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Tuesday, August 16, 2022

Parent’s Guide to TikTok

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.

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Guide to Teen Sextortion Scams

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

Digital Reputation and Cyberbullying Presentation

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


Parents Level Up on Monitoring Their Kids’ Video Games
Written by Patricia E. Vance, President, ESRB

AUGUST 11, 2021
Every year ESRB conducts a survey to see whether parents are aware of and use the many tools we provide to help them manage their kids’ video game experiences. This is a great opportunity for us to gain a better understanding of how parents use ESRB-assigned age and content ratings, implement household rules, set parental controls, and more. While the country tries to open back up and find a new “normal,” we found many similarities to last year’s survey results as parents take their knowledge about the video games their kids play to the next level.
The latest survey results indicate several key trends.
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Are Youth Sexting Rates Still on the Rise? A Meta-analytic Update


Wednesday, July 27, 2022

First Phone: A Child's Guide to Digital Responsibility, Safety, and Etiquette

First Phone: A Child's Guide to Digital Responsibility, Safety, and Etiquette Paperback – July 26, 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

Guide to Teen Sextortion Scams

@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.

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Guide to Teen Sextortion Scams - ConnectSafely

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