Medical Misinformation

We are gravely concerned about misinformation disseminated via social media. Misinformation is a major, if not existential, threat on a number of fronts including democracy and the economy, but developments this month have highlighted the unique potential for social media to spread dangerous medical misinformation. On Tuesday, February 25th, the CDC announced that the new…

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Medical Misinformation

Watch Out: Skullbreaker Challenge

There is a new, potentially lethal, challenge going viral on social media called the Skullbreaker Challenge. Make sure you know how to protect your tweens and teens. What are challenges? Challenges are online dares. They may be physical in nature, such as requiring people to dump a bucket full of ice on their heads (the…

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Watch Out: Skullbreaker Challenge

Ambiguous Dangers

Welcome to the Organization for Social Media Safety’s newsletter.  Thank you for taking the time out of your day to learn the latest tips, news, and best practices to keep you and your family safe on social media. I hope the transition back to school went well for you and your students.   As the Organization for Social…

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Ambiguous Dangers

Advocacy In Action

On February 13th, 2019 the City of Los Angeles declared Social Media Safety Day while recognizing the efforts of the Organization for Social Media Safety. Several councilmembers spoke up to commemorate OFSMS and the necessary awareness this day brought to the issue of social media-related dangers. On Social Media Safety Day, several motions were introduced in…

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Advocacy In Action

Watch Out For: Social Media-Fueled Eating Disorders

Each month we alert you to a site or trend that you need to be aware of to protect your teenaged social media users.  This month we are warning you about: Eating Disorders. While many are generally familiar with what eating disorders are, many parents may not realize how social media can exacerbate eating disorders and contribute to an…

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Watch Out For: Social Media-Fueled Eating Disorders

Tip of the Month: Physical Inspections

We know that it is very challenging to teach teens about both the lack of privacy and the permanence of their messages, posts, DMs, tweets, and snaps.  But, we have a way that will help you teach them…. As we remind you often, your teens are on their phones and social media on average 9 hours a day.  That…

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Tip of the Month: Physical Inspections