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Thirteen Warning Signs Of Internet Addiction In Your Spouse, Friend Or Loved One

The following list of 13 warning signs of Internet addiction should serve as general guidelines for you to determine whether or not your spouse, family member or friend may have a problem.

Read the article here.

Pop Warns Against ‘False’ Images of Social Media

Pope Francis takes a swipe at social media in a new message recorded for 2017 World Youth Day on April 9, warning young people not to be deceived by “false images,” which not only fail to reflect reality but encourage the atomization of society. Read the article here.

Popular Comedy YouTubers Kids Go Crazy Over

From silly skits to wacky challenges to entertaining rants, YouTube offers kids quick hits of comedy that they can’t find anywhere else.

Read the article from Common Sense Media here.

YouTube Has A Fake Peppa Pig Problem

From the article:

It works pretty much exactly like you think: You search “Peppa Pig,” and whatever videos are titled or tagged with “Peppa Pig” come up. But parents still need to watch over their kids, especially once the app begins to “suggest” other videos in the panel beneath whatever is being watched currently. Because what is suggested is often very bad.

Read the full article here.

Video Games Tied To Sexism In Teenagers, Says Study

A new study published by French and US researchers might give you one more reason to cut down the time your kid spends playing video games.

Read the article here.

Two Utah Boys Plotted To Killer Girl Over “Annoying” Snapchat Messages

The alleged shooter said he became annoyed with the victim texting and contacting him through the messaging app Snapchat. Read the article here.

For Kids, Social Is A Key Source For News

Nearly four in 10 get news from social networks. Read the article here.

How Teens And Smartphones Are Killing Teen-Fashion Retailers

In 2015, Forrester Research reported that, despite low incomes due to their youth, Generation Z consumers spent 8.75 percent of their total income online.

Read the article here.

Pre-Teens In Netherlands Increasingly Exposed To Sex, Graphic Images Online

Two thirds of Dutch 9 to 12 year olds are regularly confronted with graphic, sexual images online, according to research by Rutgers knowledge institute and broadcaster NOS.

Read the article here.

Parents: Get Off Your Phone

Suggestions from Tim Elmore and his Growing Leaders blog. Read the blog post here.

Google Accounts For Kids: 5 Things To Know About Family Link

Google just lifted the ban on accounts for kids 12 and younger. And with it, a new tool called Family Link is available, which lets parents monitor and control the way their kids use their Android phones and tablets.

Read the article here.

Hollister Targets Teens Where They Live: Their Phones

The game activation, which was created with Rovio Entertainment and TreSensa, functions as an ad to connect the brand with loyal and potential shoppers.

Read the article here.

Five Ways To Protect Students From Social Media

Tim Elmore says in a recent blog post, “Social media has become such an influential factor in students’ lives so rapidly, that, by and large, we’ve not figured out how to “civilize” it yet.”

Read the rest of the post here.

We Have To Talk About Porn

From the article on YouthWorker.com by Julia Feeser:

“If teens argue that watching porn is better than actually having sex, they need to understand that if they are waiting to have sex, pornography will hinder their journey.”

Read the article here.

Are Teenagers Replacing Drugs With Smartphones?

A researcher for the National Institute on Drug Abuse is beginning to looking into a connection between that decline in drug use and teens’ use of smart phones, iPads and other electronic devices

Doctors’ New Recommendations For Screen Time – How Long, And What Kinds

Recognizing the ubiquitous role of media in children’s lives, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) is releasing new policy recommendations and resources to help families maintain a healthy media diet.

Read the report here.

The Kid YouTube Stars Your Kids Love

They’re the under-20 gamers, singers, toy unboxers, and vloggers of YouTube — and your kids are watching them. Read this article from Common Sense Media here.

Online Risks Are Everyday Events For Teens – But They Rarely Tell Their Parents

“According to one study, teens and young adults ages 16 to 24 spend almost 200 minutes a day (3 hours, 20 minutes) online on a mobile device. With that much time spent online, they’re bound to frequently encounter risks or unpleasant experiences, whether intentionally or not. But the more parents freak out about these incidents, the less likely their teens are to tell them about it next time.”

Read the rest of the article from Forbes here.

