Research + News | Topic: Social Media

Teens’ Social Media Use Is Up During Pandemic, And So Is Their Parents’ Concerns

Parents weigh in on their kids and social media. Turns out, there’s widespread worry. Read the article here.

Living With Children: The Realities Of Teens And Smartphones

Here is the short list of “realities” concerning smartphones and teenagers. Read the article here.

Teen Dies After Doing TikTok ‘Benadryl Challenge’ As Doctors Warn Of Dangers

A 15-year old girl from Oklahoma has reportedly died after taking an excessive amount of the anti-allergy medication Benadryl as part of a challenge on social media app TikTok. Read the article here.

Research Finds Social Media Users Are More Likely To Believe Fake News

A new study finds that where people get their news determines whether they believe misinformation. Read the article here.

Parenting Children In The Age Of Screens

Two-thirds of parents in the U.S. say parenting is harder today than it was 20 years ago, with many citing technologies – like social media or smartphones – as a reason. Read the article here.

The Pandemic Is Raising Concerns About How Teens Use Technology. But There’s Still A Lot We Don’t Know.

A new report from Common Sense Media analyzes current research on how social media impacts teens’ mental health. Read the article here.

Kids These Days: Let’s Talk About Teens And Phones

Teens use their phones all the time, but may never talk about how they use them. The unspoken rules, expectations of social media; how phones impact relationships. Read the article or listen to the podcast here.

How TikTok Turned My Five-Year-Olds Into Proto-Teens

I hoped the app would buy me some much-needed peace in lockdown, instead it was a huge mistake. Read the account here.

How Gen Z Is Using The Secret Code ‘I Had Pasta Tonight’ As A Cry For Help On Social Media When Depressed Or Suicidal

TikTok users are using secret codes in their videos and captions to convey they are struggling with depression and possibly contemplating suicide. Read the article here.

The Social Media Sites That Pose A Unique Risk To Teenagers

The lure and danger of interactive virtual platforms. Read the article here.