|Internet Solutions for Kids is a non-profit research organization in the US centered on understanding the impact on and opportunities for adolescent health represented by new technologies. Our mission is to promote new and innovative methods that improve the health and safety of young people. We believe a mutli-pronged approach is necessary, with research alongside active youth education and support.
||Growing up with Media
Internet Solutions for Kids is leading the Growing up with Media survey, a national, longitudinal survey of adolescents to identify the associations between exposure to violence in new media and the subsequent expression of seriously violent behavior (CDC U49CE000206). In collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, and Harris Interactive, this 2-year longitudinal survey is groundbreaking in its focus on exposures and experiences by adolescents on the Internet and cell phones.
The CyberSenga project in Mbarara, Uganda is examining the applicability of the Information – Motivation – Behavioral skills model for adolescent HIV risk behavior. Findings will be integrated into the design of a novel, Internet-based HIV prevention program for youths funded by the National Institute of Mental Health (R01MH80662). Segnas refer to aunts in Uganda who traditionally played the role informal sexual health educator of their nieces. We will integrate existing cultural norms into an evidenced-based program aimed at reducing unprotected sex.
An estimated 51-63% of Turkish men and 24-26% of Turkish women 15 years of age and older are currently smokers. As such, smoking is a major contributor to morbidity and mortality in Turkey. A recent survey conducted among 147 adults living in Ankara who were current smokers indicates that one in three (34%) would be somewhat or extremely likely to access a text messaging-based smoking cessation program if it were available when they were trying to quit. Internet Solutions for Kids is funded by NIH / Fogerty Foundation to develop and test the feasibility of SMS Turkey, a text messaging-based smoking cessation program for adult smokers living in Ankara, Turkey (R01TW007918).
Cyber-bully no more
Harassment and bullying on the Internet are serious adolescent health issues associated with significant personal challenge for some children who are targeted. Internet Solutions for Kids was funded by the Community Technology Foundation of California to develop and launch CbyerBully411.org, an accurate web site providing information about internet harassment that is engagingly designed to reach older adolescents. The site has been featured on the American Library Association’s “Dealing with Cyberbullies: Tips for Kids”. And, Anastasia Goodstein of the popular daily email update, YPulse, exclaims it is “the slickest anti-bullying website I've seen, and packed with great info/resources”.