Top Story: Secret “sexting” codes kids are using

Keeping children safe while they are using their gadgets is very important to parents and grandparents alike. There are numerous inappropriate apps and websites out there that you wouldn’t want a child to be using.

We also need to worry about cyberbullying, online predators, sexting, and even the risk of internet addiction. One way to know what your teenager is up to is to take a look at what they are texting to others. However, monitoring those text messages won’t always tell the entire story.

via Top Story: Secret “sexting” codes kids are using | Komando.com

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Twitter adds new options to curb abuse, harassment

NEW YORK — Twitter, long criticized as a hotbed for online harassment, is expanding ways to curb the amount of abuse users see and making it easier to report such conduct.
Twitter said Tuesday that it is expanding a “mute” function that lets people mute accounts they don’t want to see tweets from. Now, users will be able to mute keywords, phrases and conversations they don’t want to get notifications about. Users who decide to mute things won’t see them.

via Twitter adds new options to curb abuse, harassment | CTV News

Liberals to back MP’s bid to study violent, sexual online material | Ottawa Citizen

MPs on the Commons health committee may soon find themselves poking around some of the darkest and most disturbing corners of the Internet.

The government has announced it intends to back Conservative MP Arnold Viersen’s bid to have the committee “examine the public health effects of the ease of access and viewing of online violent and degrading sexually explicit material on children, women and men,” and report its findings back to the House next year.

The motion made its Commons debut on Monday morning.

via Liberals to back MP’s bid to study violent, sexual online material | Ottawa Citizen

Online risks can mean real-world consequences | Computerworld

Preliminary results of a new Microsoft survey show nearly two-thirds of people surveyed had at least one negative online experience that had an impact on them in the real world, ranging from a loss of trust in others, increased stress or sleep deprivation,.

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The study, “Civility, Safety and Interaction Online – 2016,” polled youths aged 13 to 17 and adults aged 18 to 74 in 14 countries. Nearly two-thirds (65 percent) of those polled said they had fallen victim at some point to at least one of 17 different online risks. Microsoft has not yet disclosed what those 17 risks are but will in the final report, due next February.

via Online risks can mean real-world consequences | Computerworld

Facebook expands Safety Center to 50 languages, doubles down on bullies with 60 partners | TechCrunch

As Facebook, the social network with 1.7 billion users, has come under fire for how it has handled its editorial role as a “media” company, it is also trying to launch more ways for people to control their experience on the platform. Today the company unveiled a redesigned Safety Center, now localised into 50 languages, aimed at helping people set their privacy controls on Facebook’s social networking platform; and it has updated its Bullying Prevention Hub that Facebook says now has some 60 partners involved to make its tools more accessible.

Those partners include the likes of Childnet InternationalConnect Safely (an online forum for teens and their parents), and the Family Safety Online Institute.

via Facebook expands Safety Center to 50 languages, doubles down on bullies with 60 partners | TechCrunch

60% of Canadians ‘muted’ online by cyberbullying, trolls | Metro News

Screenshot 2016-10-22 15.02.37.pngA disturbing one-third of Canadians who use social media have been harassed or bullied online, according to a new poll — and for a quarter of them, the effects are being downloaded into their ‘real lives.’
With just 11 per cent of the country not yet on Facebook, Twitter or other networks, an increasing number of people are finding themselves essentially silenced by the trolls, the Angus Reid Institute study found.
“It certainly mutes voices that might otherwise be heard,” explained the non-profit polling organization’s executive director, Shachi Kurl, in a phone interview. “Six-in-10 people on social media say they’re not going to share things, deleting a tweet, removing a picture, or deciding to not post something because they want to avoid unwelcome responses.

via 60% of Canadians ‘muted’ online by cyberbullying, trolls | Metro News

Snapchat Beats Instagram and Facebook as the Top Social Platform for Teens | Adweek

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Snapchat’s growth as the preferred social platform for teenagers continues to outpace other social platforms, and it’s cutting into Facebook usage.

According to investment firm Piper Jaffray’s new “Taking Stock With Teens” report, 80 percent of teens use Snapchat at least once a month, up from 74 percent in the fall of 2015. While 79 percent of teenagers said that they use Instagram once a month—an increase from 76 percent one year ago—the photo-sharing app’s reach is slightly less than Snapchat.

via Snapchat Beats Instagram and Facebook as the Top Social Platform for Teens | Adweek