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Parents Need To Start Talking To Their Tweens About The Risks Of Porn

Today teenagers are viewing far more pornography than their parents realize. And the porn they’re watching is much more “hardcore” than moms and dads could possibly imagine. Read the article here.

New Report Details The Devastating Effects Social Media Is Having On Generation Z

A study released in Jan 2018 by Barna Research Group reveals that Generation Z is more emotionally affected by the perils of social media than other generations who are also online. Read the article here.

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.

American Airlines Agent Saves Teens From Suspected Human Trafficking Plot

Authorities are crediting a quick thinking airline employee for preventing two teenagers from becoming victims of human trafficking. Read the article here.

Teens Post Online Content To Appear Interesting, Popular And Attractive

Teens work very hard to create a favorable online image through careful selection of which photos, activities and links to post on Facebook and Instagram, according to a recent study from the University of California, Irvine. Read the article here.

The Question We Don’t Want To Ask Our Teens

Teens are likely watching much more pornography than we think they are. Worse, it’s shaping, even distorting, how they believe sex should be. Read the article here.

How Is Digital Text Affecting Student Comprehension?

Researchers found that digital reading was faster but less effective as a tool for helping students process and learn information. Read more from the Growing Leaders’ blog post here.

Video Games As Varsity Sports At Some Colleges

Student-athletes compete in online games such as League of Legends, Overwatch and Hearthstone with other teams in the National Association of Collegiate Esports. Read the article here.

This Simple Solution To Smartphone Addiction Is Now Used In Over 600 U.S. Schools

Graham Dugoni, 31, started Yondr to remind people what it’s like to live phone-free. Read the article here.

Control Your Phone, Don’t Let It Control You

Common Sense Media provides tips for using your device intentionally and being a great digital role model. Read the article here.

Snapchat’s New Update Triggers Revolt By Millions Of Teens

Snapchat’s massive teen userbase is outraged at an update rolled out last week, and is already desperately trying to get the old version back. Read the article here.

How Brands Can Combat Teen Smartphone Addiction

Youth-oriented brands have led the way in developing innovative mobile campaigns targeting teens, and utilizing social media to keep them continually engaged. And now these same brands need to lead in addressing the negative effects among teens, including disconnecting from family, friends and the “real world” around them. Read the full article here.

What The Screen Time Experts Do With Their Own Kids

Parents today struggle to set screen time guidelines. One big reason is a lack of role models. Grandma doesn’t have any tried-and-true sayings about iPad time. This stuff is just too new. Read the full article here.

The Growing Leaders blog discusses the issue of digital distraction and what we can do to help Gen Z from being distracted. Read the blog post 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.

Earbuds Made My Teens Tune Me Out, So I Changed How We Listen To Music

Nicole Roach, for Common Sense Media, explains how her and her husband turned the tables on their teens and got them to unplug and open up about their favorite musical artists. Read the article here.

Despite YouTube and Amazon’s Efforts, Record Numbers Of Teens Are Still Eating Tide Pods

The “eating Tide Pods” meme continues to be one of the more baffling parts of 2018. Read the article here.

Teens More Likely To Be Hacking Computers Than Smoking Or Having Sex

Modern 14-year-olds are eschewing these traditional forms of acting out – in favor of hacking computers from their bedrooms. Read the article here.

U.S. Video Game Industry Revenue Reaches $36 Billion in 2017

The US video game industry generated a record $36 billion in revenue in 2017, up 18 percent from 2016. Read the article here.

Why One Hour A Day Is The Perfect Amount of Screen Time For Teens

The happiest teens spend just under an hour a day on social and other digital media, a new study suggests. Read the article here.

What Teen Sexting Reveals About Women And Sexual Coercion

Many girls feel pressured to comply with requests to send naked photos of themselves to boys who demand them. Read the article here.

Does The Internet Change Beliefs About Religious Affiliations?

New research finds that the digital environment, specifically the Internet, may decrease the likelihood of a person affiliating with a religious tradition or believing that only one religion is true. Read the article here.

Cutting-Edge Content From Digital Publishers Keeps Millennials Coming Back For More

The growth of digital content, both text and video, has transformed the way people engage with media—whether that’s getting breaking news, watching game highlights, checking out the latest fashion trends or figuring out what’s for dinner. 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.

Most Millennials, GenZers Spend At Least Six Hours A Day On Their Cell Phones

It’s no secret that younger people are glued to their screens for much of the day. Read the article here.

9 Ways Porn And Predators Will Target Kids In 2018

To keep kids safe in the digital age, parents need to stay one step ahead of trends and know exactly what they are up against. Read the full article here.

