Tip of the Month: Block and Report

It is simple. It is intuitive.  It can make social media safer for us all.  But, most adults and teens are not doing it: blocking and reporting obscene, hateful, and threatening content.  Cyberbullying, hate speech, sexual harassment, propaganda are just some of the social media-related dangers that come in the form of posts, comments, or…

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Tip of the Month: Block and Report

Watch Out For: Cyber Self-Harm

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: Cyber Self-Harm. This month we are alerting you to a social media-related danger that many parents may not have considered before: cyber self-harm. In 2013, Hannah Smith,…

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Watch Out For: Cyber Self-Harm

From the Director

Last month, I discussed deepfake technology and our efforts to prevent malicious pornographic deepfakes.  But, as our presidential election season nears, I wanted to highlight the very serious, looming threat that deepfakes also pose to our democracy. Again, deepfakes are forged or fake videos created via artificial intelligence where a person’s likeness, including their face and voice, is realistically…

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From the Director

Sites To Avoid: Dating Websites

Each month we alert you to a site that you need to be aware of to protect your teenaged social media users.  This month we are warning you about: Tinder/dating sites. This month we are alerting you to the danger teens face from dating websites. And, if you were unaware, teens are indeed using dating websites.  Tinder may…

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Sites To Avoid: Dating Websites

Tip of the Month: Community Guidelines

Imagine an intervention that will help parents more effectively, and with less parent-child conflict, set rules and limits to prevent social media addiction and protect against social media-related dangers (cyberbullying, harassment, trafficking, etc.)  In every one of our parent workshops, at least one parent will share their experience of trying to limit their teen’s social media use.  Undoubtedly, when the parent imposes some guidelines or…

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Tip of the Month: Community Guidelines

From the Director: May 2019

Welcome to the Organization for Social Media Safety’s May 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. Our mission is to make social media safe for everyone.  That includes not only protecting your…

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From the Director: May 2019