Foundation and Family Online Safety Institute and served on the Internet Safety Technical Task Force, formed by 49 state attorneys general and Fox Interactive/MySpace and based at Harvard University’s Berkman Center for Internet & Society. He is also an advisor to PBS Kids the Hub TV Network (successor to Discovery Kids) and serves on Facebook’s Safety Advisory Board.
Larry has a doctorate of education from the University of Massachusetts and a bachelor’s degree from the University of California at Berkeley. He has taught at the University of Massachusetts and Boston University. He resides in Palo Alto, California where he helped raise two digital natives. His personal website is www.larrysworld.com