Research + News | Topic: Online Safety
May 17, 2019
Tinder Dating Among Teens: When Swipe-Right Culture Goes To High School
The massively popular dating app claims to block underage users. The only workaround? Lying. And everyone is doing it. Read the article here.
May 16, 2019
How Social Networks Are Recruiting Teenage Extremists
The internet is a dangerous place for a lonely teen to be. Read the article here.
Apr 23, 2019
Can Parents Post Photographs Of Their Children?
Does posting photos of children online endanger them? Read the article here.
Mar 28, 2019
What You Need To Know About The “Virtual Kidnapping” Scam Targeting Parents
Phone calls are made to the family demanding ransom money, but the scammers don’t actually have the child held hostage—they’re getting information from the parents’ social media. Read the article here.
Mar 21, 2019
What’s Up With The Bizarre, Explicit Videos Infiltrating “Kid-Friendly” YouTube Channels?
While YouTube’s popularity doesn’t seem to be going anywhere any time soon, a recent phenomenon is making many people question the safety of this giant video platform, especially for kids. Read the article here.
Mar 1, 2019
TikTok: Record Fine For Video Sharing App Over Children’s Data
Short-form video sharing app TikTok has been handed the largest ever fine for a US case involving children’s data privacy. Read the article here.
Feb 20, 2019
YouTube Under Fire For Recommending Videos Of Kids With Inappropriate Comments
From the article: “More than a year on from a child safety content moderation scandal on YouTube and it takes just a few clicks for the platform’s recommendation algorithms to redirect a search for “bikini haul” videos of adult women towards clips of scantily clad minors engaged in body contorting gymnastics or taking an ice bath or ice lolly sucking “challenge.”
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Feb 18, 2019
Parents’ Ultimate Guide To TikTok
Is TikTok safe? How does it work? And can I do a duet with my kid? Everything you need to know about this popular musical singing and sharing app. Read the breakdown from Common Sense Media here.
Nov 12, 2018
How To Protect Your Kid From ‘Fortnite’ Scams
The popular game has become an easy way for scammers to trick kids into sharing way too much information. Read the article from Common Sense Media here.
Nov 7, 2018
Many Teens Are ‘Sextortion’ Targets
Sextortion is threatening to share sexually explicit photos without consent if a person doesn’t agree to certain demands, such as sexual favors or money. Read the article here.