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‘The Social Dilemma’ And The Big Dilemma

The film examines how tech giants like Google, Facebook, Twitter, and others are able to bend our will toward company profit by perfectly curating our online experience. Read the article here.

A Third Of Girls Say They Won’t Post Selfies Without Enhancement

Charity behind survey says unrealistic images increase pressures as girls spend more time online. Read the article here.

Warning On Link Between Heavy Instagram Use And Body Image

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.

Kids In The UK Are Now Spending More Money On ‘Fortnite’ And ‘Roblox’ Than Candy And Books

Childrens’ spending habits in the UK have shifted to online games such as “Roblox” and “Fortnite” since lockdown began, away from sweets and books, a pocket money app has reported. Read the article here.

How Remote Learning Has Changed The Nature Of School Bullying

Virtual classrooms have made life easier for many kids who dealt with bullies, but new forms of cyberbullying exist. Read the article here.

Porn Spam On Your Kid’s Google Drive?! 3 Things You Need To Know Now

Do your kids have a Chromebook or a Google account for school or personal use? If so, they also have access to Google Drive.

And that means your kids have a direct and unfiltered path for predators to send them sexually explicit material.

Read the rest of this post from Protect Young Minds by clicking here.

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.

How Quickly Can A Girl Go Viral On TikTok?

Teens are making it big overnight, but that kind of fame can be a mixed bag. Read the article here.

Popular MMO Games: Should You Let Your Kids Play? 4 Guidelines To Increase Their Safety

Is there a way for you to protect your child while still allowing them to play the way many teens play today? Read the article here.

Do Viral Videos Really Tell You Anything About Today’s Teens?

Before social media, curious adults had to make do with dissecting the kids’ slang and fads from over their shoulders. Read the article here.

Fortnite Is The New IRL: Why Brands Must Plan For A Rise In Virtual Gatherings

Much of life has moved online in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, and few industries have been better suited to this new normal than video games. Read the article here.

One-Third Of Engaged Christian Parents Is “Media-Stressed”

Over the past century, the rate of technological advancement has increased exponentially—and with that increase, social opportunities and dilemmas tethered to tech have also multiplied. Read the article from Barna 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.

YouTube Hit With UK Class Action Style Suit Seeking $3BN+ For ‘Unlawful’ Use Of Kids’ Data

The latest representative action, filed against Google-owned YouTube, accuses the platform of routinely breaking U.K. and European data protection laws by unlawfully targeting up to five million under-13-year-olds with addictive programming and harvesting their data for advertisers. Read the article here.

Most Anticipated Video Games For Fall 2020

Gain access to research from Nielsen by clicking here.

Teens Who Think Their Parents Are Loving Are Less Likely To Be Cyberbullies

Adolescents who perceive their parents to be loving and supportive are less likely to engage in cyberbullying, according to a new study by researchers at NYU Rory Meyers College of Nursing. Read the article here.

‘Nomophobia’: 9 In 10 College Students Battle Fear Of Being Without Smartphone

Researchers conclude that “nomophobia,” or the fear of being out of smartphone contact, is “extremely common” among college students. 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.

Now Is The Time To Bring Back Away Messages

Life is totally online — we need ways to politely disconnect. Read the article here.

Smartphones Are Lowering Student’s Grades, Study Finds

Rutgers study found relying on the internet for homework is hurting long-term retention. Read the article here.

Teletherapy Meets Teens Where They Live: On-Screen

New apps help teens access mental health services during the pandemic. Read the article here.

Chromebook Safety 101: 5 Easy Tips For A Better School Year

Millions of kids have been issued devices for school this year whether they’re learning at home, in-person or a combination of the two. Read the article here.

Did Fortnite Just Kill The App Store As We Know It?

Fortnite maker Epic Games sent shockwaves through the tech industry this week when it sued Apple and Google, claiming both companies’ app stores are monopolies. Read the article here.

What Parents And Teachers Can Do That Google Cannot Do

In a recent blog post, Tim Elmore says about teens, “we must adapt to the world they’re growing up in, but we don’t have to adopt every new trend that surfaces along the way.” Read his post here.