“What Should I Do?”: Young Women’s Reported Dilemmas With Nude Photographs

A thematic analysis of young women’s stories reveals that they received conflicting messages regarding sexting. Read the research here.

A&E ‘Undercover High’ Reveals How Cell Phones Destroy Education

What is it about the cell phone addiction that makes kids push back so ferociously at the suggestion that they put down their phones in order to pay attention in class (or interact with family members at dinner)? Read the article here.

Fitbit Considers Developing Smartwatch For Kids

In recent years the market for devices that help parents track their children’s health has grown enormously. Read the article here.

Bullying and Cyberbullying

A 2014 McAfee study revealed that 87 percent of youths have witnessed cyberbullying and 49 percent of students have regretted something they have posted online. Read this blog post from Jim Burns here.

2 Apple Investors Call On It To Counter Teens’ iPhone Addiction

The Apple iPhone is far and away the most popular mobile device among teens — too popular, in fact, according to two of the company’s investors who are calling on the company to study its “unintentional negative consequences.” Read the article here.

Tops of 2017: Television and Social Media

Shows that may not have cracked the top 10 in viewership made up for it in social buzz, demonstrating the dynamic value of television in 2017. Read the article here.

Video Game Stars: Players As Celebrity

Gone are the days where the plotlines of Thursday night sitcoms are discussed in the schoolyard Friday. Your kids are potentially more likely to be watching talented or charismatic gamers play online and partaking in communal chat rooms with fellow fans. Read the article here.

Teenagers, Stop Asking For Nude Photos

An analysis of nearly 500 accounts from 12- to 18-year-old girls about their negative experiences with sexting found that over two-thirds had been asked for explicit images. Read the article here.

How Technology Can Help You And Your Kids As Long As You Let It

Thankfully, there is a lot of tech that can help us become better parents and take care of our children and their growing needs. Read the article here.

Helping Teens Turn Off In A World That’s ‘Always On’: The Links Between Technology And Depression

A new study links anxiety, severe depression, suicide attempts and suicide with the rise in use of smartphones, tablets and other devices. Read the article here.

If Your Kids Are Glued To Their iPads, It’s Probably A Good Idea To Unglue Them

Is it possible that our children’s ubiquitous use of tablets, computers, and televisions harms their vision? Read the article here.

Tips For A Tech-Wise Christmas

Here are some key statistics and helpful tips to make yours a tech-wise home for the holidays. Read the article from Barna here.

Snapchat Is Still The Network Of Choice For U.S. Teens – And Instagram Is Facebook’s Best Shot At Catching Up

Snapchat still dominates among teenagers, a core demographic that represents the future wave of internet consumers and what they care about. Read the article here.

2017 On Netflix – A Year In Bingeing

A look back at the shows we watched (and watched again) that defined our year. Read the report from Netflix here.

Tech At Bedtime May Mean Heavier Kids

Kids and their smartphones aren’t easily parted, but if you want your children to get a good night’s sleep and to stay at a healthy weight, limiting bedtime screen time appears key, new research suggests. Read the article here.

Kids Are Gluttons For Digital Video

It would be hard to overstate the importance of YouTube in kids’ digital mix. One survey shows 45% of 8- to 12-year-olds in the US have YouTube accounts. Read the article here.

Teens Don’t Realize How Much Their Parents Track Them Online

More than a quarter of parents use a device to track or monitor their kids’ online activity. Read the article here.

Smartphone Addiction Causes Changes In The Teen Brain

Teens may be the most susceptible to smartphone addiction. 73% of US adolescents have a smartphone or can gain access to one. Of them, 96% go on the internet daily, a Pew Research Center poll found. Should parents limit exposure? Read the rest of the article here.

‘Niche Memes’ Are The Secret Clip Art Diaries Teens Are Posting On Instagram

In order to cope with the stresses of middle school life, teen girls are reviving MS Paint kitsch to find community—and de facto therapy—across the web. Read the article here.

When Kids Get Their First Cell Phones Around The World

About 45% of US children ages 10 to 12 have a smartphone with a service plan. Outside the US and Europe, children tend to get their first mobile phones when they are older. Read the article here.

These Are The Top YouTube Videos That Went Viral In 2017

YouTube’s top viral video in 2017 was a singing man in an oyster costume. Read and view the rest of the list here.

Does ‘Smartphone Addiction’ Show Up In Teens’ Brains?

Teens fixated on their smartphones experience changes to their brain chemistry that mirror those prompted by addiction, a new study suggests. Read the article here.

