Sadfishing is a relatively new term coined by Rebecca Reid in January of 2019. Rebecca created the word after reading a social media post by a famous influencer who posted about her problems (acne) online followed by glamourous photos of her solutions (paid brand sponsorship of skincare products).
When we started Think Before You Type (TBYT) in 2012, Victoria was 14 and Lauren was 16. At the time, we were teenage sisters who had recently observed the negative effects of cyberbullying on our peers and wanted to do something to change that. One night, we sat down to talk about the cyberbullying that we saw on social media, and the idea for TBYT was born.
Online stunts and challenges can vary from the very silly to the very dangerous, and yet they provide participants and viewers a shared bonding experience. Participants can tag their friends when they complete a challenge or share via word of mouth at school or on campus.
Looking for guidance on TikTok? Download the Parental Controls guide to learn more about the platform's safety tools and features built to help you or your teen get the most out of the app.
With a few weeks of the back to school season under our belts, it is easier to step back and examine our daily routines. Are our children making it to school on time? Are they eating a balanced diet? Are they spending too much time online? Are those interactions healthy?
I recently read the book, Hung Up by Haley Evans, with the subtitle ‘why you should put the phone down (and other life advice).’
Stephen Balkam, Founder & CEO of the Family Online Safety Institute, provides an introductory overview of the 7 Steps to Good Digital Parenting videos series. In this series, viewers will be shown how to start a conversation with their kids about online safety and how to be a good digital role model themselves.
In Episode 1 of the 7 Steps to Good Digital Parenting video series, viewers watch a young family navigate Steps 1 (Talk With Your Kids) and 2 (Educate Yourself). By talking about online safety early and often, parents are able to establish healthy digital habits sooner.
In Episode 2 of the 7 Steps to Good Digital Parenting video series, viewers watch a family discuss Steps 3 (Use Parental Controls) and 4 (Set Ground Rules and Enforce Consequences). By setting family rules and enabling parental controls, family members gain clarity on tech privileges and how to use devices and services safely.
In Episode 3 of the 7 Steps to Good Digital Parenting video series, viewers watch a family with older kids navigate social media with Steps 5 (Friend and Follow But Don’t Stalk) and 6 (Explore, Share, and Celebrate). By respecting your child’s online space and encouraging thoughtful interactions on social media, families can learn from each other and have fun online.