Why The US Military’s Engagement With Gen Z On Twitch Is Increasingly Under Scrutiny

The United States military needs to attract Gen Z, the oldest of whom are now in their late teens and early 20s, so members of the Army and Navy have been meeting their target audience where they live: The video game livestreaming platform Twitch. 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.

Amazon Rebrands Twitch Prime To Prime Gaming As Part Of Video Game Perk For Prime Members

Amazon rebranded a video game-related benefit for Prime members on Monday, renaming Twitch Prime to Prime Gaming. Read the article here.

Tweens, Teens, Tech, And Mental Health: Coming Of Age In An Increasingly Digital, Uncertain, And Unequal World 2020

The latest research report from Common Sense Media. Gain access to the report 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.

Why Teens Are Paying $325 For Beat-Up Jackets On Instagram

On the popular social media platform, teenagers and 20-somethings have created a vintage marketplace boasting tattered T-shirts and decades-old denim. Read the article here.

The Downside To Screen Time This Fall

The proposed solutions for school in the fall, while completely understandable and entirely rational, are going to need to be carefully watched and managed. Read the article here.

Top 10 Most Watched Streamers On Twitch In July

Streamers are ranked by total number of hours watched. Read the rankings here.

Video Game Views Rise Due To COVID-19, U.S. Home Console Ownership Up 31%

Online video gaming views have climbed during the COVID-19 pandemic since March at the same time that sports online views have slowed, according to Comscore. Read the article here.

TikTok: The Sound Of An App Stealing Your Kid’s Life Away

Like YouTube on LSD, TikTok is the most popular social media app where your kids can watch a never-ending stream of user-submitted videos. Read the article here.

Microsoft Launches New Family Safety App For iOS And Android

Microsoft Family Safety also syncs across Windows, Xbox, and Android, so time limits for games and apps will be synced across multiple devices. Read the article here.

Study Finds Parents Alarmed By Ads Their Kids See On YouTube

More than two-thirds of American parents say they are concerned about the things advertised to their children YouTube. Read the article here.

‘It’s Not Worth It’: Young Women On How TikTok Has Warped Their Body Image

Seven women in their teens and 20s told NBC News that the content they viewed on TikTok had pushed them to fixate more on their diets and exercise regimens to a dangerous extent. Read the article here.

The 25 Most Popular Shows On Netflix (So Far) In 2020

Here are the 25 shows that have commanded Netflix the most in 2020. Read the article here.

Video Games Deliver Strong June Revenue

Video-game sales — hardware, software, accessories/game cards — continue to see big gains in 2020, even as stay-at-home orders are removed or soften in many states. Read the article here.

Excessive Screen Time For Toddlers Linked To Less Physical Activity, Stunted Development

A recent study says excessive screen time may stunt a child’s growth, especially if they start using devices around age two or three. Read the article here.

TikTok Stars You Should Know About

They’re some of the biggest celebrities in your kid’s world — and you might not have even heard of them. Read the article from Common Sense Media 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.

Texting Bans Save Teens Lives, New Study Finds

When laws that ban teenage drivers in the United States from texting, using hands-held phones and engaging in other distracted behavior are implemented, they work. Read the article here.

Video Games Deliver Strong June Revenue

Video-game sales — hardware, software, accessories/game cards — continue to see big gains in 2020, even as stay-at-home orders are removed or soften in many states. Read the article 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.

The US Military Is Using Online Gaming To Recruit Teens

Gamers with the Army, Navy, and Air Force are spending hours on Twitch with children as young as 13. Read the article here.

Texas Teens Overdose On Benadryl After Following TikTok Video Challenge

Three teens were treated after ingesting excessive amounts of Benadryl thanks to a TikTok video encouraging them to take the over-the-counter medication. Read the article here.

Top 10 Games Video Gamers Plan To Purchase Next

According to Nielsen, week ended June 27, 2020. See the charts here.

Gateway To Porn? Sexual Objectification In Video Games

Sexual objectification in video games is still a big problem, but we can teach our children to identify it and fight against it. Read the article here.

Compulsive Internet Use By Teens Linked To Emotional Issues

A new study has found internet addiction in teenagers leads to difficulty regulating emotions. Read the article 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.