Cellphones, Video Games Eyed In Teen Suicide Study

Researchers studying a spike in teen suicides in Utah found that 18 of the 150 youngsters who took their own lives in a five-year period had recently lost privileges to use their electronic devices such as phones, tablets and gaming systems, according to a U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report. Read the article here.

Streamer Things: Internet-Enabled TV Connected Devices Found In Nearly 60% Of U.S. TV Homes

It’s no secret that in addition to traditional television, viewers also have access to a plethora of subscription video on demand content and virtual multi-channel providers. 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.

Smartphone Addiction = Brain Chemistry Imbalance

Researchers have found young people addicted to smartphones and the internet display an imbalance in their brain chemistry. Read the article here.

How Tech Companies Are Catering To Generation Z Teens

Kids born after 1995, also known as Generation Z, will make up 40 percent of consumers by 2020, and retailers are desperate for their attention. Read the article here.

Tech Still Tops Many Consumers’ Holiday Lists

As the holiday shopping season officially gets underway this week, electronics are once again among the top items on consumers’ lists. Read the article here.

Laptops Are Great. But Not During A Lecture Or A Meeting.

Step into any college lecture hall and you are likely to find a sea of students typing away at open, glowing laptops as the professor speaks. Read the article here.

Study Finds Sharp Drop In Time Spent On Facebook

Facebook users in the US spent more time with the platform than users of any other social network, 18 hours, 24 minutes. But that was a significant drop from the 32 hours, 43 minutes recorded by Verto Analytics a year ago. Read the article here.

Teenage Depression And Suicide Are Way Up – And So Is Smartphone Use

Those born after 1995 are much more likely to experience mental-health issues than their millennial predecessors. Read the article here.

Movement Calls On Parents Not To Give Their Children Smartphones Until 8th Grade

ABC News features a video highlighting a movement called the “Wait Until 8th” campaign. Watch the video here.

Germany Bans Kids’ Smartwatches That Can Be Used For Eavesdropping

A German regulator has banned domestic sales of children’s smartwatches that have a listening function — warning that parents have been using the devices to secretly eavesdrop on teachers at their kids’ school. Read the article here.

The Heavy Price Parents Pay When iPhones Becomes Babysitters

Tim Elmore discusses technology and the emotional needs of kids. Read his blog post here.

Screen Time Increases Teen Depression, Thoughts Of Suicide, Research Suggests

An increase in suicide rates among U.S. teens occurred at the same time social media use surged and a new analysis suggests there may be a link. Read the article here.

Call To Ban Sale of IoT Toys With Proven Security Flaws

Working with security researchers the a UK consumer rights group has spent the past 12 months investigating several popular Bluetooth or wi-fi toys that are on sale at major retailers, and says it found “concerning vulnerabilities” in several devices that could “enable anyone to effectively talk to a child through their toy”. Read the full article here.

Obsessed Much? Mobile Addiction Is Real

But people are making efforts to limit their smartphone usage. Read the article here.

Startling Number Of Teens Cyberbully Themselves

A study showed that 7.1 percent of boys and 5.3 percent of girls had cyberbullied themselves. Read the article here.

Rise In Teen Suicide, Social Media Coincide; Is There Link?

An increase in suicide rates among U.S. teens occurred at the same time social media use surged and a new analysis suggests there may be a link. Read the article here.

I Watched 1,000 Hours Of YouTube Kids’ Content And This Is What Happened

What do you get if you endlessly recombine Spiderman and the Joker with Elsa from Frozenand lashings of product placement for junk food brands like McDonalds? Read the article here.

Sean Parker Unloads On Facebook ‘Exploiting’ Human Psychology

Sean Parker, the founding president of Facebook, gives us a candid look at how social networks purposely hook and potentially hurt our brains. Read the article here.

Teens Are Faking It On Instagram, But Should Parents Be Worried?

Parents are often told how important it is to monitor what their children are doing online, but some kids may be creating social media accounts their parents don’t even know about. Read the article here.

Adults Want The Galaxy S8, Teens Want The iPhone X

Piper Jaffray’s latest teen survey found that 82% of teens expect their next phone to be an iPhone. Read the article here.

I Put My Teens On A Digital Detox – The Results Shocked Me

I never realized just how damaging our obsession with smartphones and our switched-on lifestyle was, nor how addictive screen time was, until I put my teenagers on an extended digital detox. Read the rest of 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.

How New Technology Shapes Each New Generation

Tim Elmore explores the different ways that each generation has been shaped by technology. Read his blog post here.

YouTube Accused Of ‘Violence’ Against Young Children Over Kids’ Content

Google’s video service is filled with disturbing channels and pre-school-aimed videos such as dark Peppa Pig that ‘border on abuse’, says campaigner. Read the article here.

