Internet prevention messages: targeting the right online behaviors

Ybarra ML, Mitchell KJ, Finkelhor D, Wolak J. Internet prevention messages: targeting the right online behaviors. Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 2007;161(2):138-45. Abstract: BACKGROUND: Internet safety programs urge youth to avoid sharing personal information and talking with "strangers" online. OBJECTIVE: To examine whether sharing personal information and talking with strangers online or other behaviors are associated with the greatest odds for online interpersonal victimization. DESIGN: The Second Youth Internet Safety Survey was a cross-sectional random digit-dial telephone survey. SETTING: United States. PARTICIPANTS: A total of 1500 youth aged 10 to 17 years who had used the Internet at least once a month for the previous 6 months. MAIN EXPOSURE: Online behavior, … [Read more...]

Internet use among Ugandan Adolescents: Implications for HIV intervention

Ybarra M, Kiwanuka J, Emenyonu N, Bangsberg D. Internet use among Ugandan adolescents: Implications for HIV intervention. PLoS Med. 2006;3(11):e433. doi:10.1371/journal.pmed.0030433 Abstract: BACKGROUND: The Internet is fast gaining recognition as a powerful, low-cost method to deliver health intervention and prevention programs to large numbers of young people across diverse geographic regions. The feasibility and accessibility of Internet-based health interventions in resource-limited settings, where cost-effective interventions are most needed, is unknown. To determine the utility of developing technology-based interventions in resource-limited settings, availability and patterns of usage of the Internet first need to be assessed. METHODS AND FINDINGS: The Uganda Media and You … [Read more...]

Internet use and health among children and adolescents in the United States

Ybarra M. Internet use and health among children and adolescents in the United States. Oral presentation at the Mbarara University, Department of Pediatrics, Grand Rounds; 2005; Mbarara, Uganda.  … [Read more...]

Internet-based mental health interventions

Ybarra ML, Eaton WW. Internet-based mental health interventions. Ment Health Serv Res. 2005;7(2): 75-87. Abstract: Following recent reviews of community- and practice-based mental health interventions, an assessment of Internet-based interventions is provided. Although relatively new, many Internet mental health interventions have reported early results that are promising. Both therapist-led as well as self-directed online therapies indicate significant alleviation of disorder-related symptomatology. The number of studies addressing child disorders lags behind those of adults. More research is needed to address methodological issues of Internet-based treatments. PubMed ID: 15974154 … [Read more...]