News | Topic: Social Media

More Education Is Needed To Help Teens And Young Adults Stand Up To A New Epidemic: Digital Dating Abuse

Mary Kay’s annual ‘Truth About Abuse’ Survey reveals more than 80 percent of young people need more information to talk to friends about abuse. Read the article here.

Fathers Warns Parents About Popular App After His 7-Year-Old Daughter Is Asked To Send Suggestive Photos

When Brad Summer’s 7-year-old daughter, Madison, was asked by a stranger to send nude pictures of herself through a popular music app, he knew he had to warn other parents about the dangers of social media. Read the article here.

Over 1/3 Of Millennials In Relationships Spy On Partners’ Digital Correspondence

Devices—and their contents—are a new path to breakups. Read the report here.

Social Media Linked To Surge In Plastic Surgery

Certain surgeons can thank social media for the rapid increase in spending on cosmetic plastic surgery, according to a new study from a British think-tank, the Nuffield Council on Bioethics, which echoes similar studies in the U.S.

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‘Tinder For Teens’? The Dark Side Of A Teen App Called ‘Yellow’

In the App store, Yellow is billed as an easy and free way to build friends. Safety experts see it as an easy and free way to connect with total strangers. Learn more about the app here.

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.

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.

Now Teenagers Have Their Own Version of Tinder

Tinder recently banned teenagers, but that doesn’t mean that their swiping days are over. An app called Spotafriend mimics the Tinder experience, but is exclusively available for teenagers between the ages of 13-19.

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Snapchat Serves Sex To Teens, Parent Serves Lawsuit To Snapchat

A  lawsuit seeking class-action status has been filed against Snapchat in behalf of an unnamed 14-year old boy and his mother for presenting sexually explicit content to minors without sufficient warning. Read the article here.

Teen Girl Filmed Having Sex With Up to 2 Dozen Boys in Florida School Bathroom, Prompting Investigation

A group of teenagers who had sex in a high school bathroom in Fort Myers, Florida, then posted a video of the act on social media, have been disciplined, school officials said.

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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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Social Media Can Leave Young Girls Vulnerable

A new book called “American Girls: Social Media and the Secret Lives of Teenagers” examines how easy it is for predators to befriend girls online.

The publication comes following a case in Virginia where two college students are charged with the murder of a young girl one of them had met online.

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Tinder and Hook Up Apps Blamed for Rise in STDs

A recent uptick in STD cases follows the growing popularity over the last few years of hook up apps like Tinder, which tend to create more opportunities for casual and anonymous sexual encounters.

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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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Number of Victims of Revenge Porn Strikingly High

Over the last six months, 175 people have come forward in England and Wales to report they are victims of revenge porn.

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‘Coming Out’ Numbers Show Many Are Revealing Sexuality on Facebook

The rate of individuals announcing their change in sexuality is three times that of a year ago, according to Facebook.

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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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