Research + News | Topic: Online Safety

Teens Are Using Emoji And Secret Lingo To Find Illegal Drugs. How Parents Can Crack The Code

What parents need to know about the secret language of drugs online. Read the article here.

For Teens, Saving Each Other From Social Media Is A Team Effort

Young people are learning how online content is wreaking havoc on their self esteem, and making it their mission to help other young people avoid the same fate. Read the article here.

What Is The Metaverse And Are Kids Safe There? Our Top 3 Concerns

Generally, the metaverse is a future combination of several technologies that make the internet more immersive. Defend Young Minds discusses possible concerns. You can read them here.

FBI Pittsburgh Warns About Recent Surge In Sexual Extortion Cases Targeting Teen Boys

Investigators say that predators are seeking out teenage boys online and posing as girls their age. Read the article here.

How To Talk To Teens About Nudes And Online Safety

Teens may have sexted more during the pandemic, and the fallout can be intense. Read the article here.

A Child’s TikTok Stardom Opens Doors. Then A Gunman Arrives.

Their daughter’s online venture plunged a Florida family into a nightmare, but they decided not to pull the plug. Read the article here.

Teens Are Looking For Love In Online Places

How to help teens have safe and healthy online relationships. Read the article here.

Instagram Unveils New Teen Safety Tools Ahead Of Senate Hearing

Instagram is rolling out a new set of safety features aimed at its youngest users and their parents, a day before the photo-sharing app’s head testifies to Congress about the platform’s potential risks to kids and teens. Read the article here.

Sharing Nudes Doubled Among Pre-Teens In 2020

Twice as many children between the ages of 9 and 12 reported sending nudes or other Self-Generated Child Sexual Abuse Material (SG-CSAM) in 2020 than in 2019. Read the research here.

Making YouTube Safer: Quick 2-Step Setup Of Supervised Accounts

Defend Young Minds provides some tips on making YouTube safer. Read the article here.