Research + News | Topic: Social Communication

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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6 Ways Social Media Is Ruining Our Friendships

Don’t let digital interactions replace real-life intimacy. Read the article here.

The Word of the Year is… Not a Word

Every year, Oxford Dictionaries broadcasts a “Word of the Year” based on its usage and popularity. This year, they didn’t choose a word at all. They chose an emoji.

Read Tim Elmore’s blog post about this news here.

More Than 7 in 10 Americans Think Technology Has Become Too Distracting and is Creating a Lazy Society

According a a recent Harris Poll:

“Many adults remain divided on how technology impacts the way we live our lives. On the one hand, strong majorities believe that technology has improved the overall quality of their lives (71%) and encourages people to be more creative (68%). But at the same time, strong majorities also believe technology is creating a lazy society (73%), has become too distracting (73%), is corrupting interpersonal communications (69%), and is having a negative impact on literacy (59%).”

Read the data here.

 

Teens Prefer Instagram, Twitter, and Snapchat (In That Order), Says New Survey

A survey by Piper Jaffray of American teens found that Instagram was the most popular social site for 33 percent of teens. In second place was Twitter with 20 percent, and following that was Snapchat with 19 percent.

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