Research + News | Topic: Online Threats
Apr 5, 2022
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.
Nov 5, 2021
E-Violence Increases Through Early Adolescence But Declines As Teens Become Adults
Electronic dating violence—including electronic harassment, coercion and monitoring—starts increasing in preadolescence but curves as teens reach young adulthood, according to a new University of Michigan study. Read the article here.
Jul 23, 2021
Parents’ Fears Over Sexting And Abuse Among Teenagers
A vivid picture of sexual assaults and harassment in teenagers’ lives has been laid bare in recent months but parents rarely speak about the emotional turmoil they face. Read the article here.
May 19, 2021
Deadly Scam Aimed At Teens: This Is What One Houston-Area Family Wants You To Know
Remind your kids there’s no problem too big that you can’t work out together. Read the article here.
Apr 9, 2021
Boys Who Spend Lots Of Time Online More Likely To Cyberbully
The study also found that boys were more likely to engage in cyberbullying than girls. 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.
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.