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Fathers Warns Parents About Popular App After His 7-Year-Old Daughter Is Asked To Send Suggestive Photos

When Brad Summer’s 7-year-old daughter, Madison, was asked by a stranger to send nude pictures of herself through a popular music app, he knew he had to warn other parents about the dangers of social media. Read the article here.

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.

These Are The 10 Most Used Smartphone Apps

When it comes to smartphone apps, Facebook and Google dominate. Read the list here.

Apps Connect Friends To Form A Safety Response Network

Going to friends for help has become instinctual for youth, with 73% saying they turn to their friends as a support system just as they would their family. Along with evolutions of wearable safety devices, new apps are providing safety platforms that connect friends to provide an extra layer of security. Read the rest of the article here.

Girl Chatting On FaceTime Struck And Critically Injured By Car

A teenage girl is hospitalized in critical condition after witnesses say she walked in front of a moving car while engaged in a video chat on her mobile phone. Read the article here.

How The Smartphone Affected An Entire Generation Of Kids

Teens and young adults all have one thing in common: Their childhood or adolescence coincided with the rise of the smartphone. Read the article here.

How Our Screens Diminish Our Empathy

Tim Elmore asks the question “What ever happened to empathy?” on his Growing Leaders blog. Read his post here.

College Grads Have Nothing To Hide From Employers On Social Media

A few even think of their followings as an asset to employers. Read the article here.

3 Ways Mobile Phones Can Help Teens Explore Their Independence

Parents don’t always know the best way to talk to their kids about mobile phones and all of the possibilities they represent. Read the article here.

Splatoon 2 Tops Best-Selling Games List In The US For July 2017

Nintendo’s Switch shooter Splatoon 2 was the best-selling game of July. Read the article here.

Can You Please Talk, Not Text? Parenting The Instagram Generation

Can kids be encouraged to let go of the virtual world – occasionally – and engage in the real one? Read the article here.

More Concerns Over “Tinder For Teens” App Yellow

Child advocates and law enforcement have a warning out about new apps that could put your child in harm’s way. 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.

Snapchat Throws Lifeline To College Papers

Some beleaguered college pubs are getting a boost, and possibly a new lease on life, courtesy of mobile visual messaging platform Snapchat. Read the article here.

Instagram, Snapchat Duel For Millennial Attention

New study finds similar reach and usage. Read the article here.

A Huge New Survey Shows That Teens Are Bullied Most On Instagram And Facebook

Instagram is the network of choice for cyberbullies in 2017, with Facebook close behind. Read the article here.

In Germany, Amazon Makes A Play For Kids’ Digital Time

FreeTime’s launch on Android could reinforce its digital content dominance. Read the report here.

Teens Are More Depressed And Isolated Than Ever Because Of Smartphones, Researcher Claims

  • There’s a strong link between the amount of time they spend looking at screens and how sad they feel. Read the 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.

How Smartphones Are Making Kids Unhappy

Psychologist Jean Twenge says smartphones have brought about dramatic shifts in behavior among the generation of children who grew up with the devices. Read the article here.

Have Smartphones Destroyed A Generation?

More comfortable online than out partying, post-Millennials are safer, physically, than adolescents have ever been. But they’re on the brink of a mental-health crisis. Read the article here.

Woman Sentenced To 15 Months In Texting Suicide Case

Michelle Carter gets 15 months in prison. Read the article here.

This Popular Teen App Is Quickly Turning Into Chatroulette 2.0, Complete With All Its Issues

Monkey is one of the most downloaded apps among the under-25 set, with an average age of 23 according to app analytics companies. Read the article here.

Is Social Media Causing Depression In Teens?

Teens Use Uber Via Parent Accounts, Despite The Ride-Sharing Service’s Ban On Minors

The ride-hailing service is growing in popularity among some teens who with a few taps on their smartphones can get shuttled to wherever they want to go. Read the article here.

Turns Out, Activity Trackers Discourage Teenagers From Exercise

Wearable activity trackers such as FitBit could be doing more harm than good in encouraging young teenagers to exercise, a study suggests. Read the article here.

Teenage Clicks

How Facebook overcame its “coolness” problem, won back the kids who fled it for Snapchat, and secured its dominance of social media. Read the article here.