Kids Entering the Digital Age At Young Ages

Many kids are entering the digital age before they are entering double digits in age.

Read the article here.

No Link Between Violent Video Games & Lack of Empathy

The finding, published in the journal Frontiers in Psychology, suggests that empathy is not blunted by playing violent video games long-term.

Read the article here.

There’s No Crying On Social Media!

Young adults are desperate not to let peers see any signs of weakness or failure.

Read this article/book review by Andrew Root for Christianity Today here.

What Do Teen Influencers Watch on YouTube?

Teen influencers are more likely to watch product reviews than any other type of video on YouTube, with 77% saying they go to YouTube to view such content.

Read the article here.

8 Things You And Your Teen Need to Know About Sexting

Twenty percent of teens admit to texting nude or semi-nude photos of themselves to others. Get information and tips for discussing sexting with teens, whether they’re sending, receiving — or both.

View the video and read the blog from Common Sense Media here.

Millennials Eclipse Teens As Worst Drivers On The Road, AAA Study Finds

Rookie teenage drivers have long been seen as the worst motorists on the road, but now there’s evidence that their older cousins – millennials – may be the most reckless people behind the wheel.

Read the article here.

A Good Night’s Sleep A Better Alternative To Teen Nap Clubs

A look at lack of sleep, teen naps clubs, and the pressures high schoolers face, especially the pressure of getting accepted to college. Read the article here.

AAA Study Identifies Top 3 Deadly Teenage Driving Mistakes

A new study outlines dangerous driving mistakes teenagers make and how to prevent them. Read the article here.

How a San Mateo High School Teacher Is Teaching Teens To Spot Fake News

A recent study found that most teens do not think critically about news stories they read online. Read the article here.

Tinder For Teens? Parents Freaking Out Over New App

Yellow, a new app, is advertised in the app store for kids ages 12 and up. It’s designed to help find new friends on Snapchat and is very similar to the dating app Tinder; with its swipe left, swipe right method. Read the article here.

What Teens Want Snapchat To Spend Its Wall Street Fortune On

Snapchat rocked Wall Street last week with a filing for its initial public offering that revealed tons of detail about the secretive company. But for most of the app’s users, it was just a regular day on Snapchat. Read the article here.

Most Popular Beauty Vloggers on YouTube

With more than 400 channels devoted to beauty and fashion, YouTube is essential viewing for any tween or teen eager to learn the secrets of makeup, hair, and personal style. Read the article from Common Sense Media here.

5 Ways Your Kids Are Hacking Your Parental Controls

No matter how hard you try, your child will find a way to hack around your parental guidance. Here’s a way you can try to stay one step ahead.

Read the article and view the video here.

When College Kids Surf the Web in Class, Grades Fall

Study finds the habit hurts academics, and supports the notion of leaving laptops at home. Read the article here.

Screens and Small Groups

God works through small groups.

At least that’s what we hope, don’t we?

There’s a joy that comes with seeing students come together to dig into God’s word and each other’s lives. When small groups function to leave students changed in ways that lead them deeper into the way and will of their Heavenly Father and more connected to supportive Christian community, well. . . that’s what youth ministry is all about, isn’t it? Read the full article here.

90% Of Parents Put Time Limit On Child Use Of Internet-Connected Devices

Most parents allow their children to take their Internet-connected devices to bed, but most also put a limit on how much time their children can spend using those devices per day. Read the article here.

Mom Genes: Looking At The Media DNA Of Working And Stay-At-Home-Mothers

Stay-at-home mothers are using technology at a rapid pace. Read the research here.

Survey Finds US Teens Upped Daily Facebook Usage in 2016

Roughly two-thirds of teens say they use the platform daily. Read the research here.

Sleep Loss In Teens Linked To Social Media

Sleep loss in teenagers is correlated with frequent social media use, according to a new study by researchers in the UK, titled “Sleepless in school? The social dimensions of young people’s bedtime rest and routines” published in the Journal of Youth Studies.

Read the rest of the article here.

Are Teens Replacing Drugs with Social Media?

