Monday, July 15, 2019

Cyber safety with older adults

FORT MYERS, Fla. – Technology is constantly advancing and older adults are adapting to the changes. However, scammers are still finding ways to take get their hands on their money.

FGCU Professor Dr. Russell Sabella stopped by the WINK News studio to discuss how you can help protect your loved ones and even teach them to protect themselves.


Friday, June 21, 2019

TikTok Safety Tips from Common Sense Media

The wild-and-wacky short videos of TikTok continue to gain popularity among kids, adults, and even celebrities. But the app has had some problems, such as illegally collecting data on users under 13, notoriously inappropriate comments, and kludgy settings that can leave you with unwanted followers. Still, its viral "challenges," creative tools, and just-plain-fun features mean your kids are probably going to want it.

Read more:

Monday, June 17, 2019

Gaming Disorder

 If you know someone who spends hours playing video games, it could be more serious than you think. In fact, the World Health Organization has officially listed gaming as an addiction. FGCU Professor Dr. Russell Sabella discussed how to recognize video game addiction and what to do about it.


Friday, June 14, 2019

Gaming Disorder

Dr Vladimir Poznyak, expert of the Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse of the World Health Organization, responds to questions relating to gaming disorder.

Monday, June 10, 2019

FOSI Releases New Video Series and Digital Parenting Toolkit

The video series is a way to bring to life the  7 Steps to Good Digital Parenting:
  • In Episode 1, viewers watch a young family navigate Steps 1 (Talk With Your Kids) and 2 (Educate Yourself). By talking about online safety early and often, parents are able to establish healthy digital habits sooner.
  • In Episode 2, viewers watch a family discuss Steps 3 (Use Parental Controls) and 4 (Set Ground Rules and Enforce Consequences). By setting family rules and enabling parental controls, family members gain clarity on technology privileges and how to use devices and services safely.
  • In Episode 3, viewers watch a family with older kids navigate social media with Steps 5 (Friend and Follow But Don’t Stalk) and 6 (Explore, Share and Celebrate). By respecting your child’s online space and encouraging thoughtful interactions on social media, families can learn from each other and have fun online.
  • In Episode 4, parents showcase ways in which they follow Step 7 (Be a Good Digital Role Model). Parents agree that taking their own advice on online safety benefits everyone involved.
“It’s critical that parents not only understand the challenges their children might encounter online, but also how to then address those issues in a constructive way,” said Diana Graber, author of Raising Humans in a Digital World and founder of Cyberwise. “FOSI’s new tools help parents tackle difficult conversations head-on and ensure that the entire family is on the same page.”
The online toolkit includes:

Monday, June 3, 2019

What is Squad?

Squad is a social networking app that lets users make video calls and share photos and other content remotely through screen sharing. Find out how teens are using it and what to watch for.

Dr. Sabella: Cybersecurity for Kids

FORT MYERS, Fla. – Summer is here and kids are getting comfortable in front of screens. But whether it’s a computer or phone, there are a lot of dangers that come with the technology. Florida Gulf Coast University Professor Dr. Russel Sabella discussed what you and your kids to can do to have a fun and safe summer break.

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

How much is too much? Test could show the effect of gaming on your kid’s brain.

Over 250 MILLION people play #Fortnite, some of hours every day – so what does your kid’s brain look like on video games? The side-by-side scans reveal brain activity in areas of the brain sometimes related to addiction:

Sunday, April 7, 2019

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Thursday, April 4, 2019

Verizon Reveals Kids' Phone Plan with Parental Controls

Verizon is launching a new Just Kids smartphone plan, which includes tracking and Wi-Fi-blocking abilities for parents. The TODAY anchors talk about it on the 3rd hour of TODAY.

Watch the video here:

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Friday, March 1, 2019

13 Online Challenges Your Kid Already Knows About

Don't Panic, What Parents Really Need To Know About 'Momo Challenge'

From Andy Robertson
As I expand below, evidence of direct harm caused by the game is yet to be found. It is essentially a viral ghost story. Rather than sharing warnings that perpetuate and mythologize the story, a better focus is good positive advice for children, set up technology appropriately and take an interest in their online interactions.

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Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Do you have a child who is being bullied or harassed at school?

Do you have a child who is being bullied or harassed at school? Has the response of the school done nothing to stop this harm? (There is no evidence that what most schools are doing is effectively addressing this concern.)

Be Positively Powerful: An Empowerment Plan for Teens Who Are Bullied or Harassed is a new book by Nancy Willard. In this book, teens can learn seven powerful, positive approaches to become empowered even in the face of being treated badly. Parents can use these approaches with younger children.

Nancy is an internationally recognized authority on bullying and seeks to empower those who are being bullied and their parents. Her book is available on Amazon:

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Special issue on bystanders in online aggression published

Dear researchers, colleagues, and readers interested in internet-related research,

Bystanders witnessing online aggression can make a difference - if they choose to intervene. Read the special issue devoted to these important actors in online world published at the end of 2018. The issue was edited by Hana Machackova (Masaryk University, Brno, Czechia), Jan Pfetsch (Technische Universität, Berlin, Germany), and Georges Steffgen (University of Luxembourg, Luxembourg). The issue contains 6 articles: a systematic review focused on the personal and contextual factors which may facilitate or inhibit the bystanders’ actions; empirical elaboration on the participant roles of cyberbullying; studies grasping the specificity of online aggression and its impact on bystanders’ responses; investigation of negativity and aggression in celebrity-news articles and following readers’ discussions; and a study providing evidence about negative consequences of bystanders’ experiences.

We believe the issue presents a unique collection of new  insights in this timely research field. Enjoy the reading!

Cyberpsychology: Journal of Psychosocial Research on Cyberspace
IF (2017): 1.400
SJR (2017): 0.774
ISSN: 1802-7962

The issue content:

Editorial: Special issue on bystanders of online aggression
Hana Machackova, Jan Pfetsch and Georges Steffgen
Article 1
A systematic literature review of factors that moderate bystanders’ actions in cyberbullying
Fernando Domínguez-Hernández, Lars Bonell and Alejandro Martínez-González
Article 3:
Bystanders of bullying: Social-cognitive and affective reactions to school bullying and cyberbullying
Rhea-Katharina Knauf, Heike Eschenbeck, and Michael Hock

Article 5:
Joining the clash or refusing to bash? Bystanders reactions to online celebrity bashing
Gaëlle Ouvrein, Charlotte J.S. De Backer and Heidi Vandebosch

Article 6:
The moderation of empathy in the longitudinal association between witnessing cyberbullying, depression, and anxiety
Michelle F. Wright, Sebastian Wachs and Bridgette D. Harper

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