Sunday, June 26, 2016

Sextortion has Painful Aftermath and Limited Resources for Support

A survey of more than 1,600 victims of sextortion highlights how threats to expose sexual images can spark life-altering crises in the lives of young people, according to new research by the Crimes against Children Research Center in partnership with Thorn. 

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Dumping your ex from your social media timeline

Just how easy is it to get over a relationship in the era of social media? When Calvin Harris and Taylor Swift broke up, he unfollowed her from Twitter and she removed posts of herself with him from Instagram.

Social media etiquette after a break-up can be a minefield, especially if you're one of those people who has documented every intricate moment of your time together.

From status updates and check-ins to photos and videos, erasing every trace of your relationship history can be a painful but necessary way of dealing with the heartache.

And if you do but they don't do the same, does this mean you have accepted it's over but they haven't?

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Saturday, June 25, 2016

A disturbing look inside the world of online sextortion

"He was choking a cat [on a video chat site] and told me if I didn't do as he said, he would kill the cat," a 17-year-old victim recalls.

His demand: show him her breast. She did it.

Then he showed her the video he had taken of her breast and said if she left the site, he'd post it to her Facebook page.

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Here's an idea: Kindness meters

Do we make it easy for kids to be kind in schools? The internationally growing trend of kindness meters might have the power to promote the spread of kindness in schools. What would that be like?

Thursday, June 16, 2016

One Thing Snapchat Desperately Needs To Copy From Facebook And Twitter

Facebook unveiled expanded suicide prevention tools Tuesday — and Snapchat has some catching up to do.
Snapchat, despite its popularity with young people, is lagging behind rivals when it comes to suicide prevention tools.
Facebook on Tuesday debuted expanded self-harm reporting tools on every version of its service. Anyone who sees a post that signals a friend may be having trouble can now go through a series of steps to report that content as “suicidal.” The social network will suggest you reach out to the person. And the individual who posted that content will then receive resources from the Facebook team to help them get help. Twitter has similar features.

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Webinar: Are we "addicted" to our devices?

Are we "addicted" to our devices? Common Sense Media reviews its latest research and a new poll of over 1,200 parents and teens to find out how cell phones and other mobile devices affect our families and relationships. Watch director of research Michael Robb, Ph.D., and senior parenting editor Caroline Knorr discuss the findings, give recommendations, and answer parents' questions about how to find a healthy digital lifestyle so you can maximize the benefits of technology for your family while minimizing the risks.

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