This episode with special guest, Adam Dodge, highlights the complexities of gender-based violence in the digital age and the importance of developing empathy and awareness in online interactions.

Lessons Learned

  1. Tech-facilitated gender-based violence is not limited to a specific region but is a global issue affecting victims worldwide.

  1. Image-based sexual abuse is on the rise, where individuals use technology to manipulate and share explicit images of others without their consent.

  1. The author emphasizes the importance of validating the experiences of victims of image-based sexual abuse and recognizing the harm it causes, regardless of the authenticity of the images.

  1. Adam underscores the need for education, particularly among parents, educators and trusted adults to address online behaviors and promote empathy in digital interactions. 

  1. It’s noted that the lack of face-to-face interactions in online spaces can lead to a breakdown in empathy highlighting the importance of teaching empathy in digital contexts as well. 

  1. Adam calls on parents to adapt their parenting strategies, to include digital awareness and empathy recognizing that today’s youth is growing up in a predominantly online world.



Adam Dodge, founder of EndTAB (helping organizations keep people safe in the digital age) and The Tech-Savvy Parent (helping parents keep kids safe online), can be found on Instagram, LinkedIn or Twitter @Adam R Dodge.

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