Research + News | Topic: Online Safety

The Worst Things Your Kid Can Learn On The Internet

Being aware that kids can discover some iffy stuff online – and discussing what to do with the information – are the best ways to keep kids safe. Read this blog post from Common Sense Media here.

Teen Girls Suffer From Digital Dating Abuse

Researchers at the University of Michigan and University of California-Santa Barbara have found teens experience digital dating abuse at similar rates, but girls reported that they were more upset by these behaviors and reported more negative emotional responses.

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Police Caution Parents About Location Feature On Snapchat That Could Put Your Kids In Danger

A new feature on Snapchat called “Snap Map” pinpoints a user’s locations whenever and wherever the app is being used. Read the article here.

Children Still At Risk From Inappropriate Online Content

Children are still finding it too easy to access potentially harmful content online, despite increased concerns and demands for improvement, a new study has warned. Read the article here.

Facebook Deals With Massive Revenge Porn, Sextortion Allegations

Every month Facebook considers nearly 54,000 cases of suspected revenge porn or sexual extortion on its platform says a new story from the Guardian.com. Read the article here.

The Dangers of Talking Teddy Bears and Toasters

With the rise of connected devices such as TVs and toy dolls, Common Sense Kids would like ensure that “smart” devices meet basic security and privacy requirements. Read the article here.

Parental Advisory: Platforms Let Parents Monitor Their Children’s Activities

Modern technology presents new challenges for parents, who grapple over how much screen time they should allow their children and the impact of the digital world on their lives. Read the article here.

Facebook Accused of Targeting ‘Insecure’ Children And Young People, Report Says

Data accessible to marketers revealed when students said they felt “worthless” or “insecure” and were therefore well-positioned to receive an advertiser’s message. Read the article here.

Pre-Teens In Netherlands Increasingly Exposed To Sex, Graphic Images Online

Two thirds of Dutch 9 to 12 year olds are regularly confronted with graphic, sexual images online, according to research by Rutgers knowledge institute and broadcaster NOS.

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Google Accounts For Kids: 5 Things To Know About Family Link

Google just lifted the ban on accounts for kids 12 and younger. And with it, a new tool called Family Link is available, which lets parents monitor and control the way their kids use their Android phones and tablets.

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