When CyberBullying Doesn’t Stay Online

How can cyberbullying influence depression? The Internet has impacted and changed the world as we knew it forever. It has and continues to permeate our lives, leaving its mark. Of increasing importance has been the exploration of the effect of Internet use on social and emotional health. Part of this research has been mapping out how experiences online can be either similar or different from those offline. Within this field, comparisons between online and offline bullying and its impact on social and emotional health are starting to receive more attention. The concept of ‘Cyberbullying’ is relatively new to researchers. Exploration of the idea of cyberbullying continues, noting what makes cyberbullies different from in-person bullies. For example, cyberbullies focus their aggression … [Read more...]

Benefits of Teens Using Technology

"Chat room pervert jailed for attack on boy"[1] "Man accused of seducing young girl on web"[2] Headlines like these from the news and shows like NBC’s “To Catch a Predator” have made parents understandably anxious about their teen’s Internet use, especially when it comes to social media websites, like Facebook. The Internet can seem like a big city at night—full of hidden dangers and temptations; a place you wouldn’t let your children go to alone. But is the Internet really such a menace? A report by the Internet Safety Task Force (created by 49 state attorneys general) found that “the problem of bullying among children, both online and offline, poses a far more serious challenge than the sexual solicitation of minors by adults. ”[3] In fact, the report found that “children and … [Read more...]

10 Assumptions We Make about Teens and Media

We all have assumptions about teens and how they use the many different types of media: Teens tweet about anything and everything. Teens are constantly on Facebook updating their “status” and liking other people’s “statues.” The “digital divide” extends to cell phone ownership. But are these really true? Or, are these the twenty-first century version of old wives’ tales—call ’em old Web tales? 1. Teens are the largest number of users on Twitter. Actually, Twitter is more of an “adult thing.” Even then, the data are less overwhelming than we might assume: Only 12% of teens 12–17 use Twitter or other status updating sites.[1]Overall 15% of adults are using Twitter, and 31% of those adults are age18-24.[2] 2.Only teens in higher income households can afford the data plans … [Read more...]

HELLO, facebook!

CiPHR joins Facebook You might not know us or be familiar with all of the work we’ve done to contribute to public health research and advance the public health sphere. We’ve been around for a while (since 2003) but we haven’t had a strong Facebook presence up to now.  We’re looking to change that by involving YOU.   We believe in the power of the person, how sharing information makes a difference, and how we can all learn from each other. It’s so important to us to share what we’re learning about how we can use technology to promote health, and how technology is making our lives better (…and sometimes more challenging!).  We’re REALLY excited to have you here. Please help welcome us in our transition to facebook by “liking” our page and even posting a little hello or a comment about … [Read more...]

Help Create Effective Violence Prevention

A call for more effective violence prevention December 2012 Connecticut School Shooting Position Statement Nine school violence prevention researchers and practitioners nationwide have developed a position statement on the Dec. 14, 2012 Connecticut school shootings that is being disseminated across the U.S. today. It is in response to the tragic acts of violence at Sandy Hook Elementary School and updates the School Shootings Position Statement that was disseminated nationally following the tragic school-related shootings of 2006.  The driving force behind the statement is to communicate scientifically informed principles and recommendations for practitioners, policymakers and the public at large. We are proud that Dr. Ybarra is a signator on the position statement.  The position … [Read more...]

Why We Changed Our Name

Internet Solutions for Kids, Inc. (ISK) is pleased to announce our new name: Center for Innovative Public Health Research (CiPHR). The Center for Innovative Public Health Research (formerly Internet Solutions for Kids) has been quietly growing into one of the most innovative and progressive technology-focused organizations in the technology and public health space. Focusing on social media, texting, Internet use, and online games, we are helping change the way we understand how youth and young adults use media, and the ways we use media to reach young people and promote healthy behaviors. Dr. Michele Ybarra founded then-ISK in 2003. "I always knew I wanted to try to improve people's lives," says Dr. Ybarra from her office in San Clemente, California. After earning her BA in psychology … [Read more...]