Ausdroid: Google improves their online education tools for teaching kids to be safe online.

Ausdroid: Google improves their online education tools for teaching kids to be safe online.. “Four years ago Google lunched ‘Be Internet Awesome’, an online training program designed to assist teachers and parents teach young children about safe internet behaviours. Today they have announced an expansion to the program introducing 11 new lesions and refinements to the original content.”

Addressing Rape in Four Minutes or Less: Dating App Reps Left Unprepared to Respond to Assault Victims (ProPublica)

ProPublica: Addressing Rape in Four Minutes or Less: Dating App Reps Left Unprepared to Respond to Assault Victims. “The multibillion-dollar online dating industry has no meaningful standards for responding to reports of offline harm and removing those responsible from its platforms, Columbia Journalism Investigations and ProPublica found. Despite pledges to shield users from sexual predators, the companies have done little to abide by them. Most companies have loosely defined procedures that force employees to rely on their own judgment. Dating app users who report an attack, like [Natalie] Dong, often have to badger companies to take action.”

‘The bar is low for the social media industry’: Top platforms are unsafe for LGBTQ community, new report says (USA Today)

USA Today: ‘The bar is low for the social media industry’: Top platforms are unsafe for LGBTQ community, new report says . “According to GLAAD’s first Social Media Index report released Monday, the platforms have a ‘circuit breaker’ to slow down the harassment, bullying, and misinformation and discrimination, but they don’t want to do it because they are monetizing off of it, making the ‘entire sector effectively unsafe’ for LGBTQ users and other marginalized communities.”

EurekAlert: Children can bypass age verification procedures in popular social media apps

EurekAlert: Children can bypass age verification procedures in popular social media apps. “Children of all ages can completely bypass age verification measures to sign-up to the world’s most popular social media apps including Snapchat, Instagram, TikTok, Facebook, WhatsApp, Messenger, Skype and Discord by simply lying about their age, researchers at Lero, the Science Foundation Ireland Research Centre for Software have discovered.”

Neowin: Microsoft’s Family Safety app exits preview, now generally available

Neowin: Microsoft’s Family Safety app exits preview, now generally available. “The app – as the name suggests – lets users keep a tab on family members and their digital usage. It lets users set screen limits, restrict access to certain websites for children, and even keep a tab on members’ whereabouts through location sharing. In addition to these, parents can also choose to receive weekly activity reports to monitor not just usage stats, but also the content that they are consuming.”

FBI: School Closings Due to COVID-19 Present Potential for Increased Risk of Child Exploitation

FBI: School Closings Due to COVID-19 Present Potential for Increased Risk of Child Exploitation. “Due to school closings as a result of COVID-19, children will potentially have an increased online presence and/or be in a position that puts them at an inadvertent risk. Due to this newly developing environment, the FBI is seeking to warn parents, educators, caregivers, and children about the dangers of online sexual exploitation and signs of child abuse.”

TechCrunch: TikTok’s new set of safety videos teach users about features, the app’s focus on ‘positivity’

TechCrunch: TikTok’s new set of safety videos teach users about features, the app’s focus on ‘positivity’. “TikTok today released a new set of safety videos designed to playfully inform users about the app’s privacy controls and other features — like how to filter comments or report inappropriate behavior, among other things. One video also addresses TikTok’s goal of creating a ‘positive’ social media environment, where creativity is celebrated and harassment is banned.”

Neowin: BBC launches digital wellbeing keyboard aimed at children

Neowin: BBC launches digital wellbeing keyboard aimed at children. “The BBC has announced the availability of its Own It keyboard app which aims to improve the digital wellbeing of children. The Own It app is interesting in that it functions as an app but also doubles as a keyboard which you can use across different apps. BBC has baked in machine learning which visually alerts the child if they’re writing something negative, prompting them to rethink whether or not they want to issue the message.”