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20 Sep 2022

Social Media: Hotspot for Predators

In 1990, the Center for Disease Control began administering the Adolescent Behaviors and Experiences Survey (ABES). The survey is still being administ...

By     Dr. Kecia Ray
08 Sep 2022

A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words: Emojis

In the fall I had a group of mothers approach me after a seminar to ask me about what they were calling ‘picture texting’ as a cause for concern that ...

By     Dr. Lisa Strohman
10 May 2022

5 Places Cyberbullying Is Happening Online in 2022

Bullying is nothing new. It’s been a common experience for students on the playground and at school. In the past, it’s been easy to physically get awa...

By     Josh Ochs
12 Feb 2021

The Risks of Social Media Pressure: Keeping Teens Safe

Almost every teenager in the U.S. has personal access to a device with a camera, and the COVID-19 pandemic has made using that camera more useful than...

By     Paget Hetherington
01 May 2018

Is the Blue Whale Game Really Causing Kids to Kill Themselves?

Last week, our Safety Management team received a considerable number of inquiries from educators concerned about the game “Blue Whale,” which has oste...

By     Tara Skoglund
05 Apr 2018

How to Keep Your Students (and Teachers) Safe on Facebook

Every day, students and teachers provide information to social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat and Instagram, whether they are chatting w...

By     Gaggle
26 Oct 2017

Social Network Spotlight: Reddit

Reddit is a massive community of 250 million users built around the concepts of user-created posts and comments sorted by votes. Reddit is comprised o...

By     Alex Beck
13 Jul 2017

Social Network Spotlight: Signal

The number of end-to-end encrypted messaging apps grows larger every day. While they’re not all about State secrets and Edward Snowden, arguments abou...

By     Alex Beck
17 Apr 2017

How Instagram, Facebook and Twitter Foster Digital Citizenship & Safety

Did you notice any peculiar trends on Instagram recently? In efforts to foster a safer, kinder community, tens of thousands of Instagrammers came toge...

By     Corey Tutewiler
07 Apr 2017

Social Network Spotlight: Swarm

Swarm is a geo-location, social-gaming application that allows users to “check in” at specific locations and share with their social network. A compan...

By     Alex Beck

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