Experts Warn Parents How Snapchat Can Hook In Teens With Streaks

Many games and social media apps are designed to get people “hooked” and keep coming back, Dr. Jodi Gold, the author of “Screen Smart Parenting,” explained to ABC News.

Read the article here.

How The Blue Whale Challenge Manipulates Teens

The game apparently coaxes vulnerable teens to take a series of 50 challenges ranging from waking at odd hours, to self mutilation to eventually killing themselves all the while sharing their experiences via social media with the administrators. Read the article here.

The iPad Is A Far Bigger Threat To Our Children Than Anyone Realizes

Ten years ago, psychologist Sue Palmer predicted the toxic effects of social media. Now she sees a worrying new danger. Read the article here.

Teenage Tantrums As Kids Demand Mum And Dad Pick Up The Bill For Their Digital Lives

Despite two thirds of kids owning a smartphone (67% of those aged 8-15), fewer than one in 10 (9%) pay their own phone bill – according to findings from the latest Halifax Pocket Money Survey. Read the press release 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.

Kids’ Privacy Zone

A report from Common Sense Media that examines five pressing privacy developments related to kids, media and technology. Access the report here.

The YouTube Star Who’s Teaching Kids How To Bake

Rosanna Pansino is a YouTube star and a celebrity chef. Her YouTube cooking show Nerdy Nummies has millions of subscribers, many of whom are children interested in baking. Read the article here.

UK Teens Say Instagram Is The Worst App For Cyberbullying

New research claims Instagram is home to more cyberbullies than any other social media platform, with Facebook coming in a close second. Read the article here.

Youth Movement: Gen Z Boasts The Largest, Most Diverse Media Users Yet

While Millennials continue to grab headlines for their tech-savvy penchant for adopting new technologies and their unique media behaviors, the first-quarter 2017 Nielsen Total Audience Report sheds some much-needed light on the NEXT generation of consumers—Generation Z—as well as how different generations adopt and use established and nascent devices and platforms.

Read the research 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.

Late-Night Screen Time Puts Teens’ Sleep And Mental Health At Risk

Summer could be a good time to encourage teenagers to put down their phones and enjoy the outdoors. View the article here.

Teenagers Are As Sedentary As 60-Year-Olds By Age 19

Researchers wonder whether teens’ increasing inactivity has to do with how the school day is structured and the increasing number of screens in our modern world. 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.

The Worst Things Your Kid Can Learn On The Internet

Being aware that kids can discover some iffy stuff online – and discussing what to do with the information – are the best ways to keep kids safe. Read this blog post from Common Sense Media here.

Gen Z Spends Less Time With Text

It seems that long and short form video is the way to connect with Gen Z. Read the article here.

Silent Struggle: 4 Ways Girls Get Pulled Into Using Porn (And What You Can Do To Help Them)

The truth is that girls are just as susceptible to sexual addiction as boys are, and it’s time to start talking about it to help end their silent struggle.

Read the article here.

For Many, Technology Addiction Is Real

Younger users are more likely to struggle with attachment. Read the research here.

Teen Girls Suffer From Digital Dating Abuse

Researchers at the University of Michigan and University of California-Santa Barbara have found teens experience digital dating abuse at similar rates, but girls reported that they were more upset by these behaviors and reported more negative emotional responses.

Read the article here.

Social Media Linked To Surge In Plastic Surgery

Certain surgeons can thank social media for the rapid increase in spending on cosmetic plastic surgery, according to a new study from a British think-tank, the Nuffield Council on Bioethics, which echoes similar studies in the U.S.

Read the article here.

YouTube And Instagram Stars Explain How To Protect Your Kids From Online Bullying

Even the most popular kids online deal with cyberbullying. 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.

7 Inconvenient Truths About Pornography

Sean McDowell takes a look at the book The Porn Myth: Exposing the Reality Behind the Fantasy of Pornography by Matt Fradd.

Read the blog post here.

Police Caution Parents About Location Feature On Snapchat That Could Put Your Kids In Danger

A new feature on Snapchat called “Snap Map” pinpoints a user’s locations whenever and wherever the app is being used. Read the article here.