Today’s teens are a bunch of squares, according to the Monitoring the Future study from Michigan University, which has measured drug and alcohol use among teenagers since 1975. Every year, researchers survey approximately 45,000 eighth, 10th, and 12th graders, and their 2015 results show the lowest percentage of teens using alcohol and drugs since 1990. Read the full article here.

The Unspoken Rules Kids Create for Instagram

While parents sometimes impose rules for using social media on their kids, in the mind of adolescents, the most important rules are the unspoken rules they create for themselves. Read the article here.

In Teens, Strong Friendships May Mitigate Depression Associated With Excessive Video Gaming

Those who play games more than four hours a day may not develop addiction-like problems if they are socially engaged with others. Read the article here.

Worried About Screen Time? Don’t Let Kids Go It Alone

Should we be surprised that 2- and 3-year-olds learn better from a real person than from a screen? Read the article here.

Just One Hour A Day On Social Media Makes Teens Miserable

Social media sites help us stay connected, but for younger teens, the cost of online connectivity can be steep. Read the article here.

Using Multiple Social Platforms Linked to Depression

Young adults who use multiple social media platforms are more likely to experience symptoms of depression than peers who user fewer, according to a new study by researchers at the University of Pittsburgh’s Center for Research on Media, Technology and Health. Read the full article here.

Teens Are Obsessed With This One Snapchat Score That Can Make Or Break Friendships

Snapstreaks tell you how many consecutive days you’ve chatted with someone on Snapchat. For many teenagers, it’s a way of quantifying friendships. Read the article here.

13 Important Teen Texting Terms Decoded for Middle-Aged Parents

When your kid texts ‘143,’ should you be alarmed? Read the article here.

Instagram, Wattpad and YouNow Aren’t Just Apps – For Many Teens, They’re More Than That

Generation Z, the youngest wave of teens shaping the zeitgeist, is finding and building its own supportive, inclusive communities online — ones that stretch far beyond the cafeteria table. Read the article here.

Parents Advised To Be On Watch For Teens’ Texting Codes

If you want to know what your kids are texting about, sometimes reading the message is not enough. Read the article here.

Top 10 Trending YouTube Videos of 2016

Including Adele, Grace VanderWaal, and water bottle flipping. View the list (and videos) here.

Don’t let your kids GNOC! Parents warned about teen sexting codes

While some parents are familiar with their children’s texting slang, some teens are now using secret sexting codes that have left many moms and dads horrified. Read the full article here.

What Happened When 9 Teens Gave Up Their Cellphones For A Week

Within days, there were significant changes. The students were doing their chores and finishing their homework. Read the article and view the video here.

How much time do parents spend on screens? As much as their teens

If you think your tween or teen spends too many hours online, you might need to look in the mirror before you dish out screen time criticisms. According to a new survey, parents spend as much time plugged in each day as their teens and three hours more per day than their tweens. Read the full article here.

Tinder Now Has 40 Gender Options

“A lot of the time, dating apps make some pretty unfair assumptions about exactly who you’re looking for, and sometimes even who you are. While some dating apps are set up to match men with men or women with women and different combinations of that, a lot of dating apps aren’t set up for the reality of who’s using them.” Read the full article here.

Teens Often Ignore Online Risks

New research finds that adolescents are more likely than adults to take online risks, regardless of the gamble involved. Read the article here.

Blizzard Entertainment Creating NFL-Like League For Overwatch

Blizzard Entertainment announced the creation of the Overwatch League, an “ecosystem” for professional competition among the best of the best in the team-based shooter game that only launched in May but already has more than 20 million users worldwide.

Read the article here.

How to Eat Media

Youth worker Joel Kime highlights CPYU’s 3(D) Guide method to media discernment in one of his recent blog posts.

Read his blog post here.

10 Most Violent Video Games of 2016 (and What to Play Instead)

Common Sense Media provides a list of violent video games with a host of solid alternatives. Read their list here.

Do Parents Invade Children’s Privacy When They Post Photos Online?

Children’s photos that parents have posted online have ended up in advertisements and on pornography sites.

Read the article from NPR here.

Teen Night Owls Struggle To Learn And Control Emotions At School

It’s hard for Zachary Lane to wake up in time for school every day.

“I have four alarms set and it still takes me a long time to wake me up,” says Lane, a 17-year-old high school junior in Zionsville, Ind.

