Research + News | Topic: Online Safety

Fathers Warns Parents About Popular App After His 7-Year-Old Daughter Is Asked To Send Suggestive Photos

When Brad Summer’s 7-year-old daughter, Madison, was asked by a stranger to send nude pictures of herself through a popular music app, he knew he had to warn other parents about the dangers of social media. Read the article here.

More Concerns Over “Tinder For Teens” App Yellow

Child advocates and law enforcement have a warning out about new apps that could put your child in harm’s way. Read the article here.

Teens Use Uber Via Parent Accounts, Despite The Ride-Sharing Service’s Ban On Minors

The ride-hailing service is growing in popularity among some teens who with a few taps on their smartphones can get shuttled to wherever they want to go. Read the article here.

How The Blue Whale Challenge Manipulates Teens

The game apparently coaxes vulnerable teens to take a series of 50 challenges ranging from waking at odd hours, to self mutilation to eventually killing themselves all the while sharing their experiences via social media with the administrators. Read the article here.

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.