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Tuesday, November 23, 2021

Young People's Use of Online Safety Tools


In 2021, there isn’t a simple answer about how Generation Z relates to the digital world. They are simultaneously enthusiastic yet trepidatious, seeing both value and risk in spending time online. They understand that this technology plays a crucial role in their lives, and therefore they may need to live with some risk to their online safety to reap the rewards. While the technical and social terrain of young people’s digital lives may be complicated, we see that there is interest, aptitude, and willingness to continue trying to make the online world a better and safer place.

This report aims to center young people's attitudes and experiences in the discussion around online safety, learn from their feedback about what remains difficult, and provide parents, educators, and industry with better blueprints to continue creating solutions. 

Source: Family Online Safety Institute

Tuesday, November 16, 2021

[PDF] Bystander Intervention on Social Media

Executive Summary: Over four billion people worldwide are estimated to use social media by 2025. Though a majority of people use social media to engage with family and friends, people also use platforms and apps to obtain news and engage with … 

Cyberbullying in 2021 by Age, Gender, Sexual Orientation, and Race


In May-June 2021, we collected new data from a nationally representative sample of 2,546 US youth between the ages of 13 and 17 to better understand their positive and negative experiences online. This is the type of research we do on a regular basis, and it helps us to keep our finger on the proverbial pulse of what’s going on in the lives of American teens. Even though Cyberbullying has remained an all-too familiar social problem in 2021 that many families, communities, schools, and other youth-serving organizations continue to grapple with. Indeed, we saw a 40% increase in its incidence since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking


Mary Ann Liebert, Inc.

How Adolescents Use Social Media to Cope with Feelings of Loneliness and Anxiety During COVID-19 Lockdown
Verolien Cauberghe, Ini Van Wesenbeeck, Steffi De Jans, Liselot Hudders, and Koen Ponnet  Read Now










Sunday, October 31, 2021

FOSI | Digital Reputation Checklist

No matter your age, whenever you are online, your digital reputation is being established. That reputation, or digital footprint, is an insight into who you are. What you say, post, like, or share all make up what others will see as you go through life. And believe it or not, even a thumbs up or thumbs down emoji at the right (or wrong) time, might say a lot about you.

By using tools like our Digital Reputation Checklist, you can take control of your online persona and maintain a positive image of who you are – whether you just joined a platform recently or are well-versed in social media.


Friday, October 22, 2021

How to Kick Your Kids Off the Wi-Fi | PCMag

Were you one of those kids who secretly stayed up late, watching TV or reading comic books under your covers after bedtime? Kids today are no different—except they have the internet. If you need to give your children a forced break from the web, or just need them to stop hogging all your bandwidth during the day, a few router settings can help make that happen.

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Sunday, October 10, 2021

Social Media, Cyberbullying, and Online Safety Glossary

"Hate raids"? "Mutuals"? "FYP?" "Diabolical Licks"? "CD9?" "IYKYK"? "Cuffed"? "Throwing"? Have you kept up with the newest social media and gaming slang and terms? Make sure by seeing our NEWLY UPDATED glossary! 

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