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YouTube is a Facilitator of Sexual Exploitation

Last week, we shared a press conference by the National Center of Sexual Exploitation as they released their 2019 Dirty Dozen List. Among the companies listed, YouTube was found to be a corporation that profits from sexual exploitation, specifically child pornography. According to NCOSE, “In April 2018 [YouTube] was criticized for allowing a pornographic ad to appear on a trending YouTube video,

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The 2019 Dirty Dozen List Revealed

On Monday, the National Center on Sexual Exploitation (NCOSE) revealed the 2019 Dirty Dozen List, an annual campaign that names and shames twelve mainstream facilitators of sexual exploitation. Companies making this year’s list include Message Envy, Amazon, Netflix and more. Click the video above to watch the full press conference.   Free E-Book: How to Use

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Are You Aware of These Apps?

It is nearly impossible to keep up with every new, trending app that is marketed to young adults. Talking to your children about the potential risk-features associated with new apps is essential to maintaining safety online. Risk features may include: interaction with strangers, anonymity and apps that warrant privacy concerns. Common Sense Media recently released an article outlining

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Is Your Child Ready for Social Media?

Age alone should not be the determining factor in your child having personal social media accounts. The right question should be closer to “based on everything I know about my child, do I believe he or she is ready to handle the pressures, risks, emotions and unpredictable nature of using social media responsibly?” In order

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Social Media and Mental Health

New findings published by The Lancet suggests social media use may be associated with young people’s mental health, specifically young girls. United Kingdom researchers examined data on 10,904 14-year-olds born between 2000 and 2002 in the U.K. for the study, using a variety of regression and path models to find associations between social media use and depressive

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Ending Child Pornography on Social Media Platforms

Last November, it was discovered that child pornography was being shared on the popular social media platform Tumblr. As a result, Apple removed the Tumblr app from their App Store. A month later Tumblr made the decision to remove all pornographic content from their site. According to the National Center on Sexual Exploitation (NCSE), WhatsApp, a popular

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Cyberbullying Now a Crime in Michigan

Governor Rick Snyder of Michigan recently signed Public Act 457 into law officially defining cyberbullying as a misdemeanor crime that takes effect in March 2019, according to the Detroit Metro Times. At the very least, the law makes cyberbullying punishable by up to 93 days in jail, plus a $500 fine. “Cyberbullying can cause just as much trauma as traditional

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Screens and Teens: Connecting With Our Kids In a Wireless World

  Do you catch yourself living through the lens – that is, taking so many photos with your phone or camera that you actually missed aspects of what was going on around you? Does perfectionism play into your photo-taking or your photo-sharing? In her book, Screens and Teens: Connecting With Our Kids In a Wireless World,

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Initiating Change & Combating Pornography

Accessing pornography is increasingly easy due to technology. The statistics can be overwhelming. Over 40 million Americans are regular visitors to pornography websites. There are 42 million pornography websites totaling 370 million pages of pornography. The pornography industry’s annual revenue is more than the NFL, NBA and MLB combined. It is also more than the

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Monitoring Your Teenager’s Online Activity

There are many apps parents can use to monitor their teens social media activity and amount of time spent online. In addition to regular conversations about technology and online safety, using apps to monitor family technology use may help foster positive conversations between parents and teens. Parents may also find apps like Norton to be

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