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Wednesday, September 27, 2017

NEW: The Parent, Educator & Youth Guide to LGBTQ Cyberbullying

NEW: The Parent, Educator & Youth Guide to LGBTQ Cyberbullying 

Cyberbullying and online harassment can be an issue for anyone. But it’s especially pernicious for young people who identify or are coming out as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or questioning (LGBTQ):
  • 52% of LGBTQ youth between the ages of 11 and 22 reported having been the targets of cyberbullying several times 
  • 55.5% of LGBTQ students across the United States felt unsafe at school based on their sexual identity
ConnectSafely's latest guide, The Parent, Educator & Youth Guide to LGBTQ Cyberbullying explores how parents, schools and peers can support LGBTQ students. Topics include: 
  • The risks and benefits of connected technology for LGBTQ youth
  • Steps educators can take to create a positive school climate 
  • Important advice for parents and teens
The guide was written by veteran LGBTQ activist and scholar Warren J. Blumenfeld, Ed.D., in collaboration with parents and other educators. It joins ConnectSafely’s guides to social media, fake news, student data privacy, cyberbullying, cybersecurity, Instagram, Snapchat, Facebook, ASKfm, Kik, After School and other topics, and is available to read or download for free at

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Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Instagram: Strengthening Our Commitment to Safety and Kindness for 800 Million

Today, we’re announcing new tools and programs to keep Instagram a safe and positive place for self-expression. Since the beginning, we’ve tried to make Instagram a welcoming place for everyone. Our community has grown to 800 million, with 500 million using it every day. It’s more important than ever to strengthen our commitment to safety and kindness.

Monday, September 25, 2017

Sarahah ...

Sarahah is the latest social media application to create a stir. Simply put, Sarahah is a one-way, many-to-one anonymous messaging system that allows people to send messages to a particular person without the recipient knowing who sent them. These can come from people you know (from those in your phone contacts, for example) or from practically anyone, depending on how you have distributed your unique link (more on that below).

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