“Way back” in 2008 – at least a decade after “online safety” was starting to be seen as a subject that needed to be taught to children – I suggested that it was becoming obsolete. Now what I’m seeing is that it never really was a single stand-alone subject that could become obsolete. We’ll look […]
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Let’s just cut right to the takeaway for parents, then some background. The takeaway, which is right in the headline of TheAtlantic.com’s intelligent coverage of new data on sexting published in the journal Pediatrics: We need to talk with our kids about sexting, but I would add: that might be in the context of their […]
June, when I originally posted this article, is “National Internet safety Month” (I think October folds in cybersecurity too), so I decided it might be good to consider what actually works in risk prevention education, online or offline. [This article was originally published June 28, 2012, then my service’s server crashed with no backup(!), so […]
Good news for online kids on two fronts this week. We’re seeing a continuing decline in online sexual solicitations of young people. The widely misrepresented 2000 figure from the Crimes Against Children Research Center was “1 in 5″ (more in a minute on the misrepresentation); the 2005 one was “1 in 7″ (13%), and the […]
Parents, you’ll probably appreciate knowing that young people are engaging in sexting a lot less than previously thought and that arrest is not typical in youth sexting cases. To help doctors and all the rest of us better understand the risks to youth of sexting, the authors of a national survey of US 10-to-17-year-olds just […]
Now, thanks to the Crimes Against Children Research Center, schools and law enforcement have a clear picture of the spectrum and types of behaviors in two categories, “aggravated” and “experimental,” so investigations can be more effective and less hurtful to adolescents.
Prominent US online-risk researcher David Finkelhor says there’s no evidence to support fears that the Internet increases youth risk and, in fact, there’s evidence suggesting the opposite.
It’s an interesting juxtoposition, Time magazine’s article about a helicopter-parenting backlash and a study showing that nearly two-thirds of US parents are concerned about online predators (see USNews.com). Which is bigger? I suspect predator fears are a bigger phenomenon, unfortunately – despite research at the Crimes Against Children Research Center “finding no evidence online predators […]