10 Ways To Help Teens Be Savvier About Texting

Teens love to text. But the shallow form of communication can be a source of significant distress. Read the article here.

Cyberbullying’s Chilling Trend: Teens Anonymously Target Themselves Online

Cyberbullying is not a new phenomenon. But an alarming number of teenagers are anonymously posting mean things online — about themselves. Read the article here.

The Worrisome Effects Of Teenage Smartphone Addiction

Psychologists are worried about the effects of the smartphone on our kids. 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.

Time With Tunes: How Technology Is Driving Music Consumption

On average, Americans spend just over 32 hours a week listening to music in 2017, up 5.5 hours over last year. 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.

Smartphone App ‘Tells Parents When Children Are Sexting’

Parents worried their children are swapping inappropriate pictures and selfies with friends or even strangers online are being offered a smartphone app to automatically spot suspect images. Read the article here.

5 Screen-Time Tips For Children’s Sleep

In a new manuscript on digital media and sleep, researchers recommend removing electronic media from children’s bedrooms and encouraging calming bedtime routines to help kids sleep better. 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.

Screen Time Is Changing The Way We Think, Focus, And Memorize

Electronic devices (especially smartphones) are addictive and can easily distract us from the very “tasks” our phones purport to simplify. Read the article here.

Removing Digital Devices From The Bedroom Can Improve Sleep For Children, Teens

Removing electronic media from the bedroom and encouraging a calming bedtime routine are among recommendations Penn State researchers outline in a recent manuscript on digital media and sleep in childhood and adolescence. 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.

Why Do My Kids Waste Hours Watching Millennials Play Video Games On YouTube?

There is a monster cottage industry of millennials who record themselves playing video games, and many kids and teens have plunged into it. Read the article here.

What Parents Should Know About The ‘Constant Pressure’ Of Social Media For Teens

For some parents, understanding the pressure of social media can be difficult, and as a result, some teens may feel they cannot talk to their parents about cyberbullying, body image problems and other struggles they face in their day-to-day life. Read the article here.

More Education Is Needed To Help Teens And Young Adults Stand Up To A New Epidemic: Digital Dating Abuse

Mary Kay’s annual ‘Truth About Abuse’ Survey reveals more than 80 percent of young people need more information to talk to friends about abuse. Read the article here.

YouTube’s Milestone: Users Now Watch 100 Million Hours Per Day On TV Sets

Every day, users of the video site watch 100 million hours of its content on TV sets, through smart TVs and devices like video game consoles and internet-connected set-top boxes. Read the article here.

Listen Up: Podcasts For Gen Z Are Flourishing

Interest in podcasts has grown in the past year as programs across this medium have diversified. While many of the hits are aimed at adults, lately, there’s a boom in podcasts specifically for Gen Z. Read the article here.

A Surprising Number Of Teenagers Are Engaging In ‘Digital Self-Harm,’ The Practice Of Being Mean To Yourself Online

A new study found 6% of US teens anonymously post or share mean things about themselves online. Read the article here.

New Healthy Media Habits for Young Kids

Now that screen time recommendations are more flexible, it’s time for new rules. Read the blog from Common Sense Media here.

Is Social Media Contributing To Rising Teen Suicide Rate?

Recent studies have shown a rise in both teen suicides and self-harm, particularly among teenage girls. Read the article here.

Digital Self-Harm Among Adolescents

“Digital self-harm” is the anonymous online posting, sending, or otherwise sharing of hurtful content about oneself. Read the article here.

The Common Sense Census: Media Use By Kids Age Zero To Eight 2017

Combined with the data from the 2011 and 2013 reports, the 2017 Zero to Eight study gives us a clearer view of how young children’s media use has evolved over time and provides a foundation for how we can use technology to support children’s learning, play, and growth. Read the highlights and access the full report from Common Sense Media by clicking here.

Cause For Concern: Dramatic Spike In Kids’ Mobile Use

What is our current obsession with mobile gadgets doing to young children? Read the article here.

American Teens More Than Twice As Likely To Purchase Online Than Adults

Digital content, including video games, accounts for 54 percent of teen spending online. Read the article here.

Facebook Makes A New Bid To Woo Teens

Positive-minded app tbh has found a strong audience among teens. Read the article here.

Here Are Netflix’s Most Streamed Shows This Summer

Parrot Analytics has put together a list of the 10 most streamed TV shows of the last 90 days and, surprise, surprise, Netflix dominates the charts. Read the article here.

Children Tell Parents To Disconnect, Ditch Phones At Dinner

Almost half (42%) of parents don’t remember the last time their family had a device-free meal. Read the article here.