Research + News | Topic: Online Threats
Oct 26, 2016
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.
Oct 21, 2016
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.
Feb 26, 2016
About 1 In 5 Adolescent Victims Of Sexual Harassment On Social Media Report Abuse To Provider
Among adolescents who encountered sexual harassment on social networking sites (mostly on Facebook), 21.8% reported the incident to the provider, but in nearly half of those cases the provider took no action, according to the results of a study reported in Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking.
Read the full article here.
Feb 22, 2016
Don’t Let Your Teenager Be The Next Kik Victim
Smartphone app popular among younger teens, Kik Messenger is on the defensive following the stabbing death of a 13-year-old girl in Virginia who told friends she was using Kik to connect with an 18-year-old man. Read the article here.
Feb 15, 2016
25% of Kids Sexually Harassed Online (By Friends!)
Michigan State criminal justice professor Thomas J. Holt, found that about one in four children said they were pressured by their friends online to talk about sex when they didn’t want to. Read the rest of the article here.
Feb 11, 2016
Facebook’s ‘Teen Dating’ Groups Are Every Parent’s Nightmare Come To Life
While teen dating groups, both public and closed, have been common on Facebook for years, the genre has recently come to light for tragic reasons. Read the article here.
Dec 10, 2015
Millions of Teens Are Using a New App to Post Anonymous Thoughts, and Most Parents Have No Idea
Millions of teenagers in high schools nationwide are using a smartphone app to anonymously share their deepest anxieties, secret crushes, vulgar assessments of their classmates and even violent threats, all without adults being able to look in.
Read the full article from the Washington Post here.
Jun 2, 2015
Snapchat and 7 More Iffy Messaging Apps Teens Love
Capturing and posting casual moments might lead to oversharing and other consequences. Read the article from Common Sense Media here.
May 12, 2015
Blackmailers Trade Nude Pics Like Baseball Cards on the ‘Dark Web’
Hackers are breaking into webcams and emails and social networks to gain access to intimate images. They then threaten to make the images public, and share them with the victim’s friends and family, if she does not comply.
Read the article here.
May 12, 2015
Social Media Abuse Rampant in Middle, High School
Armed with cell phones and a dizzying array of social media choices, half of Detroit’s middle- and high-schoolers in a recent study admitted to social media abuse — from bullying schoolmates to spreading rumors to pressuring others to send sexual texts or pictures. Read the article here.