Tuesday, August 16, 2022
TikTok is an entertainment platform that lets people create and share short videos. People love using the platform’s tools, filters, and special effects to combine video, music, and graphics into funny sketches, informational videos, and creative shorts. The app’s users often emphasize quirkiness and novelty, and in that respect, TikTok is helping expand the creative frontier of the internet.
Sextortion Plots Target Teens, Especially Boys 14-17
The FBI has reported a “huge increase” in sextortion scams targeting young people, both from strangers and people they know. Read how to prevent it and recover from it in ConnectSafely's new Guide to Teen Sextortion Scams.
Tuesday, August 2, 2022
Information technology in general, and social networking in particular, affords us tremendous power for communicating and collaborating seemingly at the speed of thought. In a matter of moments, the boundaries between our personal and professional lives can become blurred and the consequences grave. This presentation will help kids to be more intentional about the development and management of their online reputation.
Parents Level Up on Monitoring Their Kids’ Video Games
Written by Patricia E. Vance, President, ESRB
This meta-analysis of sexting research (28 studies, 58k youth) found pooled prevalence rates of 19% sending, 35% receiving, and 15% forwarding nudes without consent. Higher than we'd like (but this is our reality). We agree rates have likely plateaued. https://t.co/lYrQm8cAql pic.twitter.com/qpLwiGWOSj— Sameer Hinduja (@hinduja) August 1, 2022
Wednesday, July 27, 2022
Cellphones have become a fact of life, with children as young as eight (yes, eight!) getting their very own “devices.” Such boundless access means our kids are in nearly constant contact with technology that was designed specifically for adults. And they’re doing so without any type of road map. Enter First Phone: the essential book that apprehensive parents can confidently hand to their kids to read as they begin their journey into the digital world.
In First Phone, Catherine Pearlman—licensed clinical social worker and parenting expert—speaks directly to eight- to twelve-year-old children about digital safety in a manner that is playful, engaging, and age-appropriate. With insights and strategies supported by the latest research, First Phone offers:
• guidance on privacy, boundaries, social media, and even sexting (yes, young children need to learn about sexting before it happens!)
• best digital hygiene and self-care practices, including when to put the darn phone down, when to turn off notifications, and where to charge
• how to be a kind and compassionate upstander in a digital world
An essential companion when your child receives their first phone, this book provides kids the tools and information they need while giving their parents peace of mind.
Saturday, July 23, 2022
@ConnectSafely guide to Teen Sextortion is out. Numbers are much higher than I would have expected and impact can be devastating. Important reading for #Parents.
What is sextortion?
Sextortion is a serious crime where someone threatens to distribute nude or compromising images for gain, usually financial or sexual (i.e., wanting more images or contact). Sextortion cases for financial reasons targeting teens, according to former Internet Crimes Against Children Commander Joe Laramie, are on the rise and are often perpetrated by organized crime operating outside the country.
Guide to Teen Sextortion Scams - ConnectSafely
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