Cyberbullying up 8% in Italy, study says

(ANSA) – Milan, February 1 – Online bullying is on the rise in Italy, according to a study just released by the Lombardy region.
The research published on Tuesday said that over the past year cyberbullying cases have grown by 8% and that one in four teens was involved in sexting – sending sexually explicit messages or images by cell phone.
In addition, one in four teens said they started sexting for the first time aged 11 to 12.

via Cyberbullying up 8% in Italy, study says – English – ANSA.it

‘Anyone can be a victim’: Canadian high school girls being lured into sex trade

Most stories about human trafficking that make it into the headlines in Canada involve women from other countries being brought here and forced into sex work, but those who work with trafficking victims in this country say the majority are, in fact, Canadian-born teenage girls.

Vanessa, 18, is one of them. She was a typical high school student in Mississauga, a city just west of Toronto, until two years ago, when she fell in with a new boy who enrolled at her school.

via ‘Anyone can be a victim’: Canadian high school girls being lured into sex trade – Toronto – CBC News

Our Digital Lifestyle Affects Connected Families

Today Intel Security released findings from a recent global study, “New Family Dynamics in a Connected World,” that aims to better comprehend how families’ attitudes and habits are evolving as their homes and lifestyles become increasingly connected. This study underscores the need for simple ways for parents to manage internet connectivity in their homes – from blocking inappropriate sites to controlling the amount of time users spend on their devices to disconnecting to the internet entirely from time to time.

via Intel Security Survey Reveals New Family Challenges as Connected Lifestyle Grows

Welcome to the world of trolling in virtual reality

People troll each other online for a million reasons, but one of the most obvious is that it’s simply much easier to say cruel things to someone who isn’t physically in front of you. Countless psychological studies have shown that people in real life have a difficult time saying negative things to each other’s faces.

via Welcome to the world of trolling in virtual reality | Ars Technica

Newest Data showing Bullying down (U.S. data), but still remains challenging

The recent release of data from the 2015 School Crime Supplement to the National Crime Victimization Survey provides the latest and most accurate glimpse into the state of bullying in the United States. The new data, which come from by the National Center for Educational Statistics, also include more detail than any previous nationally representative data, including students’ perceptions of the basis of bullying behavior. The data collection also featured a direct test of our assumptions about the definition of bullying.

via Newest Data Show Bullying is Down, But Challenges Remain | The Huffington Post

How to protect your child against cyberbullying

Parents often feel overwhelmed with their child’s use of technology, and struggle to stay abreast of the latest apps and trends or to have some level of involvement in their child’s online activities.

While they want to keep their child safe, they’re not always sure what to do and often rely on their child’s school to provide guidelines.

Sameer Hinduja, Ph.D., a professor in the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Florida Atlantic University, cautions that both educators and parents must to do their part.

via How to protect your child from cyberbullying | Knowridge Science Report

Canadians first to get new YouTube mobile feature that will make sharing videos more social

Canadians share more videos online than any other nation so it’s fitting that YouTube is unveiling its latest social feature in this country.

Beginning Wednesday, Canadians will start receiving a new social chat platform within Google’s YouTube app for iOS and Android. Users will be able to directly send videos to others using a new button, plus create group conversations similar to other messaging applications that allows for discussion or interactive features such as giving videos a heart icon to show appreciation. The idea is to keep the sharing experience within YouTube instead of switching between other applications, which the company hopes will create a less cumbersome experience.

via Canadians first to get new YouTube mobile feature that will make sharing videos more social | Financial Post