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What is Snap Map?

Law enforcement and safety activists were quick to acknowledge the dangers of Snapchat’s new app function, Snap Map. This new tool allows users to share their location in real time, giving other users permission to track their whereabouts. “We’ve built a whole new way to explore the world!” Snapchat wrote in a blog post announcing the new update. […]

Peer Pressure: Start the Conversation

The term peer pressure is used so frequently in our culture that many of us gloss over the phrase. Parents may assume their children are already aware of peer pressure and they have heard all the messages: Just say no. Don’t succumb to pressure. Believe in yourself. Be YOUnique. All of the cliches that hang on the walls of school cafeterias […]

Twitter Takes a Stand

After being a host for revenge pornography, child pornography and sexual harassment, social media giant Twitter has blocked a number of pornographic search terms from its “photo” and “video” sections. An article by the National Center on Sexual Exploitation claimed that Twitter’s reform is important because “pornography is inherently tied to cyber-based sexual harassment, whether in the form […]

What is a Finsta Account?

  A Finsta is a combination of the words “fake” and “Insta(gram).” Teens who have Finsta accounts on Instagram only add a small handful of close friends to their fake, private account. Essentially they have a real Instagram account (called Rinsta) that allows anyone to view their profile and then also a Finsta account to […]

What is Spontana?

  Teens are now faced with a new way for them to be told exactly how they don’t measure up. A new app called Spontana allows users upload selfies so other users can rate the person’s attractiveness on a scale of 1 to 100. The app is described as a mismatch of Instagram and Tinder. Should you […]

#TackleDemand Success

Thank you to all who joined our social media thunderclap to help combat sex trafficking on Super Bowl Sunday! The Abstinence Clearinghouse, in partnership with more than 20 other organizations and countless individuals, reached over 890,390 people through a variety of social media outlets this weekend.

Snapchat Petition Succeeds

A petition created by Change.org was submitted to Snapchat in November 2016 outlining the need to end the sexually suggestive featured stories on Snapchat. The petition stated that Snapchat users should be able to opt out of seeing the suggestive content posted daily by publishers. With over 26,000 signatures, the petition gained the attention of Snapchat creators. […]

The Danger of Facebook Lurking

  Every month, 1.79 billion people actively use the social media site Facebook. On average, each user spends 50 minutes a day using the site. This is not a staggering statistic until you contrast time spent participating in other leisure activities. In the U.S., Americans spend just 19 minutes, on average, reading each day and just 17 […]

The Search for Affirmation

Does your teen spend hours on Snapchat and Instagram? Today’s teen spends an average of eight hours using technology each day. According to Dannah Gresh, teens today are seeking affirmation through social media. While teens today choose to watch Snapchat and Youtube videos over their parents former obsession of MTV, it is evident that fifteen minutes of […]

14-Year-Old Sues Facebook

Revenge porn is a problem on all platforms of social media. According to Fight the New Drug, revenge porn sites are very similar to regular porn sites. The difference is that the images are of regular people who sent sexually explicit images to someone they trusted, only to have them posted online without their permission. For example, […]