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Wednesday, June 15, 2022

New Tools and Resources for Parents and Teens in VR and on Instagram

"We now have meaningful progress with today's release of some Meta Quest supervision tools. Parents can now disapprove downloads, block certain VR apps, view their child's Friends list & headset screentime, and disable PC content access." Meta

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Monday, June 6, 2022

PBS FREE KIDS Summer Checklist

Summer is nearly here and it's a great time to explore new things! You and your kids can use this free checklist to think of all the things you want to do this summer as a family.

PBS KIDS Summer Checklist | Kids Coloring Pages | PBS KIDS for Parents

Saturday, June 4, 2022

The Uvalde Shooter Posted Threats on Yubo. What to Know About the App and Others Like It

Until last month, many adults who work in schools had probably never heard of an app nicknamed “Tinder for teens.”

But chilling interactions on that social networking platform—called Yubo—have surfaced between kids around the world and the 18-year-old who killed 19 children and two teachers at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, last week.

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Learn more about the app at Common Sense Media

Friday, June 3, 2022

An AI companion?

How might these technologies be helpful to humans, especially kids? How might they be hurtful? And, like current social networks, will we ignore any harmful affects (e.g., anger, depression, and anxiety) even when we know they exist?

Taking a One-Week Break from Social Media Improves Well-Being, Depression, and Anxiety

Taking a One-Week Break from Social Media Improves Well-Being, Depression, and Anxiety: A Randomized Controlled Trial | Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking

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.

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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.

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.

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

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, ... 

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Saturday, March 19, 2022

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

Family Center | Meta

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.

Friday, February 25, 2022

Comprehensive Kids' Online Safety Legislation (KOSA)

Blumenthal & Blackburn Introduce Comprehensive Kids' Online Safety Legislation

The introduction of the Kids Online Safety Act (KOSA) follows bombshell reporting & a series of watershed bipartisan hearings revealing Big Tech’s repeated failures to protect children & teens from serious dangers on their platforms

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Saturday, February 19, 2022

Ask Me Anything: Cyberbullying Expert Sameer Hinduja

Sameer Hinduja, Ph.D., is a Professor in the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Florida Atlantic University and Co-Director of the Cyberbullying Research Center. He is recognized internationally for his groundbreaking work on the subjects of cyberbullying and safe social media use.

Ask Me Anything: Cyberbullying Expert Sameer Hinduja from ConnectSafely on Vimeo.

Wednesday, February 16, 2022

Social Media Is Sneaking Into Young Kids' Lives, Like It or Not


Tuesday, February 8, 2022

Improving Well-Being Online


For Safer Internet Day this year, ConnectSafely spoke to parents, educators and young people across the country to find out what’s on their minds when it comes to online safety and wellbeing in 2022. We took the questions and concerns — and a few of our own — to experts in online safety, parenting, bullying prevention, security, and executives at popular apps like Instagram, TikTok, and Roblox. The results were some great conversations with a wealth of advice and insights. To spark discussion at home and school, each video includes discussion prompts. We hope you’ll find these resources helpful for encouraging positive, productive discussions about online wellness on Safer Internet Day and all year long.

Tuesday, February 1, 2022

The Role of Parents in Preventing Bullying and Cyberbullying


Parents and guardians have always had a powerful influence on the behaviors of children, while research is clear that peers tend to have more sway during the teenage years. That said, our new research published in the Journal of Child and Family Studies identifies that certain positive parenting practices have a strong effect on both school bullying and cyberbullying among middle- and high-schoolers in the US. These practices include a surplus of warmthautonomy/support, and structure and a deficit of rejectioncoercion, and chaos.

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The Role of Parents in Preventing Bullying and Cyberbullying - Cyberbullying Research Center

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