Netflix Debuts Choose-Your-Own-Adventure Stories For Kids

Netflix announced the debut of “interactive” stories on its service – a sort of choose-your-own-adventure style of storytelling, where viewers get to decide what happens next.

Read the article here.

Teens Switching To ‘On Demand’ Instead Of Live TV

A study of the viewing habits of children and teenagers in the UK highlights a number of important shifts in the way media is consumed. Read the article here.

You Won’t Believe What Kids Are Writing About Celebs, Book Characters, and Other Pop Culture Stars

Learn about the colorful world of fanfiction, where kids write and share original (but often racy) stories. Read this blog post from Common Sense Media here.

Gen Z’s Head Game

The seemingly self-obsessed behavior of selfie taking hides some dark patterns regarding body image. Read the article here.

Have Media Habits Changed Among Millennials And Teens?

Gen Z is shifting away from blogs and publisher sites. Read the research 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.

12 YouTube Challenges Your Kid Already Knows About

Learn about the viral Internet stunts kids can’t resist — and help them play it safe. Read the blog post from Common Sense Media here.

Children Still At Risk From Inappropriate Online Content

Children are still finding it too easy to access potentially harmful content online, despite increased concerns and demands for improvement, a new study has warned. Read the article here.

9 Ways To Help Teens Manage Their Social Media Footprint

As parents, there are plenty of ways we can encourage them to make better decisions online, not to mention, IRL (in real life). Read the article 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.

Teens And Texts: Suicide Case Exposes Risks Of Meessaging

Teens face particular vulnerabilities when communicating via text message, experts say. Read the article here.

Night Phone Use A Danger For Adolescent Mental Health

The world’s first long-term assessment of mental health effects from adolescents’ late-night mobile use has shown some concerning results. Read the article here.

The Growth Of eSports

In the same way that Gen Xers elevated extreme sports in the 1990s and fueled the launch of the X Games, younger Gen Ys and Zs are driving the growth of eSports. Read the report here.

When You Give A Kid A Tablet, He’ll Ask For More Time

Experts Debate Tech Benefits for Kids, But Parents See Positives. Read the article here.

Research Offers Mixed Messages On The Impact Of Social Media On Adolescent Emotional Health

Parents wonder if their children’s constant use of Instagram, Facebook or Snapchat is healthy. Read the article here.

Youth Suicide Rates Are Rising – School And The Internet May Be To Blame

A new study presented at the Pediatric Academic Societies Meeting in May found that the number of children and teens admitted to children’s hospitals for thoughts of suicide or self-harm have more than doubled during the last decade. Read the article here.

13-Year-Old Girl Enters Rehab For Depression, Compulsive YouTube Viewing

There’s no question that people are consuming massive amounts of YouTube right now — to the tune of 1 billion hours of content every single day. But for some, it turns out, YouTube is becoming a bonafide addiction. Read the article here.

Night Phone Use A Danger For Adolescent Mental Health

The world’s first long-term assessment of mental health effects from adolescents’ late-night mobile use has shown some concerning results. Read the article here.

Teens Don’t Know Whether To Trust Ads

Survey finds group almost evenly split regarding their confidence in advertising’s veracity. Read the research here.

One Parent Addiction That Produces Regrets

Tim Elmore discusses research showing that students wish their parents would put away their digital devices. Read the blog post here.

‘Tinder For Teens’? The Dark Side Of A Teen App Called ‘Yellow’

In the App store, Yellow is billed as an easy and free way to build friends. Safety experts see it as an easy and free way to connect with total strangers. Learn more about the app 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.

Sneaky Teen Texting Codes: What They Mean, When To Worry

Columnist Jennifer Jolly has tips on what they mean, when to be alarmed and when not to worry about texting codes. Read the article here.

Schools Try Blocking Social Media

Some school districts are trying to block smartphone access to major social platforms while students are on school grounds. Read the article here.

Resources For Parents Wanting to Break Kids’ Extreme Electronics Usage Habits

How excessive use of technology can impact brain function. Find a list of resources here.

Facebook Deals With Massive Revenge Porn, Sextortion Allegations

Every month Facebook considers nearly 54,000 cases of suspected revenge porn or sexual extortion on its platform says a new story from the Guardian.com. Read the article here.