He says he regularly gets detention for being tardy. “I get to school and I’m talked to like I’m attempting to skip school — like I’m attempting to be truant,” he says. “I feel terrible. It’s awful.”

And when Lane does make it to class on time, he has a hard time focusing.

 

Read the full article here.

Accepting More Facebook Friend Requests is Linked to Lower Mortality, Study Says

Think online social networks have no bearing on your real life? Think again. Scientists who studied Facebook activity and mortality rates of registered California voters found that people who received many friend requests were far less likely to die over a two-year period than those who did not. Read the full article here.

Mobile Devices in the Bedroom Rob Kids of Sleep, Study Says

Good night, sleep tight, and don’t look into that tablet light.

Dads and moms who are concerned about the quantity and quality of their children’s sleep should keep mobile devices like phones, tablets and laptops out of kids’ bedrooms, according to a new study published Monday in JAMA Pediatrics. Read the full article here.

New Study Finds 15 Percent of 6th Graders Commit Cyber Abuse

According to a new study, 15 percent of sixth-grade students report they have perpetrated at least one form of abuse toward a dating partner through technology. Read the article here.

This Is Nintendo’s Next Gaming Console, The Nintendo Switch

As rumored, the system appears to be something of a home console/portable console hybrid. Read the report here.

The Digital Age: Young Adults Gravitate Toward Digital Devices

How does digital device usage stack up across platforms? Nielsen takes a look. Read the article here.

Snapchat, The MTV of 2016

The claim that Snapchat is the MTV of 2016 is looking more and more accurate. Read the article here.

Docs Lay Out Media Recommendations For Kids, Teens

The quantity and quality of media children and teens consume should change with their age, according to new guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics.

The organization also says parents should oversee children’s media consumption and educate them about proper media engagement.

Read the full article here.

Researchers Have Measured The Cost Of Using A Smartphone Around Your Kids

Before we had smartphones and iPads, parents ignored their children by getting lost in a newspaper story or keeping one eye on the television. Now parents are distracted by mobile technology more than anything else, according to new research, and the consequences are worse.

Read the full article here.

Snapchat Beats Instagram And Facebook As The Top Social Platform For Teens

Study finds 80% use the app once a month. Read the article here.

Bullying In The Age Of Tech-Savvy Children

Threats and harassment come to children via text message, social media and online exploitation. Read the article here.

Holiday 2016: The Most Anticipated Video Games

Nielsen has released their list of the most anticipated video games set to be released between October and December this year.

Read the research here.

The Scary Facts About Bullying Everyone Should Know

The real consequences of cyberbullying are disturbing. Read the article here.

Televiewing Predicts Social Impairment During Adolescence

Young children who watch too much television are at risk of victimization and social isolation, and adopting violent and antisocial behavior toward other students at age 13, new research indicates.

Read the article here.

We Need More Answers On Teens And Pornography

We all worry about how internet pornography and other sexualizing influences affect children. But good research on the causes and consequences of that exposure is hard to come by.

Read the article here.

Android or iPhone? Teens’ Favorites Hint At College Plans

It turns out that choosing an Apple iPhone (or a Google Android device) has implications well beyond bragging rights or peer pressure at your local high school. New data shows that phone choices convey a lot about teens’ likely college plans, too.

Read the article here.

Group Warns YouTubers Over Fan Relationships

“Blurred boundaries” between prominent YouTube stars and their viewers can put young people at risk, a leading children’s charity has warned. Read the article here.

Concern Grows About Teens Texting While Driving

Increasing concerns about adolescents behind the wheel have vaulted injury prevention to the top priority in this local community. Read the article here.

Are Virtual Reality Headsets Safe for Kids?

Virtual-reality headsets are likely to be at the top of many kids’ wish lists this holiday season, but with many VR devices coming with age restrictions, is the technology safe for youngsters? Read the article here.

Millennials Would Rather Delete Their Main Calling App Than Snapchat

Millennials hate calling on the phone so much that they’d rather delete their main phone app altogether than lose Snapchat. Read the article here.

For Tweens, A Social Media Network All Their Own

Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, and many other social media sites are technically only open to people 13 and above, what is a tween to do? Read the article here.

