Research + News | Topic: Online Safety
Nov 22, 2017
Germany Bans Kids’ Smartwatches That Can Be Used For Eavesdropping
A German regulator has banned domestic sales of children’s smartwatches that have a listening function — warning that parents have been using the devices to secretly eavesdrop on teachers at their kids’ school. Read the article here.
Nov 14, 2017
I Watched 1,000 Hours Of YouTube Kids’ Content And This Is What Happened
What do you get if you endlessly recombine Spiderman and the Joker with Elsa from Frozenand lashings of product placement for junk food brands like McDonalds? Read the article here.
Nov 9, 2017
YouTube Accused Of ‘Violence’ Against Young Children Over Kids’ Content
Google’s video service is filled with disturbing channels and pre-school-aimed videos such as dark Peppa Pig that ‘border on abuse’, says campaigner. Read the article here.
Nov 7, 2017
On YouTube Kids, Startling Videos Slip Past Filters
The app YouTube Kids contains dark corners, as videos that are disturbing for children slip past its filters, either by mistake or because bad actors have found ways to fool the YouTube Kids algorithms. Read the article here.
Oct 31, 2017
More Education Is Needed To Help Teens And Young Adults Stand Up To A New Epidemic: Digital Dating Abuse
Mary Kay’s annual ‘Truth About Abuse’ Survey reveals more than 80 percent of young people need more information to talk to friends about abuse. Read the article here.
Sep 13, 2017
Fathers Warns Parents About Popular App After His 7-Year-Old Daughter Is Asked To Send Suggestive Photos
When Brad Summer’s 7-year-old daughter, Madison, was asked by a stranger to send nude pictures of herself through a popular music app, he knew he had to warn other parents about the dangers of social media. Read the article here.
Aug 18, 2017
More Concerns Over “Tinder For Teens” App Yellow
Child advocates and law enforcement have a warning out about new apps that could put your child in harm’s way. Read the article here.
Aug 2, 2017
Teens Use Uber Via Parent Accounts, Despite The Ride-Sharing Service’s Ban On Minors
The ride-hailing service is growing in popularity among some teens who with a few taps on their smartphones can get shuttled to wherever they want to go. Read the article here.
Aug 1, 2017
How The Blue Whale Challenge Manipulates Teens
The game apparently coaxes vulnerable teens to take a series of 50 challenges ranging from waking at odd hours, to self mutilation to eventually killing themselves all the while sharing their experiences via social media with the administrators. Read the article here.
Jul 13, 2017
The Worst Things Your Kid Can Learn On The Internet
Being aware that kids can discover some iffy stuff online – and discussing what to do with the information – are the best ways to keep kids safe. Read this blog post from Common Sense Media here.