Research + News | Topic: Social Media

When Social Media Is Really Problematic For Adolescents

Underlying problems may make some young people particularly vulnerable to what they find on social media, an expert says. Read the article here.

Dear Parents: The Internet Never Forgets

Many children growing up today will discover that their digital footprint began in utero and didn’t stop there. This phenomenon has come to be known as “sharenting”—when parents share pictures and videos of their kids on social media, creating an indelible trail of digital bread crumbs. Watch a video report covering this issue here.

A Teen Texted A Graphic Video Of Herself To Friends. A Court Said She’d Shared Child Pornography

The three teenagers regularly shared silly videos, trying to one-up each other and trusting the group text messages would remain private.

But one especially sensitive text did not stay among them – landing the teen who first sent it at the center of a novel court case over a sexually explicit video she made of herself and shared.

Read the rest of the article here.

My Teens Don’t Use Social Media, But Even They Can’t Escape The Pressure Of Perfectionism

My teenagers face a constant stream of information and a culture encouraging them to never unplug. No wonder our kids are under pressure. Read the rest of this opinion piece here.

The Rise Of Teen Burner Phones And What To Do About Them

Time Elmore takes a look at the issue of teens using burner phones. Read his blog post here.

Selena Gomez, The 3rd Most Followed Person On Instagram, Just Said Social Media Has Been Terrible For Young People

Selena Gomez is voicing her concern about the “terrible” effect that social media has had on her generation, and says she advocates taking breaks from the platforms. Read the article here.

Social Media And Happiness: How Teens Are Affected By Social Media

Just how much is social media use affecting children? Read the article here.

Smartphones, Snapchat, Instagram Transform How Today’s Teens Bully Each Other

Today’s cyberbullies no longer rely on chat-based venues, such as texting or instant messages. Instead, social media platforms, sometimes used anonymously, are employed to strengthen mob mentalities and the shame of victims. Read the article here.

Madonna Says Giving Her Children Mobile Phones ‘Ended Their Relationship’

The singer says her children’s lives became dominated by the technology. Read the article here.

What We Can Learn About Leading Students From Instagram

How should some recent experiments and changes on Instagram inform our leadership? Read the blog post from Tim Elmore here.