It’s Good To Talk? Actually, No, I’ll Send You A Message, Say Mobile Phone Users

Almost one in three respondents in a major survey claimed they had not made any standard voice calls on their handsets in the last week. Read the article here.

I Let Facebook’s Algorithms Run My Life For Weeks

How I destroyed my feed, annoyed my relatives, and maybe even found true friendship in the process, by Charlie Warzel for BuzzFeed. Read the article here.

Multitasking Teens Behind Steering Wheels and Car Accidents

Motor vehicle accidents are the leading cause of death for teenagers. As a matter of fact, the risk of MVAs is higher among 16 to 19-year-olds than among any other age group. Read the article here.

A Quarter of Brits Fake Vacation Photos Online

The pressure to make other people feel miserable about their dreary, deskbound existences is so great that many of us have taken to faking images of our allegedly fabulous holidays. Read the article here.

Teens Use YouTube, Gmail More Than Social Networks

91% of US teen Internet users said they used YouTube. Read the research report here.

I Used To Be A Human Being: How Technology Almost Killed Me

“An endless bombardment of news and gossip and images has rendered us manic information addicts. It broke me. It might break you, too.”

By Andrew Sullivan for NYMag. Read the entire article here.

How Much Video Game Time Should Kids Get?

Kids who play video games much more than an hour a day may experience behavior problems, a Spanish study suggests. Read the article here.

The Unintended Consequences of Multi-Tasking

Tim Elmore takes a look at multi-tasking, what it does to us, and challenges us to mono-task. Read his blog post here.

Internet Addiction Ups Risks Of Other Mental Health Problems

Youngsters spending excessive time on the internet are more likely to suffer from mental health problems including anxiety, inattention, depression, executive functioning issues, impulsiveness and ADHD.

Read the article here.

No You’re Not Paranoid For Covering Your Webcam, Says FBI Director Comey

Speaking at a conference this week, FBI Director James Comey offered up a little security tip: cover your webcam. Read the article here.

And Everyone Saw It

When Maureen’s parents were in middle school, if a girl wanted to show a boy her body in the middle of the night, she would have to sneak out of her house, find a way to get to his, evade his parents and yank up her shirt. For their daughter, all it took was a few clicks.

Read the full article here.

Call It What You Will: Teens Help Shape Language

With our culture and technology evolving at alarming rates, how is our language keeping up? Read the article here.

After-School’s Adult-Free Zone Shows Risk And Reward Of Teen Apps

Capturing the attention of a generation that has grown up with technology is an ever-changing task. Read the article here.

Teens Who Say No To Social Media

Some teenagers are opting out of the relentless pursuit of ‘likes’ on Facebook and Instagram—and they don’t feel like they’re missing out. Read the article here.

If You Plan To Use A Tracking App On Your Teen’s Phone, You Must Tell Them

With 73% of teens having their own smartphones now, according to a 2015 Pew study, more and more of their parents are facing the question: To spy or not to spy?

Read the article here.

Teen Makes ‘Sit With Us’ App That Helps Students Find Lunch Buddies

“Sit With Us” helps students who have difficulty finding a place to sit locate a welcoming group in the lunchroom. Read the article here.

Teen Cyberbullies More Apt To Be Friends Than Strangers

Cyberbullying among teens is highly likely to involve current or former friends and dating partners, a new study finds. Read the article here.

How Colleges Use Kids’ Social Media Feeds

Learn how what you post can hurt — and help — the admissions process. Read the blog from Common Sense Media here.

Parenting (and Shaming) Teens In The Age of Social Media

Not only do parents have to be wary of their children’s social media usage, they also have to deny the urge to retaliate using the networks. Read the article here.

I Traded My iPhone For A Flip Phone And I’ve Never Been Happier

A teenage tells the tale of using a flip phone after breaking their iPhone. Read the story here.

Nudity and Social Media Harm Girls

Celebrities routinely appear in compromising and salacious photos, and the tabloid press rewards them with adoring attention. Read the article here.

Smartphones Are Especially Essential for Millennial Mothers

A look at some common characteristics of millennial moms and how they are using digital, mobile and social media. Read the interview here.