Teenagers And Technology: Answers To Your Top Pandemic Questions

A blog post from the Fuller Youth Institute discusses the issue of family screen time during the pandemic. Read the post here.

Delayed Moves, Poolside Videos And Postmates Spon: The State Of TikTok Collab Houses

Gen Z influencers are settling into life in a shuttered Los Angeles. Read the article here.

3, 2, 1 GO! Video Gaming Is At An All-Time High During COVID-19

New research from Nielsen found that 82% of global consumers played video games and watched video game content during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic lockdowns. Read the article here.

Racism Is Rampant In Porn: 3 Beautiful Ways To Help Kids Reject Both

Not only is pornography teaching toxic messages about sex, it’s also a cesspool of racism. Read the article here.

Talk To Tweens About Health App Use

Tweens use health apps to track fitness and nutrition, sleep and wellbeing, but parents have concerns. Read the article here.

Netflix’s Top 10 Most Popular Shows Since The Top 10 List Was Introduced

Netflix has been trying out an experiment on the service for a few months now, a public-facing top 10 list that shows the most popular shows and movies on a given day. Read the article here.

The 21% Of American Teens Without Reliable Broadband Are Being Left Behind

The president and CEO of the National 4-H Council explains why it’s vital that we ensure all adolescents have access to high-speed internet. Read the article here.

Video Games May Sabotage Fitness Among College Students

Video games often stand in the way of exercise and healthy eating among male college students, a new study shows. Read the article here.

How Teens Are Using Anonymous Google Docs – And Enlisting A YouTube Star – To Out Allegedly Racist Classmates

At a time in America when offensive statues and executives alike are toppling, a similar reckoning is occurring, out of view of most adults, among the country’s teenagers and college students. Read the article here.

Kids Now Spend Nearly As Much Time Watching TikTok As YouTube In US, UK And Spain

Kids ages four to 15 now spend an average of 85 minutes per day watching YouTube videos, compared with 80 minutes per day spent on TikTok. Read the article here.

Worldwide Digital Games Market

Game spending totaled a record-breaking $10.5B in April 2020, showing the continued strength of the medium during the COVID-19 crisis. Read the article here.

Most Parents Concerned About Privacy, Body Image Impact Of Tweens Using Health Apps

Health apps have become a popular tool among teens and adults to track fitness, weight loss, sleep and even menstrual cycles – but are they appropriate for tweens? Read the article here.

A New TikTok Clone Hit The Top Of The App Store By Paying Users To Watch Videos

TikTok has a new competitor: Zynn, a nearly button-for-button clone of TikTok that differentiates itself with one key twist — it pays users to sign up, watch videos, and convince others to follow suit. Read the article here.

Dating And Relationships In The Digital Age

From distractions to jealousy, how Americans navigate cellphones and social media in their romantic relationships. Read the article and research here.

Parents Struggle To Find Work/Life Balance, Turning To Digital To Keep Kids Busy

Roughly a third of US parents said working from home while taking care of kids has been one of the biggest challenges they’ve had to face during the pandemic, according to May 2020 data from LendingTree. Read the data here.

TikTok Is Breeding A New Batch Of Child Stars. Psychologists Say What Comes Next Won’t Be Pretty

Psychologists warn that outsized social media fame may pose longterm problems for the kids who have become celebrities online. Read the article here.

In The U.S., People Are Switching To Digital For Live Sports Viewing

Sports are on hold in the US due to the coronavirus pandemic, but digital live sports viewership will still rise more than 14% this year thanks to continued organic growth and accelerated cord-cutting. Read the article here.

Deepfakes Are Going To Wreak Havoc On Society. We Are Not Prepared.

Deepfake technology enables anyone with a computer and an Internet connection to create realistic-looking photos and videos of people saying and doing things that they did not actually say or do. Read the article here.

The Facebook Friends Moms Don’t Want? Their Teens

Women who grew up on Facebook find they don’t really want to share every photo, rant and family secret with their kids. Read the article here.

How Social Media Harms Boys And Girls Differently

For girls, social media may be more harmful than heroin. Read the article 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.

