Research + News | Topic: Online Threats
Aug 1, 2017
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.
Jul 10, 2017
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.
Read the article here.
Jun 16, 2017
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.
Mar 10, 2017
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.
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.