Research + News | Topic: Online Safety

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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Online Risks Are Everyday Events For Teens – But They Rarely Tell Their Parents

“According to one study, teens and young adults ages 16 to 24 spend almost 200 minutes a day (3 hours, 20 minutes) online on a mobile device. With that much time spent online, they’re bound to frequently encounter risks or unpleasant experiences, whether intentionally or not. But the more parents freak out about these incidents, the less likely their teens are to tell them about it next time.”

Read the rest of the article from Forbes here.

Teens Often Ignore Online Risks

New research finds that adolescents are more likely than adults to take online risks, regardless of the gamble involved. Read the article here.

New Study Finds 15 Percent of 6th Graders Commit Cyber Abuse

According to a new study, 15 percent of sixth-grade students report they have perpetrated at least one form of abuse toward a dating partner through technology. Read the article here.

Bullying In The Age Of Tech-Savvy Children

Threats and harassment come to children via text message, social media and online exploitation. Read the article here.

No You’re Not Paranoid For Covering Your Webcam, Says FBI Director Comey

Speaking at a conference this week, FBI Director James Comey offered up a little security tip: cover your webcam. Read the article here.

Students From 70 Australian Schools Targeted By Sick Pornography Ring

More than 70 Australian schools are targets for a perverse pornography ring of teen boys and young men secretly swapping and exchanging graphic sexual images of female students and other nonconsenting women. Read the article here.

Tinder Is Banning (Most of) The Teens Next Week

The dating app Tinder will ban all users under 18 starting next week. That’s a big change from its earlier policy, which allowed anyone over 13 to use the app — albeit only with other users who were also under 18. Read the article here.

6 Reasons Why Parents Should Care About Kids and Online Privacy

Neglecting to protect your kid’s privacy can have serious consequences, says Common Sense Media. Read the blog post here.