How Hip-Hop Royalty Found A New Home On Instagram Live

The pandemic halted in-person gatherings, but a new type of party was born on social media, with rap stars leading the charge. Read the article here.

U.S. Consumers Are Flocking To TikTok

The short-video app added 12 million unique visitors in March, up nearly 50% since January. Read the article here.

Gaming Champions

As live sports shut down for 2020, the online arena switches on—rallying a larger audience and more players during home quarantine. Read the article here.

Pornography And Our Teens

We need to take a very proactive approach to prevention. Read the article here.

Screen Time And The Brain: Expert Advice On Electronic Addiction And Teaching Kids Healthy Tech Habits

Protect Young Minds interviews Dr. Christy Kane to talk about how electronic impact the neurotransmitters in the brain and how to mitigate developing an addiction to electronics. Watch or read the interview here.

Netflix Climbs Further On Top Of The Video Streaming World

A look at video streaming services used during the Coronavirus outbreak. See the research and listen to an accompanying podcast here.

4 In 10 U.S. Teens Say They Haven’t Done Online Learning Since Schools Closed

With most schools closed nationwide because of the coronavirus pandemic, a national poll of young people ages 13 to 17 suggests distance learning has been far from a universal substitute. Read the article here.

Hair Tinsel Is Back Thanks To Gen Z Teens And TikTok

Gen Z teens are bringing back all the trends you thought you’d never see again. Read the article here.

Teens’ And Kids’ Media Diets During The Coronavirus

This eMarketer podcast discusses the media diets of kids and teens in quarantine. Listen to it here.

Travis Scott’s ‘Astronomical’ Fortnite Debut

The Grammy-nominated rapper will debut his new song “Astronomical” within the wildly popular online video game for a series of concerts set to start Thursday. Read the article here.

Facebook Is Launching A Dedicated Gaming App To Take On Twitch, YouTube

Twitch and YouTube don’t have much competition when it comes to streaming platforms for the gaming community, but Facebook wants to change that with a new dedicated mobile gaming app. Read the article here.

Fortnite Brings Millions Together On Video Game For Live Music

Enter Fortnite, the video game gone cultural phenomenon — the latest in live music venues. Read the article here.

TikTok Adds Family Pairing Feature To Give Parents More Controls Over Teens’ Accounts

Time spent on the app each day can be set, and direct messages can be restricted or turned off. Read the article here.

Binge Nation: Average American Streams 8 Hours Of Content Per Day During Coronavirus Outbreak

A new survey of 2,000 U.S. residents finds the average American is currently streaming eight hours of content per day and finishing three TV series per week. Read the article here.

Teens Are Addicted To Socializing, Not Screens

Screenagers in the time of coronavirus. 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.

7 Tactics A Child Predator Uses To Lure Kids: Red Flag Phrases Every Parent Needs To Know

Learning about the tactics and tricks child predators use will help parents be more aware. Read the article here.

David Dobrik, Donald Trump, Charli D’Amelio Are Teens’ Top Social Influencers, Study finds

YouTuber David Dobrik and TikTokker Charli D’Amelio are among teens’ top celebrity influencers. Read the article here.

How eSports Is Changing During The Coronavirus Pandemic

A podcast from eMarketer discussing the success of eSports during the Coronavirus Pandemic. Listen to it here.

Video Games Now Unlikely Social Media Success Story

Video game players have been stereotypically depicted as loners — but during the current pandemic, video games are evolving into a  solid social media force. Read the article here.

TikTok Takeover

Check out these TikTok trends in an era of quarantine. Read the article here.

New Research Suggests Parents Should Limit Screen Media For Preschoolers

New research from University of California, Davis, suggests that parents should delay introducing their children to any screen media, as well as limit preschool-age children’s use of mobile devices, including smartphones and tablets. Read the article here.

Is Pro Video Game Streamer The Most Coronavirus-Proof Job In The World?

Pro video game streamers are used to spending their days in isolation. And a huge new audience is at home to watch them play. Read the article here.

4 In 10 U.S. Teens Say They Haven’t Done Online Learning Since Schools Closed

With most schools closed nationwide because of the coronavirus pandemic, a national poll of young people ages 13 to 17 suggests distance learning has been far from a universal substitute. Read the article here.