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Kids and Social Media

What Does it Mean to Be a Kid in the Digital Age?

Hippo Reads | Posted 10.20.2015 | Parents
Hippo Reads

Is social media ruining our kids? How much internet activity is too much? What do FOMO (Fear of Missing Out), sexting, and selfies mean for teens?

Trauma Ain't Training: An Open Letter to Parents Planning to Dupe Their Teens

Edward Muzio | Posted 10.16.2015 | Parents
Edward Muzio

An adult, posing as a kid, goes online to lure a teenage boy or girl into what could have been a dangerous situation. When the unsuspecting teen reaches the target location, his or her reaction is captured on camera, along with the reactions of the parents.

In Defense of the Selfie

Bruce Reyes-Chow | Posted 09.01.2015 | Technology
Bruce Reyes-Chow

So the next time you find yourself grumping about people sharing a selfie, a cheesy image quote, a picture of their dog, a sunset, their coffee, or any other life event -- consider that maybe it's not about them being too "me" focused, but about how much you really care about hearing about them at that particular moment in time.

The One Question You Must Stop Asking Your Kids

Abby Rodman, LICSW | Posted 05.26.2015 | Parents
Abby Rodman, LICSW

Asking our kids to continually gauge the majority of their life experiences through fun binoculars (and to present them that way on social media) isn't just annoying and unrealistic, it's potentially harmful.

Parenting In The Time Of Viral

Megan Egbert | Posted 12.08.2014 | Parents
Megan Egbert

I aim to connect with people through sharing stories. But where do my rights as a parent end and my children's rights as digital citizens begin? In a huge gray area of unknown, that is where.

How To Connect With Your Technology-Obsessed Kids

OWN | Posted 09.22.2014 | OWN

When it comes to her 11-year-old and 13-year-old children, Louise feels like she’s losing the battle against video games and social media. With her ...

Why Hundreds Of Instagram 'Likes' Just Aren't Enough

Anna Caltabiano | Posted 08.31.2014 | Teen
Anna Caltabiano

The friend who was watching the movie with me didn't live in the same state, country or for that matter, the same continent as me. We were screen sharing and watching a movie on Netflix.

Why I Am No Longer A Belieber

Lilian Klatskin | Posted 05.03.2014 | Teen
Lilian Klatskin

If he was actually their boyfriend and they were personally affected by his antics, would these girls stand up for themselves? What is it about Justin Bieber that has hypnotized 49 million girls?

Proof: Teens Are Completely Done With Facebook

The Huffington Post | Drew Guarini | Posted 01.25.2014 | Technology

We know teens aren't that into Facebook anymore. Now we have some fairly stunning data from iStrategyLabs to back that up. There are 3 million fewe...

5 Must-Follow Smartphone Rules for Parents and Kids

Signe Whitson | Posted 03.09.2014 | Parents
Signe Whitson

Just last week, an 11-year old sixth grade student lamented to me that she was invited to sleepover at a friend's house, but all the friend did throughout the night was text with girls not invited over. It made the guest feel rejected, unwanted and disregarded.

How the Grinch Steals Christmas: He Follows Your Kid on Instagram

Adam Levin | Posted 02.18.2014 | Technology
Adam Levin

Hardly a day goes by that you can't log into one of those services and see your "friends" talking about airport delays, creating their own vacation trip hashtags or Instagramming pictures of where they are -- thereby letting the world at large know where they aren't. And if adults can't resist, you know teenagers can't.

Why Social Media Has Value for Children

Mark Weinstein | Posted 02.04.2014 | Parents
Mark Weinstein

I commend the Academy for its efforts and intent, and it is revelatory to see that despite advances in mobile phones, iPads, computers, and the learning tools delivered by them, the group still questions their efficacy in the healthy upbringing of a child. At the same time I question some of their recommendations.

The Twilight of Courtesy and Conversation

Chris Komisarjevsky | Posted 01.23.2014 | Technology
Chris Komisarjevsky

Are we seeing courtesy and conversation fall victim to technology?

Who Protects Our Kids, Facebook and Google?

Mark Weinstein | Posted 01.23.2014 | Technology
Mark Weinstein

We enable today's leading social media providers, the wizards behind the technology curtain, to put our children's safety at risk online by not using our unbeatable superpower: our voice.

10 Things Parents Need to Know About Cyberbullying

Common Sense Media | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents
Common Sense Media

Online messages can be more confusing or scarier than in-person communication because there are no face-to-face cues to help you understand people's intentions. Helping kids recognize bullying will help them learn to better deal with it.

WATCH: Social Media, According To Kids

Posted 09.29.2013 | Parents

Next to Mark Malkoff's more dramatic escapades, his recent attempt to pry social media secrets from today's youth seems downright tame. Most of the co...

10 Things Parents Didn't Do 10 Years Ago

Grown And Flown | Posted 11.21.2013 | Parents
Grown And Flown

Every time I see a young mom with toddler in one hand, gazing at her cell phone in the other, I want to rush over and remind her that everything that child is learning about human interaction she is teaching him right then and there.

No Connection. But Is It Really the Technology?

Steph Thompson | Posted 11.10.2013 | Parents
Steph Thompson

Technology can't ruin our families or relationships. If it wasn't our phones it would be some other thing that distracts us from each other. Dishes and laundry suffice just fine for excuses not to engage. The real problem -- now, then, and forevermore -- is fear

Parents Know Little About What Their Kids Do Online

Tony Loftis | Posted 08.21.2013 | Parents
Tony Loftis

Like The Pill changed how people shared their bodies, social media changed what personal information young people will share with casual acquaintances or perfect strangers.

How Your Children Can Get Enough Sleep in the 24/7 Connected World

Dr. Jim Taylor | Posted 08.24.2013 | Parents
Dr. Jim Taylor

Why are this generation's children not getting enough sleep? Not surprisingly, technology is one culprit.

Social Media: A Serious Threat to Your Child's Professional Future

Kim Garst | Posted 08.13.2013 | Technology
Kim Garst

You know who is not so lucky? Your child. Why? Because they live in the age of social media.

Survey Reveals Major Tech Disconnect Between Parents And Tweens

Reuters | Posted 08.04.2013 | Parents

By Gianna Palmer NEW YORK, June 4 (Reuters) - Most U.S. tweens, 10- to 12-year-olds, have at least one social media account and many g...

What Scares Me Most About My 13-Year-Old Joining Facebook

Sue Sanders | Posted 07.17.2013 | Parents
Sue Sanders

When Lizzie joined Facebook, she sent me a friendship request. I wondered: Shouldn't there be more of a firewall between parents and kids? How much of our children's lives do we really need to know? Isn't privacy and independence a good thing?

Introducing Your Children to Social Media, the Expert's View

Tony Loftis | Posted 06.15.2013 | Parents
Tony Loftis

"I gave my kids access to email at relatively young ages. I wanted them to learn while they still listened to me."

What Are Your Kids Really Doing on Their Cell Phones and How Can You Keep Them Safe?

Risa Ferman | Posted 06.03.2013 | Parents
Risa Ferman

How many of us have handed over a mobile device that gives our children complete access to the world, with all of its lures and dangers? Many of us feel helpless when faced with youthful demands for technology and our own inability to understand how it can be used -- or misused.