Research + News | Topic: Online Safety

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.

Apps Offer Teens Some One-And-Done Settings To Stay Safer Online. Here’s A Crash Course

Use safety settings as a jumping-off point to talk about what helps your teen feel safe on the Internet. Read the article here.

Children Under 10 Are Using Social Media. Parents Can Help Them Stay Safe Online

It’s not just your teens who are on social media anymore. Younger kids are getting on those apps, and some parents aren’t confident that their children can stay safe online. Read the article here.

Certain Teens May Be At Higher Risk For Online Threats

The researchers also found that two years after Internet usage was monitored on the laptops, the participants who had viewed more pornography were more likely to be engaging in risky sexual behaviors. Additionally, those who had spent more time on social media were more likely to experience cyberbullying two years later. Read the article here.

Ever Heard Of The Blackout Challenge? How Social Media Is Changing Peer Pressure And What To Do About It

Today, peer pressure is at an all-time high, and it’s a different ballgame. Read the blog post from Tim Elmore of Growing Leaders here.

Teens Lying About Age Online Face Unique Danger, Expert Says

The internet can be a dangerous avenue for everyone, but children and teens are especially vulnerable, no matter their smart device or location. Read the article here.

Parent Alert! The Dangers Of OnlyFans Plus 4 Ways To Defend Your Kids

Defend Young Minds has this to say about OnlyFans:

“The idea behind OnlyFans was to “develop a site where creators could monetize their content free of advertisers.”

The “creators” included photographers, YouTubers, models, actors, and others involved in the creative arts. Unfortunately, the site also immediately attracted sexually explicit content.”

Read the full article here.

Instagram’s New Protections For Teens Come As Experts Say Tween Venture Poses Big Risks

The move follows pushback at launch of an Instagram service for children under 13. Read the article here.