Select Page

Guide to Teen Sextortion Scams

Guide to Teen Sextortion Scams

The FBI has reported a “huge increase” in sextortion scams targeting teens, especially boys 14 to 17. Here’s what you need to know to protect yourself or your teen, and what to do if you’re a victim.

Snapchat Launches Family Center

Snapchat Launches Family Center

The new tool allows teens to opt-in so that their parents have insight into how they’re using the popular platform.

Ask Trish: Follow Requests

Ask Trish: Follow Requests

I get follow requests from ppl I don’t know, or ppl at my school that I haven’t really talked to and I never know whether I should accept or not. How do u know who to accept? ...

Ask Trish: Cyberbullying Myths

Hey Trish, Sometimes I’ve heard people say cyberbullying can be good for you by making you less weak. What do u think? ...

Free Up Storage, Save Money with Gmail, Google Photos

One thing you can do is go through your inbox to get rid of unneeded messages by clicking on the box (or round icon on a phone) to the left of each message and then deleting all checked messages. These go into a trash folder where they remain for 30 days, though you can manually empty it if you want ...

Ask Trish: Sextortion Facts

Me last week, reading some recently published articles about sextortion, and thinking to myself: “This issue is too important not to discuss with youth, too. They deserve the facts!” ...
Parent’s Guide to Discord

Parent’s Guide to Discord

If you’ve got a teen in your house, there’s a good chance you have Discord. We don’t mean bickering—we’re talking Discord with a capital D, the chat app that’s especially popular with teens.

Parent’s Guide to Roblox

Parent’s Guide to Roblox

If your kids love to play online games, one of the names you may be hearing about a lot lately is Roblox. Here’s what you need to know.

Quick-Guide to Cybersecurity

Quick-Guide to Cybersecurity

Download Quick-Guide (PDF) Why should we care about security? Insecure devices and accounts can jeopardize your privacy, financial well-being and even personal safety. And it can affect others because insecure ...
Parent's and Educator's Quick-Guide to Hate Speech

Parent’s and Educator’s Quick-Guide to Hate Speech

Download Quick Guide (PDF) What is hate speech? Hate speech is more than just harsh words. It can be any form of expression intended to vilify, humiliate, or incite hatred ...
Parent's Quick-Guide to Instagram

Parent’s Quick-Guide to Instagram

The main things parents worry about are typical of all social media: mean behavior among peers, encountering -- or creating -- inappropriate or dangerous content, overuse, and of course, privacy ...
Parent's & Educator's Guide to Media Literacy & False Information

Parent’s & Educator’s Guide to Media Literacy & False Information

We hear a lot about misinformation, disinformation and “fake news,” but whatever you call it, it’s a symptom of much larger problems, including the lack of media literacy ...
Parent's Quick-Guide  to TikTok

Parent’s Quick-Guide to TikTok

TikTok is an app that allows people to view, create and share short videos with friends, family, or the entire world. Although used by lots of adults of all ages, ...
Guide to Ray-Ban Stories: Bystander Privacy in a World of Wearable Cameras

Guide to Ray-Ban Stories: Bystander Privacy in a World of Wearable Cameras

Facebook Reality Labs and Ray-Ban have partnered Ray-Ban Stories, the companies’ first generation of smart glasses. This relatively new product category brings up questions regarding safety for the user and ...
online security

Quick-Guide to Secure Passwords

The FBI along with other security experts are now recommending a “pass phrase” rather than simply a password. Such a phrase should be relatively long – at least 15 characters ...
iphone

Tips for Dealing with Teen Sexting

“Sexting” usually refers to the sharing of sexually explicit images via mobile phones, but it can happen on other devices, too. First of all, research shows most teens don’t share ...
Tips to Help Stop Cyberbullying

Tips to Help Stop Cyberbullying

Guidance for parents and young people on cyberbullying, including advice for ending (or preventing) the cycle of aggression. For a more comprehensive look, see A Parents' Guide to Cyberbullying.  For ...
Advice on Sexting, Sextortion and Revenge Porn

