Research + News | Topic: Online Threats
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.
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.
Aug 17, 2018
Sick WhatsApp ‘Momo Suicide Game’ Infiltrates ‘Minecraft’
The horrific “Momo” WhatsApp ‘suicide game’ linked to the death of at least one teen has appeared in “Minecraft.” Read the article here.
Aug 6, 2018
Momo Challenge: 5 Fast Facts You Need To Know
Parents are worried that a new challenge known as the Momo Challenge — rumored to be a suicide challenge on WhatsApp — might be the successor to the Blue Whale Challenge. Read the article here.
Jul 31, 2018
Studies Reveal Revenge Porn Survivors Suffer Similar Trauma As Sexual Assault Survivors
Nonconsensual pornography is a relatively new phenomenon that has grown substantially in the past few years and involves uploading nude or semi-nude images/videos of a person online without their consent. Read the article here.
Jan 19, 2018
What Teen Sexting Reveals About Women And Sexual Coercion
Many girls feel pressured to comply with requests to send naked photos of themselves to boys who demand them. 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.
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 10, 2017
Teen Girls Suffer From Digital Dating Abuse
Researchers at the University of Michigan and University of California-Santa Barbara have found teens experience digital dating abuse at similar rates, but girls reported that they were more upset by these behaviors and reported more negative emotional responses.
Read the article here.
Jun 16, 2017
Children Still At Risk From Inappropriate Online Content
Children are still finding it too easy to access potentially harmful content online, despite increased concerns and demands for improvement, a new study has warned. Read the article here.