Research + News | Topic: Accountability

Facebook Allows Drug Ads To Target Teens, Activists Say

The social network has rules about what can be shown to minors. The Tech Transparency Project found that they aren’t being enforced. Read the article here.

Advocacy Groups Urge FTC To Be Tougher On Google With Protecting Kids Privacy On Apps

The Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood (CCFC) and the Center for Digital Democracy (CDD) said they plan to file a complaint with the FTC Wednesday asking regulators to investigate how the Google Play Store promotes apps for kids. Read the article here.

On TikTok, Mental Health Creators Are Confused For Therapists. That’s A Serious Problem

Creators who purport to reduce the stigma around mental health issues may be unintentionally spreading misinformation on the app, where people who post about mental health are easily confused with real professionals making similar content. Read the article here.

YouTube To Launch Parental Control Features For Families With Tweens and Teens

YouTube announced this morning it will soon introduce a new experience designed for teens and tweens who are now too old for the schoolager-focused YouTube Kids app, but who may not be ready to explore all of YouTube. Read the article here.

Children Can ByPass Age Verification Procedures In Popular Social Media Apps

Lero study shows children can bypass apps’ age verification measures by lying. Read the article here.

What We Overlooked In The Switch To Remote Learning

America’s rapid and urgent transition to online school has come with a host of unforeseen consequences that are only getting worse as it continues into the fall. Read the article here.

5 Questions To Ask Before You Get Your Kid A Phone

Make sure they (and you!) are ready for the next step with conversation starters that get everyone on the same page. Read the post from Common Sense Media here.

Social Media Influencers Could Get Teens To Follow Social Distancing Guidelines, Say Researchers

Many adolescents are choosing to ignore the guidelines set out by governments during the COVID-19 pandemic, and peer-to-peer campaigns are likely to be more successful in changing attitudes. Read the article here.

You Lie, I Snoop? How Parents Monitor Teens’ Information

Getting teens to open up is an age-old struggle. Read the article here.

I Monitor My Teens’ Electronics, And You Should Too

Kids should have no expectation of privacy on devices given to them by their parents. Read the article here.