Advice on Sexting, Sextortion and Revenge Porn

The safest way to avoid a picture getting into the wrong hands is to never take it, allow it to be taken, or share it. Sadly, there are cases (sometimes ...
Sexting, Sextortion and Revenge Porn

Sexting, Sextortion and Revenge Porn

Tips and advice Tips for Dealing with Teen Sexting Advice on Sexting, Sextortion and Revenge Porn FAQ on ‘Sexting’ and ‘Sextortion Articles: Panic over teen sexting is overblown Sexting & ...
Tips for Smart Cellphone Use

Tips for Smart Cellphone Use

Some 95% of Americans own cellphones of some kind, according to Pew Research Center - among 18- to 29-year-olds, the number is a whopping 100%. But no matter your age, ...
Strengthening Resilience During Tough Times

Strengthening Resilience During Tough Times

We spoke with Rabbi Kevin Bemel, a former US Navy chaplain, about resilience, relationships and thriving during difficult times. Bemel hosts "The Way to Wow" on YouTube. "The personal mantra ...
iphone

New Dangers Facing Kids Online

Our interview with Internet Watch Foundation CEO Susie Hargreaves on rise of 'self-generated child sex abuse images and videos' and what can be done about it ...
Do Passwords Really Protect Us?

Do Passwords Really Protect Us?

Online security expert Andrew Shikiar of FIDO Alliance talked to us about phishing, vishing, social engineering, and what's wrong with passwords. "Simply put, passwords aren't up to the task." ...
Creating Inclusive Play Spaces

Creating Inclusive Play Spaces

Jill Asher, co-founder of Magical Bridge, talks about creating inclusive playgrounds across the US ...
How Empathy Helps Kids Succeed

How Empathy Helps Kids Succeed

Michele Borba, author of UnSelfie: Why Empathetic Kids Succeed In Our All About Me World, explains why empathic kids enjoy better mental health and overall resiliency. The good news is ...
Australia eSafety Commissioner Julie Inman Grant

Australia eSafety Commissioner Julie Inman Grant

We spoke with US-born Julie Inman Grant about her role as Australia’s eSafety Commissioner, the country's national independent regulator for online safety. Julie talked about her unique government role and ...
parental controls

Parenting for a Digital Future (Webcast)

When it comes to understanding how young people and their families are coping with today's technology, there are no better experts than Sonia Livingstone and Alicia Blum-Ross. Both have been
Teaching Kids Empathy & Kindness with Children's Author Trudy Ludwig

Teaching Kids Empathy & Kindness with Children’s Author Trudy Ludwig

Children's author Trudy Ludwig's books are not only delightfully written and illustrated but also teach and model empathy, caring and kindness. She joined us on ConnectSafely Live to talk about
Media in the Middle Ep. 10: Cancel Culture

Media in the Middle Ep. 10: Cancel Culture

Learn how young people feel about cancel culture, a practice of withdrawing support for (canceling) public figures and companies after they have done or said something considered objectionable or offensive.
Spirituality, Faith & Compassion During a Time of Crisis with Father Robert Ballecer, aka the "Digital Jesuit" (Webcast)

Spirituality, Faith & Compassion During a Time of Crisis with Father Robert Ballecer, aka the “Digital Jesuit” (Webcast)

Larry Magid and Kerry Gallagher speak with Father Robert Ballecer, a Jesuit priest currently at Jesuit Curia in Rome where he is spearheading an effort to use new media for
cyber security

Cybersecurity During COVID-19 (Webcast)

Larry Magid and Kerry Gallagher spoke with McAfee's Baker Nanduru, who had some excellent advice for all of us who are at a higher security risk due to all the
covid19

Internet Ethics Amid Covid-19

Larry Magid and Kerry Gallagher speak with Irina Raicu, Director, Internet Ethics Program at the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics/Santa Clara University, about ethics and Covid-19 contact-tracing apps.
Loading...

Newsletter

For the latest online safety, privacy and security news, sign up to receive our newsletter.