Humblebragging: The New Status Symbol

A new study from Harvard University describes ‘humblebragging’ - boasting about one's hectic life as a way to prove they are 'in demand' - as a new social phenomenon.

Pope tells young to resist 'false' reality of social media

Pope Francis has urged young people to resist the false images of reality that are presented by social media, and to seek authenticity rather than superficiality.

Google adds tool to flag 'offensive' search results

Google has added a new category called "upsetting-offensive" for flagging search results. While flagging something doesn't directly affect the search results themselves, it does influence how content ranks in the results. As a result, content marked as "upsetting-offensive" and other questionable attributes may be pushed down in the list of results, giving prominence to...

Losing smartphone is almost as stressful as terror threat

The Physiological Society, an organization of more than 3,500 scientists from over 60 countries, reports that the loss of a smartphone is perceived to be almost as stressful as a terrorist threat. Their recent study of 2,000 British citizens shows that such modern problems, including identity theft and commuter delays, are significant stressors. By providing this information, the Physiological...

Smartphone-obsessed Finns rank tops in screen time

AFP Relax News reported that Finland ranks top on the internet usage on mobile devices. The Finnish market offers lots of unlimited data plans making fast internet connections affordable to the consumers. The authorities are concerned that some mothers spend too much time on their smartphones instead of playing with their children, and that some fathers are largely absent from their...

Broadband Providers Will Need Permission to Collect Private Data

Cecilia Kang fro the New York Times reports that the Federal Communications Committee approved new privacy rules. Currently, the broadband providers can track users unless those individuals tell them to stop. The new rules require broadband providers to obtain permission from subscribers to gather and give out data on their web browsing, app use, location and financial information.

Is pornography addictive

Kirsten Weir of American Psychology Association reports that psychologists’ research is working to answer this question. The accessibility, affordability and anonymity provided by the Web have put adult content right at our fingertips. While many viewers of adult content don't seem to suffer ill effects, porn can become problematic for others. The Kinsey Institute survey found 9 percent of...

Privacy groups target kids advertising disguised as YouTube content

Grant Gross from IDG News Service reported that marketing companies are targeting children on YouTube with advertising disguised as other content. The marketing videos, often not labeled as advertising, include promotions for candy, “junk food,” and other products, with popular YouTube personalities, some of them kids themselves, playing games, unboxing boys, or sampling food. The FTC should...

Is Porn Culture to Be Feared

Conor Friedersdorf from The Atlantic, examines the issue of whether the rise of streaming, hi-def pornography causes men to use and abuse women. But given that the rise of ubiquitous porn has coincided with significant declines in rape and spousal abuse, and with increasing support among men for gender equality, how can anyone be confident that it makes men disrespect women, let alone that it...

Take the Pledge No More Indulging Porn

Rabbi Shmuley Boteach and actress Pamela Anderson, wrote an article for Wall Street Journal, where they investigate the dangers of pornography and how it affects the emotional and psychological state of individuals as well as their personal and family lives. With their interesting article, they are warning that consumption of pornographic material is addictive and that the evolution and wide...

What's the Right Age for a Child to Get a Smartphone?

Brian X. Chen from The New York Times, investigates the topic of what is the right age for a child to get a smartphone. As children get smartphone at a very young age, the risk of exposure to issues like online bullies, child predators or sexting, increases. The takeaway, is for the parents to wait as long as possible for that the children achieve the responsibility and maturity level that is...

New York's Wi-Fi Kiosks being used to browse pornography

New York's public Wi-Fi is being used to browse pornography.

Cyber-women blur the line between reality and fantasy

At the 2016 Tokyo Game Show, cyber women are blurring the line between reality and fantasy.

Starbucks and McDonald's move to block porn from their Wi-Fi networks

Chris Isidore from CNNMoney reports that anti-pornography groups have succeeded in their efforts to get Starbucks and McDonald's to block porn on the chains' Wi-Fi networks. The anonymity offered by open Wi-Fi increases use of public Wi-Fi for trafficking pornographic content and the sexual solicitation of children. Parents worry that children can come across such content while at one...

Pornography – an Industry Systematically Shaping Relationships and Views towards Women

Pornography is a social evil that leads to many negative behaviors. Research suggests it contributes to objectification and dehumanization of a person, mainly women, so that the person is demeaned. This research article, by The Salvation Army International Social Justice Commission (ISJC), examines a number of peer-reviewed and validated research studies relating to pornography’s effect on...

Tackling Pornography: Hope for Lost Innocence

The Open Bible Churches spotlight the problem of pornography.  The May/June 2016 issue of the  Message  magazine will target the blight of pornography by providing eye-opening information, strategic resources, and testimonies of people who have been set free.  Nine out of ten children (ages eight to sixteen) have viewed pornography online.* We (families,...

Parents, Teens and Digital Monitoring

Pew Research Center released a report about the methods parents use to monitor their teen’s online lives and how they encourage their child to use technology in an appropriate and responsible manner. According to the report, parents take a number of different steps to monitor their child’s online behavior, with personal monitoring being the most prominent of these steps. On the other hand,...

Man admits posting 'revenge porn' of his ex-girlfriend

Sexting, sending sexually explicit or nude photographs from one mobile device to another, is a serious problem that can lead to long-term embarassment, emotional pain, or harassment.  "Revenge Porn," as it has been called, is when such compromising photos are used against an individual, oftentimes after a relationship has ended. In yet another example of why sexting can have...

Nicole Lovell's killing raises question of how to keep kids safe on social media

Many parents are feeling frightened that they do know posses the knowledge and technical skills to keep kids safe on social media. Kelly Wallace of CNN is showing how parents should interact with their children regarding their use of social networking apps and what they can do to protect them from unsafe or potentially harmful online activity.

Facebook drives Internet safety in Africa

On February 9 2016, Facebook hosted a Women’s Safety roundtable in Kenya to highlight how the community can work together to create a harassment-free environment so that everyone feels safe to share and interact online. The roundtable coincided with the Safer Internet Day and its main focus was to address the issues of online harassment of women. This was the first one of a series of...