Research + News | Topic: Social Communication

Like. Flirt. Ghost: A Journey Into the Social Media Lives of Teens

For teenagers these days, social media is real life, with its own arcane rules and etiquette. Writer Mary H. K. Choi embedded with five high schoolers to chronicle their digital experiences. There’s twin sisters Lara and Sofia in Atherton, California; Ahmad in New Haven, Connecticut; Mira in San Francisco; and Ubakum in Houston. As with most teens, they’re elusive creatures. Read the full article here.

Facebook’s New Teens-Only App Lifestage Turns Bios into Video Profiles

“What if I figured out a way to take Facebook from 2004 and bring it to 2016? What if every field in your profile was a full video?” asks Facebook’s 19-year-old product prodigy Michael Sayman. The answer is Lifestage, a standalone iOS app for people 21 and under, which Facebook is launching… Read the full article here.

Australian Teen on the Run Asks News Station to use Better Photo

Can you at least use a better picture?

An Australian teen on the run from police wasn’t pleased when she saw a local news station using an unflattering photo of her on social media. Read the full article here.

Parents’ Smartphones Harming Children’s Ability to Hold Conversation, Say Teachers

Parents’ immersion in smartphones has left some neglected children starting primary school unable to hold conversations, new research warns. Read the article here.

How Do I Police My Teen’s Online Life?

How do we balance the fine line between online monitoring and our teens’ growing independence? Read the article here.

How Social Media Is Destroying The Lives Of Teen Girls

Author Nancy Joe Sales takes a look at slut pages, sink shots, Yik Yak, Finstas, Kik, Snapchat, revenge porn and more in her latest book.

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Don’t Let Your Teenager Be The Next Kik Victim

Smartphone app popular among younger teens, Kik Messenger is on the defensive following the stabbing death of a 13-year-old girl in Virginia who told friends she was using Kik to connect with an 18-year-old man. Read the article here.

25% of Kids Sexually Harassed Online (By Friends!)

Michigan State criminal justice professor Thomas J. Holt, found that about one in four children said they were pressured by their friends online to talk about sex when they didn’t want to. Read the rest of the article here.

How Are All Those Screens Changing Kids’ Behavior?

Given the amount of time kids are spending — six hours a day for tweens and nine for teens – with entertainment media, reflecting on how our human connections are being altered by our technological connections is of utmost importance. Read the article here.

Do You Understand The Teen Slang on Ask.fm?

Social platform Ask.fm has revealed the top 20 acronyms and slang terms used by its 150 million members, who are mostly teenagers and young adults.

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