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Thursday, May 12, 2022

The Metaverse: Opportunities, Risks, and Harms by Dr. Sameer Hinduja


We have all been hearing about the metaverse much more frequently over the last few years, and consideration of its promises and perils has picked up tremendous pace in recent months. It is being designed by multiple companies to further connect us to each other and to the experiences we love. And it’s doing so by providing unique, interactive environments for us to explore as avatars or other embodiments of one’s identity online. In truth, it feels like a natural iteration, building on Web 2.0’s flat and largely asynchronous interfaces and combining our favorite features from the history of social media platforms, gaming worlds, extended reality (Augmented Reality (AR), Virtual Reality (VR), or a combination thereof), and online transactions.

Read more: https://cyberbullying.org/metaverse

Thursday, April 28, 2022

Remove select personally identifiable info (PII) or doxxing content from Google Search


Remove select personally identifiable info (PII) or doxxing content from Google Search

Google may remove personally identifiable information (PII) that has potential to create significant risks of identity theft, financial fraud, harmful direct contact, or other specific harms. This includes doxxing, which is when your contact info is shared in a malicious way. This article is intended to support you through the process to request removal of such content from Google search results.

https://support.google.com/websearch/answer/9673730

Remove non-consensual explicit or intimate personal images from Google



From Google Support: 

We recognize it can be distressing when non-consensual sexual content is discoverable in Google search results. We may remove intimate or explicit images and videos that were created or shared without consent. This article is intended to support you through the process to request removal of such content from Google search results.

https://support.google.com/websearch/answer/6302812

Monday, April 25, 2022

7 ways for kids to learn about kindness and deal with unkindness


NEW! 7 ways for kids to learn about kindness and deal with unkindness at school, in the neighborhood, and online. Includes a short video, conversation guide, quiz, and activity sheet for educators, parents, and youth. 

Kindness Online for Kids - 2022 | Internet Safety for Kids & Families
https://www.trendmicro.com/internet-safety/for-kids/cyber-academy/kindness-online

Friday, April 15, 2022

Michigan Teen Latest Casualty of Sextortion


Seventeen-year-old Jordan DeMay seemed to have it all going for him: he was handsome, athletic, and was finishing his senior year at Marquette Senior High School in Marquette, Michigan. He was Homecoming King.

When a pretty girl he didn’t know messaged him on Instagram and asked to exchange intimate images, he was skeptical. After a few minutes of messaging, she sent him a photo and asked him to reciprocate. He hesitated, but ultimately acquiesced.

It turns out he was right to be suspicious. Shortly after he sent an explicit photo of himself, the “pretty girl” demanded $1,000 or the image would be sent to all of his online friends. Jordan didn’t have that much money, but agreed to send $300. After the blackmailer received the money, ... 

Read more: https://cyberbullying.org/sextortion-michigan-teen

Saturday, March 19, 2022

Meta Family Center: Tools and resources to help support your teen’s online experience

Family Center | Meta https://familycenter.instagram.com/?s=03

Family Center provides you with tools and resources to help support your teen’s online experience. Teens can invite you to supervise their accounts, giving you a peace of mind while respecting their autonomy. The first version of Family Center now offers supervision on Instagram, with new tools and educational resources to support families, and we'll continue to work with parents and industry experts to introduce more features across Meta technologies.



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