Research + News | Topic: Risky Behavior

Further Evidence Bedtime Social Media Use Is Harming Teenagers

A new UK study shows that teenagers who spend 3 or more hours engaging in social media are much more likely to sleep late and to have night awakenings, among other poor sleep habits. Read the article here.

Move Over Tide Pods: There’s A New ‘Shell On’ Teen Challenge In Town

Teenagers are eating banana peels, candy wrappers and more in a new viral competition dubbed the “shell on challenge.” Read the article here.

13 Online Challenges Your Kid Already Knows About

From the Momo Challenge to the Mannequin Challenge, internet stunts can be funny — or completely frightening — for kids. Read this post from Common Sense Media here.

Teens On YuBo App Ignore Risks To Gain Followers

Sharing personal information with strangers to gain new followers is a risk teenagers are taking on an app with similar features to Tinder. Read the article here.

Live Streaming Apps Put Young Teens At Risk For Sex Predators, Advocates Warn

The rise in popularity of livestreaming apps is putting young teens and pre-teens at growing risk of becoming victims of sex predators and distributors of child porn, advocates say. Read the article here.

The Murky Facts Of The ‘Deodorant Challenge’ – And Other Viral Teen ‘Crazes’

Dumb and dangerous online teen challenges are repeat visitors to the news cycle. And they bring with them a whole world of factual murkiness. Read the article here.

Despite YouTube and Amazon’s Efforts, Record Numbers Of Teens Are Still Eating Tide Pods

The “eating Tide Pods” meme continues to be one of the more baffling parts of 2018. Read the article here.

Girl Chatting On FaceTime Struck And Critically Injured By Car

A teenage girl is hospitalized in critical condition after witnesses say she walked in front of a moving car while engaged in a video chat on her mobile phone. Read the article here.

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.

12 YouTube Challenges Your Kid Already Knows About

Learn about the viral Internet stunts kids can’t resist — and help them play it safe. Read the blog post from Common Sense Media here.