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WASHINGTON, Nov. 16, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — A new study of parents of connected children released today by the Family Online Safety Institute (FOSI) found that parents whose kids have their own connected device or social media account are notably more optimistic about the benefits of that technology than are those whose children do not have them.

The report, “Connected Families: How Parents Think and Feel About Wearables, Toys and the Internet of Things,” explores the understanding and comfort level of parents whose children use connected toys and devices in the home. Other topics included top benefits and concerns for parents, the confidence for monitoring and controlling the use of these technologies, and what ages children are using or owning them. Read more…

Last year a 13-year-old Illinois boy learned an old, painful lesson about online relationships. After swapping messages with someone who claimed to be a 19-year-old woman in search of nude photos, he eventually sent an indecent video of himself. When he had second thoughts and tried to break off contact, “she” threatened to post the video publicly. He told his parents instead, and they called the police. The culprit turned out to be a 24-year-old man in California who had used similar “sextortion” tactics to exploit five other boys.

While pedophiles have been taking advantage of kids online for about as long as there’s been an internet, law enforcement officials say tactics employed by the 24-year-old Californian are becoming more common in at least one way: He found the 13-year-old on Snapchat, which he told police had become his preferred venue for obtaining child porn. Read more…

Good news, pearl-clutchers! Someone re-examined all of our moral panic around whether or not social media is What’s Wrong With Kids These Days and all signs point to: nope.

It’s no secret that parents, pediatricians, and people who have Lots of Opinions aren’t fond of the Snaptweets and Instabook posts all of our kids are making, and suspect that these platforms — not to mention the KikTube — are the reasons kids are entitled, anxious, over-sensitive garbage.

A new study published in Psychiatry Quarterly examined that idea in more detail, and it suggests that it may soon be time to move Social Media into the abandoned scapegoats pile so it can join its video games and rock-and-roll brethren. Read more…

Brett Ratner is the latest Hollywood player to be accused of sexual harassment, a new twist in the scandal that’s been dominating the media in recent weeks. The firestorm began with allegations against movie mogul Harvey Weinstein and quickly grew; more than 60 women have come forward to accuse him of sexual assault and rape.

“This has been one of the biggest things that’s happened to bring sexual harassment and sexual misconduct to the forefront,” says Dr. Kristine Schlichting, owner of Hopewell Health Solutions in Glastonbury.

The controversy is an opportunity to talk to our kids and hopefully change the landscape for women – and men – in the future. Read more…

The Uber app has the ability to monitor and record what people are doing on their iPhones, according to security researchers.

In worrying news, the company can reportedly monitor a user’s screen even when the app is running in the background, allowing access to whatever you are looking at including private photos and passwords.
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October is National Bullying Prevention Awareness month.

These days, most bullying takes place on computers and phones. Parenting experts say cyberbullying is at an unprecedented level but there are also more tools than ever before to protect your children.

“If it’s not affecting your child directly, they know somebody who it is affecting,” said Titania Jordan, Chief Parenting Officer with Bark, an app that promotes itself as a digital safety solution for parents.

Between Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Kik, Snapchat, text and email, kids and teens have countless ways to communicate now. Any parent would have to spend hours mining their phones to keep up, and that can often lead to a dispute about privacy. Read more…

So you bought that new iPhone. If you are like the typical owner, you’ll be pulling your phone out and using it some 80 times a day, according to data Apple collects. That means you’ll be consulting the glossy little rectangle nearly 30,000 times over the coming year. Your new phone, like your old one, will become your constant companion and trusty factotum—your teacher, secretary, confessor, guru. The two fo you will be inseparable. Read more…

In Does Porn Hurt Children in the Sunday Review, David Segal pointed to the absence of definitive research linking pornography exposure during adolescence to negative outcomes for teenagers and noted the ethical impossibility of conducting the kinds of studies that might prove, or disprove, such links. In spite of the lack of evidence of harm, every researcher he interviewed felt uneasy about the messages teenagers might take from pornography and suggested that “at a minimum” parents should be talking with their teenagers about sexuality in general and porn in particular. Read more…

October is National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month

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This month, the world comes together to raise awareness for bullying prevention and to reflect on where we have been, where we are now, and where we hope to be in the years to come. This year’s Bullying Prevention Awareness Month marks the 10th anniversary of its initiation by PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center. Since 2006, the event has grown to an entire month of education and awareness activities, and is being recognized by schools and communities throughout the world. Read more…

Yahoo just said every single account was affected by 2013 attack — 3 billion in all

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Yahoo on Tuesday said that every single Yahoo account was affected by a data breach that took place in 2013.

In 2016, Yahoo disclosed that more than one billion of about three billion accounts had likely been affected by the hack. In its disclosure Tuesday, the company said all accounts were likely victimized.

Yahoo included the finding in a recent update to its Account Security Update page, saying that it found out about the wider breach through new intelligence obtained during the company’s integration into Verizon Communications. Outside forensic experts assisted in the discovery, the company said.
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