Vaping

Although vaping is not the internet, a social media platform, or app, it definitely plays a role in today’s teen social media culture.  Given this fact, and the significant medical contraindications of vaping, especially during COVID https://www.cbc.ca/news/health/vaping-injury-youth-canada-health-1.5684342 we wanted to dedicate a chapter to parents that shed some light ocn the vaping culture. As a social media […]

Non-Fungible Token (NFT) Scams and Safety

Non-Fungible Tokens (NFTs) & The Lure Of Easy Money A Concerning New Financial Frontier That Teens Are Experimenting With Over the past several months we have received several messages from teens, and have fielded questions from students in our live virtual school presentations, asking us about our thoughts on the safety and security of Non-Fungible […]

Online Dating

TEACHING OLDER TEENS HOW TO BE THEIR OWN ONLINE DETECTIVE Many of us are aware of the term “catfishing” which was inspired by a 2010 documentary called “Catfish”. Catfishing is when a person sets up a fabricated online identity, or an entire social circle, to trick people into an emotional/romantic relationship for financial gain, to […]

Reporting a Digital Crime

WHAT TO EXPECT FROM THE POLICE Often we are asked in our presentations what to expect from the police when someone phones to report a cybercrime. Given that Darren just retired from a modern mid-sized law enforcement agency here in Canada, we think we can provide some quality knowledge-based insight. When you first call the […]

Sextortion

Sextortion Typology It is so important that youth and teens, no matter what their sexual orientation or gender identity, and their parents become more aware of the pretexts, tactics, and strategies being used specific to the clear and present threat of online sextortion. As Sun Tzu, a wise and ancient Chinese warrior once stated, “If […]

Intimate Images, Nudes, Sexting, Deepfakes, and Sugaring

Far too often, the language and research surrounding sexting can be very confusing to parents and youth. The list of definitions below is how we classify and use terminology specific to this chapter. We believe these are the most accurate and clear definitions of these commonly used terms. Sexting Sexual communication of any kind between […]

Online Sexual Predation and Exploitation

We believe that it is important to once again emphasize that the vast majority of pre-teens and teens are doing super uber cool things online, and we adults need to start acknowledging this fact. Although the internet gives us the power to connect with people around the world, it also allows for private and immediate access […]

Social Comparison and Body Image

Having presented to over 560,000 pre-teens and teens from across Canada and the United States, there is no doubt that media, in all its forms, is having a significant emotional, psychological, physical, and social impact on some of our kids when it comes to body image and social comparison. In fact, in September 2021 the […]

Teen Digital Relationship Abuse

Teen Digital Relationship Abuse: Relationship abuse, often called domestic abuse, is nothing new to teens or adults, it has been around since humans have interacted in partnerships/intimate relationships.  However, what is new – how technology is being used by a partner to emotionally, psychologically, physically, socially, sexually, and financially control another person.  This is a […]

Cyberbullying & Digital Peer Aggression

Update: 2022-01-19 It was hypothesized by some that during COVID, bullying, and more importantly cyberbullying” would increase dramatically given that youth were moving to online learning.  Well, we are now starting to see some good evidence-based research (both here in Canada and the USA) that shows that there was in fact a decrease in face-to-face […]