Readers, this post (like a few others, recently) is inspired by my participation on the Aspen Institute Task Force on Learning and the Internet that got started last month. The task force would love to have you join us in what we hope will become a nationwide conversation about safe, successful and connected learning. Pls […]
Tag Archives: David Finkelhor
Over the 15-or-so years I’ve been covering family technology, I’ve noticed a kind of siege mentality that developed among parents about kids’ use of digital media. Then, a few years ago, when sociology professor David Finkelhor at the University of New Hampshire gave his milestone talk, “The Internet, Youth Deviance & the Problem of Juvenoia,” […]
It’s interesting that Daily Beast writer Caitlin Dixon precedes her question “When did we let our guard down?” with the story of sleeping on strangers’ couch in Italy after finding them in a couch-surfing site. Yes, she let her guard down (but the people were great hosts). What’s interesting, though, is that she compared couch-surfing […]
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 […]
I suspect two reasons why people (mistakenly) think cyberbullying is on the rise are… Its increased visibility: Cruel words and behaviors are unprecedentedly public now, because of the social Web, so that’s what’s actually growing – the exposure – which is sometimes confused with the behavior itself. The confusion needs to be cleared up. The […]
Every generation, we adults seem to swing between fear of young people and fear for them. Of course now, with the advent of social media, it’s really justified, right? Actually, no, even less so. More on that in a second. In a commentary at Forbes.com, parent and tech policy analyst Adam Thierer at George Mason […]
This reminds me of a hypothesis David Finkelhor put forward in his talk on “juvenoia” last fall: “Several recent studies have found that digital communication can lead to more or better friendships online and off, greater honesty, faster intimacy in relationships and an increased sense of belonging, in addition to practical social benefits like an […]
At least since 400 BC we’ve had what Dr. Finkelhor calls this “exaggerated fear about the influence of social change on youth,” but why are today’s fears so focused on the Internet? Finkelhor has the best explanation I’ve seen yet.
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.
The Facebook news in the US today was its new expanded Safety Center. The news in Britain was that Facebook “STILL refuses to install [a] ‘panic button’” on its pages, as the UK’s Daily Mail put it. However, Facebook also announced today that its UK users will “now be able to report unwanted or suspicious […]