Digital Safety

...teens’ continuous online presence has created a new environment for youth victimization by adults and peers...

For U.S. youth today, personal information gathering and sharing happens in cyberspace. A vast majority of teenagers report engaging in online use on a near constant basis.1 The ease of internet accessibility combined with teens’ continuous online presence has created a new environment for youth victimization by adults and peers, making awareness of online safety an increasingly growing need. With near universal use of smartphones by American teens, young people regularly share personal information on social media, including names, personal pictures, and locations.1 Students need careful and effective guidance to understand the risks and benefits of using these technologies and how to do so safely.2

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Increasing Safety Through the Use of Mobile Applications

August 2016

With the steady increase of smartphone use on campuses across the nation, many higher education institutions are using this opportunity to increase school safety through the use of mobile devices. For instance, at one campus in Texas, a web-based mobile application (app) known as "EduSafe"... (Read more…)

Promoting Digital Privacy

Best Practices for Educators February 2015

In an age of continuous technological innovation, protecting confidential information requires more than an armed guard at the door. Schools are now faced with the task of protecting information and maintaining digital networks through which learning is facilitated. Thus, communicating ideas... (Read more…)


Teen Sexting and Prevention Strategies

April 2013

Over the past decade, technology has altered the way youth communicate and interact with their peers. Over 75% of teenagers own cell phones, and one-third send over 3,000 text messages a month (Lenhart, 2010). Consequently, new forms of electronic communication... (Read more…)