Local twitter is quietly but powerfully becoming the social media choice for many teens. It's popular in attracting suburban teens who pontificate about their lives in their small circles. While it can be intimate, the appeal of local twitter is knowing that tweets can be retweeted quickly and possibly go viral.
Marketed for younger children, Facebook's "Messenger Kids" claims to be a safe alternative for young kids as they segue into the world of social media. However, child health experts strongly disagree siting many reasons that children need not be exposed to social media so young.
Selfitis: The addiction to and obsession with taking selfies may actually reflect a mental health issue stemming from low self esteem and confidence. Read More
Child pornography laws were not intended to criminalize and prosecute minors for sexting pictures of themselves to fellow students.
Cyberbullying and humiliation can be life destroying for teens who don't know how to get out of a devastating cyber-situation. An adult survivor of such destruction has written a book "Shame Nation" for parents and teens which will shed light and open a dialogue on the topic.
Our phones are so smart, they practically run our lives. As parents, however, we need to take advantage of our 'smart' phones to appropriately restrict, turn off and tune out our children's activities and obsessions with them to lead more productive lives.
The use of social media in the classroom can be an effective tool for learning and teaching....if done the right and responsible way. Read More
Research has found a negative correlation between the time spent on social media and one's emotional, psychological and mental health. Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg recognizes the severe side effects of social media addiction and is changing some of Facebook's construction in hopes that people will spend less time scrolling.
An adult who went undercover at a Kansas high school found today’s teenage girls think it’s ‘normal’ to post ‘promiscuous’ pictures online
An adult goes undercover as a high school student and realizes how rampant sexting is, especially among young girls. It is so commonplace, that sexting is practically the new norm. The effects may not only damage a girl's reputation, but also her self esteem.