YouTube Kids: Helpful or Harmful?
With cartoons and kid friendly videos, it is easy to assume that YouTube Kids is protected from negative content. Unfortunately, this is far from true. The website may be mostly safe, but there is still a real chance kids could be exposed to inappropriate content.
Phishing for Information- Part 2
Previously we touched on how emails can be a hotspot for cybercriminal activity. As we continue to be more innovative with our technology, scammers have gotten more creative with phishing schemes, causing scams to pop up on other platforms, specifically social media.
Phishing for Information- Part 1
In this two-part series we will be diving into the world of online phishing schemes that millions of people fall victim to every single day. We will be examining the two most common platforms scammers deliver on email and social media.
A play on the word fishing, phishing is an online scam where criminals bait you into providing sensitive information such as bank account data, social security number, credit card numbers, usernames, passwords and more. When the confidential material is acquired, hackers use various techniques and software to access the accounts and steal personal information through emails.
The real challenge online is keeping people safe
The concept of “do not try this at home” has discovered a new meaning thanks to viral challenges that have taken the internet by storm. A category of entertainment in which one action goes viral and millions of people recreate it with the sole purpose of obtaining views.
Since the start of social media, numerous challenges have taken the web by storm, all resulting in unique sets of consequences. Currently, the skull-breaker challenge and the penny challenge are circulating TikTok encouraging dangerous behaviors.
The Dreadful Return of the Burner Phone
Remember the 90’s??? They are back….
Teens have turned to burner phones when devices are revoked to maintain the active status among friends and avoid FOMO (the fear of missing out).
Is a Fake Instagram really worth it?
Instagram has been growing in popularity as an online destination for portraying the most perfect and edited aspects of one’s life. A trend, popular among teenagers, gives young people a chance to be real or is it a chance to be too real???
The Dangers of Influencer Marketing
Research shows that Gen-Z trusts digital content from influencers more than other sources. In 2018, an estimated 24.2 million posts on social media were brand-sponsored influencer marketing posts.
The Pressure of Being Plugged In
Is your teen feeling pressure to stay “plugged in?”
American teenagers are spending about nine hours on average with digital media every day. That’s more time than teens spend sleeping, or at school. Teens are more plugged in today than ever before, and much of the time they spend in front of screens is spent browsing and posting to social media. Unfortunately, the compulsion for teens to constantly check their social media does not come without negative consequences.
How can social media be used for education purposes?
We’ve written on the benefits of social media for teens before on our blog in our posts, “A deeper dive into the positive effects of social networking” and “Are there positive effects from social media for teens?” Today, we’re looking at one specific way social media can benefit tech savvy tweens and teens. That’s when it’s used appropriately for educational purposes.
Discovering your JOMO
If you’ve attended one of our Smart Girl workshops or talks, you’ll know we often discuss. Today, we’re going to dive into FOMO’s better side - the Joy Of Missing Out (JOMO).