BOB'S BLOG

July 19, 2017

‘One of the Biggest Challenges’: Instagram a Key Hotbed for Cyberbullying

Research from anti-bullying charity Ditch the Label suggests cyber-bullying is widespread on social media, with nearly 70 percent of youngsters admitting to having been abusive towards others online, and 17 percent claiming to have been bullied online – and Instagram is said to be a key abuse hotbed.

July 19, 2017

Google adds bolder warnings to lessen risk of unverified apps

The tech giant introduces more security protections in the wake of the Google Docs phishing scam in May.

July 19, 2017

Parenting in the Age of YouTubeKids

Benjamin Burroughs studies how new media industries channel children’s attention.

July 18, 2017

Smartphone App Uses Text Message Stories To Get Kids ‘Hooked’ On Reading

An app allows users to read fast paced short stories right on their smartphones, and in the form of text messages between two people.

July 17, 2017

Digital life comes with risk

Time spent on social media is considered a risk factor for mental health problems. The platform is too new for there to be scientific consensus on its effects, as studies alternately point to self-image and eating problems and benefits in terms of personal relationships and political engagement. But it has …

July 17, 2017

Family finds clues to teen’s suicide in blue whale paintings

Nadia was a gifted artist, sister, daughter and friend. Nobody who knew her suspected that she would take her own life. Nobody who knew her could have anticipated what they would find after her death.

July 15, 2017

Facebook tests a GIF maker on iOS

Facebook confirmed it has begun testing a new GIF maker in the camera feature of the main Facebook mobile application. The feature, which is available with..

July 15, 2017

6 Fresh Parenting Styles from Around the Globe

The differences are more than just geography.

July 14, 2017

Race, cyberbullying and intimate partner violence

Television shows such as “American Crime” depict a group of teens preying on a vulnerable individual by using social media and text messaging. […] the face associated with cyberbullying is often a white one. In these scenarios, cyberbullying is a form of intimate partner violence, which the CDC describes as physical, sexual or psychological harm by a current or former partner or spouse. The Pew survey asked questions about unpleasant experiences online such as seeing people post events they weren’t invited to or feeling pressure to post things online that make you look good to others. Given the relatively small sample size (361 teens), it would be unwise to jump to any major conclusions. […] we don’t have sufficient data on Asian-American students, so African-American youth can only be compared to white and Hispanic youth. The CDC does not list race as a risk factor in bullying in general, and academic research has been inconclusive as to whether African-Americans are more likely to bully (or be bullied) than their white peers. […] African-Americans are more likely to use social networking sites to make new professional contacts than other racial groups.