Research + News | Topic: Apps

For Some Parents, Snapchat Usage Is A Concern

Of the many major social networking apps out there, parents have expressed the most concern about their teens using Snapchat. Read the article here.

Health Experts Urge Facebook To Shut Down Messenger Kids

Child development advocates are calling on Facebook to discontinue its new Messenger Kids app, which is targeted at 6 to 12 year olds. Read the article here.

The Sneaky Science Behind Your Kid’s Tech Obsession

The first step toward resisting the pull of digital products like Snapchat, Instagram, and Netflix is recognizing the tricks they use to keep you hooked. Read the article here.

Facebook’s Newest App Is A Chat Service For Kids

Facebook is launching a new chat app for kids, the company announced Monday. Read the article here.

Amazon Revolutionizes Teen Allowances

Amazon has launched a new program that allows parents to set up, fund and manage shopping accounts for their teens. Read the article here.

Devastated Teens Lose Their Streaks After Snapchat Goes Down

Horrified Snapchatters have awoken to a bleak set of circumstances after Snapchat stopped working for users. Read the article here.

On YouTube Kids, Startling Videos Slip Past Filters

The app YouTube Kids contains dark corners, as videos that are disturbing for children slip past its filters, either by mistake or because bad actors have found ways to fool the YouTube Kids algorithms. Read the article here.

Digital Dopamine: When ‘Delightful’ Becomes A Drug

Developers want their software to be addictive, a habit that users can’t break, that connects at a level that transcends thought. Read the article here.

Teenager Warns About App That Lets You Post Anonymously

Sarahah is one of the top mobile apps in the United States, and it’s one that many parents don’t know exists. Read the article here.

Genius Ways Companies Get Kids To Do Their Marketing For Them

From check-ins to treasure hunts, today’s promotional campaigns rely on kids’ influence to go viral. Read this blog from Common Sense Media here.