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

Utah mother shares experience of son who died by suicide after ‘sextortion’ scam

SALT LAKE CITY – A Utah mother is speaking out about the disturbing trend called Sextortion, where people online use personal pictures to blackmail victims.

Cindy George’s 21-year old son Jake Curtis died by suicide after becoming a victim of one such scam.

He was a month away from graduating from Utah Valley University. He wanted to be a teacher like his mom, but all that changed when he met a girl on Facebook in October 2015.

via Utah mother shares experience of son who died by suicide after ‘sextortion’ scam | fox13now.com

Love, not money, is how we can cure youth mental health ….

But whoever they are, however much you think they’re just craving attention or however serious they actually might think about harming themselves, they need help.

The kind of help the system in this country is singularly failing to provide.

Politicians, of course, might argue that this last statement is unfair, based on the millions repeatedly pumped into improving treatment.

via Love, not money, is how we can cure youth mental health crisis

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

Why teaching children about cyber safety at eight is too late

Almost nine out of 10 primary school children use mobile devices – smart phones, tablets or iPods – to access the internet, according to a new digital trend report published last week.
This highlights how constant supervision of children’s online activities is near impossible and underlines the need for them to be taught to protect themselves in the digital world.

via Why teaching children about cyber safety at eight is too late