Research + News | Topic: Digital Citizenship

Culture Associated With Social Media Can Lead To Inappropriate Posts

Researchers from the University of Plymouth discovered risky social media posts are not just due to impulsivity, but might be a deliberate strategy to fit in with the wider social media culture that makes people believe ‘it’s the right thing to do’. Read the article here.

Teens And The Distorted Reality Of Social Media

Instagram, Snapchat, Photoshop and special filters have created an aura of plastic beauty that makes our girls and boys feel less than, every second they scroll down their smartphone’s screen.

Read the full article here.

5 Skills – From Empathy To Manners – That Tech Might Be Eroding (And What To Do About It)

If you’re drowning in devices, but politeness is in short supply, it’s time to get back to basics. Read the blog post from Common Sense Media here.

Over 1/3 Of Millennials In Relationships Spy On Partners’ Digital Correspondence

Devices—and their contents—are a new path to breakups. Read the report here.

Former iPod/iPhone Creator: “I Wake Up In Cold Sweats Thinking, What Did We Bring To The World?”

Tony Fadell, one of the minds behind the iPod and the iPhone, mulls design’s unintended consequences. Read the article here.

Talk To Your Teenager About Digital Literacy

Many young people have not yet fully grasped that what they share online can derail their future. Read the article here.

Forming Family Values In A Digital Age

Forces like technology are influencing habits in the home and disrupting traditional norms that have shaped young people for generations. But some things never change—like the parental responsibility for setting and communicating the values of their home and family.

Read this research from Barna and take a look at the book from Andy Crouch The Tech-Wise Family: Everyday Steps for Putting Technology in Its Proper Place here.

What Is “Brain Hacking”? Tech Insider On Why You Should Care

Silicon Valley is engineering your phone, apps and social media to get you hooked, says a former Google product manager. Read the article and watch the report from Anderson Cooper here.

Some Teens Would Rather FaceTime Than See Friends In Person

Nearly one in five teens surveyed preferred video chat via platforms like FaceTime or Skype over face-to-face hangout sessions. Read the research here.

The Secret Online World of British Teens: How Streaks, Deep Likes And Ghosting Define Young Lives

Britain’s teenagers are growing up in a new online world, rife with anxiety-inducing social pressures, bullying, and security issues. What’s it like to grow up online?

Read the article from WIRED here.