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Fareedah Shaheed Teaches Non-Tech Savvy Parents the Ins & Outs of Cyber Security

For many making attempts to teach their older loved one’s anything technical, the response is typically rooted in the fact that it is too hard or can’t be figured out. But, Forbes 30 Under 30 recipient, Fareedah Shaheed is not taking that for an answer. Her response was to create, Sekuva –a tech company that facilitates helping parents keep their children safe navigating virtual spaces. According to USA Today , “The increase in reports tracks in the United States and abroad during the pandemic, experts said. Tips to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, the clearinghouse for such information in the United States, nearly doubled from 6.3 million in the first half of 2019 to 12 million through June of this year. Reports of online enticement similarly spiked during that timeframe, from 6,863 to 13,268.” Shaheed created Sekuva with an understanding of the influx of cyber bullying having been a recipient of being bullied as a Black American girl growing up in Saudi...

Dec 30, 2020

2018 Was A Record Year For Online Hate and Harassment

If logging on to Facebook, Twitter or any other social media platforms in the past year may have felt draining, you’re most likely not imagining it. Facebook became a cesspool for online harassment in 2018, a new survey from the Anti-Defamation League shows . More than half (56%) of the survey’s respondents said they experienced hate through Facebook. Twitter and YouTube clocked in at 19 percent and 17 percent respectively for survey participants saying they were harassed on the platforms. Photo: Anti-Defamation League According to the Anti-Defamation League , 32 percent of Americans reported that the harassment they received was because of their sexual orientation, religion, race or ethnicity, gender identity or disability. Twitter has updated its community standards, while YouTube is now working to alter features on its products to curtail some of the negative behavior. Earlier this month, YouTube announced that it is working on ways to stop “dislike campaigns” on videos by large...

Feb 14, 2019

A New UK Report Urges More Social Media Regulation To Protect Children

The United Kingdom Parliament’s Science and Technology Committee has released a report on the impact of social media on children and how companies can help alleviate some of the major issues it causes. Social media use has become increasingly popular over the years and more minors are finding ways pathways to the platforms, despite many companies having rules against underaged users. The report listed risks, harms and benefits of children using social media. Some of the risks and harms include inciting terrorism and the “proliferation online of the physical, emotional and sexual abuse and exploitation of children.” The committee notes that although social media has not created many of the risks presented in the report, the platforms do amplify them. The Committee suggested various regulations to prevent and punish harm presented to children via social media. The report requested that the Law Commission “produce clear recommendations on how to reform existing laws” dealing with hate...

Feb 1, 2019