Your Smartphone Is Neither a Cancer Nor a Cure-All

A balanced, biblical take on the devices we can’t seem to live without. Read the article on Christianity Today here.

Consumers In Canada Are Turning Up The Volume On Music

According to the Canada Music Year-End Report, consumption is at an all-time high, with consumption of albums sales, song sales and audio on-demand streaming up 5% over the previous year.

Read the research here.

Most Teens Take Breaks From Social Media

A new survey found that more than half (58%) of U.S. teens have taken a break from social media, with two-thirds of these or roughly 38% of the total doing so voluntarily. Read the article here.

U.S. Adults Now Spend 12 Hours 7 Minutes a Day Consuming Media

US adults will spend more than half the day with major media. Read the research here.

6 Tech Habits Changing The American Home

Parents today believe it is harder than ever to raise children. The number-one reason? Technology.

Read this article and research update from Barna here.

Young Millennials Are All About Snapchat

But they like Facebook and Instagram too. Read the article here.

Young People Spend About Twice As Much Time Watching Netflix As Live TV, And Even More Time On YouTube

On average, teens spent 34% of their video time watching YouTube, compared to 27% watching Netflix, and 14% watching live TV. Read the article here.

Letting A Baby Play On An iPad Might Lead To Speech Delays, Study Says

Anyone raising a child today has likely fretted about screen time and wondered about the impact of devices on our kids. Does the technology affect their brains? Read the article here.

Netflix Adds Warning To Teen Suicide Series ’13 Reasons Why’

Netflix says it will add more trigger warning to its show “13 Reasons Why”, given its graphic depiction of sexual assault and suicide. Read the article here.

3 Places Families Should Make Phone-Free

Take back family time and set an example for your kids by creating tech-free zones in the most important areas of your life. Read the article here.

Teens, College Students Favor Snapchat While Gen Z Spends Up To 11 Hours Per Day On Social

It may come as no surprise that Snapchat and Instagram have a solid lead over Facebook when it comes to the frequency that high school and college students use the social media channels, with young Snapchat users checking in at a rate of up to six times per day or more. Read the article here.

The Dangers of Talking Teddy Bears and Toasters

With the rise of connected devices such as TVs and toy dolls, Common Sense Kids would like ensure that “smart” devices meet basic security and privacy requirements. Read the article here.

Teens Can’t Get Enough of Mobile Video

They watch a lot of Netflix and YouTube daily. Read the article here.

Parental Advisory: Platforms Let Parents Monitor Their Children’s Activities

Modern technology presents new challenges for parents, who grapple over how much screen time they should allow their children and the impact of the digital world on their lives. Read the article here.

Humanity, Not Technology: The Idea Worth Spreading

More tech is not the answer, and tech without mindfulness is likely to make things worse. Read the article here.

FOMO? Teens Can’t Put Down Their Phones

Smartphones are likely the first big-ticket item they got. Read the article here.

Facebook Accused of Targeting ‘Insecure’ Children And Young People, Report Says

Data accessible to marketers revealed when students said they felt “worthless” or “insecure” and were therefore well-positioned to receive an advertiser’s message. Read the article here.

What Is ‘Brain Hacking’? Tech Insiders 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 here.

Popular YouTube Gamers Kids Can’t Get Enough Of

YouTube gamers are super popular — but not always age-appropriate. Read the blog post from Common Sense Media here.

New York Teens Are Too Busy Playing Video Games To Have Sex

Sure, New York City parents still worry about their teens having sex, drinking and smoking — but the kids are far more interested in smartphones and video games like Pokémon and Grand Theft Auto, a new survey has found.

Read the article here.

Parents, Your Phone Use Is Annoying Your Teens

More than a third of children have asked their parents to get off the Internet, saying it disrupts family life, according to a survey.

Read the article here.

Teens Can’t Get Enough of Mobile Video

They watch a lot of Netflix and YouTube daily.

Read the article here.

The Highs and Lows of Teens’ Instagram Use

For some it leads to closer bonds with friends, for others a greater risk of depression, study found. Read the article here.

The Guilty Secret of Distracted Parenting

Your phone can seem to call to you in an especially seductive way when you are a parent on playground duty. Read the article here.