“You used to have worries about predators, but now it’s more worry over how people treat each other online,” Magid said.
Magid added that safety for young people is one of the key themes this year. From cyber bullying to sexting, he said that young people have to be “empowered” to make the best decisions online.
The recent proliferation of mobile messaging and social media apps has led to increased risks for users young and old — but especially young, since these apps are so popular with teens.
“Apps have their challenges. You have to be kind of resilient, you have to understand that if someone does say something mean about you, or attacks you somehow online, or if you notice that someone is being harassed — you have to use common sense for staying safe,” Magid stressed.