News | Topic: Digital Kids

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.

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Facebook Deals With Massive Revenge Porn, Sextortion Allegations

Every month Facebook considers nearly 54,000 cases of suspected revenge porn or sexual extortion on its platform says a new story from the Guardian.com. Read the article here.

Teens Using Sexting Codes, Parents Warned

While some parents are familiar with their children’s texting slang, some teens are now using secret sexting codes that have left many moms and dads horrified. Read the full article here.

Nudity and Social Media Harm Girls

Celebrities routinely appear in compromising and salacious photos, and the tabloid press rewards them with adoring attention. Read the article here.

Top Tips for Parents on Managing Sexting

Top tips for parents that catch their children sexting, and how to involve the school and the social media provider. Read the article here.

Parenting the Internet Generation

Internet accountability software company Covenant Eyes is offering a free e-book to help parents be vigilant in the digital age. Download the free e-book here.

Teenager Accused of Using App to Livestream Her Friend Being Raped

An Ohio teenager has been accused of livestreaming the alleged rape of her 17-year-old friend using the social media app Periscope. Read the article here.

Q+A: The Secret Lives of Teens Online

Christianity Today interviews author Nancy Jo Sales are her new book American Girls: Social Media and the Secret Lives of Teenagers. Read the interview here.

Snapchat Account Provides Free Counseling For Teens in Abusive Relationships

Snapchat, the photo-message app that has quickly become mainstream not only for teens but big brands as well, now features an account created to help teens in abusive relationships. Because Snapchat offers a social platform with a lot of privacy, it’s an avenue for teens to receive counseling without their significant others being able to look at their social profiles.

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About 1 In 5 Adolescent Victims Of Sexual Harassment On Social Media Report Abuse To Provider

Among adolescents who encountered sexual harassment on social networking sites (mostly on Facebook), 21.8% reported the incident to the provider, but in nearly half of those cases the provider took no action, according to the results of a study reported in Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking.

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Parents Unaware of Popular Teen Secret-Posting App

The After School App allows teens to post secrets about their classmates, but like similar apps has dissolved into a platform for bullying.

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Half of Images on Pedo Sites Stolen From Social Media

A new study from Australia reports that up to half of the images of children shared on pedophile websites originally came from social media. Read the article here.

L.A. Schools Want Kids to Think Before They Sext

Educators, an attorney and a police officer lay out the consequences of sexting – public humiliation, loss of educational and job opportunities, possible criminal violations — and hammer home a message: Think twice. What you do now matters later,

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Majority of Minors Engage in Sexting, Unaware of Harsh Legal Consequences

Sexting among youth is more prevalent than previously thought, according to a new study from Drexel University that was based on a survey of undergraduate students at a large northeastern university.

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How A Dating App Hookup Landed A Teen On The Sex Offender Registry

An Indiana teenager was placed on the sex offender registry after meeting an underage girl on the Internet, who lied about her age, and then having sex with her.

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Blackmailers Trade Nude Pics Like Baseball Cards on the ‘Dark Web’

Hackers are breaking into webcams and emails and social networks to gain access to intimate images. They then threaten to make the images public, and share them with the victim’s friends and family, if she does not comply.

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The key to fighting pornography

As pornography becomes more and more accessible, church leaders and organizations look to honest conversations as the answer.

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Teens, Social Media & Technology Overview 2015

A majority of teens report access to a computer, game console, smartphone and a tablet.

Read the full research report (and download the full .pdf version) from Pew Research Center here.

Is Your Teen Using Apps To Keep Secrets?

Studies suggest that sexting is more common than many parents might realize or want to admit.

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