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After the Charlottesville violence, Silicon Valley giants, like Facebook, Google, Twitter, Paypal, and GoDaddy, are choking off tech avenues that hate groups use for crowdsourcing, organizing, and funding. This is a reversal of tech companies’ overall “hands off” approach to censorship and raises free speech concerns. In response to the censorship, alt-right organizations are revolting […] Read More

Two weeks ago Access Hollywood Live asked me to appear on a parenting segment to discuss slang kids and teens use online. I accepted the request planning to discuss the reasons teens use slang and offer suggestions to parents about how to respond when they see social media slanguage. Very quickly I realized I don’t […] Read More

Should Parents Monitor Teen Texts?

  Today’s world seems far more complicated for kids than it was for us. No longer is a kid’s stomping ground only as big as his neighborhood. With the Internet, kids interact with strangers every day from all over the world. Global real-time connection creates profound learning opportunities. But with opportunities comes risks. Locking doors […] Read More

GetKidsInternetSafe Tips for YouTube

  Did your kids watch endless hours of YouTube this summer? If so, they are not alone. Limitless quantities of content has made YouTube the second most visited website in the world; FaceBook is number one. Famous YouTube stars, like PewDiePie and Smoosh, boast over 56 million subscribers and 15 billion views! That translates to […] Read More

Recent reports of child and teen suicides have flooded the news recently. Too often social media and cyberbullying plays a role. The Blue Whale Challenge is the latest fad kids are talking about. Should parents worry? Suicide risk According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention there has been a recent spike in child […] Read More

Pia was 13-years-old when she cut herself for the first time. She was confused, lonely, and hopeless. Self-harm provided a distraction from her emotional pain and anchored her to her physicality amongst the numbness. She started with a tiny cut, ultimately inflicting deeper and deeper cuts. Even the hours anticipating cutting brought her comfort. She […] Read More

Why Kids Love Challenge Videos

Why are kids so good at coming up with bad ideas? They are constantly finding ways to test their limits. As if they don’t come up with enough hugely dumb ideas on their own, a collective resource for pranks and dares are challenge videos. Challenge video ideas are endless; involving dangerous stunts, elaborate pranks, eating […] Read More

Hey GKISsers. I’m in Berlin (!) for a security conference, and my email feed is alive with press inquiries for my opinion about how Snapchat’s new Snap Map feature threatens child safety. Because I try to have a life, I was unable to respond quickly. But I’m on it now, AND I have a unique […] Read More

The Good, the Bad, the Ugly of Craigslist

Craigslist is the website where Internet users can buy and sell anything. In just a few clicks of the mouse, one can browse advertisements for housing, items for sale, jobs, information forums, help for services, gigs, community events, and even people. Craigslist can be a highly useful tool, but it also has a dark side. […] Read More

Look, I am an avid video gamer. I love them. The last article I wrote for GetKidsInternetSafe talked about the benefits of gaming. But the real truth is, video games aren’t designed for kids. They’re designed for intense arousal and, ultimately, profit. Violence and sex are abundant in many video games, and research has consistently […] Read More

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