Engadget: Senate bill proposes stricter privacy controls for children

Engadget: Senate bill proposes stricter privacy controls for children. “Some politicians don’t believe the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act does enough to protect kids in the modern era, and they’re hoping to update it accordingly. Senators Ed Markey and Josh Hawley have introduced a bill that would amend COPPA with stricter controls on kids’ data.”

Lifehacker: How Kids Are Using Google Docs to Bully Each Other

Lifehacker: How Kids Are Using Google Docs to Bully Each Other. “As a parent, you might walk past your child’s room and see her happily typing away on a Google Docs page. ‘Lovely!’ you think. ‘She’s probably working on her science report or finishing up her essay on the rise of RBG.’ Or, she could be in a secret chat room.”

Chronicle of Social Change: Child Trends Introduces New Tool in Comparable Child Welfare Data

Chronicle of Social Change: Child Trends Introduces New Tool in Comparable Child Welfare Data. “Child Trends has released a new tool that offers browsers a robust collection of data around child maltreatment, foster care, kinship caregivers and adoption for all 50 states, Puerto Rico and Washington, D.C. The figures are drawn from the most recent Adoption and Foster Care Analysis and Reporting System (AFCARS) report, the U.S. Census Bureau and other sources. All the information is pegged to national trendlines for comparison purposes.”

EurekAlert: New study highlights the influence social media has on children’s food intake

EurekAlert: New study highlights the influence social media has on children’s food intake . “New University of Liverpool research, published in Pediatrics, highlights the negative influence that social media has on children’s food intake. Current research shows celebrity endorsement and television advertising of unhealthy foods increases children’s intake of these foods. However, children are increasingly exposed to marketing through digital avenues, such as on social media, and the impact of marketing by YouTube video bloggers (vloggers) on these outcomes has, until now, not been known.”

CNN: Instagram is leading social media platform for child grooming

CNN: Instagram is leading social media platform for child grooming. “More children are being groomed on Instagram than on other social media platforms, new figures suggest, leading to calls for tech companies to face stronger child welfare regulations. Overall, police in England and Wales have recorded more than 5,000 cases of online grooming since having sexual communications with a child became a crime in April 2017, child protection charity the NSPCC found.”

The Atlantic: Momo Is Not Trying to Kill Children

The Atlantic: Momo Is Not Trying to Kill Children. “To any concerned parents reading this: Do not worry. The ‘Momo challenge’ is a recurring viral hoax that has been perpetuated by local news stations and scared parents around the world. This entire cycle of shock, terror, and outrage about Momo even took place before, less than a year ago: Last summer, local news outlets across the country reported that the Momo challenge was spreading among teens via WhatsApp. Previously, rumors about the challenge spread throughout Latin America and Spanish-speaking countries.”